Unsanity ShapeShifter - Reliable?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by edesignuk, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    It's been a long time since I installed any theme altering software, since I had a bad experience with one a long time ago (had to re-install).

    ShapeShifter looks pretty good, but before I take the plunge, I'd just like to know peoples experience with it, have you had any trouble. Big problems with OS 10.3x updates etc?
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2003
    Snellville, GA
    i used it for about 5 minutes before i realized that apple went with aqua for a reason... :)
    it might have caused a very slight slowdown, but nothing very noticeable to me...

    you might want to wait for someone's opinions who's actually used it a lot before you download...

  3. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    i've used it "quite a bit" ;) rather, i've *tried* it quite a bit... I love the concept, and some of the themes are absolutely beautiful... however, like reality said, OS X is aqua for a reason. most of that mentality is just our fondness to tradition (i.e. the thing we see everyday) however, the interface has been so finely crafted, that after awhile, i just go back to aqua... every time.

    additionally, i bet you are referring to one of the older theming programs: duality, themepark, etc. ShapeShifter has NEVER given me any problems, its a safe software utility, it's not classified as a "hack". But hey, it never hurts to do a backup beforehand, does it?

    try it, but my bet is you'll want aqua back ;)
  4. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    Some people recommend ThemeChanger as a free alternative to ShapeShifter.

    I don't know if I'd really want to mess around with Aqua - it looks pretty good if you ask me.
  5. musicpyrite macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I use ShapeShifter and find it to be vary reliable, I've never had a problem with it. Although it does cause a slight slowdown in the speed of the Finder.

    If you decide to do it, stick with a theme you really like. My whole computer is oriented blue. ;)

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  6. King Cobra macrumors 603

    Mar 2, 2002
    To the above attachment: Shinobi, kick ass!

    A lot of the new theme packages require Shapeshifter, since the packages are in .guiKit format and ThemeChanger can't install such packages.
  7. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    i clicked :mad:

    but it was :cool:
  8. windowsblowsass macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2004
    i used to be able to force quit between messages on that in os 9 i cant now (damn the speed of osx)

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