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Blender Patch: Glass Buttons


anim.gifHere's some more great news from the French developers: Snark, from the French community BlenderClan has coded in a new set of buttons for the Blender GUI.

Here are a few screenshots with these new buttons in action:

Here are some testbuilds:

Blender's GUI is getting eye-candy, don't you think?

Article submitted by Olivier Saraja

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  1. rpgsimmaster on

    Love those screenshots - Gotta go download it now :)

    Really - the interface just keeps looking and working better and better

  2. rpgsimmaster on

    I love it... My only problem is the buttons have no strong outline, nor can it be adjusted by The outline option in 'UI and Buttons', but otherwise it's very nice...

  3. Same prob here (tried the windows build right now).

    Where are the new buttons? They look interesting on the pics though ...

  4. Ah yes, works now.

    I found this on the site of the build at

    fabry writes:
    To activate the theme: User Preference Window > Themes > Add > UI & Buttons (choose from dropdown list) > Drawtype (from dropdown list) > Glass.

    Looks interesting. Not sure if I will use it.

  5. @fritzman: thanks! Somehow, the blendernation wasn't accessible almost all day here, thus I couldn't check it earlier ;)

    Thanks again!


  6. (BTW: Anyone else lose their Tube mesh primitive in the Add menu?) . . . in this patch build for Windows, I mean.

    Strange . . . I couldn't login to edit my first reply.

    Message at the bottom says I'm the author of this entry. Why didn't anyone tell me that I'm Bart?!

  7. (BTW: Anyone else lose their Tube mesh primitive in the Add menu?) . . . Never mind. Just discovered that this build includes Cylinder primitive creation with the option to cap the ends or not. Love it!

  8. Can't say I'm a huge fan... The line through the middle of the text does impact on readability, especially with lots of buttons side by side you get these repeated striated patterns across the buttons window that dominate.

  9. Finally got it to work... For you Ubuntuists (and maybe for Linux users in general), you have to navigate to /usr/lib and type "sudo link" in order to use it.

  10. Very cool! This matches the default polyester theme in Kubuntu Feisty. Oh, and the page tells me that I'm the author of this entry too. I guess I'm also Bart!

  11. Thanks David, I've tried a few times to put together a nice theme but they all came out crappy.
    Your theme looks great and now my Blender is smiling.

  12. Craines28761 on

    I am having really big problems. Ok when i downloaded the build for windows there was only one thing in the folder. I moved it to my blender installation folder and double clicked it. It opened up blender. I can change the style to glass but when I installing the snark theme by downloading the python script and moving it into the script folder on my blender installation directory. I opened the new blender and tried to run the script but blender keeps crashing. When I open the old blender.exe file and try to run the script it works but the glass theme isn't there all i get is the colors. I need help please. This is a really cool theme but I can't get it to work.

  13. Sovereignncc-e on

    This is a great new addition to Blender's otherwise-a-bit-bland GUI. I am still hoping that someday someone will code in some Aqua-style buttons, though.

  14. I keep getting a pop up in Windows:

    The ordinal 33 could not be located in the dynamic link library zlib.dll

    Any suggestions?

  15. Craines28761, I had the same issue with the Snark colors Python script (Blender crashing on Windows OS). How did you fix it???

  16. its not really something thats necessary but i think it makes blender look a bit more proffessional for sure. It's nice when you're doing the same thing for hours and hours to have the program look good.

  17. I've dowloaded the glass-patched Windows exe from and the Window.Theme.Get() command crashes the blender.

    Try this simple script:


    """ Registration info for Blender menus:
    Name: 'Material Works test'
    Blender: 241
    Group: 'Materials'
    Tooltip: ''
    import Blender
    from Blender import *

    themes = Window.Theme.Get()

  18. Yes, bruxy, you're right.
    That's another bug ...
    It's a shame, the new buttons are very nice, but it seems the build brings some problems ... :(

  19. Yes, the build has some problems with Python, but I've only seen them on the Windows version. However, on the Linux version, it seems to handle Python even better. When a script has an error, it doesn't exit the script! It just says theres an error and that it may not work correctly. I find that very usefull so that I don't have to go back and press Alt+P or go through menus to find a script.

  20. Now if only there were rounded + glass buttons... that's what I'd love to see, myself. Unfortunately, I don't yet know enough to contribute anything to such a project...

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