Ok, let's start.
I use Max Manila 2.5.19202525 Ultimate 2.5, and like in the "older" versions I don't like the 4 notification icons. Don't get me wrong...I don't like the way they are undersized and flattened down, and not the icon style.
I digged a little into the file "7c60907d_manila" and I found out that the size of these icons is set to 60x55 pixels, but the original size of the notification icons is 64x64. This way it's obvious that the result will be a flattened icon.
I tried to start to design the icons from another "point of view", in a way that they have to be perfectly squared and not undersized, without any quality loss given by resizing. We also will have a quality loss because of the compression when importing the *.PNGs into the manila graphic files, but this is another story...
After many tries I found out that the real notification icon size should be 59x59 pixels, so this is what I did:
The image talk better then words....I designed an icon of 59x59 inside a 64x64 image canvas, leaving 5 transparent pixels to the right of the icon and 5 below.
Then I edited the mode9 file 7c60907d_manila setting the size of the notification icons at 64x64 (and no more 60x55) and realigning to X and Y positions, being sure that this way I will have perfectly squared and spaced icons (59x59) without no stratches or no undersizing and flattenings.
I hope you can understand me...
So I started to design for fun and pure passion some icon set you can see and download . The icons sets are mostly the same, but with little differences like the buttons borders, the glossy effect over the button, the corners more rounded and so on. I also added to the majority of the sets a little shadow of 1-2 pixel to give the icons a better smoothness and "depth".....these are the little things that makes the difference: probably you will not notice, but your eyes unconsciously will catch anything.
Dusk1 Def Fade
Dusk1 Def Fade No-Gloss
I had fun to design the "Dusk" sets, because I tried to figure out how grzegorz10 designed it's own set for Dusk Theme...LOL
George...I know that you would have done more beautiful, ehehehehe.
Inside each *.CAB there is also the file 7c60907d_manila with the corrected size and X/Y pos of the set.
Which I like most? I like Glossy3 and all Dusk Def sets....but I like also Noborder...
I tried to do these sets in many different ways to give you more choice, and to best fit your taste....hope you like it.
Added CAB to restore original notification icons