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Offline Aiwanei

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DCS Solarized Dark

As someone who was a programmer for many years the IDE theme Solarized Dark has always been a favorite of mine and I am also a big fan of the feel and sound of DCS profile, so I set out to combine these two into the keyset DCS Solarized Dark.  While I know that there have been Solarized Dark themed keysets in other profiles (GMK, XA, DSS) previously, I have felt that none of them quite captured the IDE themes spirit completely for me.

The Backstory
Solarized Dark is an IDE theme variant of Solarized both created by Ethan Schoonover originally for VIM.  It has been ported to many IDE's over the years and features a teal base with grey text and a multitude of colors for syntax highlighting.  I really wanted to create a set that when I looked down at my keyboard, made me think immediately of the IDE theme. The biggest question I had was do I use custom colors or stock colors.  Now SP has a wide range of custom colors, that can get you very far, but could it get me far enough?  After sitting down, comparing the IDE to the SP sample chips, tweaking, and compiling the options, and talking to Ethan about what he thought of the colors, tweaking some more, getting more feedback, I feel that using stock colors would give a pretty fair representation of the IDE theme, while also creating the parameters of the project as "Solarized Dark in DCS profile using the SP Stock Colors as the Color Palette"


Group Buy Date: 11/11 to 12/12



Early Bird Bonus:
At ThocKeys (and potentially some of the other vendors), we will be offering a special early bird bonus.  Anyone who buys the base kit between November 11th and November 14th will get the VIM kit for free!  I feel VIM is a very important part of the identity of Solarized (Dark) since that is where it was born, so to celebrate this, and because 11/11 is my birthday, I figured I would give a gift to everyone who supports this set early.

Confirmed vendors taking part: ThocKeys(Nov 11 - Nov 14), Hand Engineering (Nov 11 - Nov 14), Rectangles (Nov 11 - Nov 14), BaseKeys (Nov 11 - Nov 14), Rebult (Nov 11 - Nov 14), AlphaKeys.ca (Nov 11 - Nov 14), Keygem (Nov 11 - Nov 14) please check with your regional vendor to see if they are taking part.

Updated Interest Check as of 10/19, please fill it out Here

Kitting:
:Base Kit

:Whitespace (Spacebars)

:Relegendables

:VIM Arrows

:Monocolor Mods

:Accents

:Kingsize Spacebar

:Ortho + Expanded40s

:International


Collabs:
SolDark Tactile Switch Manufactured by Gateron

Force Graph

Keybee Yin Yang Metal Keycap


Renders(by Pwade):
Iron 165 by Smith + Rune




Neue by Hand Engineering




W1-AT by Geon Works - Shown With 10u Space Bar and Relegendables




HBCP by Hiney - Shown with Accent Kit and Relegendables




Kitting Changes:
I have gone and made some changes to the kitting, most notably I have added some additional kits that I will detail below:
Base Kit - Changed Tab and Arrows to be left aligned.  Added a 1u colored Delete. Update - Added R3 PgUP R4 PgDn and Both 1u and 1.25u Code/#! Keys (so you can pick)
Whitespace (Spacebars) Kit - Added 2x1u, 2x3u, an additional 2u. Update - Removed 6u Spacebar due to uncommon stab placement in DCS 6u
Relegendables - Expanded this quite a bit, allows for you to fill out macro columns as well as the option to fill out the entire top row of an 1800 with relegendables.
Kingsize Spacebar NEW - 10u Alpha Colored Spacebar
Ortho+Expanded 40s NEW - Smaller kit with some additional 40s as well as ortho coverage
NorDe++ Kit NEW - Has full/partial compatibility support for multiple languages, why it isn't a perfect kit by any stretch, it was done to provide coverage for German, Swiss, Etc. As well as partial coverage for Spanish (LATAM).
Monocolor Mods NEW - This was the most economic way to do a monocolor legends kit, and I am very happy with how it came out, since I am basing this set off the IDE and not the GMK set, using teal for the legends instead of the grey didn't make sense (it also would have required 30+ additional keys would would have made it completely unaffordable).
Accent Kit NEW - This is a kit added due to demand of those who want to at least partially recreate the feel of the GMK set, even though it doesn't fit the IDE theme I can understand why people like it.
VIM Kit - Unchanged

Colors:
All Stock SP Colors:
BGK
BFN
GKH
BGM
BEY
RA
YG
OAV
RDX
VAV
REK
BBQ

Vendors:
US: ThocKeys.com
UK: HandEngineering
EU: Keygem
CA: AlphaKeys
OCE: SwitchKeys
JP: Basekeys
South America(Chile): Fancy Customs
Mexico:Rheset.mx
SEA(MY): Rebult Keyboards
IN: Rectangles.store
Feel free to contact me if you are interested in being a vendor

