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
Francois Lefebvre commented
Currently NOT using 2012, too ugly!!!!
please put back 2010 style!!!!!
Muhammad Afzal commented
Microsoft hired some stone aged designer for UI design in VS 2012 and that motherfukkr brought the black/white age back and they say they're enhancing colors and fukking VS which we see 80% of our time boycott VS new release it don't have Project installer template as well so now a new pain in the developer's *** Microsoft hired new bunch of idiots who think existing features are useless .Net 4.5 don't support XP as well so fuckkk New VS 2012 We don't need that shiittt keep it in your Asssess......
Michael Brennt commented
sadly i have to agree with most comments :(
standard ui look is not good at all, and my eyes get tired really fast. changing color theme to blue (vs10 alike) helps, but still e.g. solution explorer is illegible...
MS, hire 2010 team back!
hey, ms team, still believe in your fake image? ;/
VS 2010 sí! VS 2012 no!
I now have to start using VS2012 on a new project. I get headaches after about 3 hours of work now when I usually work 9 hours straight in VS2010 with no problems. The interface is a mess. The color theme option is a joke. The icons need to be more distinguishable one from another. I have a color monitor and I would like to be able to use it please.
Maybe we should all go back to black and white TV as well.....
You see what happens when you design something while wearing 3D glasses?
It is hard to stand at the look and feel of VS2012.
Are these guys smoking some weeds or what?
I read his article and his latest reply. What I hear is "Windows 8 Metro is great and everybody who complains is wrong". He uses Zune and the Windows Phone as his justification for it being "right" and "its too hard" for why they couldn't do better.
Hmm... I would suggest, respectfully: to go into any retailer and try to purchase a Zune or look in any retailer that sells phones from all of the networks to see how many Windows Phones they sell (if any). To quote Dr. Phil (something I rarely do): "So, how's that working for ya?" Has Apple given up selling their Ipods or Iphones yet because they can't compete anymore? Are you worried about them "ripping off" the Metro design?
Nobody likes it. The Emperor has no clothes. You had something excellent and you traded it for something terrible just like in the children's story and my guess it was for pretty much the same reasons.
The people who made the decisions were likely surrounded with others who would only tell them "Oh, it looks wonderful" even though they knew it looked like garbage. Come on - can you honestly tell us that there are more than a handful of people who actually like this UI?
Brian Harry has written thorough explanations about the GUI on page 3 of the comments @
The color theme is step 1, but I still find the UI painful. Is this a gateway to better things? If so, is there a roadmap we can look at in the hope of a brighter future? Why was this dog's breakfast inflicted on me, a developer on your platform?
Rick C. Hodgin commented
I have to agree that VS2012 actually does make the eyes hurt using it. I was surprised by that. I had read what other people had written about it, and it's true. Eye strain after only 10s of minutes of using it.
I am just floored that Microsoft would do this to its developers. We are not regular end-users. Why do we have to be treated to the same horrid metro-like design? Why not (at least) give us the option?
Rick C. Hodgin commented
I just re-installed Visual Studio 2012 because I need a feature it has, and I noticed they now include more themes by default. I think the feedback is working. Still no way to edit icons.
Why can't software keep getting better over time? Why do we continually have to lose fundamental abilities when "upgrading" Microsoft products? There's no reason for it except politics. *sigh*
Ron Murphy commented
Doug, it's not just the basic theme. Colour doesn't make it much better. What happened? Was there no internal Microsoft previews? Have you not had tons of internal complaints before you released this?
Thanks for sugesting the Color Theme editor... but thats no option for all the Express version users out there!
Fabian Schmied commented
The Color Theme Editor is a good start, but the main problem I'm having is with the icons in toolbars and next to menu items. Without (differentiable) colors, scanning icons takes much longer.
William Domenz commented
Fugly Fugly Fugly - Come on - really who designed this ****? Better yet WHO approved the look? Why are we going backwards in the look and design on what is supposed to be the latest and greatest?
Please put out a SP with a theme - I will even take the old VS 6.0 over this eye bleeding garbage!
Hire a designer to your team! At least one.