OS X GUI for OS 8/9

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  1. im_to_hyper macrumors 65816

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    This is in response to Maxwell Stuart's question about having an OS X-esque GUI for OS 8 or 9.

    I can't say I found this all myself.... a HUGE shoutout to imac600 over at http://68kmla.net for this!

    You need Kaleidoscope from http://www.kaleidoscope.net/ and
    the AquaX theme file from http://buryme34.tripod.com/kschemes.html

    As for docks, in OS 8 you can use something like DragThing and in OS 9
    you could probably use A-Dock. Just type DragThing or A-Dock in to
    Google.

    Works great, too I have found!
     

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  3. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    You can also go the other way around and use an OS 8/9 (Classic Platinum) GUI for OS X.
     
  4. ITASOR macrumors 601

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    Pretty sure it's "Maxwell Smart". ;)
     
  5. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Who would want that? :confused:
     
  6. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    Well, me, because I detest Aqua.

    The Classic Platinum GUI was the best computer-OS GUI of all time.
     
  7. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    I guess we all have our own opinions... :p ;)
     
  8. im_to_hyper thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will get some pics for ya'll tommorow -- for now I am on my Sony desktop. I need to get to my older PowerMac tommorow to take some screenies.
     
  9. madmax_2069 macrumors 6502a

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    i use aqua III and aqua II and a edited iAqua in OS 9

    here is a few screen shots



    Desktop.jpg BeigeG3AIO.jpg

    i like it it gives a diffrent feel when booted in OS 9 . Oh and BTW i also have power windows installed
     
  10. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Those themes are so fake looking... they dont give me the feel of OS X at all. They give me the feelling of someone running OS 9 and trying to make it look like OS X in a half-hazard way.

    Yuck.
     
  11. Togglehead macrumors 6502

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    this file is for download as a .bin file

    how did you install it? nero wont burn a bin without a cue?

    ...or am i thinking to Windows based.....do Macs read bins?
     
  12. macEfan macrumors 65816

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    yes, macs are the only computer(i think) that can read bins. You need Aladdin's Stuffit software... it un-stuffs the pacage file into a readable version.. think of .bin as a windows .zip file
     
  13. madmax_2069 macrumors 6502a

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    well no one forces you to use them. and its just a diffrent look for OS 9 users that cant run OS X. i just use it cause i like the look of it. and this is my opinon. you have your's.
     
  14. Togglehead macrumors 6502

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    yes they certainly do.....!!!

    im a big fan of stylexp for windows themes too.....this just solved one of my issues with OS9.....THANKS!!! this is awesome!!!
     
  15. jhu macrumors 6502a

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    i need whatever it is that you're smoking

    not quite. hfs and hfs+ use data and resource forks to store information. depending on the program, data can be stored in either the "data" fork or "resource" fork. however, on filesystems that don't implement this, only the data in the "data" fork gets copied. thus the need for the mac binary format (.bin) which combines "data" and "resource" forks into one file. there is no compression as in the .zip file. the mac equivalent of .zip is actually .sit (stuff-it).
     
  16. Togglehead macrumors 6502

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    that makes sense to me......its kinda like a .rar file too....set to no compression....

    something iso buster would read.....=]
     
  17. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    regardless of whether or not you like the look of it, you cant possibly tell me that looks realistic...

    Nothing is worse than a wannabe - like people who put "M" logos on their BMW 318s.

    If you had used any other theme, to make your OS 9 computeur look crazy and like something totally unique... thats cool. But trying to recreate OS X, and doing a very poor job at it... that's silly.
     
  18. madmax_2069 macrumors 6502a

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    did i say it looks real no i dont think i did . i just like it cause i do. there some wild ones but i like this one here. i dont care if you think its a wanabe theme or not i like it cause i can. your point is well taken and the theme stay's on my OS 9.

    its way better than the orignal stock OS 9 look. just because you dont like it dont mean other people have to do the same as you do you have your opinon and i have mine and other people has there's. oh and BTW i do have OS X 10.2.8 on my Beige.
     
  19. Pierre Films macrumors member

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    I agree that it looks fake. I tried to use it for a bit but it only made OS 7-9 feel (and look) terrible. If using Kaleidoscope I like the BeOS and the NeXTSTEP themes. They ,at least, are realistic. I also like the look of OS 7 so I often use that if I am in OS 9 or 8. Its simple. No borders, no extra anything.

    Pierre Films
     
  20. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    Wow those screenshots look REALLY nice. Makes me want to load OS 9.2 on my PowerBook G3 and just run that.
    LOLZ. :D.
     
  21. ahunter3 macrumors 6502

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    OS X. Classic Platinum. X-Assist for OS9-ish application switching menu + OtherMenu-ish app launcher. FruitMenu for customizable Apple Menu. Trash can on Desktop. Note complete absence of stupid %^#@ Dock. Note also absence of Teletubbies graphical motif and stoplight-colored buttons.
     

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  22. Ratpack1961 macrumors member

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    I agree completely. I've been using this theme for years as well as A Dock and I've been pretty happy with it. As for it not looking "realistic", it sure looked realistic enough for Apple to ban the theme from most of the internet. Im surprised its still around. Im curious if there is a way to duplicate the drop shadows found in OS X in OS 9. So far I've found no shareware program that could accomplish this. Maybe someone who is proficient with a skin editor can edit the Aqua X theme to have drop shadows and post it here
    :)
     
  23. Queso macrumors G4

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    Can't say I'd be interested in those Aqua themes. They're a bit too Jaguar-like for my Tiger conditioned eyes.

    Like the OS9 theme for OSX though. That's cool :cool:
     
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  25. Ratpack1961 macrumors member

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    No the AquaX theme was specifically made to emulate the look of OS X in OS 9. Its a skin for an OS 9 program.
     
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