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ethical
Mar 1, 2010, 01:13 PM
*** I've created this thread to be a guide for anyone who sees all the fancy desktop stuff, and wonders how to copy it. ***

*Always make sure you back-up before altering system files - who knows what might go wrong.*

This thread covers:
• GeekTool
• BowTie
• 'Kohbens icons and the transparent dock' look - Leopard and Snow Leopard specific instructions for step 1
• Finder Backgrounds
• System fonts

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GeekTool:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4398367785_8171e35110_o.png

GeekTool (http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/download.php) is what most people use to add the clock, calendar, day etc to their desktop.
I suggest using version 2.1.2. It's the most stable and is what the rest of the guide will be based on.
Info on how to use it can be found here (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=628023):

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BowTie:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4004/4398367853_821326d9f3_o.png

Ever wondered what that super cool thing that displays what's playing in iTunes is? More often than not its BowTie. You can download it here (http://bowtieapp.com)
More themes can be downloaded here (http://macthemes.net/forum/viewforum.php?id=2).

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Long black dock

Now for the gritty stuff....

The idea to make this thread came to me when I saw a post asking how to create the long black dock with the icons with words. It can be quite a tricky process, so here we go, an idiot-proof (I hope) guide to creating this:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2767/4398367683_f9ac1acee9_o.png

YOU WILL NEED:
Download theses bits, but don't install them yet. Read on...
GeekTool (http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/download.php), CandyBar (http://www.panic.com/candybar/)(not required...but saves a lot of time), Mirage (Leopard only) (http://dockulicious.com/docks/view/mirage), Mirage2 (Snow Leopard only) (http://www.macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16802835&p=1) , Kohbens icon set (http://www.robertourso.com/goodies/goodies.html) OR Gill Text Icons (http://arctictransfuse.deviantart.com/art/Gill-Text-dock-icons-154466636) and some patience.

**NOTE**
•Extension packs for the Kohbens icons can be found here (http://the-bulldozer.deviantart.com/art/The-Kobhens-DS-Expansion-Pack-103341543) (also google, there are loads out there)
•You can use either the Kohbens icons or the Gill Text icons, but they don't really work together.
•CandyBar is only a free trial
•Make sure you keep Mirage as it contains the unintaller - in case you want to be able to see your dock again!

1a) Make the dock transparent with Mirage. LEOPARD ONLY
- Open the Mirage installer. Select yes to everything. Password etc etc. Let it do it's thing.
- Close the installer.
- The dock has disappeared!! Yup. ;)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4399132546_788c984d5a_o.png

1b) Make the dock transparent with Mirage2 SNOW LEOPARD ONLY
- Download Mirage2 (Snow Leopard only link above)
- Open Mirage2 and select the first two tick boxes (just like the picture on the download page).
- Click Install. Sorted :)
Thanks to aresinferno for pointing out the recent release of Mirage2.


2) In GeekTool create a black bar, and place it at the bottom.
- Install GeekTool and open it up in System Preferences.
- Select New Entry and set the drop down menu at the top to Shell.
- A dark blue box should appear at the top left of your screen.
- Click this box and drag it into position where your dock would go.
- Use the arrow on the bottom right of the box to resize it to what you want.
- Click the Colors and Font tab in GeekTool.
- Select Bkgd (background) and set it to the background colour that you want.
- Also change the opacity of the bar with the slider, to suit your needs.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2681/4399133006_4a55f4dfd4_o.png

- Quit GeekTool.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4021/4399133398_928b40ca7b_o.png

3a) Use CandyBar to replace your current icons.
- Install and open up CandyBar
- Also open the folder containing your icons.
- If you're using the Kohbens icons, open the .icontainer file. This will install the icons into CandyBar.
- If you're using the Gill Text icons, make a new folder in CandyBar and drag the icons into the folder.
- In CandyBar, select the second tab at the top, and wait for it to load your applications.
- Once your applications have loaded, simply drag from the new icons at the bottom, onto the current application icons at the top.
- When you're done click Apply Icons and let it do it's magic.
- Some icons may not change, and the application may need to be exited then re-opened, or may need you to log out then in again.
- Now, click the tab on the far left at the top, and change the Finder and Trash icons. Apply the changes.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2687/4399133606_532346f358_o.png

3b) Use Finder to change application icons.
If you have already exhausted the CandyBar free trial, and don't want to pay for it, there's another way you can change your application icons. It's a bit more long winded, but just as effective.
- Open the folder with the new icons you want to use, and also open your Applications folder.
- Copy one of the new icons (Command+C or Edit > Copy)
- In your Applications folder, right click on the application that you want to give the icon you just copied. Select Get Info.
- At the top left of the Get Info window is the current icon. Click this. It should now have a blue border.
- Click Edit > Paste (or Command+V).
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4053/4401726238_22c8db5f6b_o.png
- The new icon should now show up.
- Relaunch the application if it was running, for the changes to take effect.


