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
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
Doug, are you guys going to add an optional VS 2010 theme or are we wasting our time here?
Mike Bursill commented
As with everyone else here I also feel RC was a big let-down. Color was added to only a handful of icons. We need more! The solution explorer is very difficult to use in its current state.
Роман Семенов commented
Usually developers don't design content in VS they write code! We don't need graphical editor enhancements in text editor. Leave this monochromatic GUI for blend.
The Release Candidate did not bring back nearly enough color. It is still largely bland. The new Source Control Explorer in VS 2012 RC is absolutely atrocious. It literally makes it completely unusable. Seriously, if this is what Windows 8 and "Metro" is all about, I have to say without a doubt that I absolutely hate the concept and I will definitely recommend that all of my friends and fellow developers boycott anything that has to do with VS 2012 and Windows 8. Long live VS 2010 and Windows 7!!
Is it because Apple ditched color in their logo a decade ago?
Only 10 years behind Microsoft.
Even my TRS-80 COLOR computer had color. In 1981.
Please add back in the color! I absolutely hate the new UX. My productivity took a big hit and I think it actually gave me a headache.
Gordon Tucker commented
The new colored icons are a step in the right direction. Unfortunately that is only one step of a mile journey you need to make back to color. I still think the best solution is to allow users to replace the icons with any they want. Giving the user power when a good chunk of your users are power users would be best.
OH, AND DO YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND THAT WE DON'T WANT ALL CAPS ANYWHERE? Ugh...
They certainly showed how much they're "listening" to us with RC.
The color in the New Project dialog is barely noticeable (almost exactly the same as the Beta). More color needs to be added back to the New Project dialog at a minimum. Preferably, the New Project dialog will end up looking just like it did with Visual Studio 2010.
Ralph Trickey commented
I'll keep it a little constructive. I have to say that the 'new' UI is horrible. Almost no color, and the items with contrast are the items I don't care about (the VS Logo in the top left, save button, etc.) In addition, the 'shouting' ALL CAPS menu and BOLD text in inappropriate places (Team explorer sidebar) make this product look like it was designed by a group of 20 bleeding edge designers who did not talk to each other. The start menu being all black while the TFS explorer window and the rest of the window are white is just one example of a project which feels like it got too big and is being pushed too fast. The individual functionality seems to be there (based on VS 11 Beta) but this product feels to me like a huge open source project where the lead designer changed the main UI and everyone else is trying to catch up.
RC - Nightmare! I need to get together with the forces to comment on!
Mike O'Brien commented
RE VS 2012 RC: I swear you guys added color to like 2 icons and then thought that resolved this issue. Whoever is clinging to this monochromatic design needs to just let go. Color ALL the icons! COLOR COLOR COLOR. GIVE ALL ICONS COLOR. DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF YOUR USERS MOUTHS? What? Don't yell? Oh yeah, all caps is just as bad as no color. Please fix before RTM, please. COLOR!
I know that it is appropriate to do this with UIs to support tablets, phones, etc. However is anyone really hacking away at Visual Studio from any of these devices?
I can't imagine anything more painful than coding without a keyboard, and on screen will not suffice. The bottom line is that design should not exceed function.
I have heard from people on forums that Win98 is the last thing Microsoft have made his best. Can you check your team that which UI guys you lost after win98. I am sure they play a great role in win98.
I am tried VS11 beta in Win8 and set the theme #1 high contrast. its' make many thing not worked. CTRL + K + D not worked.
I completely agree to this, I looked at it. As a developer who looks at the same application day in and day out making it grey makes it look like a very undesirable looking product.
Who cares about windows 8 and the metro look and feel if you dont satisfy the developers Microsoft Windows 8 will become the new Vista.
Chris Field said Dreadful UI. Seriously, did a dog design this?
Chris - you have seriously insulted my dog grrrr.....!
But being fair to you and dogs they are partialy colour blind (well dichromatic vision actually) which explains the design by Microsoft then.
Just wonder why its so hard for Microsoft to listen to its users. lets be thankful they don't design hammers.....
Chris Field commented
Dreadful UI. Seriously, did a dog design this?
Alon Kobets commented
VS2011 was the first VS I uninstalled and I've been using every version ever was, including betas, starting with 2003.
UI is ugly and not intuitive. Developers, as most people, are creatures of habit. When you do such drastic changes, you confuse them, thus demanding a learning curve, thus reducing productivity.
In short, bring back old 2010 UI or we will not upgrade our licenses when 2011 is RTM.
Mohammad Sanati commented
I hate this ugly UI. it looks like the wall of jail.