Other:
Thanks

I wanted to say thank you first of all to Ethan Schoonover for creating the Solarized Dark theme and his feedback, time and support that he gave me on this endeavor.
Pwade, thank you for not killing me when I came to you asking you to match 11 colors for the renders and being patient with me as we tried to get them right.
Fooblitzky for the awesome DCS models that made these renders possible.
Lewis Flude for your support and enthusiasm when I shared this project as well as for the Neue model to render the set on.
The members(both current and former) of the RC discord for their support and energy while I threw various ideas at them.
James from AKB for doing absolutely nothing in regards to this project.
Thank you Capsy, you know why.
OCM, Langelandia, Urbantheiii, Jae, Quakemz, Noxygen and so many others, thanks for being positive people and for bending an ear when I want to discuss ideas or projects.
Thank you Dededecline and NoPunIn10Did for kitting assistance (especially 40s and Norde)
Many others that I am too tired to think of right now.

Contact:
If you want to get in touch with me about this project, I am on discord as Aiwanei#0001 or you can email me tim@thockeys.com

Updates:
Regional vendors have been announced, if you would like to have a vendor in your area that isn't represented, have them get in touch with me.
Group buy date has been set, will run from November 11th thru December 12th (11/11-12/12)
Added updated kitting, new IC will be coming this weekend/early next week about the updated kitting.
Finalized Kitting, updated IC has been posted.

« Last Edit: Wed, 10 November 2021, 06:20:13 by Aiwanei »
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Offline yoniwolf1202

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:37:08 »
This is amazing! Love it, Aiwaneeeeeyyyyy

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Offline cijanzen

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:39:31 »
Thanks James

Offline Tyson

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:46:30 »
Count me in, I really fell in love with DCS when I got Sleeper. Was waiting for more DCS sets to come out!

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #4 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:50:09 »
Dis naise

Offline IOVERCALLHISTIOCYTES

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #5 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:54:00 »
Thanks for fixing!

This is a great design, can’t wait.
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Offline Aiwanei

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #6 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 21:56:59 »
Fix that relegendables typo (thereís a relegend joke in there somewhere)

This is a great design, canít wait.

Thanks for letting me know about the typo, didn't notice it, I will fix when I am back on my computer in the morning. Appreciate the kind words.
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #7 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:02:52 »
Looks amazing, as expected of Aiwanei.

Offline Neely_12

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #8 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:09:36 »
Love to see some DCS. Please add f13. Good luck!

Offline jshufelt

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #9 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:12:33 »
Left-aligned tab arrows just look cleaner, and if you make that change, then consistency would seem to demand left-aligned arrow keys as well.

Either way, this is awesome and I'm totally in.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #10 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:12:48 »
Love to see some DCS. Please add f13. Good luck!

It has F13 in the base (top row).

Offline Zetina

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #11 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:15:03 »
The set looks nice but I personally think it would look better with Cherry font.

Also Left aligned Tab arrows/arrow keys look better in my opinion.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #12 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:19:33 »
hellll yeah - wyse legends are great

Offline syberghost

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #13 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:20:46 »
You can keep talking, but I'm afraid I have to insist you take my money.
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Offline ZongZiWang

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #14 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:22:58 »
Would love left aligned tab and arrows (maybe have an interest check form with some questions you want to collect feedback on?)

Also if I need the top row with relegendables on TKL, I will need to buy two relegendables kits (or 3 kits for F13 TKL)? Wonder if there is a better kitting for this purpose? And will we get some render with relegendables?

Offline Beegstation

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #15 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:23:45 »
I quite like this, even though I am not a huge fan of the Gordon font. Would you be willing to make a separate kit for mono colored modifiers? Thanks in advance.

Offline Senpai_deezy

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #16 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:24:11 »
looks very nice, dcs  :thumb:

Offline damagepoint

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #17 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:30:41 »
Me in

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #18 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:31:31 »
I'm in! Would it be possible to get 3u bars added to the spacebar kit?

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #19 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:42:36 »
I can only hope color matching doesn't end up like GMK solarized  :eek:

If the renders are accurate, it looks great!
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #20 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:51:29 »


sol dark so lit. One of my first keycap sets.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #21 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 22:58:34 »
 :llama:

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #22 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 23:02:00 »
very nais  :thumb:

Offline Mecxs

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #23 on: Wed, 11 August 2021, 23:43:37 »
Set looks really great. I love a bit of DCS.

