POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Themes

October 19, 2018

Theme: Dark

Theme: Dark (View message)

Theme: Dark (Compose)









Themes will be available in v5.0, so if you don’t like the default “Light” theme that Windows defaults to, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of color schemes.  Themes only consist of colors (no graphics), and you can still use the stock Windows GUI if you prefer.  The above theme is the likely candidate (tbd) to be the default “Dark” theme available in POP Peeper, but there are currently over 100 themes that will be available to fit your style; or, you can create your own.

Desktop Alert

Desktop Alert (Theme: Dark)







The Desktop Alert is also getting a much-needed makeover.  By default, it will match the theme that you have selected for POP Peeper, but it also has options for a stock “Dark” and “Light” theme; you can also go back to the “Classic” theme if you’d prefer.  The details list can now be displayed on either the left or the right side (or it can still be hidden) and can include some information about the last message received.


Below will be some screenshots of various themes that have already been designed.  You can click on the images to get the full view.
















POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Updated graphics

October 11, 2018

POP Peeper v5 will update many graphical elements.  In order to avoid system shock to long-time users, the original source graphics are used in many cases, but some new graphics were necessary for others.  The new graphics are similar to the original graphic to avoid any potential confusion. The graphics that have gotten an overhaul are:

  • User flags
  • AntiJunk indicators
  • Status bar buttons
  • New Mail Desktop Alert

Also, it was not necessary to update the toolbar buttons (“Junk view” being the one exception), but a few toolbar buttons have received some minor touch-ups.

Onto the pictures — please click on the thumbnails below to see them in full-scale.  The v4 screenshot is provided for a direct comparison.  For these screenshots, 125% DPI was used and the message list font has been set to 11-point, which may make the message list appear larger than you’re used to.

v5 main window

v4 main window








When you view a message, the user-flag is displayed larger than on the message list and the necessity to use higher quality images becomes more apparent:

v5 View message

v4 View message










The updated graphics are 32-bit and are higher resolution than what was previously used.  This results in a much smoother and higher quality look, especially for anyone who uses high DPI — no more jaggies!  It also means that the images can be displayed larger without a loss in quality.

But… Why?!?

POP Peeper has always favored function over form, so this may seem like an unnecessary update.  But one of the problems with the old graphics is that they don’t look good against a dark background.  In v4, it’s possible to have a black or dark background if you’re using high-contrast settings in Windows, or if you set POP Peeper to use a certain color for the message list (via PPtweaker).  Neither of these are very common and so it wasn’t considered a vital issue.  But the number of people using a different colored background is likely to change in POP Peeper v5.  And, yes, it has something to do with that new icon in the status bar, but that’s a topic for another time…