#1504 hires icon


Many of the newer desktop user interfaces display icons at sizes larger than 48px. GNOME 3 will do this by default. It would be great for X-Chat to look pretty in these environments. A 256px icon would do the trick.

The very talented Jakub Steiner and Lapo Calamandrei put together a new icon with hires and lower res versions. I can give you a build system patch to put these in the right places for the system to find them.

Love to know what you think. Thanks!


  • William Jon McCann

    new icons

  • Peter Zelezny.

    Peter Zelezny. - 2011-03-13

    Where do you need such a large icon? Gnome launcher?

  • William Jon McCann

    Yes the GNOME launcher icons are larger than 48px by default. They are also large (96px) in the alt-tab application switcher. This causes lower res icons to appear blurry.

  • William Jon McCann

    Is there any chance that this will be added soon? We'd really like to get this into distributions in time for GNOME 3.0 next week as well before the deadline for Fedora 15. Thanks!

  • Peter Zelezny.

    Peter Zelezny. - 2011-03-31

    A copy of an email I sent to C. Aillon today:

    The icons in the bug arn't absolutely to my liking, I'd
    prefer a better resemblance to the current xchat icon,
    for recognition, by at least using the familiar orange.
    I know about the idea of non-branded apps, and perhaps
    removing text from icons...

    I probably won't have time to fully visit this within
    the Fedora deadlines, so you'll have to patch your RPM in
    the meantime.

    I attach you some alternative SVG files that I'm considering
    using. I think these looks rather nice and surely will improve
    on the unscalable PNG.

    I also did plan to address some of the other GNOME 3 issues,
    like notification area (systray), but I these days I'm a little
    lazy to run beta/alpha versions of Linux distros and am waiting
    for the Fedora 15 final to do my development :)

  • William Jon McCann

    To be honest I think the icons the artists have come up with are really very nice. I prefer them to the existing ones and just making the existing ones larger doesn't really help much I think. Also, for it to look correct, the icon must be rendered separately at each of the sizes you see in the attached zip file. And the high resolution version should really have a professional detailed touch.

    Removing the text from the icon is a good idea and isn't a problem at all since the name will be presented in real text beside the icon.

    It was really nice of Jakub and Lapo to spend time on these and I think they look gorgeous. I hope you will still consider using them. Thanks.

  • William Jon McCann

    Would using an orange X on that icon be an acceptable compromise?

  • Christian Weiske

    I as an xchat user don't like the new icons, regardless how much time the two guys invested in it. The svg version of the old/current icon is nicer in my eyes.

  • Nathan Williams

    Nathan Williams - 2012-04-05

    encounter the same issue in Unity in Ubuntu, the xchat icons currently shipping look grainy, would be thrilled if xchat shipped highres icons. i agree that a highres version of the current icon is preferable to drastic appearance change.

    downstream bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/xchat/+bug/840673


  • William Jon McCann

    new icons with same branding


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