Smart Office enables the user to adjust the overall appearance of its canvas and windows in terms of theme color, wallpaper and color saturation from a pre-defined set of options.
The boundaries for what the user is allowed to adjust is set by the Smart Office administrator in the system profile, application- and user- settings. The final appearance is the combined result of the settings and internal rules.
Once in a while it happens that the appearance is not matching the expectation after an upgrade or settings change. It can be difficult to pin-point and determine what is causing the new appearance.
The Theme Emulator tool will assisst you to sort things out. It will hook into the theme service and regard it as a black box, apply your settings and visualize the result unaware of the internal rules.
The Theme Emulator is launched with the Smart Office link internal://themeulator or via the improved Log Viewer content-area context-menu under Tools.
When the Theme Emulator tool is launched it will show the current applied Smart Office settings in the Preview Settings- and Preview- area. The current values in the system profile, application- and user- settings are listed under Theme Setting Sources.
Changing the Preview Settings is harmless and will only affect the look of the Preview area. Click on the ‘Reset’ button to return to the current settings. The padlock icon next to each user setting show if the setting can be changed by the user or has been locked by the administrator.
A click on a preview icon (document/looking-glass) beside the theme source header will apply the current settings for that source on the Preview.
The Settings… and Profile… button will launch the corresponding administration tool if the current user is a Smart Office administrator.
The Clipboard button captures a snapshot image of the tool window and puts it in the Windows Clipboard. It can be useful for documentation and communication purposes.
The User Theme Disabled checkbox is always read-only in the ‘Preview Settings’ area. It’s not intended to be changed, just show the current property value.
Elaborate with the preview values and compare with the setting sources and you will soon figure out the source and what setting to change to get the wanted appearance.