+title: Solarized Light color scheme for PyCharm
+is a neat development environment, especially if you're
+working with [Google App Engine](http://code.google.com/appengine/ )
+or [Django](http://www.djangoproject.com/ ). But the default color
+scheme is pretty horrendous.
+Their effort to bundle additional schemes has been less than
+fruitful, in my opinion (seriously, WarmNeon?)
+In addition, I find that using dark color schemes in a environment where a
+significant area will stay white and bright is pretty idiotic. And I know
+this because I did it for a year.
+### Enters Solarized (Light)
+Recently, the [Solarized](http://ethanschoonover.com/solarized )
+color schemes were picked on by
+[Hacker News](http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2393976 ), and several
+people ported it to their favourite editor. However, I could not find
+anything good enough for PyCharm (or any other
+IDE). It was often wrong, incomplete, or both.
+This is my attempt to make a coherent theme from these colors, for all
+the file types supported by
+PyCharm: python, of course, but also HTML, css, YAML, django templates, and so on.
+It's just one XML file to download. Grab it on
+The downloaded file should be copied to the following directory:
+* MacOS X: ``~/Library/Preferences/PyCharm10/colors``
+* GNU/Linux: ``~/.PyCharm10/config/color``
+* Windows Vista and 7: ``C:\Users\$USER\.PyCharm10\config\colors``
+* Windows XP: ``C:\Documents and Settings\$USER\.PyCharm10\config\colors``
+Restart PyCharm, change the editor colors in the settings, and you're gold.
+I try not to be a typography nerd or anything, but I do like when
+Because I mainly use PyCharm on MacOS X, the font used
+is Menlo. This font ships with OS X, but is not likely to be on your
+Windows or Linux computer.
+On modern Windows systems, tasteful people use
+[Consolas](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolas ) (I know I do.)
+On a GNU/Linux box, you're probably good with the default monospace font
+shipping with your desktop environment.
+But stay away from Courier New.