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Axemantitan
Oct 28, 2010, 09:43 PM
http://mrgan.tumblr.com/post/1426417471/black-menubar



goobot
Oct 28, 2010, 10:02 PM
seems possible

MikhailT
Oct 28, 2010, 10:47 PM
Yes, this change would break many Mac apps if they didn’t update to support it. Apple’s no stranger to that, though.

Why would changing it to the black color break applications? Applications shouldn’t be depending on the color of the menu bar for anything. This makes no sense to me at all. Apple already change the menu bar between white and transparent and I don’t recall any app getting broken down over it.

iVoid
Oct 28, 2010, 10:51 PM
Why would changing it to the black color break applications? Applications shouldn’t be depending on the color of the menu bar for anything. This makes no sense to me at all. Apple already change the menu bar between white and transparent and I don’t recall any app getting broken down over it.

But there were complaints from users who didn't like the translucent menubar, so we now have an option to disable it.

I don't like the black menus, but if they're optional I don't mind.

But lately Apple has been very "Our way or no way".

NoSmokingBandit
Oct 28, 2010, 10:54 PM
I have a black menubar and it works perfectly with every app i have. Its nothing more than replacing a few resource files, people ave been doing it since Leopard.

damson34
Oct 28, 2010, 11:39 PM
Why would changing it to the black color break applications? Applications shouldn’t be depending on the color of the menu bar for anything. This makes no sense to me at all. Apple already change the menu bar between white and transparent and I don’t recall any app getting broken down over it.

I'm sure he meant they will have to update the look of the icons to fit in more with the color change.

coops
Oct 29, 2010, 04:33 AM
I have a black menubar and it works perfectly with every app i have. Its nothing more than replacing a few resource files, people ave been doing it since Leopard.

Like the look of that menu bar in black..... looking at some guides for achieving it - any you'd recommend?

Chris

will check out these first
http://www.unixweblog.com/2010/05/easy-black-menu-bar-in-snow-leopard-10-6-no-hacking-required/

http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/

MacLuvin
Oct 29, 2010, 06:06 AM
i would have loved it... seriously. i was hoping for it when leopard came, and then i was hoping when snow leopard came...and now lion.. come on APPLE at least give us the opportunity to chose .

fishmoose
Oct 29, 2010, 06:13 AM
Oh that'd be great! I'm sure we'll see a GUI refresh for 10.7 so this wouldn't surprise me if its in there. I can't see Apple using Aqua for Lion.

coops
Oct 29, 2010, 07:50 AM
Tried the top option posted above - uses the free Nocturne App..... black menu bar and dimmed (optional, and will go normal brightness when you cursor over the menu bar) :-

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d18/coops1967/Mac/Screenshot2010-10-29at204247.jpg


Useful app, but all the title bars of your apps will still be the usual colour, which looks a little odd -

so am now trying the theme at Deviant Art, you can take a look at youtube here:-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT1CqiHqUXI

Haven't tried it yet, but the youtube clip looks like it's better....


Coops

3soteric
Oct 29, 2010, 07:56 AM
it would be nice if Apple offered the option of another theme like this, especially a dark based one.

The Mrs looking over my shoulder just said "can we make mine pink?!" ffs

maflynn
Oct 29, 2010, 07:58 AM
I run hot and cold with black themes.

In some cases they look great but usage on a day to day basis is impacted by ambient light. I hate using a dark theme on my computer because of this. On my phone its a lot better.

I don't see apple going over to the dark side (pun intended) because it could interfere with people's ability to work. They'll go with the lowest common denominator.

Mal
Oct 29, 2010, 09:32 AM
I'm running with a black menubar now, and have for some time (courtesy of a mod I found here, I'll track down the link again if anyone asks), and I've really liked it. Mutes the overall colors of the computer somewhat, so I focus more on just what I'm looking at. I also have a dark Dock and a dark Adium theme, so my desktop is kinda framed in black.

jW

Nishi100
Oct 29, 2010, 10:02 AM
Looks pretty cool /\ /\ /\

NoSmokingBandit
Oct 29, 2010, 11:06 AM
Like the look of that menu bar in black..... looking at some guides for achieving it - any you'd recommend?

Chris

will check out these first
http://www.unixweblog.com/2010/05/easy-black-menu-bar-in-snow-leopard-10-6-no-hacking-required/

http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/

http://www.maxthemes.com/
Go to the themes tab and find Aqua Extreme. Install the Obsidian package. It will change a few other things like scrollbars and whatnot but it gives a more uniform look to the system. Other than that you'll need white menubar icons for your 3rd party apps, and those can be found at macthemes.net. I'd find a link but i'm just not that motivated ;)

This is what my desktop looks like right now:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a93/canada2113/Screenshot2010-10-29at120559PM.jpg

i-am-waiting
Oct 29, 2010, 11:12 AM
I use a small hack to auto-hide the menu bar anyways...

tkermit
Oct 29, 2010, 10:04 PM
will check out these first
http://www.unixweblog.com/2010/05/easy-black-menu-bar-in-snow-leopard-10-6-no-hacking-required/

http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/
Tried the top option posted above - uses the free Nocturne App..... black menu bar and dimmed (optional, and will go normal brightness when you cursor over the menu bar)

Love that Nocturne (http://code.google.com/p/blacktree-nocturne/) app - thank you !:)

I wouldn't mind a properly designed black menu bar in Lion.

coops
Oct 30, 2010, 04:16 AM
@ NoSmokingBandit - thanks, tried that theme - works fine with 10.6.4 on my Macbook Pro.... still leaves App title bars usual aqua theme though...

