Work around hard to read digikam tooltips in Ubuntu

Problem

For sometime I’d been living with a rather annoying problem. The tooltips in digikam for every ubuntu (gnome/unity based) I’ve used have been virtually unreadable. Basically the text is dark grey on a black background. After more research than I wanted to do to solve this issue, here’s what I came up with for the benfit of others (and myself when I need this again).

Solution (work around)

Ultimately a fix needs to come from either KDE, Ubuntu or both, so this is just a work around. This should work for similar problems in other KDE apps, but I’ve not tested that. First make sure digikam (or the program with the unreadable tooltips) is running. Then go to the system settings application and select the “Appearance” settings. In the “Theme” section, switch to a different theme, then back to the original. Voila! Your tooltips should have changed to be readable now. This will need to be done everytime the application is started.  Feel free to post better solutions or figure out how to fix this annoying bug!

Alternative Solutions

These may work if the above does not.  I’ve tried some and it didn’t solve the problem:

Reference Material

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One Response to “Work around hard to read digikam tooltips in Ubuntu”

  1. The gnome color chooser worked great for me, 12.04 Ubuntu

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