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I have been using various tool that depend on the adobe air platform on ubuntu, like tweetdeck and grooveshark.

I have always hated, how the notification icons look, but I need them there for ease of use. Has anyone managed to change how the icons bleed into the taskbar, or even tell me where I could replace the notification icons with ones that look better. As you can see below the notication icons for skype and xchat look fine.

Please and thank you!

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There are two different ways to fix this problem:

  1. Change the program icons:

    TweetDeck uses the icon /opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/TweetDeck_128.png for the notification area, even though there are smaller TweetDeck icons in /opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/.

    So as In Protest says, just change the background of the
    icon (/opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/TweetDeck_128.png) so it matches your panel background.

    I made a TweetDeck icon for the Ambiance theme:

    To use it, run the following commands in a terminal (assuming you downloaded it to your Desktop):

    • Back up the existing icon:

      sudo cp /opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/TweetDeck_128.png /opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/TweetDeck_128.png.bak 
    • Now replace it with the new icon:

      sudo cp ~/Desktop/TweetDeck_128.png /opt/TweetDeck/share/icons/


    • alt text
  2. Use alternate version of gnome-panel:

    The reason the background of the icons are not transparent is because of bug #403135 alt text.

    Konstantinos Natsakis alt text has provided this solution alt text :

    I believe this bug is somehow related to a change in gnome-panel_1: when the building of applets as shared libraries was deactivated (they are now build as standalone executables)


    • debian/rules:
    • don't build in process applets during the unstable cycle so crash issues should be easier to debug and reported on the corresponding binary

    It seems to me that due to this change, the notification area icons get the background of the program's main window instead of the panel's background.

    Compiling gnome-panel with '--with-in-process-applets=notification-area' in debian/rules (and no other changes), fixes this bug for me.

    I have uploaded modified gnome-panel packages to my PPA: in case others want to try this (you need gnome-panel and gnome-panel-data; killall bonobo-activation-server and gnome-panel after installation)

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@DoR, could you link me the icon you used for that? – myusuf3 Dec 16 '10 at 1:29
@garbagecollector Done :) – Alvin Row Dec 16 '10 at 2:19
@DoR i dont suppose you could provide something like that for grooveshark as well? – myusuf3 Dec 17 '10 at 21:12
@garbagecollector Grooveshark icons aren't accessible, so I can't change them. See… I have updated my answer with an alternative fix that will work for grooveshark. – Alvin Row Dec 17 '10 at 23:35
@DoR is that compatible with 10.10? – myusuf3 Feb 15 '11 at 14:55

This might be a problem with Adobe Air rather than anything on the gnome side, by default icons that are passed to the gnome status icons list are transparent to the themes colour for the bar so they appear as the skype and xchat icons would.

On the other hand if the icons are passed as a non transparent image, then there is nothing that can be done except go in and fix Adobe Air's code or manually replace the icon images with a non-transparent icon which matches the colour of your theme.

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@Protest okay how would you go about replacing the icon they use. I am willing to go in and edit it. – myusuf3 Dec 15 '10 at 21:14
You need to unpack the programs, find the image files, identify the image file used in the icon, manually edit it. – Martin Owens -doctormo- Dec 16 '10 at 4:31

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