Developers have been experimenting with darker color schemes for Visual Studio, aiming to port their beloved Textmate or Vim environment to other IDEs including VS.
I find the colors very enchanting so I went ahead and created an approximation of the Aloha theme for Visual Studio. I made the following changes:
- Changed the font to Consolas 10 from Monaco 12. You can download the “original” Monaco font for Windows here.
- Changed the green (102,153,51) strings to a light blue (191,191,255).
Please note that this a just and approximation and not an exact port for every language. Then again, why should it be? You can tweak the settings yourself quite easily in Options>Environment>Fonts and Colors.
Here’s a screen shot:
You can download the vssettings file and import it in Tools>Import and Export Settings…
In Visual Studio 2005 you will get a message similar to this:
Simply open the file in Notepad and replace
and it should import just fine.
One more thing: When you export the font and color settings, deselect all settings first and then just select Options>Environment>Fonts and Colors, so that the Export dialog looks like so: