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Placebo Inspired | Trillian Skin (v1.3) by wesleyzloza Placebo Inspired | Trillian Skin (v1.3) by wesleyzloza
For a very long time I have been using the Windows 7 skin Placebo developed by deviantART user SolMiler and needed a chat client that matched my desktop. A couple hours of work resulted in the following Trillian skin. I used the same layout found in the Mac skin skin developed by Trillian Wiki user Scream81. I changed the colors of fonts and many of the skin resource elements. Im still working on fixing some bugs and would still like make some changes to the skin elements. I'm hoping others will get some use out of it.

- Installation Instructions:
- Extract the skin folder from the zip archive.
- Place the skin folder within the skins program folder.
(Commonly C://Programs Files(x86)/Trillian/skins)
- Select the new skin from the settings menu within Trillian.
- Restart Trillian.

Change Log:
v1.3:
- Fixed the text color in the basic chat windows.
- Cleaned up the mark up language for message windows.
- Performed a minor cosmetic change.

v1.2:
- Changed preview.png within the Trillian skin.
- Removed pink font as notified by deviantART user ~spartanhooah.

v1.1:
- Added new preview art.
- Other minor changes..
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:iconmemphizzzzzz:
Memphizzzzzz Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Awesome theme! Is it possible to have other Message styles for this one? I hate those mac os x bubbles..
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:iconscream81:
Scream81 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
You can try the chatviews installer here to see if there is a message style that fits well in Placebo: developer.ceruleanstudios.com/…
I'm working on the Message Styles there to make them groupchat compatible and ready for Trillian 5.5.
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:iconjirbytaylor:
Jirbytaylor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I've been making minor personal changes to this but there's one thing I'm not sure how to approach - the min/max/close buttons. I'd rather they were right-aligned as is Windows and even Placebo, or maybe that they worked off of Windows frames so as to use whatever Placebo theme is in use.

I'm guessing the latter might be hard, but what do I need to edit to just alter the alignments?
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:iconblackfly78:
Blackfly78 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Best skin so far. Well done.
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:iconnoriwatcher:
NoriWatcher Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
I love you for make this skin, dude!

Super thanks!:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconkwebb12:
kwebb12 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Anyone else have 'White Text' in the reply area on IM windows? It's like a white/light-grey text on the grey background for me.
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:iconparadigm4096:
Paradigm4096 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
brilliant! I've been using the Placebo shell theme for a while myself and had been using the "windows dark" theme by Scream81 here on Deviant art. Placebo Inspired fits such a better fit.. thanks!
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconhelmicxgen:
HelmicXGEN Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
I really like this skin - it's actually really useful when using Trillian to handle IRC chat on Twitch, because the solid dark (but not too dark) background allows for a light colored font to be in the foreground.  The solid background can be easily made transparent in the stream and the light font shows up better in games.  It's easy on the eyes, to boot.

What I don't like are the Mac-style buttons up top - they're unlabelled and not even color-coded (though I'm red/green colorblind, i can still look for that big red X).  Is there a Windows-style version available?
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Sadly there isn't one available. Those buttons are also a little glitchy which I apologize for. I haven't had much time to work on any development.
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:iconsierraar:
SierraAR Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Also noticed that instead of a maximise button.. Both of those buttons minimize, and there's no way to resize the windows :(
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:icongsnerf:
gsnerf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
First of all: nice work! There are still occasional problems with to low color contrasts in the contact window but overall very nice.

Is there a way to configure the tab-headers chatwindows with multiple open chats? The current version takes a ton of "unnecessary" space showing user pictures. Also it shows an "empty" picture for group chats, possibly add a symbol for group chats instead?
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:iconstaiain:
Staiain Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Haven't read through comments but have anyone besides me had issues with group chat member list being black so it's hard to read?
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Ill take a look into this!
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:icongsnerf:
gsnerf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
And a hot fix for the group chat member colors:

in xml\controls\channelcontrols.xml replace the lines from approximately 47-58 (should look like the ones here with other values set) with these ones:
<color name="default-fore" red="140" green="140" blue="140"/>
<color name="group-fore" red="140" green="140" blue="140"/>
<color name="background" red="-1" green="-1" blue="-1"/>

<color name="normal-back" red="-1" green="-1" blue="-1"/>
<color name="normal-fore" red="140" green="140" blue="140"/>
<color name="hover-back" red="240" green="246" blue="253"/>
<color name="hover-fore" red="140" green="140" blue="140"/>
<color name="hover-border" red="184" green="214" blue="251"/>
<color name="select-back" red="199" green="223" blue="252"/>
<color name="select-fore" red="140" green="140" blue="140"/>
<color name="select-border" red="125" green="162" blue="206"/>
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:icongsnerf:
gsnerf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Yes I also noticed this. I have this for certain contacts in my regular contact list as well. There it seems to only affect meta-contacts which are currently available.
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:icongsnerf:
gsnerf Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
I dug a bit through the code and changed the metacontact handling to match the regular one.
In xml\controls\listitemcontrol.xml the lines following <!-- Metacontact Colours --> (around line 50) I replaced with the following:

<color name="metacontact-online-fore" red="180" green="180" blue="180" opacity="128"/>
<color name="metacontact-offline-fore" red="120" green="120" blue="120" />
<color name="metacontact-recent-online-fore" red="240" green="240" blue="240"/>
<color name="metacontact-recent-offline-fore" red="240" green="240" blue="240"/>
<color name="metacontact-away-fore" red="120" green="120" blue="120" opacity="128" />
<color name="metacontact-idle-fore" red="180" green="180" blue="180" opacity="128"/>
<color name="metacontact-mobile-fore" red="160" green="160" blue="160" opacity="128"/>
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:icondjfoxx:
DJFoxx Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Love this skin. Thanks!

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:iconryu-gen:
ryu-gen Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Hey there! I'm using Trillian for Skype and it seems that your skin is slightly buggy. Maybe you can check it out? I can't mute my mic and stuff like that.
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Skins tend to break as you updates are made to Trillian. Can you send me a picture of whats going on? Are you able to click buttons but or are the buttons missing?
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:iconhandobg:
handobg Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Nice Work 4 this 1 ...good, good job
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:iconstrych9ine:
strych9ine Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this one, very nice :onfire:
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Can you notify me if anything looks goofy, specifically if the font colors and buttons look wrong.
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:iconstrych9ine:
strych9ine Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure, i will do a screenshoot if i recognize anything, but at the moment everything looks clear to me, just a perfect theme. :)
Great work!

s.
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Haha thank you very much! I just want to ensure that everything works as it is suppose to.
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Has anyone been noticing any bugs with the latest update of Trillian? I think it might be causing alerts to not display properly. If anyone can confirm this I will post and update to the skin hopefully fixing this issue.
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:iconrazzberry:
razzberry Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have been searching for a skin just like this for what seems like ages. Thank you!! so so much!
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
No problem!!
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:iconartraaage:
artraaage Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
I just wanted to say thank you for bringing this into my life. It's stunning. :)
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Its my pleasure!
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:iconalbertdark:
AlbertDark Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So far the best skin for trilian, thanks
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:iconshin0bi272:
shin0bi272 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I really like your skin but there are a couple of issues I have with it. The little dots on top seem to be broken for me. the left one clicks but does nothing, the middle one does nothing at all and the right one minimizes the program. The problem with that is that you have to right click to bring up the preferences or shut down trillian. not a huge problem just a small annoyance. The other issue I have is that the email notification is black on dark gray. That makes it hard to see from say across the room. Is there any way you can change the envelope color to red when you get mail?
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Hey sorry for the very late reply! There are quite a few bugs in that skin I have to fix. I will be posting an update soon for the skin which should hopefully remove a good portion of the bugs.
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:iconyotsumedojo:
yotsumedojo Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
How can I change the font color of messages I receive to black please? Also how can I change the time stamp font color to white? What file in your skin and line of code do I need to edit?
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I don't remember off the top of my head but I will take a look for you and get back to you as soon as possible!
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:iconyotsumedojo:
yotsumedojo Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Okay I edited the messagecontrols.xml file and changes the color codes for the message colors, time stamps, and URL to match my edited bubble colors. Too bad these settings are not built into the skins settings. Guess I will have to do these edits each time the skin is updated.

THANKS! for a great skin that is easy on the eyes!
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Haha I cool, I was just about to send a message telling you to go to that file! Thanks so much for the support!
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:iconespcevan:
Espcevan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Love it! Thanks.
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:icontraediras:
Traediras Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have a request! Would it be possible to create another style like this but based on the Cold Light variant of Placebo? :D
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I probably could; I'm kind of all over the place with my side projects and as a result I've put my Trillian skinning on hold for a little while. The Cold Light variant isn't too different in style, however, so I think it's definitely a possibility.
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:icontraediras:
Traediras Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's alright, take your time with it :)
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:iconswirlychoco:
swirlychoco Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way you can remove the big name boxes on top of the chat windows? I would actually prefer them smaller!:) Great skin though!
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I won't be releasing any changes to the skin for a little while but if you are interested in changing it up, all you would have to do is make some edits to the XML files. I'm not exactly sure which one it would be off the top of my head but I can take a look later if you are interested? Also thanks for the support!
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c0ldplay Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Hiya! I've been using the "Placebo Angst" theme for Windows 7 ever since I've gotten my beloved laptop!! :-) And I'm so lucky and grateful to have stumbled upon this Trillian theme (to be honest, I'd originally sought a "dark" theme for Skype... nothing... and then discovered Trillian just an hour ago!).

Very nice theme. I've just downloaded it without issues, installed it, and now it's looking and functioning great! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing this. :-)
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
No problem, I'm glad you like it! I believe that the Placebo Theme's are probably the best skins for Windows 7. When I installed them onto my laptop it really motivated me to develop something that would blend into my desktop and feel native. Windows applications should be more welcoming and not feel like an eye sore.
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:iconkeebleto:
Keebleto Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Love this skin! Do you know how to change the font of the time stamp and relative time stamp specifically? I tried to change the fontcontrols.xml and replaced every 'Lucida Sans Unicode' with 'Century Gothic' but it still didn't work. I even took out the 'Lucida Sans Unicode' out of the folder and put in the 'Century Gothic' one.
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:iconscream81:
Scream81 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
you can find the fontcontrols for time stamps of message window chatview in the messagecontrols.xml. Search for "display-console", there you will see font settings for abstime and reltime.
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:iconkeebleto:
Keebleto Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
It worked, thanks a lot! :D
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:iconofficialjab:
OfficialJab Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Any way that the right-click menus can be made dark as well? Instead of white? I love this skin so much.
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:iconwesleyzloza:
wesleyzloza Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
The light menu style is consistent to the Placebo skin developed by SolMiler. I can possibly post a small "mod" if you like. It may be a little while though (like a week?).
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