Customization of Aqua: Skinning OSX

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  1. modestmelody macrumors newbie

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    I am soon to make the "switch" (halfway, building a PC desktop and purchasing a Powerbook for college). Anyway, on Windows I have always been a stickler for customization, skinning, etc. For instance, right now I have no taskbar or icons on my desktop, I just have ObjectDock, a dock emulator for Windows. All my Windows and colors are themed as well. Is there anyway to have this kind of control over the OSX interface? I happen to love the interface as it is, however, I am a tinker at heart...
     
  2. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, you can customize almost anything on OS X, and most of it is easier then on windows.
     
  3. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So...

    How's it done? Element at a time? Are there programs that are well known to aid in skinning (like Style XP etc)?

    I am actually totally in the dark on this one. The closest thing I found in my quick search was a program called Kaleidoscope but it appears to only support OS9 and was abandoned when OSX came out.
     
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    I like Candy Bar. Would it run good on a 1.33Ghz iBook 768MB of ram? or would it significantly hog resources?
     
  6. CiBoys macrumors regular

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    This is what i did to mine... :)
     

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  7. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very nice. That's the exact kind of thing I was talking about. Cool to know I have the options still. Is there anyway to get rid of the "bar" across the top? I don't like the white menu bar always being there, but I can/will deal with it if it cannot be hidden in anyway.
     
  8. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looks good. Here is my Windows desktop at current... (the icon isn't normally there):
    [​IMG]

    Photobucket made it smaller. I have two 17" LCDs at 1280x1024 that that spans...
     
  9. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    The menubar can't be removed; however, perhaps some themes will make it more bearable for you.
     
  10. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's what I was hoping. One of those JetBlack themes look like it may help...
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Unless some hack were to make the menu bar slide in and out like the dock or like the Win start bar set to hide, I don't think that'd be a great idea anyway. A Mac will not be overly pleasant to use without the menu bar....

    To the earlier poster who asked about candybar -- I don't think it's a resource hog once you make the modifications. I think for most of its mods, it just replaces .png files that are hidden here and there amongst the system files....
     
  12. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh I've used Apple computers enough to know that part. It's just that the damn thing is so ugly sticking up at the top. I am a minmalist. I like blank desktops, very few things other than what I am focusing on should be on the screen. What is on the screen should be pretty. I was just hoping for a hack to make it hide, or even to change the white to being transparent so it's just the text.
     
  13. whiteangel macrumors regular

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    If you want to make the menu less visible you can try this. See if you like it.

    Menushade
     
  14. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, this works really well. You can have the whole menu bar disappear until you move your cursor over it.

    I also recommend Unsanity's ShapeShifter. I've been using it for over a year and have never had a problem. Works very well.
     
  15. mscnln macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like you'd be a perfect match for fluxbox. Windows and OS X aren't the only choices you know :)
     
  16. Sogo macrumors 6502

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    I wish icons could work like buttons. What i want/mean is to have the icon apear when i roll over and disaprear when i roll out of the icon; like buttons. But hey thats just me.
     
  17. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    Did you "Plastic" all your Brushed Metal apps?
     
  18. modestmelody thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What the heck is Fluxbox? I am far too lazy to Google it. Menushader looks nice. Thanks for all the help guys.
     
  19. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    It is a window manager for the Linux Operating System.

    Here

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  20. dirtymatt macrumors member

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    Theme Changer's last release was October of 2003, and the mailing list is quite dead. I'm going to say it hasn't been updated for Tiger and is a dead project.
     

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