Product Version = NetBeans IDE 7.2 RC1 (Build 201206272359)
Operating System = Linux version 3.5.0-4-generic running on amd64
Java; VM; Vendor = 1.7.0_05
Runtime = Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 23.1-b03
There are different reports about hard coded colors in the IDE that makes using it an annoying experience for some users that do not use light themes on their desktop (maybe most of us work at night?). The IDE has poor integration with such themes, and the issue should be solved for good.
I think of three different ways to deal with the problem:
1- Provide users with more color customization options for the parts of the IDE that do not already have it (i.e: tabs, code completion dialogs, report issue form, debug tab...)
2- Create automated test that will ensure no bad color choices with low or no contrast are made in every widget.
There are some new UIManager constants for colors that can be used to customize NetBeans color theme, please see the umbrella issue #225542
If there are any other parts of the user interface that need to be customized please file a specific issue against specific component(s) to have it fixed, thanks.