4) Sit back and enjoy your awesome new dock.
- To make it even nicer, consider adding some GeekTool scripts found on the other thread. Or adding a BowTie theme.
- You could add another GeekTool box beind the main one to make a nice border. (GeekTool also has some border options)
- The template to make your own icons is included in the download, so if there are any that you need that aren't in the pack or online, then it's very simple to make your own.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2767/4398367683_f9ac1acee9_o.png

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Finder Backgrounds

Changing the Finder background:
*This only works if you have the view set to Icons*

1) Open a new Finder window.
2) Right click inside the window and select View > As Icons
3) Right click again and select Show View Options
4) Part way down the Options pop-up you'll see a section called Background:
5) Use the options in this section to either set the background to a solid colour, or to a picture of your choice.
6) The changes you make will only apply to that Finder window unless you select Use As Defaults


System-wide Themes
There is an application called Magnifique, that allowed very easy swapping in-and-out of system-wide themes, however development and support for the application has been stopped, and it is no longer available as a download from their website.
Feel free to try and download the application elsewhere, but DO NOT USE IT ON SNOW LEOPARD, it causes serious problems that may not be reversible!

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System Fonts

To change system fonts, download the application TinkerTool (http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/download.html)

1) Open and install TinkerTool
2) Click on the Fonts tab.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4018/4399012459_34e3a5086e_o.png

Changing the fonts in here will have many different effects.
The System font will change things like the font of the clock on the top right of the menu bar, some emails in Mail and Spotlight results. Also, applications which use this font, many of which use it for the header text - the text on the same row as the minimize/maximize/close buttons etc. The contextual menu (right click menu) in many applications is also affected.
Just explore the different options available.

They won't change the font of the menu bar however (File, Edit, View menus etc).


OK
Good thread idea? Bad thread idea?
Please comment on bits to add and bits to change.
Also, sorry about the poor background choice for the first few screenshots. Kind of hard to see the dock.

stridemat
Mar 1, 2010, 01:15 PM
Good thread idea, and very well done! Might be a good idea to get it sticked in the relevant forum.

Sethable
Mar 1, 2010, 01:38 PM
Awesome guide!
I am going to follow it this evening, thanks!

Transporteur
Mar 1, 2010, 02:04 PM
Good thread idea? Bad thread idea?


Very good thread idea!
I've been Mac user for more than 5 years now and I never touched the look of my systems. I think it's time for a change. :D

I'd like to see how you can change the finder colours, like from silver to black.

GoCubsGo
Mar 1, 2010, 02:05 PM
Thanks for your post, you should finish it and get it published under the MR Guides.

ethical
Mar 1, 2010, 02:22 PM
Very good thread idea!
I've been Mac user for more than 5 years now and I never touched the look of my systems. I think it's time for a change. :D

I'd like to see how you can change the finder colours, like from silver to black.

what do you mean by the finder colours? like, the actual theme ?

Thanks for your post, you should finish it and get it published under the MR Guides.

thanks. that part took me quite a while, so I'm going to do some work then I'll come back to it.

joe.cavers
Mar 1, 2010, 02:32 PM
Please sticky this. I'm still on OSX.4.11 but WILL be on Leopard soon, I definitely wanna do this :)

Joe

Transporteur
Mar 1, 2010, 02:34 PM
what do you mean by the finder colours? like, the actual theme ?


Yes. I know that you can change it from blue to graphite in the system preferences, but that does not change the colour of backgrounds and menu bars. They remain silver/grey.
Would be nice if that's changeable.

ethical
Mar 1, 2010, 02:35 PM
Yes. I know that you can change it from blue to graphite in the system preferences, but that does not change the colour of backgrounds and menu bars. They remain silver/grey.
Would be nice if that's changeable.

Ohh I see. Yeah that's definitely possible, and not too hard. I'll add it in when I get a chance.

