ToDo: For DA Integration

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This page is for keeping track of bugs in Dark Audacity integration into 2.2.0 development build.
  • I'm hoping it will reduce the overhead in tracking bugs and requests for improvements


  • Done.png Selection toolbar is inaccessible (does not respond to tabs normally and not read by Screen Readers)
This is caused by theming the text. The fix is to support color warping (on/off) as an option, on by default. With color warping active, which will happen if the system theme is similar enough, Audacity will use the system settings for this control rather than faking it by new (colored) text items. That will be OK for VI and HI-Contrast users.
  • Done.png On Linux there is no built in theme close enough to the default to allow color blending to work.
This is what is still to do on Bug 1630. Will fix by reducing sensitivity.
  • Done.png On Linux Classic theme, the buttons are posterized
This is caused by color warping from Windows default (bright) rather than from old default (darker). It will be fixed by using a darker default in the theme and color warping that to light on Windows.
  • Done.png In Hi-Contrast theme the meter numbers are the same color as the meter
The fix is (a) to detect this special case and (b) draw a contrasting background behind the numbers in that case.
  • Done.png The pip on Mixer board is not rotated
Will fix. Wasn't a problem in DA which had a round pip.
  • Done.png Mac buttons in dark theme don't look good.
Will fix.
  • Done.png Mac buttons in high contrast theme aren't high contrast buttons.
Will fix.
  • Done.png Midi select color does not match wave select color.
Will fix.
  • Done.png TimeTrack background color does not match wave track background color.
Will fix.
  • Done.png Color at right end of floating toolbars is always dark.
Will fix.
Gale 24Apr17: Replacing the resize handle with a black rectangle affects specifically "Classic" and "Light" Theme. It persists after restarting Audacity.
  • Done.png Right end of floating toolbars not redrawn immediately after a theme change.
Also some other parts of the frame were not always repainting.
  • Done.png Resizable floating toolbars shrink down to minimum size inside their frame, which stays the right size, on a theme change.
Was not originally clear why.
  • ToDo.png Toolbars lose their previous sizing, after visiting preferences and OKing.
Aim to fix this.
  • Done.png Note-tracks are not themed
Will add an extra color for the zebra coloring.
  • Done.png Spectrogram is not themed
Will at least use the background colors in future.
  • Done.png Graph labels in 'Plot Spectrum' are too light (in dark theme)
Will fix.
  • Done.png The Light theme uses the 'cotton reel' images for pinned/unpinned.
Will be fixed as part of other work.
  • ToDo.png The Dark theme uses the 'cotton reel' images for pinned/unpinned.
Will be fixed as part of other work.
Peter 18Apr17: I think these cotton reel icons are more serious than a mere "niggle".
  • Peter 19Apr17: Thanks for promoting this James.

Lower Priority Bugs

  • ToDo.png (reported) Sickly green color for unused-track backgrounds in Classic theme on Mac.
Cause unknown.
Peter 30Apr17: On my Macbook Pro Sierra 10.12.4 - I do not see a "sickly green color" for the unused track backgrounf. It is not quite the same gray as it is in 2.1.3 being slightly lighter - but it definitely looks gray and not "sickly green".

On W10 these two backgrounds look to be exactly the same - compared side-by-side in MS Paint.

@JamesWith a bit of effort I can probably create a similar comparision for the Mac coloring if you require.

  • ToDo.png (reported) Play cursor vanishes (except against waveform) in hi-contrast theme on Mac.
Need to check this.
  • ToDo.png Old icon for record-append missing
Will re-instate as an option.
  • ToDo.png Tooltips for record-same-track and record-new-track don't update
Not a DA bug, but made more obvious by DA. Fix to be done for both record and play.
  • ToDo.png With big fonts (e.g. in Linux) the sizing looks messy.
Not a DA bug, but would be nice to fix it.

Improvement Requests

  • Done.png The ruler bar color can not be controlled independently of one of the selection colors
These colors need to be split.
  • Done.png The time-text-control has lost the color distinction between numbers and units.
These colors need to be split.
  • Done.png Naming of some items in rearranged menus 'not as previously agreed'.
There may be mistakes in that, and even possibly something that was there is now missing. A list here of the problem changes would help. Some changes were made for consistency and have sound reasons/arguments for them.
Gale 24Apr17: It was the change from Store/Retrieve cursor or selection to Save/Restore. I changed it back.

Lower Priority Improvement Requests

  • Done.png Themes do not adapt (much) to system theme
This is quite hard to do well, as mixing themes can lead to poor results, and it is hard for an algortihm to determine when to belnd and when not.
  • ToDo.png Themes do not adapt (fully) to system theme
This is a big chunk of work, and won't be in 2.2.0. It is most relevant to the Hi-Contrast theme where users may set individual colors for many aspects. Doing this well entails extending the color warping.
  • ToDo.png Old themes not usable with new ImageCache layout.
It's possible using an old debug build with EXPERIMENTAL_THEMING_PREFS to export as separate images, and then re-import with the new code, saving some work.
  • ToDo.png Meter numbers can't be switched on/off
Would be nice to have.
  • ToDo.png The sync-lock icon has gone from the track display.
It does not need to be brought back, as the background change when there is a selection is enough, but if it is brought back it should do more than it did before - e.g. it should be a button to add/remove from sync-lock.
  • ToDo.png Focus box invisible on buttons in darker themes.
Probably outside our control. Need to investigate.
  • ToDo.png Many corners of the interface are not themed.
That is typically because they are controlled by the system theme. This has already been much improved by the blend-themes option, so that using Audacity with a system theme and related dark/light theme is better than it was.
  • ToDo.png Mute/Solo buttons do not have a hover effect.
Not new. Might fix some time.
  • ToDo.png ImageCache.png is confusing.
It needs reorganising.
  • ToDo.png Dragger icons in ImageCache.png aren't used
These are still owner-draw.


  • Done.png Meter icons aren't actually buttons and highlight differently
Might fix some time.
  • Done.png Blue background on Hi-Contrast theme selected track-panel-info reduces contrast.
Instead the surrounds for buttons should be differentiated, and that will give greater clarity that the track is selected. And a different selection color used.
  • Done.png Cyan selection in Hi-Contrast theme reduces contrast.
This is tough. Maybe a blue and not as saturated would work.
  • Done.png RMS vs normal colors in Hi-Contrast theme reduces contrast.
Also tough, though a much bigger color and brightness difference could be used.
  • Done.png Circles are not centred in Hi-Contrast view
Hi-Contrast was originally done as a proof of concept. Can be fixed later.
  • Done.png Separate image for rotated pip for slider on Mixer board.
The shadow should be below, not above, so can't just rotate the normal pip.


  • ToDo.png Mute/solo are stacked in wave-tracks but not note-tracks
Yep, ought to be made consistent. One thought is to use icons.
  • ToDo.png Dark logo 'vanishes' into background on a dark toolbar.
Needs e.g. a ring around it.