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
Updated Status: 7/2/2013
Thanks to everyone who voted and commented on this issue. Visual Studio 2013 has increased color and contrast use within the user interface while continuing to focus on giving the content you are creating and editing visual prominence. We’ve utilized the feedback you gave us to help refine our approach to color and contrast within three main areas: 1) we added color to icons and reduced line weights to improve icon scan-ability and to better communicate icon meaning and categorization; 2) we added line work and raised contrast levels to increase visual separation between screen regions; 3) we included a built-in “Blue” theme option at product first launch to better support user choice.
In keeping with these three areas we have made many changes to the Visual Studio 2013 built-in themes. In high utilization and icon intensive areas of the product, such as common toolbar actions and code hierarchy elements, we refined the color and/or line weight of over 1,000 commonly used icons resulting in color being applied to ~80% of standard and debug toolbar icons, ~75% of code hierarchy icons, and 100% of active notifications. In both the Light and Dark themes we increased contrast levels and introduced more border line work to better highlight the edges of content areas such as input fields, tool window borders, active selection states, etc. We also introduced the ability to choose the theme that best meets your preferences and work environment needs as a part of the product first launch experience.
Many of the changes we’ve made are subtle in nature but broad reaching in their application. As Visual Studio 2013 Preview has now shipped, we’re closing this item to give your votes back for you to use on emerging topics. We encourage you to try out the changes we’ve made and then share additional feedback you might have.
Visual Studio UX Team
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
Why is this marked as completed? Are you trying to save face at the expense of your customers?
Hans Pfaff commented
I believe indeed Microsoft reacts very sloppy on the many complaints about the ugly colors and bad contrast in VS2012.
I myself think that the VS2012 GUI is a nightmare. It is a danger for your eyes (extreme stress). It is slavery to work with it. You destroy your eyes working with it I myself have serious difficulties working with it. I could improve my situation considerably by loading and installing a registry file from the internet. This registry file introduces smoother color gradients in almost all controls and makes the working much better. (I am alos using dark editor background colors: good for the eyes).
But I don't want to be forced to search for hours through the internet to find someone (if I am lucky) who had the same issues and invested hours to solve a problem that Microsoft even refuses to accept. Microsoft should listen to its customers who spend a lot of money on their products.
'Completed'? Dear god why don't you cretins at Microsoft ever actually LISTEN to your users!!!
Doug VS PM
Have been trying VS2013 - and it isn't much better, the icons are still difficult to see? Just don't get why you can't bring back the icons everyone is familiar and happy with - Is it that difficult to get it right?
Bottom line looks like something an engineer with no design skills has but together for a quick test program to test code - I'm I right?
I'd like to add that, while I still feel that are issues that need to be addressed (such as menu item capitalization), I'm encouraged by the VS team's apparent willingness to incorporate user feedback.
Still, I'd prefer a LESS ANGRY IDE. IT MAKES ME STRESSED. AND THIS IS ALREADY A STRESSFUL JOB.
MS, please distinguish what is for end customers ("metro") and for skilled engineers (VS).
Shaw's Principle: Build A System That Even A Fool Can Use, And Only A Fool Will Want To Use It.
Jorge Pedraza commented
Dear Visual Studio Team.
You must understand the situation. We are requesting the VS 2010 user interface or better for the next version of Visual Studio.
Visual Studio should not be part of a strategy Microsoft (Style Metro and more).
>The suggestion was for VS2012 that we are using now, NOT for future versions
Don't be ridiculous. When changes are made, it always become "future version".
Tudor Turcu commented
The suggestion was for VS2012 that we are using now, NOT for future versions that we might use or not after a few years, so the request was NOT completed.. :(
Need VS2010 theme with classic true-color icons.
Removed color by -100 points, and "adding" by 1, the result is -99 points!
You are scoffing.
"Please add color to VS 2012." "We added color to VS 2013, item complete!" ...well no, not if VS 2012 doesn't also get this update.
Much appreciated, thanks for listening.
Are the menus NO LONGER SCREAMING AT ME without requiring a registry hack? Is the washed out, dirty water grey now a real black? Sigh. I had such high hopes after 2010 came out. It appears that VS releases suffer from a similar predicament as Star Trek films: every Nth one is destined to be less than satisfactory.
Thank you for listening to your customers. :) You guys are awesome!
David Rickard commented
Thanks for adding the color back.
Michael Trigoboff commented
What about the menu bar? Has it stopped SHOUTING???
Visual Studio 2013 - Better.
I like the color scheme of the common action icons. The color usage is conservative but much more effective than the black and white.
The border line work - better. I think it's important to have it there. I would include the color of the border lines in the color editor.
Solution Explorer looks better. The icons at the top of the window need color. Maybe follow the common action coloring?
I would still like to see support for Aero in the main window border. The dialog boxes all support it, why not the main window?
Need an option to load user-defined icons. With such speed of "fixes", this seems the only way to restore normal icons in a reasonable timeframe.