It's time for UI update!
I love Notepad++ In terms of functions, it’s hands down the best text/code editor out there. But in terms of UI, it’s still looking like a Windows XP app. It would be great to see Notepad++ with modern UI, nicely integrating with new versions of Windows, dark color scheme for the whole app, not just the text editor area and updated, flat icons.
Message for the developer:
You are a programmer, the highest level of tech nerd!
Why are you so scared of change?!
If necessary you could even make an option in the installation wizard to have a modern UI or a lightweight UI, like the choice of icon.
(Up/downvote this please, wether you agree with me or not)
UI improvement is desirable (but a little bit subjective what and how it could be).
IMHO Linux compatibility is a most important requisite to npp. Many users are migrating to Linux, many of them are missing it.
Please DON’T change the UI to flat Win 10 style. If you have eyesight problems it’s ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!!
What you need (and already have) are icons that are cartoony/black-bordered and with bright colors so you can tell them apart at a glance, and toolbars and menus that are gray, so they contrast well with icons’ colors, and which have drawn-out borders, handles, shadows etc, so you can easily tell what is on which toolbar/row.
Meanwhile the fashionable thing is having single-color icons, or bland colors and everything glares and blends together. It’s all probably on a colored toolbar as well because some genius decided gray toolbars are ugly. Or maybe it’s on an eye-searing white background. And so I end up having to lean in every 2 minutes to look, or hover my mouse over every icon to see what’s what. I didn’t even get to the ribbons…
So there’s no new functionality. It’s just making your old editor look cool and hip, and in 5 years time it will be out of date again. It’s not just that UI reinvents itself all the time, it’s that the Win 10 flat style is pretty much the same thing as bad old Windows 3.x. Search the net and see for yourself. In fact, 3.x has strong borders so 10 is actually even worse. So why did they bring it back? To waste the developers’ time, of course.
N++ devs, please don’t waste your time on Win10-type flat interface. Please spend that time making N++ run natively on Linux so I can ditch wine/Windows completely :)
Can someone point me towards where I can update the gui? I have been reading through the code for a good while now and know where most things are at, but it’s taking me quite a bit. The goal would be to make it black or white with the windows 10 settings and leave the classic ui as an option via checkbox.
I will be doing this for my own sake, but will share the code on my own github page for if anyone wants it. Should people request it I can also add it to a pull request in the future once I am sure that it will not affect the apps current performance.
Are you wanting to change actual code for this??
Why not just use/create/modify a theme ?
I actually want to change the UI similar to the dark theme in visual studio with a few tweaks.
@Pyre909 I think you would have to recompile it from source in order to make such changes? From the little research i did it seemed liked the colors was hard coded somewhere.
But… you wrote that 2 months ago, what’s the current progress?
I’m also for a new modern design, Tommie Hansen’s mockup looks pretty well, add some flat icons for the toolbar and it will look sick. I think it will attract a lot of new users too, in using Notepad++, users that are not programmers but do some moderate text manipulations from time to time, and don’t want to use some app that looks like it was made in windows 95 era.
Cannot believe this this post is 4 years old and there is no 0.01% improvements.
Nowadays this editor looks ported from other OS, way outdated! (In most cases i’m skipping using it)
feel free to contribute to this open source project.