Foreverwontcome
Mar 1, 2010, 02:45 PM
Ok - So I think I hit a snag. The installer for "mirage" keeps erroring out. I went on the site and saw it is for Leopard only not Snow Leopard. Maybe I am an idiot..but I've messed with stuff like this before and never had an issue. idk... thoughts?

btw, thanks for the thread it is nice. also - can you link the bowtie theme you use - the very minimalistic one? :apple:

ethical
Mar 1, 2010, 03:08 PM
Ok - So I think I hit a snag. The installer for "mirage" keeps erroring out. I went on the site and saw it is for Leopard only not Snow Leopard. Maybe I am an idiot..but I've messed with stuff like this before and never had an issue. idk... thoughts?

btw, thanks for the thread it is nice. also - can you link the bowtie theme you use - the very minimalistic one? :apple:

You're absolutely right, I'm sorry. I forgot that Mirage isn't SL compatible!

It can still be done, just without the automated installer. I'm updating the instructions right now.

Foreverwontcome
Mar 1, 2010, 03:18 PM
You're absolutely right, I'm sorry. I forgot that Mirage isn't SL compatible!

It can still be done, just without the automated installer. I'm updating the instructions right now.

you are da bomb! also - if you can PM me that bowtie theme or just link it :)

ethical
Mar 1, 2010, 03:52 PM
you are da bomb! also - if you can PM me that bowtie theme or just link it :)

Ok, I updated the instructions.

Here's the BowTie theme (http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=605872).

iPhilPHX
Mar 1, 2010, 04:24 PM
Thank you! I've already downloaded GeekTool but have yet to play with it. I need to dedicate some time soon to experimenting with all this great stuff.

Melrose
Mar 1, 2010, 05:43 PM
Please sticky this. I'm still on OSX.4.11 but WILL be on Leopard soon, I definitely wanna do this :)

Joe

I agree; These are common enough questions. Mostly, if you want to find stuff like this you have to dig through the Geektool and wallpaper/dock threads.

Mexbearpig
Mar 1, 2010, 08:53 PM
Wow, thanks for posting this. Later tonight I will attempt to do this. It looks great!

Foreverwontcome
Mar 1, 2010, 08:59 PM
THANKS! works like a charm!

sammich
Mar 1, 2010, 09:00 PM
Just wondering how the Khobens 'icon' style works in the command-tab viewer for you. When I tried it, I had so much trouble reading the darn 'icon' text that I gave up.

Or do you rely on dock clicking and expose to switch apps?

Foreverwontcome
Mar 1, 2010, 09:08 PM
Just wondering how the Khobens 'icon' style works in the command-tab viewer for you. When I tried it, I had so much trouble reading the darn 'icon' text that I gave up.

Or do you rely on dock clicking and expose to switch apps?

use gil-sans much better and easier to implement i think.

ethical
Mar 2, 2010, 04:37 AM
Just wondering how the Khobens 'icon' style works in the command-tab viewer for you. When I tried it, I had so much trouble reading the darn 'icon' text that I gave up.

Or do you rely on dock clicking and expose to switch apps?

I don't tend to use cmd-tab much...but yeah, use the Gill-Text icons. There's more of them in the pack, and they're easier to read.

Glad it's helped people!

Melrose
Mar 2, 2010, 09:57 AM
Just thought I'd add the Adium Kobhens icons. I made these myself a while back; I think there are other Kobhens Adium sets out there, but here ya go anyway: [Adium Kobhens Set (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64005/downloads/Kobhens.AdiumIcon.zip)]

...and in case not everyone wants to pay for CandyBar or get trapped with a totally awesome dock after the trial expires: The old "App (right click), Get Info > Paste Icon" still works ;)

ethical
Mar 2, 2010, 10:17 AM
Just thought I'd add the Adium Kobhens icons. I made these myself a while back; I think there are other Kobhens Adium sets out there, but here ya go anyway: [Adium Kobhens Set (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/64005/downloads/Kobhens.AdiumIcon.zip)]

...and in case not everyone wants to pay for CandyBar or get trapped with a totally awesome dock after the trial expires: The old "App (right click), Get Info > Paste Icon" still works ;)

Thanks Melrose, I'll add this to the original post.

Foreverwontcome
Mar 2, 2010, 10:31 AM
I don't tend to use cmd-tab much...but yeah, use the Gill-Text icons. There's more of them in the pack, and they're easier to read.

Glad it's helped people!

and having the .psd file in there is awesome as well so if you don't see an icon you can just make one.

petrucci666
Mar 2, 2010, 10:09 PM
How do I get the geektool to just appear on the desktop, I got everything arranged to show the time, date etc. but it is going over my Safari, iTunes and other windows while they are open...how can it just be on the desktop?

I'm new to this stuff so thanks for any help!

ethical
Mar 3, 2010, 06:41 AM
How do I get the geektool to just appear on the desktop, I got everything arranged to show the time, date etc. but it is going over my Safari, iTunes and other windows while they are open...how can it just be on the desktop?

I'm new to this stuff so thanks for any help!

