Elastic: Pretty selects and design updates

Short information about progress in Elastic skin and some news from the UX/design field.

Yes, there are some fine javascript libraries implementing SELECT element replacement in the Internet. However, they implement a lot of functionality we don’t need. Because we use Bootstrap we don’t need a lot of new css code too. All of these libraries also add a div overlay on top of SELECT, which will not work in all cases. So instead, I implemented something simple.

The idea behind it was to have a nice-looking and consistent (across browsers) selection lists. Here’s how it looked before (left) and how it looks now (right) in Firefox browser.

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One problem is that it have to be disabled on iPad/iPhone for now. Safari on mobile displays built-in widgets when you focus a SELECT element. I didn’t find a way to replace it with my custom dropdown.

Other good news is that recently I started working with Giles Vincent, the designer you may know from the old Kolab’s Chameleon skin. He proposed quite a lot of graphic and UI structure improvements. It looks that it may delay the beta release a little bit, but we should get something really polished. Here’s the re-designed messages list toolbars and search widget.

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6 thoughts on “Elastic: Pretty selects and design updates

  1. Hi there ! (sorry for my english)

    I’ve just ended up customizing my roundcube installation through Plesk.
    Just wanted to first thank you, you and the whole Kolab team (is this even a team ? ^^) and ofc the roundcube team, because many plugins and themes comes from you. I actually use The Chameleon Orange theme (really nice one !) and 30 activated and working plugins. The whole thing for free !
    This theme you are doing looks really pretty ! Do you have a release date for the integration with plesk ? will we still be able to install the whole thing by ourselves since you are adding the theme to the main roundcube repo ? Actually, the price is totally killing me. I feel the per month + per users limitations extremely huge. I would preffer in this case a per add-ons price instead, because actually, this would cost a lot more than Plesk licence + the server itself… for a webmail (even if its not only a webmail software). I understand that selling through the plesk catalog may cost you some money, but I feel that this is really expensive and will definitely not be able to buy it 😦 Do not hesitate to tell me if you plan to change the business plan for it.

    Keep the great work going. As a UI developer for a WP plugin, I can only applause you for the wonderful work you are doing here and the way you are making roundcube evolve.

    Regards.

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    1. It should be available soon for Plesk Premium Email (by Kolab) with additional improvements. For other installations later this year.

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  2. Thanks for your work on the Elastic theme. It was about time that someone tackled that challenge and moved Roundcube into the future. I think you are doing a great job.

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