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Post Posted June 6th, 2009, 4:42 pm

Nosromo wrote:My friends told me about this theme but unfortunately I find that it is not available anymore.
Is there any chance of a revival if we say please?

Hi,

I suspect that BMV may remain 'unavailable', but it doesn't need reviving because it never went away. Here it is for the upcoming Firefox 3.5 - http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/4788/cap176.png

As Blue Moonlight Vista uses my most advanced code engine, I always update it first for new Firefox versions and use the changes as the template for all the others. - the tabbar New Tab button here is fairly faint, but that's just because I don't like this feature, the released themes will have a more prominent version. 8-)

However, like with Metal Lion 2 and a few other themes of mine, it is unlikely that BMV will be released publicly again, but, who knows? That's the brief answer anyway.....

Frank :)
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Post Posted June 12th, 2009, 4:37 am

Just a follow up as someone who is new to this I wonder if I could pump you for more details if you would be so kind?

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Post Posted September 16th, 2009, 7:33 pm

Nosromo wrote:Just a follow up as someone who is new to this I wonder if I could pump you for more details if you would be so kind?

Oooops..... missed this. :oops:

Well, what to add? BMV and Metal Lion 2 probably will not become public themes again, if only because of the 'been there, done that' factor. :) It's worth mentioning that the only pleasure that I get from making themes is, er, actually designing, creating and making the graphics, so once that bit is done ........... Plus, I am now supposed to be an ex-themer these days.

...which I will be immediately contradicting by now announcing the soon arrival of my latest theme, working title, 'Metal Lion Necromancer' (no idea where I dreamt that up from and I'm sure it will change. :))

This is one mother of a dark theme that I started back in May (?) which is 50% done and then summer began and my attention was diverted (as usual) to outdoor pursuits and also my garden (I grow lots of dahlias, flowers, veg, etc). With the weather now cooling slightly and the draw of the great outdoors waning somewhat, now is the time to finish this one, I think.

Against my better judgement, I'll probably release it on Addons first. To be quite honest with you the real reason for this is, if you only release brand new themes on your own website, then some bugger of a theme ripper comes along, puts it on Addons (as CatThief found out) and tries to claim it as their own! Sad, but true and just one of the many reasons why there are not better Firefox themes about. ;)

So...a mixture of all sorts of Metal Lion type news for you.

Hope that answer your question and apologies again for totally missing your second post here.

Frank :)
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Post Posted May 22nd, 2010, 1:17 pm

This is my first theme.....for K-Meleon, which is a browser I have been using a lot on my netbook - I don't normally have that 'Privacy Toolbar' above showing. I've struggled to come up with a name for this theme and have settled on Blue Moonlight Vista for K Melon. :)

You need to use a dark OS theme as well, but I was. So, that's OK. Interesting job and I've solved a few problems with K-Meleon themes doing this one. Anyone using this browser, just PM me for this 'new' theme.

Frank :)

Edit - got rid of image link above, as it's now an ad!
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Post Posted May 23rd, 2010, 4:23 pm

Wow. That actually makes me want to use K-Meleon! I notice you say, you need to use a dark OS theme... so I guess it's not XP compatible eh?
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Post Posted May 23rd, 2010, 4:55 pm

patrickjdempsey wrote:Wow. That actually makes me want to use K-Meleon! I notice you say, you need to use a dark OS theme... so I guess it's not XP compatible eh?

I'm using TypeZero for XP for this...and that uxtheme.dll (?) that everyone uses to get msstyles on XP. Oh, and I'm using a transparency program for the titlebar (does Aero-snap as well, etc)

Wish they hadn't made K Melon so OS theme dependant, give me 10 minutes on any form of chrome file and I could have changed the colour of the separators, tabs, search/urlbars and not needed an OS theme to complete the job. Yeah, I would have preferred my scrolls on it, but could have managed with native ones.

Theme-wise, the main technical problem is their use of .bmp for icons, which use magenta for transparency. This means you cannot just take decent .pngs and slap them on or you get shades of magenta on the edges. You follow me? That's why the forward/back are no longer joined as on the true BMV. However, using a new technique, I managed the rest OK. My toolbars were just converted and that was it.

I confess to a slight irritation - this is a damn good browser and if they had just gone a fraction more, i.e. userChrome.css, then I could theme the hell out of it and give it a UI like they wouldn't believe. Ah, well. :)
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Post Posted May 23rd, 2010, 5:00 pm

Ahhh... I wondered why most of the K-Meleon themes I had seen used pixel-art instead of smooth graphics. I've never gone very far into theming XP, I usually strip out as much of the *fancy* stuff as possible for annoyance/speed reasons. If I was running 7 I would ask for it in a heartbeat though!
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Post Posted November 22nd, 2017, 4:10 pm

Just a little something to amuse you - Metal Lion Blue Moonlight Vista made for Firefox 57 -


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