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New Editor Theme Iteration

Discussion in 'Editor Workflows' started by benoitd_unity, Dec 10, 2018.

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  1. benoitd_unity


    Unity Technologies

    Jan 2, 2018
    Hi everyone,

    As you might have seen in previous threads or presentations, we’re in the process of evolving the Unity Editor UX. This is a long term effort which will be released in multiple phases and driven by these goals:

    Quality: We want to provide Unity users with a modern, professional software offering that is capable, trustworthy, and well-maintained.
    Familiarity: The Unity user experience should align to the Unity brand while maintaining familiarity with other DCC software.
    Accessibility: The Unity user interface should be accessible to a wider range of users and support a wider range of abilities.
    Improved Usability: We want to help users create content and complete tasks more efficiently by offering a clearer, more legible interface, visual hierarchy, and streamlined workflows.

    In October, we shared our first iteration in order to gather your opinion on our direction, and to identify technical issues related to editor extensions. This proved very useful and we’d like to thank everyone who participated. Through that exercise, we identified the two most common types of feedback:
    1. Differences in font rendering across platforms. For example, the Roboto font, which renders well on Mac but not on Windows.
    2. It was difficult to tell what controls do, and how they behave, just by looking at them, which made the interface less readable.

    We’ve been fixing these and other technical and styling issues and we’re now ready to share another iteration with you, which aims to address the most frequently reported problems:
    1. Because Windows and macOS render fonts differently, Windows now uses Verdana by default, while macOS uses Roboto. You can now change fonts in the user preferences.
    2. Controls have increased visual depth and affordance, while maintaining a modern look and feel.

    We invite you to try this new build and share your feedback with us. We want to remind you that this is a work in progress, and we’re still iterating based on your input. Thank you for taking the time to try this prototype and share your thoughts.

    Here’s how to proceed:
    1. Download and install the prototype.
    2. Install your extensions.
    3. Explore the prototype.
    4. We encourage you to use it for at least an hour, in common scenarios.
    5. Fill out this survey to tell us about your experience relative to the goals. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete.
    Thank you!

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    Last edited: Dec 13, 2018
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