Vision impaired: can I change the JIM UI to black on white? Is there anything else besides the inadequate "high contrast" setting?

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I am vision impaired and would like to change the JIM interface to black on white. Other tools such as Visual Studio allow this. JIM only seems to have the "high contrast" setting which is not what I need. I see halos and drop shadows in reverse. Please advise how to change this in JIM. I do not want to change my pc system settings as other tools allow you to change the UI itself. Thanks.

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Hi there,


So sorry, but there is no option to change the interface to black on white. I will forward this request to our development team and will update you if it's implemented.


Best,


Danielle

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Thank you Danielle. I've been a designer for years and had cataract surgery last year that left me with halos and drop shadows around everything. The artifacts are much worse in "reverse". Plain B&W is much better on computers. Surprised that JIM doesn't have better 508 options. I (and the disabled designer community who still work in the field) appreciate JIM's attention to this matter.

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Hi,


I'm not vision impaired but imposing a theme that is the opposite of the common usage, is not particularly welcome. At least the choice should be given between white on black or black on white. Maybe the designer of the theme is proud of himself about the result, because it's visually nice. Btw, if he also believes that W/B is more relaxing for our eyes than B/W, I think he should accept that he may be mistaken about this estimation. This is a controversial issue but for me, the more obvious argument against W/B is that our eyes are more stressed when they have to adapt themselves constantly according to the ambient light. That is between the room and the screen, and also between applications that have opposite themes. If all is quite lighten it's ok, and if all is quite darken it's also ok, but mixing both is bad. So users should always be able to choose which one is best for themselves. So please, offer us a W/B theme.


Hopefully, at least you figured out that a high contrast setting was necessary but... it still needs to be finalized! Cf. attached picture where it is perfectible. There are different places that need to be fixed.


Thank you

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Hi Laurent,


With our new version release tomorrow, there will be an option to switch to a white/black interface.


Best,

Danielle

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Hi Danielle,


Do you mean black text on white background? If yes, very good news!

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I've just installed the 7.5 version and tested this B/W them. It's good! Thank you.


Btw when changing the UI mode I was unable to close properly the prototyper... I had to kill its task. Before it tried to restart, it asked me if I wanted to commit/unlock my local changes and I answered no in the both cases. Then it failed and remained on the preference page, with an error message. Cf. attached picture.


After killing and restarting it, it turns out that it seems to be ok. The UI mode has switched as expected.

I think the issue is still there if you work with a shared prototype and you haven't commited/unlocked everything...

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Here is the log file

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