Following on from our previous post, you’ll know about some of the difficulties and challenges we’ve faced over the years in ensuring a consistent user experience can be delivered for our users, regardless of which web browser they’re using.

In response to customer feedback, updating and improving some of the visual elements of MIDAS has been the main focus for our next update, v4.20.

This blog post outlines some of the key visual changes we’re making in order to improve the user interface (UI).


Deprecating some old, less popular themes

The standard (non-HiRes) version of the “Default” themes is being retired, along with the “Pastel” and “Classic” themes.

Pastel Theme for MIDAS
The “Pastel” theme (shown above) was the least used optional theme by our customers. We may re-introduce a similar theme in the future, but for the time being the “Pastel” theme will no longer be available in v4.20

Classic v3 Theme for MIDAS
The “Classic” theme (shown above) was originally introduced with the release MIDAS v4.00 and was based on the icons in the previous pre-v4.00 interface for MIDAS. As there were significant changes made to various icons between MIDAS v3 and v4, the “Classic” theme’s primary purpose was to ease the transition to v4 for long standing customers familiar with icons from v3. MIDAS v3 was superseded by v4 over six years ago now, and so this interface is now very dated. As such, the “Classic” theme will no longer be available inn MIDAS v4.20.

Standard Resolution Default Theme for MIDAS
The non-HiRes version of the “Default” theme (shown above) was primarily aimed at self-hosted customers who were installing MIDAS onto a server which didn’t support serving SVG images. The non-HiRes default theme version was identical to the “Default-HiRes” theme, but with high resolution SVG icons substituted for lower resolution PNG images.

Nowadays, all modern servers can be configured to correctly serve SVG images, with the majority of them being able to serve such content natively. (All our cloud-hosted customers are defaulted to the high resolution, rather than the standard resolution, “Default” theme)

The purpose of the non-HiRes “Default” theme is therefore now for all intents and purposes redundant, and so it has been removed from v4.20.


Updating Existing Themes

High Resolution SVG graphics in MIDAS
The previous “Default-HiRes” theme has been updated and renamed to “Default” for v4.20. The “BrushedSteel”, “HiContrast” and “Slate” themes have all had a face lift too. All of these themes now boast high resolution SVG icons, and improved layouts.

Brushed Steel Theme for MIDAS

High Contrast Theme for MIDAS

Dark Slate Theme for MIDAS

We’ve also increased the size of some visual elements to better aid those with sight difficulties or those accessing MIDAS on very small screen devices. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the login screen under the hi resolution “Default” themes in both v4.19 (left) and v4.20 (right):

MIDAS v4.19 login screen MIDAS v4.20 login screen
v4.19 Login Screen v4.20 Login Screen

Introducing New Themes!

We’re also adding THREE exciting new, high resolution themes to v4.20!

Honeycomb

New Honeycomb theme for MIDAS

Squares

New lilac Squares theme for MIDAS

Wood

New Wood effect theme for MIDAS

Additional new themes may also be added down the line, but for v4.20 a total 7 distinctly different themes will be included as standard. No longer will there be a need to download and install (in the case of self-hosted customers) or request (in the case of cloud-hosted customers) additional optional themes for your MIDAS system. All 7 of these themes are included as standard.


Custom themes

Self-hosted customers will also still be able to “tweak” and customize their own visual themes for MIDAS, however the process for doing so will be slightly different then before. We’ll shortly be updating our Knowledgebase with instructions in this regard.


Future development

The new way in which themes are handled starting with v4.20 will make it easier for us to introduce further themes in the future, as well as lay future foundations for an often requested “white label” edition of MIDAS.


MIDAS v4.20 is coming soon, however we would love you comments and feedback on these theme updates! Please consider joining our Beta Test so that you can explore these new and improved themes for yourself (Oh, and we reward our Beta testers too!)