Blue theme was removed. Extension is now useless out-of-the-box. I can't install VS 2012 Update 2 due to some of the new bugs that it introduces. I wound up installing v2.2 from the Internet Archive and will have to ignore Visual Studio's pleas to update the extension, just like I have to ignore its requests to update to Update 2. What a hassle.
I have bad eyes and found the VS2012 visual theme somewhat harder to look at than previous versions. This package gave me the flexibility to modify the theme back in time, to something more colorful and familiar. This is a great package. My greatful thanks to whomever is responsible.
Great tool. The default colours of VS2012 were depressing.
This and the registry change to get rid of the shouting menus made VS2012 acceptable. Now if you could only get rid of those awful looking icons. I tried the icon patcher but it doesn't restore all of the origional icons and a mixed icon set is even worse then the new icons.
A must-have tool, the default VS2012 theme is too bright for everyday use. Please, could anyone share with me his Blue theme? I installed the update today, and suddenly 'Blue' disappeared from the list of available themes... :'(
In my opinion, text editor colors should not be changed by this theme editor, or, at least, provide the option to bold certain tokens, since the default text editor syntax coloring allows it. Is there any workaround to making a token appear bold, or to ignore the theme editor's effect?
Nevermind, it seems to work now. I guess I was trying to change from the "Printer" colors or something. However, my suggestion to bold certain tokens from within the theme editor still stands. Not that it's a mandatory feature, since there's a workaround.
This is a really great extension. I'd go as far as to say I actually prefer 2012's look when the Blue theme is applied. Thank you for your work!
Is there any chance of this working like the 2010 version where you could have each open instance of VS use a different theme? I often work with 3 or 4 instances of visual studio open at a time and the ability to set the theme on each instance made it extremely quick to tell which project/branch I was currently in.
In this current version if I switch the theme in one instance, it switches in all of them that are opened.
I thought I was alone in my dissapointment, but now I see I'm not.
Nevertheless, I downloaded and 2clicked the downloaded file, but a dialog windows appears telling me it couldn't be installed in all products. Actually it is not installed at all!
Is there any restriction because it is an Express edition, or maybe because the language? (Spanish).
Thank you so much! That UI was kinda depressive.
In the 2012 version of the extension, what used to be a top-level Themes menu is now under the Tools menu, near the Customize and Options at the bottom. "Tools\Customize Colors" brings up a start page for creating and editing themes, and "Tools\Change Color Theme\..." can be used to quickly change themes.
If you really prefer the top-level Theme menu, you can use Tools\Customize to re-create the same experience by moving commands around.
I downloaded and double clicked the ColorThemeEditor.vsix and it says it installed.
When I start VS 2012 after that it is not listed in my Extensions and Updates and I only have the standard Light and Dark themes in my options. When I try to install it again it says its already installed and exits.
I am using the PRO edition is there something I am missing? It worked just fine on Premium at work.
Nevermind, I found the answer you gave to someone else. It's the third icon from the left in the theme designer, i.e. the "[->]".
It would be good to have an Export command under Tools -> Export Color Theme.
That's where I was looking for it...
Can any one help with the colours that need to be set so that the work items work with the dark theme. It just the rich text boxes and some of the drop downs See http://imageshack.us/f/208/workitem.png/
Is there a Theme to make it look just like VS10?
It is not just the colours, it is the icons, menus and toolbars. There is so little contrast, it make is tiring to work with.
I have has to revert to VS 10 :(
The Blue theme is as close (color-wise) as I can possibly get to Visual Studio 2010. Unfortunately there's not a way to swap out icon sets in Visual Studio 2012, so the icons are outside my control.
Besides the icon artwork itself, please let me know if there's something that seems wrong color-wise with the Blue theme.
Is making the VS 2010 icon set available to be swapped in/out something Microsoft is likely to make happen? That would be the perfect option to include with your theme editor. Thanks for making Visual Studio 2012 much more bearable to work with!
There are a couple of solutions to the problem of getting the decent icons from VS10 back:
Visual Studio Icon Patcher (http://vsip.codeplex.com/) and the
NiceVS extension (http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/a36021f0-770a-4258-854e-724e9d12b8a6?SRC=Home).
Used together, they put back about 90% of the VS10 icons, making the cr@ptacular VS12 UI a little more bearable.
What I'd like to find is some way of making the toolbars look semi-3D, like in earlier versions. That "flat-on-flat" is just a pain (as others have said more eloquently).