Messaging Menu gains refreshed icons in Ubuntu 12.10
Along with major vital components (such as Unity, Compiz, etc), relatively minor desktop parts have been addressed in the Quantal development cycle, addressed in the sense of being constantly refreshed (from a both visual and usability-aware point-of-view), aimed at delivering a more polished, pleasant-to-the-eye experience while retaining Ubuntu's core values (such as ease of use, user-friendliness, etc).
The Messaging Menu has gone, along with various indicator, through a rigorous process of constant enhancements and improvements, process started weeks ago (when the Messaging Menu gained new contained icons, state-aware icon, "personal" titles for contained entries, etc).
Days ago, Messaging Menu (Indicator Messages)'s icon has been refined, shifting from an improper size to an optimized size, change needed for properly displaying the icon on the Unity panel.
The latest updates landed in Ubuntu 12.10 introduce new icons used by the Messaging Menu; the Unity panel's icon has been slightly modified, removing the open-state of the envelope and adopting a more generic (closed) envelope icon.
Available's icon is now rendered with a more vivid green icon, change expressing a fresh availability.
Away's icon size has been subtly increased (its width), following
Busy's more vivid colors approach.
Offline are represented with monochrome icons, approach suitable for Empathy states that are usually used for hiding the user from online contacts, consequently, the newly landed monochrome icons feature a natural contrast with the online states (vivid colors versus vividless colors, online state versus hidden state).
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