So tried another theme - NorsoSchwarz - take a look here:-
http://wavespell.deviantart.com/art/Snow-Leopard-Black-OS-X-update-155507209

gives black title bars... for most apps, not Opera (Safari, yes) or Jdownloader.. and also worked fine

My screenshot, with Safari and dual-pane TotalFinder below...

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d18/coops1967/Mac/Screenshot2010-10-30at170542.jpg

I like it....

Coops

MasterHowl
Oct 30, 2010, 09:55 AM
I'm running with a black menubar now, and have for some time (courtesy of a mod I found here, I'll track down the link again if anyone asks), and I've really liked it. Mutes the overall colors of the computer somewhat, so I focus more on just what I'm looking at. I also have a dark Dock and a dark Adium theme, so my desktop is kinda framed in black.

jW

that is an AWESOME clock in your menu bar! Where did you get it?!

Mal
Oct 30, 2010, 12:49 PM
that is an AWESOME clock in your menu bar! Where did you get it?!

That's FuzzyClock (http://www.objectpark.org/FuzzyClock.html).

jW

MasterHowl
Oct 31, 2010, 12:28 PM
That's FuzzyClock (http://www.objectpark.org/FuzzyClock.html).

jW

thanks a lot friend :)

retroneo
Oct 31, 2010, 08:10 PM
The menu bar takes on a diminished role in Lion.

It isn't shown at all in Launchpad or Mission Control.

Lion Apps are encouraged at the very least to have a full screen view that doesn't show the menu bar at all.

Ashka
Nov 1, 2010, 11:19 PM
Can always go into System Prefs Universal Access and set the display to white on Black with or without grey scale.
Makes for an easy change :)

karsten
Nov 3, 2010, 09:29 PM
The menu bar takes on a diminished role in Lion.

It isn't shown at all in Launchpad or Mission Control.

Lion Apps are encouraged at the very least to have a full screen view that doesn't show the menu bar at all.

and one of the reasons i liked os x :/ anyone know a good way to get iOS scrollbars in snow leopard?

o'glory
Nov 5, 2010, 07:07 PM
Hmm.. I'm not sure if I would like a black menu bar. I think it looks a little to 'Hackintosh' if you know what I mean. I personally like to keep things professional on my Mac, so I go for clean and slick. One thing I would definitely like for Apple to do is fix the translucency on the menu bar, and make it look better. The option doesn't really look good when you tile a picture or something along those lines. That's something I would be happy with.

Michaelgtrusa
Nov 6, 2010, 02:57 AM
They all look good! No apps would break with this mod.:apple:

Mal
Nov 6, 2010, 11:17 AM
Hmm.. I'm not sure if I would like a black menu bar. I think it looks a little to 'Hackintosh' if you know what I mean. I personally like to keep things professional on my Mac, so I go for clean and slick. One thing I would definitely like for Apple to do is fix the translucency on the menu bar, and make it look better. The option doesn't really look good when you tile a picture or something along those lines. That's something I would be happy with.

I find the black menubar (along with black dock) to be very sleek and professional looking. I just had to reinstall the OS, and I actually didn't care for the white (translucent) menubar between that time and when I got back my black bar. Nothing against it, but I find that the dark color makes it get out of the way better, visually. It no longer draws attention.

jW

Andeavor
Jan 27, 2011, 04:35 PM
I have a makeshift black menubar, which looks rather bleached. I would very much like to have the choice of selecting a pure black bar.

buckers
Feb 1, 2011, 05:58 PM
I often think the translucent menu bar and the grey metal window title bars seem a little mismatched, tbh

ViciousShadow21
Jul 20, 2011, 11:11 PM
Just got Lion and it appears that they did not include a black menubar option. $10 to the first person that successfully finds or creates a way to do it.:p but really i can't stand that grey menu bar. i will keep an eye out and when i find it i will post back here.

deosaa7
Jul 20, 2011, 11:18 PM
sorry to bump an old thread like the other guy but if anyone knows how to mod it to look like the first post, I would appreciate that.

AK

karsten
Jul 20, 2011, 11:25 PM
see here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24898/nocturne

ViciousShadow21
Jul 20, 2011, 11:27 PM
see here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/24898/nocturne

never been a fan of Nocturne. i want a "true" way to turn JUST the menubar black.

karsten
Jul 20, 2011, 11:29 PM
you can, just set the invert menu bar option, and slide the dim when inactive slider all the way to the right. works great, except for fullscreen apps

ViciousShadow21
Jul 20, 2011, 11:49 PM
you can, just set the invert menu bar option, and slide the dim when inactive slider all the way to the right. works great, except for fullscreen apps

don't see a "invert menubar option", but maybe you can point it out?

lonesdav000
Jul 21, 2011, 08:31 AM
I used to have a black menu bar, followed the directions here (http://winjade.net/board/index.php?showtopic=11720).
After upgrading to lion, it reverted to white. I've tried reapplying the hack, but I keep getting the message "The operation can’t be completed because a required item is in use.". ...any ideas?

karsten
Jul 21, 2011, 02:31 PM
make sure you're running v2.0 of nocturne. i have the option in my prefs.

ViciousShadow21
Jul 24, 2011, 12:30 AM
make sure you're running v2.0 of nocturne. i have the option in my prefs.

ah yes that was the error of my ways

rheb1026
Dec 14, 2011, 11:23 AM
Bumping this because I was looking at changing the menu bar and have looked at all the options from Nocturne to replacing the original files. I came across this program and have been using it for two months, it's been working great and doesn't keep an icon in the menu bar: Menu Bar Filter

Just thought some of you might like it. It was not easy or obvious to find