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
Phil Murray commented
After using the new UI for a few days I have to day I love the dark theme. The performance is greatly improved, hopefully the toolbox performance is too.
The glyphs are hideous, it took me 20 minutes to find the add/remove comment icon!!! Who dreamed that one up?
Please remove the capitalization from all menu's, I don't like to be shouted at.
The whole application need a little more pop and the examples shown in the RC are a little better.
The new UI is not bad, but it is imposed without the possibility of choice, and I want to choose themes and icons.
I liked the all grey icons better as they didn't stick as much.
My own studies:
The icons in VS are indistinguishable NOT due to the lack of color, just because they are too small (low resolution = "blurry").
Google has monochrome 21x21px icons which are perfectly readable, Microsoft only 16x16px ... and this whole bunch of comments about it
Mike S commented
I hope they are bringing back the dynamic help window too
I spent a considerable amount of money for a COLOR display (card, monitors etc.), I'd like to benefit from it while coding not just while watching cats play the piano.
Dean J. commented
(1) Most all of the negative feedback could be avoided if MS would say this: "we see the new look is a big point of contention, so we'll give the 2010 theme as an option."
(2) Notice the silence of the MS bloggers (Hanselman, etc.) ....that should tell you something. One Hanselman blog post regarding the beta look, he said "I'm confident it will turn out alright." But now just silence. I can't help but wondering if guys on the VS team and even some fairly high up bloggers are shocked that the bland look is being forced.
Andre Coetzee commented
I have to add another comment about the all caps case introduced by the Metro style of applications - now also prevalent in the VS 11 IDE. It is my personal experience that "all caps" are more difficult to read than mixed or proper case. And I quote from the wikipedia web site. “…Studies have been conducted on the readability and legibility of all caps text. Some 20th century scientific testing indicates that all caps text is less legible and less readable than lower case text. Colin Wheildon stated that there is an "apparent consensus" that lower case text is more legible…” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_caps)
Andre Coetzee commented
I agree 100 percent with Michiel. Color and shape association is key for my productivity. I have turned away from many apps that does not tick this box.
498 Comments and 7917 votes! Let's see if Microsoft is listening to us developers?!
Really really ugly UI! Hope it don't go into final production like this :-(
What are you doing??? I can almost see some tendencies in Windows Phone too, especially the settings dialogs...
We understand, you want a clean fast smooth UI! But sorry you fail big time!
I like the idea of a clean and plain UI, but little more shades/color bigger new icons maybe.
And how on earth will this match the Windows 8 Metro UI???
Come on it's year 2012 not 1986!!! Let's see som arty and inspiring graphics, so we can continue using your stuff!
Completely agree for colorization of VS. Best colors I saw is VS2005. WHY, ****, answer me WHY AND WHO was so brave to put his stupidly stupid head to break good design?!!?
"Remember Internet Explorer was once the top browser and where is it now. In the span of few years it is playing catchup while many people avoid it out of principle and the bad blood it generated. The same can happen with Visual Studio."
With all the recent gaffes (C++ rennaisance, anyone? which turned out to be not about C++11, but rather about another horrible language extension... jeez), it's not "can happen", it will happen, absolutely.
Agree with poster. Preview looks horrible.
I want to pay the full theming VS.
I agree with mrdev.
Please add the color icons back or at least make it a choice. Making Monochrome icons in the days of HD monitors is just a step in the wrong direction
The Color Toolbar is familiar and red, green stop, run are good visual cues
The RC pictures show how much they've "listened" to us. It's sad.
Phil Murray commented
I think it's also futile to expect Microsoft to provide a VS2010 theme.
In their desperate rush to catch up with Apple and Google they are listening to supposed "user design experts" and will have very little interest that the development community does not like the UI.
After all anything else just would not be "Metro"
Apple and Google have got where they are by innovating and by providing easy to use/simple interfaces. Microsoft, please realise that this is a development environment as thus requires some complexity. In this suite were are interested in producing Metro application, not developing in one.
No Azarien, it is not futile. We are paying for this product (directly or indirectly) so we should DEMAND that mistakes be fixed. If it is not fixed at RTM, then it will have to be fixed in a service pack.
The majority of users did not download the beta. I've been at 2 job sites in the past 6 months, and most people in the offices did not look at it. Their basis for comparison will be VS 2010 vs VS11 RTM. Therefore the number of unhappy people at release will HUGELY exceed the number of people unhappy with beta or RC. The inability of MS management to grasp this simple concept is troubling. It's as if that manager believes that everyone downloaded the beta and now will settle for the few tweaks. Well, they are in for a surprise come RTM.
My solution to this problem would be:
1. Ensure theme editor works so that people can create a 2010 or 2008 color theme. Make sure edges/border can be shown (ie. black) if desired to create 2008 look.
2. Take out hardcoded icons and put them into pluggable resource DLLs. Then ship a 2010 icons DLL.
3. Allow icons to be added back in to places where they were taken out (ie. tabs like solution explorer). BTW this is a disaster in the RC. You are going to get a lot of anger once people put 6 tabs next to each other and the text is chopped off.
Work on this now so that you can hastily release an RTM update a few months after RTM after you have already had an egg on your face and a serious dent in your reputation.
Remember Internet Explorer was once the top browser and where is it now. In the span of few years it is playing catchup while many people avoid it out of principle and the bad blood it generated. The same can happen with Visual Studio.
I think asking for VS2010 theme is now futile. It seems that they *HAVE* to mess around with the UI for the sole sake of doing it. Let's focus on what should be done with the already announced Beta and RC theme.