On GeekTool under the Command tab there is a tick box that says "Always On Top". Make sure that's not ticked.

alphaod
Mar 3, 2010, 11:44 AM
Nice guide, but icons are overrated; keyboard shortcuts, Terminal, and Quicksilver are the only tools you need. :D

Foreverwontcome
Mar 3, 2010, 07:27 PM
Ok so I HAVE A PROBLEM!!

i just got sick of the other look so i went back to the normal one and my DOCK app is in my dock...i cant kill it - i cant shut it off. and I am at a complete loss.

any idea folks?

--- also this is in the thread because i did this that caused it haha


osx 10.6 snow leopard btw

ethical
Mar 4, 2010, 02:07 AM
Ok so I HAVE A PROBLEM!!

i just got sick of the other look so i went back to the normal one and my DOCK app is in my dock...i cant kill it - i cant shut it off. and I am at a complete loss.

any idea folks?

--- also this is in the thread because i did this that caused it haha


osx 10.6 snow leopard btw

I'm guessing to get there you double-clicked on Dock.app instead of right clicking and selecting Show Package Contents?

Have you tried logging out then in again? Or restarting?

BothBarsOn
Mar 4, 2010, 07:16 AM
Tip o' the hat to you, lukenn. Nice work.

Dify
Mar 4, 2010, 07:20 AM
awsome, thanks for the thread

Foreverwontcome
Mar 4, 2010, 10:54 AM
I'm guessing to get there you double-clicked on Dock.app instead of right clicking and selecting Show Package Contents?

Have you tried logging out then in again? Or restarting?

Yeah - i had to uninstall the dock - which was a PITA then i had to restart and create a new user - it was a PAIN

rhett7660
Mar 4, 2010, 11:10 AM
Very nice... thanks for the guide!

ethical
Mar 6, 2010, 05:19 PM
Thanks for all the positive feedback guys! Really makes the time I spent worthwhile.

If there's anything else you'd like to see a guide for just let me know!
:)

toolbox
Mar 7, 2010, 01:22 AM
Awesome thread should be a sticky!

jmor
Mar 13, 2010, 11:08 AM
okay so is there a way to change something to make all your menu bar etc. black in snow leopard?

ethical
Mar 18, 2010, 06:38 AM
okay so is there a way to change something to make all your menu bar etc. black in snow leopard?

Hi, sorry for the lack of reply. I'm a bit swamped with work at the moment...

It takes quite a while to make an easy to follow and good quality guide (with screen shots etc), so I don't want to rush it, especially as the instructions involve changing system files! I'll hopefully get around to it at the weekend, if not then definitely on Monday!

Supa_Fly
Mar 23, 2010, 05:36 PM
Great work and thanks for all your hard work put into it. For now I'm really just 10-12days green on OS X almost fully @ home so I'm going to wait until system wide themes are available for OS X Snow Leopard.

BTW, has ANYONE created quality system wide SL themes, if not then whats the hold-up?

Schtumple
Apr 4, 2010, 06:44 PM
This thread needs to be stickied. Mods, please. It will help.

ethical
Apr 5, 2010, 12:00 PM
BTW, has ANYONE created quality system wide SL themes, if not then whats the hold-up?

There are plenty of system-wide SL themes out there. You just need to know where to look ;)

Check out these forums: http://macthemes.net/forum/viewforum.php?id=2

Pretty much all system-wide themes come with installers now...so there is no fiddly copying and pasting involved.

NOTE: Make sure it's a SL theme if you are on SL, or a Leopard theme if you are on Leopard!!

MMullan
Apr 9, 2010, 11:08 AM
I saw a desktop with a different icon for the HD and it listed the MB used and available. How to do this?

jmor
Apr 9, 2010, 07:30 PM
is mirage good for snow leopard as well?

ethical
Apr 10, 2010, 04:43 AM
is mirage good for snow leopard as well?

No, sorry. That's why there are separate steps for Snow Leopard that don't involve Mirage.

aresinferno
Apr 10, 2010, 04:56 AM
No, sorry. That's why there are separate steps for Snow Leopard that don't involve Mirage.

Mirage 2 was released here (http://www.macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16802835&p=1).

It works for snow leopard only and saves the hassle of the manual steps. The original Mirage will still work for leopard.

ethical
Apr 10, 2010, 05:15 AM
Mirage 2 was released here (http://www.macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16802835&p=1).

It works for snow leopard only and saves the hassle of the manual steps. The original Mirage will still work for leopard.

