Epidermis theme manager

Epidermis theme manager is an open source GTK application for managing, automatically downloading and installing themes of various types, in order to transform the look of your Ubuntu desktop, from the moment you turn it on until the moment you turn it off. Take a look at the screenshots.

Epidermis is dead

I have a long overdue announcement to make: I will no longer be developing or maintaining Epidermis for the foreseeable future.

Since I'm the only developer of Epidermis, this means that Epidermis is dead. Do not be expecting updates or fixes or new skins from now on.

I really want to thank everyone who contributed, especially the tireless translators. Cheers!

So why am I quitting?

The reality is, I should have announced Epidermis' death at least a year ago. The project lost had lost momentum, and it is not fair on users to give the false impression that the project is maintained and actively developed. It is not. For the most part, Epidermis...

0.6 released

Three new languages have been added to Epidermis 0.6: French, Australian English and Canadian English. The backend for preview generation has been greatly improved, the previews for GTK, Metacity, Icon themes and skins are now identical to the ones generated by GNOME Control Center. It will prove useful for the Epidermis 1.0.
Download the new release


Future directions

For a long time now, Epidermis has had a fundamental weakness: there just aren't enough themes in its repository.

Currently, theme authors submit themes by creating the pigment files themselves and sending them to me by email. I then manually add the themes to the repository hosted on tuxfamily.org. Obviously, this approach is not scalable at all. Having to ask for my permission and assistance to upload new themes is a psychological barrier to contribution, but most of all, it places much too great a burden of work on me.

Universal/Cooperating themes is duplicate effort

Imagine my surprise and frustration to find out this morning that my efforts to design a "universal theme" were redundant, as a similar idea has already been discussed and specified.

Here are the mailing list discussions dating all the way back to 2007. (Argh!)

New Matrix theme

Hello everybody!

PotcFdk has packaged an awesome new skin based on the Matrix theme. It includes a wallpaper, a metacity theme, a GTK theme and an icon theme. It's in the repo so download it now!

Skin preview

Summer break

Hello everyone. I thought it would be fair to tell you that I'm planning on taking most of July off working on Epidermis. I'm planning to spend three weeks in August of intensive hacking, but we'll see.

Six new languages added in 0.5.2

Six new languages have been added in Epidermis 0.5.2: German, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Ukrainian. Download the new release

I'd like to thank all the translators who've helped on this project. They're awesome! The help I've received on this front has been phenomenal.

Here's a list of them all:

Thumbnails for OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office documents

Although not related to Epidermis in any way, I've recently released version 0.3.1 of ooo-thumbnailer. I thought you might be interested in it.

ooo-thumbnailer integrates automatic thumbnails in Nautilus for OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office documents, presentations, spreadsheets and templates, as you can see in the screenshot.

Thumbnails of various OpenOffice.org and Microsoft Office files

Universal themes: progress

Thanks for the feedback, everyone. I'm getting pretty psyched about this project.

Thanks to you, I've had several further ideas:


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