Poll: What are your top desktop enhancements?

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  1. qtip919 macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering, what are the top (five, maybe?) desktop enhancements you use?

    I have seen many screenshots with custom dock's etc. I am very interested in new ways to customize the UI beyond skins, icon mods, "dock eye-candy", etc.

    I am wondering more about the full blown desktop enhancements people use

    thanks!
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I feel like the only person who uses OSX as it is out of the box. Sorry, no changes here, just the regular Tiger interface, which I know and love. :p
     
  3. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Been using Meterologist to have weather in the menu bar and X Resource Graph to monitor my Mac, for quite a while.

    Just started using MainMenu for maintenance and QuickSilver as a launcer, and both look like keepers... ;)

    Edit: Aaah... you meant mods. I don't do that. But check ResExcellence for different approaches. Apart from altering the occasional menu item the only "mod" I do is change appearance from Blue to Graphite in System Preferences... :p
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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    You aren't ;)
     
  5. javiercr macrumors 6502

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    indeed you aren't
     
  6. atari1356 macrumors 68000

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    No enhancement things here either. Under Panther I liked "MenuCalendarClock" which put a drop down calendar in your menu... but since Tiger has that calendar widget, it's just not a necessity any more.
     
  7. zelmo macrumors 603

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    I used ShapeShifter until the 15 day demo ran out. It was kinda cool to switch up the GUI appearance a bit for a change of pace, and I might have even kept using it had it been freeware or even a mere $5-10. But $20 for that, plus another $10 for Mighty Mouse, just for a cosmetic alteration, isn't worth it to me. That $30 will be better spent elsewhere.

    Besides, Tiger looks pretty damn nice as is.
     
  8. Applespider macrumors G4

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    No desktop enhancements here either. I do have Quicksilver running in the background but it's pretty much invisible until invoked.

    And I guess you might count the Synergy iTunes controls in the menu bar - though since it looks like an iPod Shuffle wheel, it's pretty discreet too.
     
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Just Silk, to kick some old Carbon programs into using decent looking text.
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Another vote here for no enhancements. I feel like OS X doesn't really need any!

    Plus, I know some Mac users who have a ton of stuff running on their machine, and it gets a bit excessive. Ironically, they are the same ones who bash Windows users for slowing down their system and chewing up resources with AV, SpyWare, Norton, etc., having a million things running in their system tray and all that - yet they're no better with all their widgets, enahancements, add-ons and millions of little apps on their system! I try to keep my Mac as clean as possible, and see no need for any enhancements per se. :cool:
     
  11. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    I use a pretty stock OS too – apart from custom icons and some nice desktops I prefer to leave best alone.
     
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Me too, can't forget the icons - I always personalize my Mac with some cool ones. InterfaceLift (formerly xicons.com) is a great site!
     
  13. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Candybar. That is it. Everything else doesn't make the desktop look all that great...
     
  14. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

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    Konfabulator, now that it's free. Hey, I'm still on Panther!

    I also use Transparent Dock.
     

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  15. XNine macrumors 68040

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    I use one and one only.
    Dockextender for keeping multiple apps under one icon in the dock.

    I used to use Fruitmenu, MightyMouse, Windowshade X and Shapeshifter.

    Now I am Haxie free and loving it.
     
  16. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Isn't the dock already transparent? Or is there a way to make it fully transparent? :confused: On your desktop it still looks like you can see the Dock's outline... just curious....
     
  17. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok, that's more like it...

    Im not asking about things that change the appearance, rather, I am interested in enhancements (QS, app launchers, etc.)

    thanks!~
     
  18. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    jrv3034 -

    I really like how your dock is positioned on the far left corner...what app allows for that?

    thanks
     
  19. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    A few things.

    • Drop down menu featuring frequently accessible apps which just don't quite merit a place in the dock (courtesy of Butler).
    • iTunes Play/Pause, Previous and Next buttons (courtesy of Butler).
    • Transparent dock icon for hidden apps (courtesy of Tinker Tool).

    The other thing that isn't really an enhancement, but is something I find impossible to do without is a setting that - for some ridiculous reason - is in Sys Prefs->Appearance. I can't do without 'Click in the scroll bar to jump to here'. In long documents when you want to get to the end without reaching for the keyboard, it's a must.

    Another very minor thing is putting labels on drives on the desktop. Purely cosmetic.
     
  20. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Forgot about dock transparancy. I use ClearDock, wich in my opinion is better than TransparentDock, especially with Tiger.
     
  21. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    All I use are some custom icons called 'sketch'.

    ::20ROGERSC::
     
  22. ahuman7341 macrumors regular

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    menu meters

    sizziling keys- it can control itunes nomatter what app your in, its one of my new best friends.

    and i also changed the eject menubar item so it has a picture of a hamburger instead of the eject symbol. and it says cook hamburgers instead of open drive.
     
  23. qtip919 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow...

    sizzling keys IS awesome indeed!!!

    I love this app!


    thanks for the tip!
     
  24. Benjamin macrumors 6502a

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    A set of custom icons in coretypes. A custom hacked extras and finder, search bundle resources. Butler, menumeters, main menu, wclock.
     
  25. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Cool, I always wondered if there was a free app to do this - the only other ones I had heard about seemed to be packaged in with other utilities and cost money. Thanks for the link!
     

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