Excellent, thank you! Only released 15 days ago so I hadn't seen it yet. I'll edit the original post now.

jmor
Apr 10, 2010, 07:55 AM
Thanks so much thats what I had seen on other sites but didnt want to risk it as on here it said only for leopard and I dont want problems on my computer. Now I have an awesome black bar dock and just need to get the rest of my stuff set to black ... haha theres always more to be done, but thanks a million wouldnt even be half as close without this guide

ethical
Apr 10, 2010, 08:04 AM
Thanks so much thats what I had seen on other sites but didnt want to risk it as on here it said only for leopard and I dont want problems on my computer. Now I have an awesome black bar dock and just need to get the rest of my stuff set to black ... haha theres always more to be done, but thanks a million wouldnt even be half as close without this guide

Yeah sorry about that. I should probably be checking MacThemes more often for updates. Glad you've got it all sorted now! :)

EDIT:

There's a very good guide here (http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/) which explains in great detail how to install a black theme to Snow Leopard. I don't have SL, so can't really go through the step by step details with screenshots, but this guy did a very good job of it!

jsf8x
Jul 13, 2010, 02:22 PM
How do you make the toolbar on the top black with white text?

bjett92
Jul 13, 2010, 03:46 PM
The only thing I hate about changing app icons to the text ones is that it appears that way in Finder too and it looks ugly in Finder.

Is there a way to only the change the icon in the dock?

Xavier
Jul 13, 2010, 04:01 PM
I like the 'bar' dock idea. I might just have to try it! Thanks for posting this very helpful thread.

ethical
Jul 13, 2010, 06:05 PM
How do you make the toolbar on the top black with white text?

Check out this (http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/) tutorial. Or come back in 24 hours and I'll have updated this thread with instructions.

That guide is for Snow Leopard.
The only thing I hate about changing app icons to the text ones is that it appears that way in Finder too and it looks ugly in Finder.

Is there a way to only the change the icon in the dock?

Not that I know of I'm afraid. Both the Applications folder and the dock access the same file for the image. You could try changing the background colour of the Applications folder to one that better compliments the text icons.

jsf8x
Jul 13, 2010, 08:23 PM
Check out this (http://freethellamas.wordpress.com/2010/03/30/a-dark-theme-for-snow-leopard/) tutorial. Or come back in 24 hours and I'll have updated this thread with instructions.

That guide is for Snow Leopard.


Not that I know of I'm afraid. Both the Applications folder and the dock access the same file for the image. You could try changing the background colour of the Applications folder to one that better compliments the text icons.

Thanks but it doesn't work for me even though I have Snow Leopard. I don't have the files on my computer that it says in the first couple steps.

ethical
Jul 14, 2010, 08:46 AM
Thanks but it doesn't work for me even though I have Snow Leopard. I don't have the files on my computer that it says in the first couple steps.

Nah you definitely will mate if you're running Snow Leopard.

You're definitely going to:

Hard Drive/System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.Framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/HLToolbox.Framework/Versions/A/Resources

Make sure you're not going to your User library instead of the System one.

jsf8x
Jul 14, 2010, 10:17 AM
Nah you definitely will mate if you're running Snow Leopard.

You're definitely going to:

Hard Drive/System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.Framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/HLToolbox.Framework/Versions/A/Resources

Make sure you're not going to your User library instead of the System one.

I'm telling ya man I don't have Carbon.Framework

Mal
Jul 14, 2010, 11:19 AM
That's, quite frankly, impossible. If you have Snow Leopard, you have Carbon.framework.

Take a screenshot of your /System/Library/Frameworks/ folder for us, just to be sure.

jW

jsf8x
Jul 14, 2010, 11:28 AM
Um.. I'm an idiot :D.. I kept going straight to Library from my hard drive, not system. Sorry lol :P

ethical
Jul 14, 2010, 12:41 PM
Um.. I'm an idiot :D.. I kept going straight to Library from my hard drive, not system. Sorry lol :P

:rolleyes: no worries.

I'm going to try and add a guide to this thread tonight.

jsf8x
Jul 14, 2010, 12:59 PM
I got it to work perfectly too :D

MacNovius
Jul 14, 2010, 06:43 PM
If you're looking for an easier way to get the black menu bar you might want to check out this thread: http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16804368
It has an installer and uninstaller if you don't like to go digging that deep into your system files.

littleman23408
Jul 15, 2010, 06:58 PM
Great tutorial,

So I got most of the icons replaced. I was wondering to get the ones that are not included (google chrome, etc...), after I open the .psd and change the text, what am I suppose to save the icon I created as? Also, how do you change the finder and trash empty and trash full icons? Thanks guys!

ethical
Jul 16, 2010, 03:49 AM
If you're looking for an easier way to get the black menu bar you might want to check out this thread: http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16804368
It has an installer and uninstaller if you don't like to go digging that deep into your system files.