1. 2x3u spacebars in the spacebar kit would be great.

2. Higher resolution renders would be nice. Especially in the base kit. It's hard to get a good look at the legends currently.

3. A proper IC form is really important for gathering feedback as some people want to give it anonymously.

4. I personally find the left-justified arrows on tab preferable.

5. I personally am ambivalent about arrow justification on arrow keys. I think the centered legends look nice, but would happily accept left-sided too.

6. Spacing between the enter icon+text makes the key look very cramped. I know some of SP's molds have a bit more of a gap (eg DCS Midnight).

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #24 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 00:18:34 »
Pretty yum, very interested.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #25 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 01:33:51 »
YES

Offline azack

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #26 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 01:36:52 »
definitely in for all kits!

Offline piit79

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #27 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 02:36:49 »
Although I just got DSS Sol Dark, I'd love a DCS version too.

Any chance for an Ortho kit?

Also agree with the Tab legend. Left-aligned arrows would look better, and also if they were closer together vertically. However, I'm aware of the limitations in double-shot sets.

Offline Jampot_298

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #28 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 04:52:46 »
Left aligned arrows and Tab arrows left aligned pls :) Awesome stuff, excited about this project!

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #29 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 05:51:17 »
Which 6u is that bar? Centered or off-center?  I think SP can make both, but I donít know for sure.

Offline growler

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #30 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:10:34 »
Is DCS ABS I'm guessing?

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Offline Beni986

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #31 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:11:02 »
This looks great   :thumb:

Personally, I do prefer left aligned tab and centered arrows. Also a big fan of the homing bumps
There's just something about the gorton font on DCS that appeals to me so much.
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #32 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:13:12 »
I'm in.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #33 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:27:07 »
One more request for dual 3u spacebars.

Offline neon_tom

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #34 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:46:40 »
I had no interest in the GMK version but this is a definite buy for me. Also, Canadian vendor would be appreciated.

Offline borlopjim

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #35 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:56:09 »
I'm definitely down for this!

I like left aligned arrows and left aligned tab

Offline Mecxs

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #36 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:57:06 »
Is DCS ABS I'm guessing?

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Offline growler

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #37 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 06:57:41 »
Cheers. As much as I want to, I'd ruin this set in no time I reckon!

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #38 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 08:11:50 »
Solarized dark is love. Pure love.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #39 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 08:32:32 »
looks very cool!

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #40 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 08:36:29 »
This looks great - I love the Solarized Dark colorway, it is my favorite IDE theme and keyset theme!

I agree with others that have mentioned left-justified arrows would look better.

I also would prefer convex short spacebars (2u, 2.25u, 2.75u) rather than concave. Adding 3u bars would be good for compatibility, though I don't use them.

Is there any chance SP has these colors in PBT? I prefer the feel and sound of PBT over ABS, but if the color matching wouldn't work that is understandable.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #41 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 08:37:49 »
This looks great - I love the Solarized Dark colorway, it is my favorite IDE theme and keyset theme!

I agree with others that have mentioned left-justified arrows would look better.

I also would prefer convex short spacebars (2u, 2.25u, 2.75u) rather than concave. Adding 3u bars would be good for compatibility, though I don't use them.

Is there any chance SP has these colors in PBT? I prefer the feel and sound of PBT over ABS, but if the color matching wouldn't work that is understandable.
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #42 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 09:55:28 »
This looks fantastic, my dude. In for sure! I wouldn't say no to 1.5u #! keys, to support MacOS HHKB and WKL layouts.

Offline Ensaum

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #43 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 10:14:39 »
Oh my god, yes. Although I'm curious why you changed the placement of the colored mods from the gmk version?



Also, please consider a teal mod legend kit.

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #44 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 10:17:19 »
hell yeah, this rocks. kitting looks solid and can't go wrong with solarized

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #45 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 10:29:52 »
Hello Mr Aiwanei When the gat spits, some badwords get blown off the atlas
Another irrelevant comment by Me, Solarized dark .  Please remove my internet access of the literal child

Is there an interest check form
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #46 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 10:44:58 »
Please add a 1.75u enter!
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #47 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 11:17:56 »


It has F13 in the base (top row).
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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #48 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 11:23:17 »
You hooked me on DCS with Nightfall, I am very in for this. I think I like the left aligned arrows from that set, gives it a little unique character. GL with the rest of the IC!

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Re: [IC] DCS Solarized Dark
« Reply #49 on: Thu, 12 August 2021, 11:29:09 »
I bought gmk solarized dark just sometime back, but I will happily get this too! Glwgb.

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