Activity log for bug #1847571

Date Who What changed Old value New value Message
2019-10-10 06:58:33 Szabolcs bug added bug
2019-10-10 06:58:33 Szabolcs attachment added Screenshot 2019-10-10 08.54.06.png https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/1847571/+attachment/5296137/+files/Screenshot%202019-10-10%2008.54.06.png
2019-10-10 07:02:39 Szabolcs attachment added Screenshot 2019-10-10 09.02.01.png https://bugs.launchpad.net/calibre/+bug/1847571/+attachment/5296138/+files/Screenshot%202019-10-10%2009.02.01.png
2019-10-10 07:06:04 Szabolcs description Calibre 3.x did not support dark mode on macOS at all. It always stayed in light mode. Calibre 4 does support it, but not fully. The usability is generally bad. There are many instances of dark text on dark background, and (predictably) many of the icon themes don't work well at all. It is not clear which one would work reasonably well. Also, switching to dark mode while Calibre is running does not work well (a restart is needed). Personally, I think that making Calibre work perfectly with macOS's dark mode is just not worth the effort. What I would prefer is to be able to set my OS to dark mode (so that most apps are dark), but still have Calibre run in light mode as version 3.x does. This would give me a mostly dark experience, and a perfectly usable Calibre. I don't want to switch the entire OS back to ligh mode *just because of Calibre*. Dark mode is generally nice to have in apps, but usability should be of much higher priority than looks. Please either make Calibre always run in light mode, or if some other users really want the dark mode even in its current no-so-usable state, then please include an option to make it always run in light mode. Calibre 3.x did not support dark mode on macOS at all. It always stayed in light mode. Calibre 4 does support it, but not fully. The usability is generally bad. There are many instances of dark text on dark background, and (predictably) many of the icon themes don't work well at all. It is not clear which one would work reasonably well. Also, switching to dark mode while Calibre is running does not work well (a restart is needed). Personally, I think that making Calibre work perfectly with macOS's dark mode is just not worth the effort. What I would prefer is to be able to set my OS to dark mode (so that most apps are dark), but still have Calibre run in light mode as version 3.x does. This would give me a mostly dark experience, and a perfectly usable Calibre. I don't want to switch the entire OS back to ligh mode *just because of Calibre*. Dark mode is generally nice to have in apps, but usability should be of much higher priority than looks. Please either make Calibre always run in light mode, or if some other users really want the dark mode even in its current no-so-usable state, then please include an option to make it always run in light mode. ---- I added some screenshots to show some of the problems: - Even after switching to the default icon theme, some icons have bad visibility (e.g. Cover Grid, Quickview). There is no suitable icon theme I could find. - Black text on dark background - Near-invisible checkboxes in lists - There are other problems which are not shown in these screenshots Switching the user interface style to System Default helps a little bit, but does not solve all problems. The macOS style is not ideal for Calibre (takes more space, interface was clearly not designed with this style in mind). Instead of trying to address all these issues (which would certainly be difficult), I would much prefer the option to just force Calibre to light mode, which works perfectly.
2019-10-10 16:57:18 Kovid Goyal calibre: status New Fix Released