Nice find, thanks!

Great tutorial,

So I got most of the icons replaced. I was wondering to get the ones that are not included (google chrome, etc...), after I open the .psd and change the text, what am I suppose to save the icon I created as? Also, how do you change the finder and trash empty and trash full icons? Thanks guys!

Save the new icon as a .png or something, and use this site (http://iconverticons.com/) to convert it to an icon. Easier than using a separate application.

Are you using CandyBar? If so, under the Change menu on the left click the button on the far left. About half way down are the Finder and Trash icons you can change.

If you're not using CandyBar you can use LiteIcon (http://www.freemacsoft.net/LiteIcon/). It's free, and lets you change all icons other than Application Icons (but also lets you change Finder and Trash).

I'm sorry I haven't uploaded a tutorial for the Black Menu Bar...it takes a couple of hours to make a good one, and I just haven't had the time lately.

littleman23408
Jul 16, 2010, 08:52 AM
Save the new icon as a .png or something, and use this site (http://iconverticons.com/) to convert it to an icon. Easier than using a separate application.

Are you using CandyBar? If so, under the Change menu on the left click the button on the far left. About half way down are the Finder and Trash icons you can change.

If you're not using CandyBar you can use LiteIcon (http://www.freemacsoft.net/LiteIcon/). It's free, and lets you change all icons other than Application Icons (but also lets you change Finder and Trash).

I'm sorry I haven't uploaded a tutorial for the Black Menu Bar...it takes a couple of hours to make a good one, and I just haven't had the time lately.

Thanks Ethical, I will give it a try tonight. I am not using Candybar, so I will try out the LiteIcon.
Thanks!

jsf8x
Jul 16, 2010, 08:14 PM
Thanks Ethical, I will give it a try tonight. I am not using Candybar, so I will try out the LiteIcon.
Thanks!

It works great if you follow the instructions perfectly!

Captain Planet
Jul 21, 2010, 05:43 AM
Has anybody been able to remove the date showing on the iCal icon? I've been able to replace the icon itself with the Gill text, but the month and day are still showing up on the text. Is it possible to do such a thing?

Captain Planet
Jul 22, 2010, 02:12 PM
Sorry for the double post. I just thought I'd take a screenshot of my dock to demonstrate what I mean't by my previous post.

ethical
Jul 22, 2010, 04:03 PM
Sorry for the double post. I just thought I'd take a screenshot of my dock to demonstrate what I mean't by my previous post.

Hmm, yeh I've been looking into this since your last post. Haven't found a solution yet.

The date on the iCal icon is managed by Dock.app (which is why the iCal icon in the Applications folder doesn't have the correct date on it). So it's some command within that that you would need to change.

You can have a look around, but I'd make a copy of Dock.app first. Messing it up could require a fresh install.

benthewraith
Jul 22, 2010, 04:14 PM
Having problems getting this script to work in Geektool.

top -ocpu -FR -l2 -n20 | grep '^....[1234567890] ' | grep -v ' 0.0% ..:' | cut -c 1-24,33-42,64-77

ethical
Jul 22, 2010, 04:30 PM
Having problems getting this script to work in Geektool.

top -ocpu -FR -l2 -n20 | grep '^....[1234567890] ' | grep -v ' 0.0% ..:' | cut -c 1-24,33-42,64-77

Bit more info might be useful....Where did you get the script? What is it supposed to do?

benthewraith
Jul 22, 2010, 04:54 PM
Bit more info might be useful....Where did you get the script? What is it supposed to do?

Monitor CPU usage and memory with top.

Found the script here.
http://www.keynote2keynote.com/2007/04/10/ultimate-geektool-setup-pimp-your-desktop-part-2/

I've created the shell and insert the script, but all it does is show nothing.

tag
Jul 22, 2010, 05:22 PM
I've created the shell and insert the script, but all it does is show nothing.

The -FR options are messing up that code from what I can see, try removing them.

top -ocpu -l2 -n20 | grep '^....[1234567890] ' | grep -v ' 0.0% ..:' | cut -c 1-24,33-42,64-77

xi mezmerize ix
Jul 23, 2010, 08:38 AM
I saw a desktop with a different icon for the HD and it listed the MB used and available. How to do this?

Well the way I change all my icons is by using img2icns (http://www.img2icnsapp.com/) or by finding icons already made on the web:

1. Get an icon: Drag a pic into img2icns or use a pre-made one.

2. Right click on the app/disk/folder/whatever you want to change the icon for.

3. Click on the icon in the info window.

4. Copy and paste the new icon over the old one. For some reason you can't right click to c and p, so just use keyboard shortcuts or the edit tab.

