Launcher loads 48 px icons instead of 32 px

Bug #641669 reported by Severin Heiniger on 2010-09-17
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Neil J. Patel
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

The launcher loads its icons with a size of 48 px, but actually displays them with a size of 32 px. Scaling the icons down causes them to look blurry.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: unity 0.2.40-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.32-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Sep 18 00:28:17 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Alpha amd64 (20100827)
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SourcePackage: unity

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Severin Heiniger (severinh) wrote :
Severin Heiniger (severinh) wrote :

Simply changing the value 48 to 32 in unity/theme.vala has a significant impact on the appearance of the unity launcher. Compare the following two screenshots.

summary: - Application launcher should choose 32 px PNG icons over SVG
+ Launcher loads 48 px icons instead of 32 px
description: updated
description: updated
Severin Heiniger (severinh) wrote :

The bug report has been linked to a branch that contains the proposed 2-character fix. Of course, having no knowledge about the internals of Unity, I'm not sure whether the fix negatively affects other components of Unity.

description: updated
Severin Heiniger (severinh) wrote :
Severin Heiniger (severinh) wrote :
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

admittedly clearer

Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged

 importance high
 status confirmed

Severin, thanks for the report, analysis, screenshots and patch! I agree
that the quality of the icon rendering at the moment is a big weakness.
Christian Giordano is our "visual tastemaster" on Unity and I'll ask him
to review your attached screenshots and comment.

Personally, I'd like to see the icons be even bigger, there's a LOT of
buffer space in the tiles which seems unnecessary.


Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
status: Triaged → Confirmed
Philipp Merkel (plippo) wrote :

I also like the version with the 32px icons better. I would additionally recommend to also create 32px versions of the special icons (applications, files, trash) as they are currently only available in 48px.

I would not to make the icons bigger (although as a simple user I would never dare to disagree with Mark...). In the current state, with the generous space around them, the launcher looks light and friendly. Making the icons bigger would certainly make it look crowded.

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2010-09-20
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → High
milestone: none → 2010-09-22
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) wrote :

Thank you Serverin for pointing this out. As it's a bit late to change the size of the icons now, I have updated the loader to load the correctly sized icons as per Serverin's recommendations.

For icon size changes for Natty, please open another bug and "also affects" ayatana-design, thanks!

Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Neil J. Patel (njpatel)
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 0.2.42-0ubuntu1

unity (0.2.42-0ubuntu1) maverick; urgency=low

  * New upstream release:
    - "Applications" and "Files & Folders" tooltips are not translatable
      (LP: #644215)
    - Fix inactive menus are accessible on switching to a window (LP: #604505)
    - Fix wrong launcher tile label/quicklist x position (LP: #631446)
    - Fix highlighted items in quicklist have different widths (LP: #643315)
    - In migration tool, being safe when people are using crazy caracters in
      desktop file (LP: #644114, #635156)
    - Detect if 3D acceleration support is provided. Otherwise, prompt for
      logout and change default session (LP: #614088)
    - Fix quicklist shows hidden menu items (LP: #641543)
    - Fix removing launchers via dnd fails (LP: #643434)
    - Better launcher auto-scroll performances (LP: #640560)
    - Make the insensitive state of the forward- and back-button more obvious by
      decreasing their opacity, thus users don't assume they are actually
      clickable. (LP: #638285)
    - Fix some dialogs aren't maximized but are undecorated (LP: #628822)
    - Fix some menus don't go away when window closes (LP: #640557)
    - Fixes bug where the wrong icon where at times associated with a tile in
      the places view. (LP: #642935)
    - Speedup icon loading (LP: #641246)
    - Make trash menu items in Unity are either not translatable or translations
      are not loaded (LP: #645038)
    - Fix using dnd on launcher makes focus not work out of the unity ui
      (LP: #637123)
    - Multi-monitor support (LP: #637123)
    - Enable/disable super key by a gconf key (LP: #632581)
    - Remove glow on fold (LP: #619344)
    - Ensure we dont map windows when expose is active (LP: #599766)
    - take new indicator API for action for top-level dropdown menu item not
      activated (LP: #637692)
    - Make the home buttons reactive (LP: #638857)
    - Add red tint when search fails (LP: #607821)
    - New (and final!) UI adjustement, but UNE isn't in the doc as seen with
      the doc team (LP: #627009)
    - Single-touches on the launcher are usually interpreted as a drag
      (LP: #641328)
    - URI activation in global view (LP: #612562)
    - Clicking a Place icon while viewing the same place in the Dash should
      return to the Home screen of that place and clear the search (LP: #607829)
    - Fix mutter crashed with SIGSEGV in g_type_check_instance() (LP: #641561)
    - Fix panel and menu item font colors don't match (LP: #637480)
    - Fix indicators have orange color (LP: #632975)
    - Fix inactive menus are accessible on switching to a window (LP: #604505)
    - Use semi-transparent rectangle around launcher-icon (LP: #643388)
    - Fix mutter crashes when closing pop-up dialog (LP: #642669)
    - Change launcher icon reference size loading (LP: #641669)
    - Fix mutter crashing in mumble start (LP: #641335)
    - Fix clicking on a category from CoFs does not directly take you to the
      desired category (LP: #638402)
    - Fix some menus don't go away when window closes (LP: #640557)
    - Launchers should act like if the application was not focussed ...


Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2010-09-23
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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