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160 VOTE
Status Future consideration
Categories Application
Created by Greg Koeka
Created on Aug 29, 2018

Dark mode for Aha! Roadmaps

As a user of Aha!, the amount white background I stare at is challenging. I adjust my monitors to reduce glare but it's still a lot. Could we have a dark theme to replace the white background as an option for users?

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  • Guest
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    May 26, 2023

    Im using a chrome extension called Dark Reader and it works well for dark mode

  • Skip Gorski
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    Jan 17, 2023

    For all of the reasons previously stated, this feature is a must. I don't understand why it was only implemented for Aha Develop. A dark mode option is quickly becoming a standard, and Aha needs to get on the bandwagon!

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    Nathaniel Collum
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    Oct 14, 2022

    Sorry for the out-of-date admin message. We just removed it. We are continuing to monitor feedback here and will keep this idea updated as progress is made.

  • Guest
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    Oct 14, 2022

    "we hope you can understand" - Dark mode is an accessibility feature... so no, that's not very understandable.

  • Manish Pandey
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    Mar 7, 2022

    Do we know by when Dark theme will be available to all.


    I was trying to switch to "Dark theme" - Settings--->Personal-->Profile

    but doesn't work as it says

    "This theme will only apply when you are in an Aha! Develop team." !!

    I really really need dark theme to work as white screen strains my eyes. it should be free for all by default.


  • Guest
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    Feb 2, 2022

    Yes, please

  • Jean-Marc van der Kolk
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    Oct 1, 2021

    Thank you Jeff for explaining. A dark(er) experience is indeed important. This is mostly because screens are becoming bigger, and the white stands out more. As (almost) application I use has been adapted by now, most of them quite some time ago, the few ones that haven't stand out even more. I have to change my display settings when I use Aha!, because of the contrast.

  • Jeff Tucker
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    Oct 1, 2021

    Hi @Jean-Marc,


    I apologize – I mistakenly updated the status of this feature to shipped. Thank you for sharing how important this feature is to you! We are continuing to listen to feedback on this topic.

  • Jean-Marc van der Kolk
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    Oct 1, 2021

    Yesterday I received two e-mails about this idea. The first one said that the status had changed to "Shipped". The second one said that the status had changed to "Future consideration". I hope the first e-mail is right but I'm afraid the second e-mail is right. Having a dark option is one of the few things missing for me in Aha!.

  • Matt Vlasach
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    Sep 8, 2021

    Since this idea was posted 3 years ago, dark mode across native and web apps have very much become a common thing, and many frameworks make its implementation much easier than before.

    I don't think the ability to create themes for the UI is required, I agree that is overkill. However, being able to switch between "Light", "Dark", and "Auto" would align Aha with the current UX and accessibility trends embraced by many leading SaaS tools today.

  • Tracy Moffat
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    Apr 14, 2021

    Most apps are introducing the dark theme, it would be beneficial to have this for the Aha web app as there is a lot of white space and the font styles are very slim

  • Guest
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    Jan 28, 2021

    Upvote, the Aha! mobile app has a dark background and it's wonderful. I work a triple-split shift in the early morning, mid-day, and evening. Daylight hours are okay but definitely feel the eye strain of bright backgrounds when it's dark.

  • Guest
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    Nov 11, 2020

    yes plz

  • Guest
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    Jul 23, 2020

    Would be great to make the usability improvements even more useful by providing a dark theme for them.

  • Guest
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    Jun 22, 2020

    I'm surprised more people have not voted for this. Might be to do with the user demographics. I've noticed this is a common problem in development tools most used by that certain demographic.

    Still, time has moved on, eyeballs have not improved, so the problem still remains. It's a bit mad.

  • Charisma Riley
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    Mar 25, 2019

    Here is some really good reading on the subject:

    Dark or white color theme is better for the eyes?

    Excerpt:

    "People with astigmatism (approximately 50% of the population) find it harder to read white text on black than black text on white. Part of this has to do with light levels: with a bright display (white background) the iris closes a bit more, decreasing the effect of the "deformed" lens; with a dark display (black background) the iris opens to receive more light and the deformation of the lens creates a much fuzzier focus at the eye."
    Jason Harrison – Post Doctoral Fellow, Imager Lab Manager – Sensory Perception and Interaction Research Group, University of British Columbia

    I have astigmatism, so I am one of the 50% where black on white is often harder to read! Makes sense that I prefer a dark background with light text!

    According to this post: Which color scheme to choose for applications that require long work hours? as well as the article it quotes Applying Color Theory to Digital Displays, contrast is the real key:

    Ensuring the Readability of Text Through Contrast
    For backgrounds behind text, use solid, contrasting colors, and avoid the use of textures and patterns, which can make letterforms difficult to distinguish or even illegible. Choose combinations of text color and background color with care. Value contrast between body text and its background color should be a minimum of about eighty percent.

    . . . and it goes on to discuss to be an effective dark theme, what rules should be applied as to the color contrast.

    Contrast and Legibility
    To provide the best legibility, ensure that text contrasts adequately with its background in both hue and value.

    [Microsoft's O365 Dark Theme image, attached.]

    [Amazon's Kindle and their many options, image attached.]

    Some even claim Solarized color schemes help you code longer .

