Add some color to Visual Studio 2012
Usability studies have shown that both shape and color help to distinguis visual elements in a UI. The upcoming/current beta release of Visual Studio 2011 has removed color from the toolbars and from icons in e.g. the Solution Explorer.
Please make this optional so those of us that want a more accessible and user friendly IDE can have their cake and eat it too.
Please make more Color the the Visual Studio 2012. We must work with that black and white Studio. Colors help to find faster items. I don't know what Microsoft think about colors? Please give me my Color back!
I hate the chrome of the new Visual studio 2012. All toolbar icons are bitonal. Just blank and while not even grey shades in them and are tiny. I am having a hard time finding toolbar buttons. It look like i am back in early 1980s with bitonal computer screens. But this one is even worse than that. PLEASE BRING COLORS BACK!
revert to a more colorful theme so that screen elements are more easily differerentiated
Please bring back the colors in Solution Explorer. I am back to reading the words instead of quickly looking at the icons.
Have the UI designers of VS 2012 lost thier mind. Guys look at the UI, it looks so medicore that it seems older version than Visual Studio 1.1. I think VS 1.1 look and fill was better than VS 2012. Look at UI 2010. It was one of the best UI look and fill. How come quality of UI design degrades so sharply. I think designers of VS 2012 have lost theirs eyes. Folks go back to drawing board please.
Why microsoft is leaving the colorfull world? Some of the MS beauti doesnot require to change. You are making developer life so difficult with new IDE color theme.(I am sorry Black and white theme as there is no color.).
The User interface of VS2012 is ungly and black and white. Icons colors,location of toolbars all looks ungly.
I know in general if you want to teach someone color and picture is the best way to teach. but after seeing UI of VS2012 its hard to teach. I am feeling like I am a color blind.
Please do not change the nature.
I would like to add my voice to the list of those asking for color, at least as an option, to be brought back to Visual Studio. I understand the usability arguments that Microsoft is making, but it seems to me that you are overlooking one very important consideration. Many of us use autohide to solve this problem. Therefore, when we go into Solution Explorer (for example), we want our focus there, and the color schemes help us more quickly find what we need. Then, as soon as we click out of there, it is hidden and therefore cannot possibly distract us. Please don’t take this option away.
RC from Beta has a minor improvement, but its not enought!
The coloring is really almost not noticable, the problem was not with the status bar coloring, but with the items in the solution explorer and the ToolBox menu, and toolbars.
even in RC the files are not easily recognised!
and the all CAPS in the menu is really like watching Clipper from 1980 all over again!
guys please reconsider, METRO Style is NOT for an IDE developing tool!
you are making our lifes ******, and eventually we will stop folowing the .NET.
PLEASE!!!!!! Switch to a sane color scheme who ever had the idea to remove colors and contrast have him tared and feathered!!!
and sent to Siberia!
this color schema is painfull to look at and debilitating..
it will reduce productivity and programmers will to live!
even cats and dogs would complain and they only see a few more cholors the monocrome...
the human eye in contrast can see as much as 10 milion colors why should we be limited to gray scale?!!
I wont be upgrading my visual studio 10 if these colors remain that a absolute iron hard fact...
If your adding a theme editor to it and this is your way of forcing the comunity to find the optimal color theme by giving them a kick in the @$$ then by all means... but i seriously hope your not expecting anyone to work like this...
that would be insanity!
Removing color from icons and symbols in Visual Studio is a step in the wrong direction. What is the use of icons and symbols? They have to make functions recognizable. The more icons you have the more they have to be well recognizable.
Another aspect: the use of color makes Visual Studio friendlier. The actual beta looks gloomy and sad
Updated Status: 7/2/2013
Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has increased color and contrast use within the user interface while continuing to focus on giving the content you are creating and editing visual prominence. We’ve utilized the feedback you gave us to help refine our approach to color and contrast within three main areas: 1) we added color to icons and reduced line weights to improve icon scan-ability and to better communicate icon meaning and categorization; 2) we added line work and raised contrast levels to increase visual separation between screen regions; 3) we included a built-in “Blue” theme option at product first launch to better support user choice.
In keeping with these three areas we have made many changes to the Visual Studio 2013 built-in themes. In high utilization and icon intensive areas of the product, such as common toolbar actions and code hierarchy elements, we refined the color and/or line weight of over 1,000 commonly used icons resulting in color being applied to ~80% of standard and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications. In both the Light and Dark themes we increased contrast levels and introduced more border line work to better highlight the edges of content areas such as input fields, tool window borders, active selection states, etc. We also introduced the ability to choose the theme that best meets your preferences and work environment needs as a part of the product first launch experience.
Many of the changes we’ve made are subtle in nature but broad reaching in their application. As Visual Studio 2013 Preview has now shipped, we’re closing this item to give your votes back for you to use on emerging topics. We encourage you to try out the changes we’ve made and then share additional feedback you might have.
Visual Studio UX Team
Take a look at the VS 2012 Color Theme Editor – it is an option for creating and editing your own Visual Studio themes.
