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
:::::::::::::: REMOVE BLACK SQUARES, RESTORE ICONS!!! :::::::::::::
I am stunned, shocked, and much sad by seeing new VS 2012. VS 2010 is attractive, and I have great pleasure whenever I use VS 2010. I agree with others: the UI of VS 2012 looks cheap, and the dark theme is too dark and the light theme is too light. MS should release a patch for VS 2012 and convert this UI to look like VS 2010's UI. I will just use my VS 2010 whenever I can. I don't even like the new logo of VS 2012; the logo of VS 2010 is so nice. We love our VS 2010 --- make VS 2012 to be like VS 2010.
exists a microsoft connect request to reverse/rollback to vs2010 UI? we all have to vote it faster! :(
seems like that I'm editing with a monochrome monitor on a windows 3.1 interfase, it is awfull :( can use a theme/hack/whatever patch to make vs2012 have UI from vs 2008/2010?
Im having alot of trouble with the new icons, they all look the same to me. I relied on the color to quickly zero in on an icon. Im somewhat upset about this change, i have been looking for a way to undo it without a great amount of effort.
The worst area is the toolbox, i am now forced to read the name of each tool. Very unproductive and painfull to the eyes.
That's a workaround but I don't like to make the product productive at my own. Instead the manufacturer should do that asap. Especially throwing away all help that color gives in recognizing symbols (in this case icons) is a shame. Why would anybody do this? Only because Metro throw away the advantage of colors for user-experience it doesn't mean that a IDE like VisualStudio should ever follow this bad practice. From a usability point of view this is worst!
The new default look is terrible.
Monochrome icons are ok if you have just a few of them and you really are focused on the content, ie. like reading a web page. So this makes sense for the web browser.
But this theory falls apart when you have lots of icons, in different arragements, and the icons themselves represent content ie. the makefile for which solution explorer is a metaphor.
But the "yes men" Visual Studio managers went to their manager meeting, some guy in a suit showed a power point, then he said "are we all on board", and all the other suits cheered "YES!", and this is the result.
My god, i just downloaded VS2012. It feels like we're stepping back towards the dawn of computer..when monochrome and shapes were all blocks. Who really is the genius behind these UI changes...i get that Microsoft wants a consistent look across the board...but how about distinguishing between consumers vs developers. This just sucks imo.
Congratulations to the guys responsible for the new theme editor. Should have been built in to the original product, but still, we have it now.
Enjoying the fresh look of the new UI now I've been using it for a while. I can live with the icons and have suppressed the upper case menus.
However, a request - with it being so easy to change themes now with the theme editor - it would be great if you could set a different theme for each Visual Studio window you have open.
Then it would be very easy to distinguish between the different projects (solutions) you are working on.
Tom>forums and MSDN sites are now starting to have this grey text on white backround (instead of black text on white)
forums distract you from writing code, so must be indistinguishable
>What the heck is going on?
microsoft cares that you write, write, write code. Not look at icons, not read forums - just write more code.
Guess Microsoft really have lost the plot when it comes to user interfaces - suspect if it continues they are going to find themselves on the wrong side of disability/equal access law suit or legislation and quite rightly so. Whoever is the art/GUI lead here is just incompetent!
The Windows 8 look is just about ok - nowhere as nice as easy to use as Windows 7 but at least usable - but some of their web pages are now boarding on unreadable Grey or light blue on white - for !!!! sake are you just stupid?
I don't want to create visual studio themes. I want to write code. I pay you (Microsoft) to create great usabble software. You failed to deliver.
Did you notice that the sub menus are all lower case? under HOME, SAMPLES, LANGUAGES, etc. I guess we can expect the VS menus to follow suit using Microsoft's explanation of why the main menus are ALL CAPS? Ugh...
Forgot to post an example of a site using grey text on a white background:
Slightly off topic here, but has anyone noticed some Microsoft forums and MSDN sites are now starting to have this grey text on white backround (instead of black text on white)? They also have a lighter color blue for hyperlinks instead of the standard dark blue? It's like there's no contrast and the text blends into the background - it's one big eye strain. Seriously I was trying to get some work done and each time I encountered this I had a hard time reading it. What the heck is going on?
The issue here is about productivity.
Our developer brains have learned to speed-read our Visual Studio environment, and each subtle change in colour is an important part of that process.
For example - when speed-reading source code, our brain will focus on blue for class names, red for string literals, green for comments, etc. We don't have to read each line when searching for comments, because the colour coding is so powerful.
So too with the icons.
With the useless grey / black icons, I can't immediately see what is a folder, and what is a file - resulting in a completely frustrating experience, and ultimately a loss in productivity.
Even very subtle colour differences ( e.g. the different icon for a class file to style sheet ) can be picked up and processed by our developer brains in a fraction of a second.
I can't believe that the UI designers have no concept of how powerful colours are when processing large amounts of information quickly.
Many thanks to Adam for his three links to put it all right again.
When running VS 2012 on Windows 7 it is not recognizing Aero settings. While not exactly a color problem, I do use transparency and would like to see it recognized by the application.
Thanks for the color editor, it does help but are we working on a solution for the icons?
Very happy with the "VS 2012 Color Theme Editor", now I am removing votes from this request because the very good extension solved the problem.
(it was not a problem about the "look", but the usability and eyes problems caused by the default low-contrast themes).
Thank you very much.
I am not exaggerating , this new VS 2012 style and themes are causing an eye strain.