Aqua-Lick also for Mojave (NOT AVAILABLE)

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  1. cc333 macrumors newbie

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  2. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #152
    No, I haven't made any updates to this :(
    Been busy with a Somatic-theme and a different theme instead.

    What's missing? The Finder Toolbar buttons? And of course everything else?! I know how to change those so that they fit Finder and other apps perfectly. I've done that in a another theme released in the sub-forum.
     
  3. Princess Cake, May 13, 2018
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    #153
    Sorry (not sorry) to say I "upgraded" back to Snow Leopard. I regret losing OpenEmu but not having to deal with the eyesore that is post-Forstall Mac OS X is a huge relief. You don't know what you're missing until you see iTunes 8 launch in less than 3 icon bounces :p

    I still have the High Sierra mod files on my hard drive but nothing much else has been done other than what's been posted here.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    #154
    I try locating the latest project I worked on - I have it somewhere. I think I'll just begin again. I got help from @redheeler with instructions on how best to change the Finder buttons. Works best by editing the PackedFiles in ThemeEngine.

    But there's no reason to continue when WWDC comes around for when Apple closes down even more.
     
  5. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Princess, I see you have returned to the SL. Best of the luck!

    I have to ask, though: I see that you have made quite a progress with making the High Sierra look like the Snow Leopard.. Although it is now perfect, I still like what you have done. Do you have system appearance files saved somewhere? I have checked those old links, and none of them work anymore... :(
     
  6. Princess Cake macrumors 6502

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    #156
    Here you go, Vixen. The theme still needs a LOT of work so if you have some aspirin to spare feel free to mess with it.

    Remember to back up (or copy to folder) any files you edit before you start putting these files in.
    http://www.filedropper.com/macoshighsierrathemefiles
     
  7. StellarVixen, Aug 17, 2018
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    You are awesome, Princess. :) Thank you sooooo much. :)
     
  8. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just bumping it to tell that I've updated what I can for macOS Mojave and the link is in the first post.
     
  9. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Thank you very much.

    I am tempted to try it, though, because I really like how the Mojave looks, Apple did outstanding job, IMO.

    I might give it a try, though. Thank you, nonetheless. :)
     
  10. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Hey, Princess, how do you mod the Dock? I see you have Dock resources here in one folder, but what do you do with these?
     
  11. Princess Cake macrumors 6502

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    Those are assets for a dock skinner app called cDock to give you back the old "3D Shelf" style dock. It doesn't really support reflections though so you won't get the FULL experience.

    https://github.com/w0lfschild/cDock2
     
  12. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    OK, I see that I can mod the indicator lights. What am I gonna do with other resources?
     

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    OK, I think I've found something. You go to the CDock app in Finder, then option click, and select "Show Package Contents". Next, you go to the Resources -> Themes and there are bunch of folders, each containing a single theme. I have found that some have only the dock background in png format and plist file, while others have custom indicator lights and several other things. Instructions how to use these are all contained in plist file. So, I have to add the resources to a them, and change the plist file to include these.

    I do not feel like doing all of that right now. Maybe next time.
     
  14. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    For those who would like to get the old menu bar back with MenuBar Tint, it is no longer possible, and here's the reason why:
    Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 12.39.19 AM.png

    The way menu bar works has been fundamentally changed.
     
  15. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Theming just gets worse and worse on macOS. It doesn't look like ThemeEngine is getting an update either to support Mojave. And MenuBarTint was a great app to have in the arsenal of theming apps. Sad to see it go.
     
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    Hello there,

    love the work you've done. Landed here because of a Google search out of curiosity if it's possible to get back some parts of the legacy Aqua-theme. While the dark mode of Mojave is nice, I'm still not particularly huge on the flat look of everything.

    Anyhow, I tried to download the files in your first post, but the link is broken as the files aren't accessible anymore. Is there any way to get hold on them?

    Thanks and regards,
    Jan.
     
  17. allan.nyholm, Dec 18, 2018
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    #167
    Here's a link to my dA-page with an updated version of Aqua-Lick Mojave https://www.deviantart.com/allannyholm/art/AQUA-LICK-MojaveEdition-Update-766842906

    While it's not impossible to get back some of the legacy parts of the old Aqua - I'm not going to do it as it is a 'pain-in-the-you-know-what'

    Edited after visiting Github to check for updates on ThemeEngine-the tool to build themes:
    I think I may re-think my lack of interest in theming if the updated(Mojave) version of ThemeEngine does actually work better than the currently released version. In particular this Github fork is what I was mos intrigued about: https://github.com/SpiraMira/ThemeEngine

    Perhaps there is hope for more theming within Mojave. I'll hang back and see where this goes.
     
  18. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    It is quite sad the dock won't get them reflections. Looking at your screenshots, it made a bigger difference than I really thought at the time. But awesome look regardless :)
    BTW: Is the screenshot deceiving me or do you have a rounded menu bar like in the old Tiger days?


    Really cool stuff, Allan! I don't per se have an issue with the new direction of the macOS design language, but I do miss the good old SL days at times. In the past, I never used to miss the old look when we moved on. When OS X came around, I don't think anybody thought "I miss the design language of Classic" (although there were of course other complaints. Similarly as Aqua evolved I didn't really see anybody reminiscing of the older revisions, and when Leopard changed it massively, people similarly happily moved along. Of course there's love for the older systems, but I don't see people wanting that look as their day-to-day OS theme. The Snow Leopard style however stayed relevant all this time. I think it was necessary for Apple to change the look, since there's apparently a lot of people out there who just want to look at something new every 2 months no matter how good a design is, but at the same time, SL's design language was so strong that even when being perfectly happy with looking at the Mojave design day-to-day like myself, I often think "Wow SL was sleek. I miss that a bit".
    I never really got why people so often just want a new design for no real reason, saying the current look is "old and dated". Like, people want new designs for iPhones every year, even if there's no meaningful new evolution in technology to drive a new design - so it'd only be redesign for the sake of redesign. Or when people constantly want a new look for the OS with every update - I mean, I get it if there are specific parts of the UI/UX you want differently, but a lot of the time, people just seem to want something different for the sake of it being different. Reminds me of back in the 90's when someone asked Steve Jobs "What about thinking different?" and he said something along the lines of "Different for the sake of different isn't the goal. The goal is to be much, much better, and of course that requires being different in a lot of ways, but different in itself doesn't make something better"

    Anyways that's a bit of a rant. Really cool work!

    PS.
    When I saw your very first screenshot, I noticed the finder tag "Vigtigt" and thought I had my own Finder window on top of Safari for a moment. Not so often you see Danish on screenshots on random web fora.
     
  19. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    #169
    casperes1996 your 'rant' is relevant completely!

    A theming app for the new GUI (Flavours?) is called for.

    An impossible dream now methinks.
    I did a ton of themeing during Tiger and SL only to see it abandoned.
    Does anyone remember ShapeShifter?.. probably not.

    I'm waiting to see if apple will give us options... in the meantime I will do what I can with the old/new flat UI they've given us.

    Bah!
     
  20. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Used it a tiny tiny bit back with Tiger, but yeah, I do remember :)
     

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