P.S. If you can't copy and paste over the old icon, you either need to change the permissions, or it isn't a writeable file.

ViciousShadow21
Oct 31, 2010, 06:59 AM
Nice thread ethical. you mentioned that tinkertool won't replace the menu bar fonts. is there a simple way to do this?

BornToMac
Oct 31, 2010, 04:14 PM
Second the vote to have this stickied. Good job OP.

espoo
Nov 13, 2010, 09:33 AM
very nice FAQ at the beginning, thanks! everything worked fine except that I can't see the round shiny light under the icons if a programm is in use.

any ideas whats wrong?

ethical
Nov 13, 2010, 11:14 PM
very nice FAQ at the beginning, thanks! everything worked fine except that I can't see the round shiny light under the icons if a programm is in use.

any ideas whats wrong?

When you installed Mirage, you may have selected to remove the active application icons. I can't remember the exact name for this, but try uninstalling Mirage, and then installing it again but making sure under the 'Customize' menu that you haven't ticked the active application box. You only want the dock to disappear.

Happybunny
Nov 14, 2010, 01:40 AM
This has been a fantastic help, since I read this I have tried various combinatios. Once again thank you all for all the information.:)
http://i694.photobucket.com/albums/vv310/happybunny2_photos/Screenshot2010-11-14at83413AM.png

redAPPLE
Nov 14, 2010, 02:15 AM
is there any performance issues when doing such "system hacks"? what happens, when apple send out system updates? are all the "hacks" gone?

ethical
Nov 14, 2010, 05:41 AM
is there any performance issues when doing such "system hacks"? what happens, when apple send out system updates? are all the "hacks" gone?

As far as i'm aware updates don't do anything to it. I don't see why they should.

The dock and various other icons (active application icon etc) are images. All you're doing is replacing those images with other ones....transparent ones, that make the dock look invisible.

If anyone wants a guide on doing something else, let me know...I'll see if I can write one for it.

espoo
Nov 14, 2010, 06:46 AM
When you installed Mirage, you may have selected to remove the active application icons. I can't remember the exact name for this, but try uninstalling Mirage, and then installing it again but making sure under the 'Customize' menu that you haven't ticked the active application box. You only want the dock to disappear.

it doesn't work. if i select "install dock", the icon lights are also away.

Edit: ahh now I've got it! thanks!

@Happybunny
share please? :)

Happybunny
Nov 14, 2010, 11:14 AM
it doesn't work. if i select "install dock", the icon lights are also away.

@Happybunny
share please? :)

I take it you mean the photo of the Goddess known as Hayden Panettiere ;)
http://img177.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=02356_hayden408_122_440lo.jpg

espoo
Nov 14, 2010, 12:33 PM
I take it you mean the photo of the Goddess known as Hayden Panettiere ;)
http://img177.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=02356_hayden408_122_440lo.jpg

of course, thank you! :)

0dev
Nov 14, 2010, 12:41 PM
Awesome guide, thanks. I actually have a lot of these apps already but I guess I've never played with them properly.

Struki84
Mar 30, 2011, 05:20 AM
Hey guys!

I'm a fresh Mac user (a week or so.), got myself macbook pro 7,1 13" with snow leopard on it :). Anyway I'm doing some modifications on my desktop, I've been A linux user for some years so I know my way around shell scripts, editing config files and so on. There are some things I can't figure out, mac os is a closed os ,not much costumization to be done here, and coming from linux is a bit of shock to me, but not enough to ignore it completly, I'm giving it a fair shot. Any way, I got these issues, and I've depended on online help for years now, so I did my share of googling, and searching the net before deciding to post...

Questions:

1. I can't figure out how to change system font colors, not the ones on the menu bar (I got that covered), the ones on window titles and inside the windows, I tried TinkerTool and I can change font size and font style but not the color, Themepark is a bit unintuitive, so if there is a solution there pls let me know.

2. I've installed path finder, and used it's desktop for my shortcuts, but it keeps displaying this info about the files size witch I can't remove, can someone let me nove how to remove the size info?. The ideal solution would be to replace finder with path finder, and then use the finder desktop, but opening shortcuts from finder desktop in path finder is not working form me, I've tried this guide :
http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20041129160952245

These are like top issues for me now, so any help would be great :D.

