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[Release] Solaris (1.13) for phpBB 2.0.20! UPDATED!!!

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 5:23 pm
by Kail

Template name: Solaris

Compatible with: 2.0.20 (see below)

Style: A space style template in yellow, orange, gray and black. Many new changes and fixes!

Demo: ... ex.php?s=8


Download the template image set:

--- 2.0.20 compatible version released

2006-01-08: New version released.
New version available, includes support for 2.0.19 which obsoletes the text below. Download it from my site (see download link above).

2006-01-02: phpBB 2.0.19-compatibility!
In order for this template to be fully compatible with 2.0.19 and support the new administration panel features you need to make a few manual changes. Upload the theme as usual, then copy the files from subSilver/admin to Solaris/admin overwriting the old files. I'll make an updated version available in a few days, until then, this will work too.

2005-12-13: NEW VERSION: 1.11 phpBB 2.0.18-compatible!

This is the rerelease of the hugely popular Solaris. I have delayed it expecting phpBB 3 to be released sooner but as that is yet to happen, I've made this release now. While this rerelease includes a number of updates and fixes, they are all relatively minor compared to the new Solaris theme I am working on as I am writing this. I won't say more, I'll let it remain a surprise but I'm positive it'll turn out to be one of my best designs ever.

This new version fixes the bugs I have been informed of, it should also be fully compatible with phpBB 2.0.17 and fully support visual confirmation. Besides the less visible fixes, the logo has been updated, some things have been restyled a little and so have a few of the buttons.
I am aware that many of you run modded boards with extra graphics and you may still use the old image files. If so make sure you don't overwrite them when you upload this. The new buttons are just a small bonus. :)

This template started out as a template for a customer, Pablo Soler, who runs the French role-playing website alternativeSuns. He wanted a stylish and unique look for his forums ( and contacted me. He also asked me to release the template to the public.

So, here's the end result. The name of the template is borrowed from one of my favorite books, a novel by Polish science-fiction author Stanislaw Lem (visit his website at It's one of the best modern science-fiction novels and I recommend it strongly.

You could call it the sequel to SpacePilot3K and in a sense it is but this is SpacePilot3K taken a step further. This is an attempt at creating a futuristic space science-fiction template with a black oriented color scheme. The colors of Solaris are rather dark, and I've tried to adjust them to fit both flat screens and standard CRT screens. Should the colors be too dark, try increasing the brightness of your screen.

Also note that even though it has graphics as top-right navigation links, this template supports multiple languages. As long as there's a lang_<language name> folder in the images subfolder of the Solaris folder, the images will load automatically when you swap language in your profile. If the template can't find any images for the language you've chosen, it will load the default language which is English (can be changed by modifying overall_header.tpl).
English and French images are included with the template. You can download the image set from to create your own translated graphics.

I've spent quite some time debugging this template so you shouldn't experience any problems using it. But, if you might, feel free to drop me a line. You'll find my contact details at my website.

I listened an awfully lot to M.E. by Underworld while designing this template so there has to be something of it in this...

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 5:26 pm
by DuffBeer
that looks sweet :D

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 5:36 pm
by suncream
Wow, what an awesome theme, one of the best I've seen. Such a shame I dont have a suitable forum to use this theme on.

Great work, it looks fantastic! :D

[edit]Bah! I'm going to use it anyway :lol:

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 5:41 pm
by stefan2k1

this is really good work ! Congrats....:)



Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 5:52 pm
by soxie
Awesome choice of colors that blend well together, good job. :)

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 6:06 pm
by DanielT
genius..pure genius

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 7:39 pm
by Endy
Very nice, Kail.

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 7:44 pm
by Crumblylettuce
good work

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 7:47 pm
by Spazz
Sweet MOther Of Pearl....

It is beautiful!

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 8:05 pm
by Crumblylettuce
the only bad thing about it is its a lil hard to modify the logo

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 8:14 pm
by drathbun
Damn, I am impressed. That is very very nice. It almost makes me want to run out and start a space forum, just to be able to use your template. Seriously, really nice job.


Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 8:15 pm
by Callisto
I really like that, I am going to be contacting you about something shortly!!!

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2003 9:19 pm
excellent 8,5/10

very nice use of transparency :)

great icons except perhaps the Who's online 's one :wink:

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2003 1:59 am
by epolady
Very nice job! :D

Edit: the text input fields are a bit hard to see though.

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2003 2:27 am
by xiaoboi
beautiful piece of work...