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
Michael Trigoboff commented
The VS 2012 user interface absolutely sucks. Microsoft needs to provide us with a pre-built VS 2010 theme. You took a great product and made it ugly and unusable.
@Tom - One workaround is to just not develop any third party Win8, WP8, 4.5 based apps. Let Microsoft take on the burden of using this interface for 8 hours a day, since they seem to be the only ones who like it.
@ Anon "Yeah, I know so keep using it - nobody is stopping you"
The other problem is that to develop Win8, WP8 and 4.5 based apps we'll need to use this beast. So we're left with little choice.
what a shame for developing such ****...
Rick C. Hodgin commented
Something occurred to me today ... we're using "Visual" Studio ... and it's the worst visual experience since something Win 3.1.
Is Microsoft going to give us an option to switch the IDE back to 2010 mode? You started development with the 2010 shell so it should be possible. The Theme Editor is very helpful and hats off to the guys who wrote it. Seriously, thanks. The thing is, it's just not going to cover everything. Running an expensive development environment all patched up to correct visuals is really rather silly. I started using Microsoft products years ago so I wouldn't have to do this. Ever.
In all fairness to those of us in the community who don't like your interpretation of "Metro", we did voice our opinions early. You knew we didn't like it and you persisted. 40,000 downloads (and counting) of the Theme Editor makes quite a statement.
I'm going to get 2012 forced in front of me pretty soon and while I look forward to the internal changes I'm not looking forward to the visual experience. I work with this interface 8 hours a day, 5 days week. THEN I write for myself. It's a lot of time in front of a piece of software.
Without anything else to distract you from my message - I would like to have an option to revert the entire 2012 shell back to 2010. There's no good earthly reason for it to look the way it does and I for one am happy with whole Win7/Aero desktop computing experience along with the applications that were designed for it.
Yeah, I know so keep using it - nobody is stopping you. That's fine but once the team here starts developing with 2012 the choice to use 2010 will not be there.
Stupidest UI ever. I hate UI of VS 2012. I can tolerate UI of 2010. I love UI of 2008/2005.
Aleksey Kovalev commented
Icons is unusable. No productivity. Give us choice.
Ashma Doodh commented
Guys, Microsoft is following the footsteps of Windows 8--ugly and that's a single word that describes both Windows 8 and VS 2012
There's a project over at codeplex called Visual Studio Icon Patcher
Dwi Elfianto commented
I guess MS really sucked into those Metro whatsoever nonsense. This IS 2012 and you give us, your developers this kind of UI? What kind of UI designer you employ?
The color scheme is f**king ugly, the icons is giving me eyestrain and the ALL CAPS menu SUCKS!
who the heck approved this color theme. I feel like scratching my eyes out. Major fail !!!!
I am having issues with the look and feel of VS2012 and it makes me want to close it and go back to VS2010 which is very appealing, productive and fun to work with. The new UX in VS2012 is very poor and I am very disappointed. I have used every Microsoft IDE since 1998 and VS2010 is still the best while VS2012 is visually the worst. I hate the Metro look.
Rick C. Hodgin commented
The new GUI ... well ["say something nice" he thinks] ...
At least the all upper-case main menu items use a proportionally spaced font. That's nice. And, at least there is an uninstall option. Also nice. And it did only waste 4 hours of my life trying it out. So, that's not so bad. But MOST IMPORTANTLY ... at least now I know what to expect in the future from Microsoft. And at least now I have a solid reason to devote some serious time switching everything over to Linux.
Abhishek Goenka commented
Still all the icons are black and white. Anyways something got improved.
@Product Team, Microsoft: So please now create an icon pack extension and a colored title bar with menu without all caps.
I found on
https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/758845/immediately-provide-a-vs2010-theme-for-vs-2012 same as here, vote while can to make MS see our pray for our eyes :/
CUT THE ::: C_R_A_P :::
:::::::::::::: REMOVE BLACK SQUARES, RESTORE ICONS!!! :::::::::::::