    And while I found tons of individuals adding in their two cents, i did notice a trend of programmers and those working with lots of text content and information for long periods of time. I thought this guys explained it pretty well:

    I've always felt that for long copy, reversed text is really difficult to read but for long hours it's a godsend. Consider how most programmers look at their environment. There is a good reason for this:
    [see attached JetBrains Darcula theme image]
    The JetBrains Darcula theme has been exceedingly popular as it is both high contrast and desaturated. You can offer a similar option in midnight blues that is equally pleasing on the eyes. Note that we throw out the top and bottom 20% of the brightness scale as well.
    Would I read a novel like this? Probably not. This style of interface is great for digesting blocks of information for hours on end.

    In addition to being a technical writer, a content manager, and someone who assists management in our product reporting, I am a web developer. I have found the muted colors work really well around twilight or late afternoon for some reason, and I can actually prefer the dark chocolate background themes with light text better for all of the time. As a result, the Zenburn Notepad++ theme works well for me (see attached image), and I use a similar custom theme for Slack (also attached). And for my graphics programs, such as Photoshop and SnagIt, dark the better so my workspace really stands out and keeps my focus where it should be. . .  I am similarly loving the dark theme in Visio, as well -- a thought for your Mockups tool, perhaps?

    Okay, well, as you can see, what I have gathered (rather quickly for this post, I admit it) is that for up to 50% of the population, either always using a dark background with high contrast text -OR- having the choice to switch between them (due to astigmatism), is rather essential. It is my hope that Aha! will reconsider their view on this issue. Thank you!

  • Charisma Riley
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    Mar 25, 2019

    First of all, scientifically, eye strain of any kind implies protracted focusing causing strain to the muscles in the eye. Truly, the best cure is to give the eye periods of rest, such as looking out at other things or closing your eyes for a minute or by using glasses with magnification. However, apps that use grey or dark grey options, and that have been doing it for years, have a reason for doing so. For feature-heavy programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe's products, it can allow the user to really focus on the what is being created and less on the tools; it all becomes "background". . . which, I'm honest, if you're knee-deep working on projects and managing projects until the wee hours on a somewhat regular basis, the contrast is awesome to have. Especially in the evening; it really allows me to concentrate on what I am doing. Also, high contrast helps both eye fatigue and individuals with visual impairments.

    Dark themes, specifically, have been found to be much easier on the eyes in the evening; the contrast of bright colors, or simply the inverse of white of dark, is plainly easier to see at that time of day. The eye is automatically drawn to where the light is. I would absolutely *love* to be able to toggle a dark theme or a "night mode" in the late afternoon. Maybe I just speak for myself, but it has been my experience that those of us who live in project world at all times of the day could really use the help focusing; purposefully moving the user's eye from the bright light of the rest of the screen into the focused area will definitely do that.

    It also has the added bonus, as with the new O365 Dark themes, of looking highly attractive.

    +4 for this request. Thanks.

  • Greg Koeka
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    Oct 3, 2018

    Update: I found, on MacOS, that you can easily invert colors using SysPref->Accessibility->Display->Invert Colors if that helps any Mac users.

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Dark mode request

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Can you please allow Dark Mode for all users not just developers
Chelsea T about 2 years ago in Product 0 Future consideration
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General Dark Mode

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It's a low priority, and I imagine you already have it on your backlog somewhere, but a general Dark Mode for Aha! would be fantastic, I use Dark mode across everything else, and it's just a personal preference I guess.
Guest over 1 year ago in Features 0 Future consideration
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Dark mode for Roadmaps Application

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I couldn't tell if the other dark mode request was for Roadmaps application. The white is blinding.
kristin gerhard steiner almost 2 years ago in Application 1 Future consideration
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Dark Mode skin on the roadmap

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All the software apps I currently use are in dark mode. Aha! is the only app that does not have this feature and has made it difficult to read between apps.
Guest about 2 years ago in Roadmaps 0 Future consideration
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Dark mode in web interface

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Need a dark mode in web UI to ease my eyes. Most of all my other browser based apps in other tabs are set to dark mode. Aha! should have this option in my profile settings as well.
Racheli Nehemia almost 3 years ago in Application 0 Future consideration
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Dark Theme Option for all Aha users

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Who would benefit? Users who are light sensitive and get migraines What impact would it make? make life a lot better and make me want to use Aha more How should it work? A user should have the option to switch from light theme to dark them in thei...
Kyle P 7 months ago in Account settings 0 Future consideration
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Enable Dark Mode for Roadmap/Feature Boards

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Who would benefit? All User - Anyone experiencing eye fatigue What impact would it make? Improve ergonomics and person health reducing blue light How should it work? Same way you enabled Dark Mode for Develop
Guest 5 months ago in Application 0 Future consideration
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Ability to have different themes when viewing Aha!

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Who would benefit? All users especially those that struggle with bright white backgrounds and/or have accessibility needs. What impact would it make? It would allow users with accessibility needs to engage with Aha! more easily, it would reduce ey...
Pete B 5 months ago in Account settings 0 Future consideration
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Dark mode for ideas portals and internal Aha interface!

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Why it's useful? It's fantastic and helps productivity (I think) Who benefits? My eyes How should it work? Be dark
Joe Galanti over 4 years ago in Application 3 Future consideration
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Dark mode For Entire site

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Howdy you wonderful beautiful soul! I am humbly requesting dark mode for all parts of Aha! I move in between dev and product sides of Aha! and I love the dark mode in dev and want it to be in the product side so badly. Please bring my dreams to a ...
Guest over 1 year ago in Account settings 0 Future consideration
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Dark Mode

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The readability, for me, would be a lot better and a lot less strain on my eyes if there were a dark mode.
Guest over 2 years ago in Application 0 Future consideration