Doug Turnure – Visual Studio PM
John Weeder commented
This UI looks like it fell out of an ugly tree and hit every branch. The icon looks like a first grade art project gone wrong. And, why are the menu items shouting at me... EDIT!!!!!
You definitely need to include vs 2010 theme as an option at least at SP1 of vs 2012. It is not pleasent at all to look at that all flat UI and wonder what is a button and what is a menu. Come on guys its like some old DOS/Command Line app trying to be "GUI"
Please give us a 'Visual Studio 2010 Theme' for VS 2012
So what's the code name for VS2012? "Apoptosis"? :-)
I'm afraid that we might be looking at another Microsoft "Bob". Include Office 2013 with this. Sorry, I was really looking forward to new versions, but these hurt too much.
Heh, I think Google made it on purpose - cunning trick. Welcome to Android world .NET guys!!! :)))
First I saw VS2012 Beta 2, I thought this was a joke, I couldn't believe most wanted 2012 product was designed to have such ugly UI. Seriously, I am shocked and not gonna use VS2012.
Why Office 2013 looks pretty nice, while it is still designed in "Metro" style?
I was fan of MS and its products, but this is one of the most disappointing experience in my life.
I decided to give it a day.
Still hate it.
I hoped there would be some nice improvement between RC and RTM.
I was wrong. Almost nothing changed.
The really IMBECILE user interface. It is obviously this team is chip, they don't care if the product is a hot sale or not, they get paid anyway.
Dan Engelman commented
Some color icons was a start, more color icons would be better.
Also, the themes could use some tweaking... or at least allow theme customization.
I wanted to use the IDE at work because of the enhanced JS parsing / interpreting. It seemed as though the performance was vastly improved (quicker load times, faster code-suggest), but both Dark and Light themes strained my eyes. I'm back to VS2010 now.
This is shameful
I saw the screenshots and wanted to give it a chance. But OMG. New UI is awful. Really really unusable. 30 min usage and uninstalled version, going back to 2010. First time in my life I do such a crazy thing.
Please do something before we move to the android or apple world...
Daz Kuffs commented
Awful. 10 minutes usage and my eyes are killing me. Back to VS2010 until they sort out this total mess. I hope heads roll at MS for this abomination. Totally distracting from the job at hand. A sea of grey and I dont have time to learn all the new icons. I have work to do.
SQL server 2012 is powered by visual studio and now looks like the VS 2010 IDE. So can the genius responsible for the train wreck UI for VS 2012 tell me why it looks like DOS?
I really can't see myself using this version of VS at all. Loaded it yesterday and couldn't get past the disgustingly ugly UI. Not to metion all of our work computers are XP.
Was really looking forward to this as I'm like a kid in a candy store with new software, what a huge disappointment. I will be staying with VS 2010 until the UI doesn't look like it did 20 years ago.
Petr Drastil commented
I installed VS today and I wondered - how the **** is possible that this product could go to green with this UI?! Did any programmer who is programming for living tested this product at all or just nobody listened to his complaints?
When you use VS for small project with 50 files max it could be OK but when you have solution that have approx 3.5 GB of files, trust me, you will start to really quickly hate that same grayscale look of everything in UI. Problems I found out so far.
1) I can't distinguish what is code / database file / resources /configuration stuff / etc from just quick look at nicely colored icon.
2) Same "brilliant" idea was made also in Intellisense - you can't easily distinguish what is method, event and property.
3) Whet is difference between disabled and enabled buttons? You know only if you click on them.
4) YELLING CAPITAL letters in menu are annoying and are missing undescope in inactive state for quick shortcut action.
VS 2012 reminds me VS6 that I have to use for compiling some legacy projects and I'm doing it from console because coding in it is step back. So even if there are some nice functions I'am probably not going to use this version without massive UI rework done and do MSDN renewal when 2014 will go out if it will be good.
The User interface looks exactly like user interfaces looked before people learned how to build them properly.
Over the years, many studies have been carried out that researched how people use their computers, allowing us to learn how best to design user interfaces to make people most productive. Up until this latest round of products, MS was doing an excellent job of leading the way in terms of improving user interaction with their applications.
This user interface throws away all of those principles in favor of a early 1980's-retro feel, when we didn't know better.
We have a choice of two very painful "themes", black (an IBM 3270) and white (a newspaper printed on 94+ paper). Yesterday, I chose the lesser of the two evils and had a migraine within an hour.
I would hope that this could be fixed somehow - I'm not sure how I could work for any extended period of time with such a painful user interface.
For one, look at the start screen of Windows 8 as well as the apps (previously referred to as "Metro"). They are full of color.
Also look at the Office 2013 preview, while somewhat similar to VS2012 they still have used colors a lot better in my oppinion. Their icons for folders for example are still yellow, the way we all recognize them with.
Why are you so afraid of color!? Yes, you did add color to a couple of Icons, but still nowhere near enough. Use more color!!!