With work on 0.13 proceeding, I thought I'd float this out for discussion:
A lot of you know about (and many of you have helped with) the book Dan Falck and I are writing about FreeCAD for Packt publishing. It now looks like the publisher is going to actually print the book as well as distributing it as an e-book. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're having a difficult time reproducing the screenshots in b/w so that they're understandable. The dark blue gradient background is a problem, particularly with the red geometry and constraint lines in the sketcher. Now we can easily change the colors to produce new screen shots for the book but it means the images will no longer match what a new user sees in a default install. That's not really a big deal but it got me wondering about others CAD applications.
Just doing a google image search of some of the commercial cad packages, it seems they prefer a lighter background for sketching:
So I'm wondering:
1) Are there other ergonomic/usability reasons to have a lighter background for the default setting?
2) Is reproducing screen shots likely to be a recurring problem?
3) Do people have strong feeling for or against the current theme? I personally don't have strong feelings but find red on blue a bit hard to use and prefer a higher contrast setting.