Btw te guide is great exactly what a new user needs, with all the replys this is my main source of info on mac desktop costumization, O is there a way to keep the dock the way it is and just to change the color of it, also is it possible to keep the dock on the desktop when there are no windows in fullscreen, but to hide it when u open a window in full screen?

Thanks for the oncoming help :D!

Simon

Shaneuk
Mar 31, 2011, 02:36 AM
Thanks for this. I've used geektool, but thats about it. I'm going to start fully customizing my desktop when I have time machine running.

ranviper
Mar 31, 2011, 08:07 AM
Hey thanks a ton for this guide! I have been "trolling" ;) these forums for some time now and been wishing I could use GeekTool like a lot of the others on here to customize my UI, annnnddd this guide kinda helped me figure out it's pretty easy actually. Again, thanks!

+1

KwanMan
May 17, 2011, 09:52 AM
anyone know what font OP used for his time geeklet?

LazyMacGuy
May 17, 2011, 11:47 AM
Great tutorial man. Thanks

Internal Fury
Jun 3, 2011, 08:41 PM
hey ive seen images of a bookmark like banner hanging from the apple logo on the tool bar anyone know how to do that?

ranviper
Jun 9, 2011, 05:58 AM
hey ive seen images of a bookmark like banner hanging from the apple logo on the tool bar anyone know how to do that?

Using Geektool, create an image with one of these :D

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d394hre

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d37uqt5

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d3b3l0q

Internal Fury
Jun 9, 2011, 07:21 AM
Using Geektool, create an image with one of these :D

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d394hre

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d37uqt5

http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/?q=red%20ribbon#/d3b3l0q
ok thx. hmm im now torn. I couldnt figure out so i learned how to make the apple like the old school macs. the rainbow logo. now i dont know which to use

ranviper
Jun 9, 2011, 07:46 AM
ok thx. hmm im now torn. I couldnt figure out so i learned how to make the apple like the old school macs. the rainbow logo. now i dont know which to use

Perhaps layer them? Make two, and inside the red ribbon apple make a rainbow one? :D

Brotherjw
Feb 13, 2012, 11:46 PM
I have searched for a way to resize the menu fonts on Lion. My problem is that I use a 48" TV for my monitor. My wife is a quadraplegic and can't' talk. We use the large screen for many things. Problem is I can't see the Menu from across the room. At this size the fonts look lime ants! I really need to get the menu bigger! I hope that someone can help me.

hobbyrennfahrer
Feb 14, 2012, 01:13 AM
Don't like this sort of customization. Just the original way. :p

boogiebuddy01
Mar 5, 2012, 05:38 AM
Very good thread idea!
I've been Mac user for more than 5 years now and I never touched the look of my systems. I think it's time for a change. :D

I'd like to see how you can change the finder colours, like from silver to black.

ive been trying to figure out how to chang the dropdown menus black if anyone has a way i would love to know?

jerkoff
Jun 28, 2012, 03:44 PM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but maybe you guys can help...

http://i.stack.imgur.com/wZ668.png

I need to change the system's button colors (close/minimize/zoom) in the title bar. Is there a utility out there that can do this?

Mandrake!
Jun 28, 2012, 08:18 PM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but maybe you guys can help...

Image (http://i.stack.imgur.com/wZ668.png)

I need to change the system's button colors (close/minimize/zoom) in the title bar. Is there a utility out there that can do this?

You can make them all gray in general -> appearance in system preferences if you want.

jerkoff
Jun 29, 2012, 09:00 AM
No, I know about the graphite theme, but that's not adequate. I want to change the colors to ones I can select.

There's an old utility called Shapeshifter (http://unsanity.com/haxies/shapeshifter) by Unsanity (http://unsanity.com/), but it doesn't work on newer versions of OS X, and they haven't replied to my repeated requests for information.

jerkoff
Apr 25, 2013, 09:10 AM
Sorry to bump an old thread, but maybe you guys can help...

Image (http://i.stack.imgur.com/wZ668.png)

I need to change the system's button colors (close/minimize/zoom) in the title bar. Is there a utility out there that can do this?
You can make them all gray in general -> appearance in system preferences if you want.
No, I know about the graphite theme, but that's not adequate. I want to change the colors to ones I can select.

There's an old utility called Shapeshifter (http://unsanity.com/haxies/shapeshifter) by Unsanity (http://unsanity.com/), but it doesn't work on newer versions of OS X, and they haven't replied to my repeated requests for information.

If anyone cares about my question, I thought I'd post a followup where I found what I was looking for.

This answer at StackOverflow was very informative: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8170717/modifying-window-button-colors-in-mac-os-x

Bre.Luiz
Apr 26, 2013, 04:25 PM
Great topic, hope people keep it updated!