Changing Icons in Leopard!

mrhack636

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Jul 22, 2002
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Well I been digging, still having a problem changing the finder icon (Not sure if I need to clear something after changing it) and can't find the file type icons yet.
However I have been able to change the system folder icons, toolbar icons, Trash icons, and some other misc icons. Also Login window images.
Each File I list open it by right clicking and goto Show Package Contents.
Then Dig into Contents>Resources (All the image and icon files are inside this folder)

Goto System>Library>CoreServices>

<Finder> Finder.icns Finder Icon (I think)

<Coretypes.Bundle> A BUNCH of icons.. Toolbar Icons, Alert Icons, Every Folder Icon, Trash Icons, even a bunch of os9 leftover icons?

<Dock> Dashboard Icon, another Finder icon, dock image, indicator image, Dock Poof Image, Trash Icons.

If anyone can figure out howto get the finder icon to change I still cant get it to switch!

MrHack
 

mrhack636

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Jul 22, 2002
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Dan since when does that change your toolbar icons? or alert icons?
and Xanatos why dont you try the app before talking, it wont work on leopard... Neither will candybar..
This currently is the only way to change the icons..

MrHack
 
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xanatos

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Oct 18, 2007
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Dan since when does that change your toolbar icons? or alert icons?
and Xanatos why dont you try the app before talking, it wont work on leopard... Neither will candybar..
This currently is the only way to change the icons..

MrHack
it worked for me bro
 
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mrhack636

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Jul 22, 2002
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Xanatos change this alert icon with it and il give you a cookie k?

 
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jrennell

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Oct 15, 2006
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Working on the Finder icon in the dock...

I've been changing the icons for all the system folder to be Leopard folders with more Tiger-Like indicators (same folder icon, but the color version). All the resources for color versions of the image on the special folders (like Applications, Music, Movies, etc) are in the /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle->Resources.

They look much better in color and can be distinguished at a glance (I agreed with that part of the ars review). The System folder looked good to me, so I left that alone.

Anyway, I've been working on getting the icon for the Finder in the Dock to change for a little while now. It doesn't seem to depend on anything in the CoreServices related to finder, which you already discovered apparently. The image is either coded right into the Dock's binary or is cached somewhere else, like an application support folder. If it's the former, it cannot be changed by any easy methods like the other icons.

Here's a screenshot of the modified icons that just have to replace the ones in CoreTypes.bundle (if anyone's interested in them I can try to post them)
 

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roland.g

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I've been changing the icons for all the system folder to be Leopard folders with more Tiger-Like indicators (same folder icon, but the color version). All the resources for color versions of the image on the special folders (like Applications, Music, Movies, etc) are in the /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle->Resources.

They look much better in color and can be distinguished at a glance (I agreed with that part of the ars review). The System folder looked good to me, so I left that alone.

Anyway, I've been working on getting the icon for the Finder in the Dock to change for a little while now. It doesn't seem to depend on anything in the CoreServices related to finder, which you already discovered apparently. The image is either coded right into the Dock's binary or is cached somewhere else, like an application support folder. If it's the former, it cannot be changed by any easy methods like the other icons.

Here's a screenshot of the modified icons that just have to replace the ones in CoreTypes.bundle (if anyone's interested in them I can try to post them)
I'd like them if you can post them. That would be great. They look great. I can deal with the blue specked recycled look and the 2-d rather than angled pinstriped folders, but I need some color to see the images on them. Great job.

I see by your screenshot that the macintosh and windows drives on the sidebar listed under devices are standard. Have you not changed yours? Do they only change on the desktop and not on the sidebar? Can you still add folders to the bottom of the sidebar for projects? BTW, my copy of Leopard has yet to arrive, I only played with it briefly at a store.
 
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jrennell

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Oct 15, 2006
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I see by your screenshot that the macintosh and windows drives on the sidebar listed under devices are standard. Have you not changed yours? Do they only change on the desktop and not on the sidebar? Can you still add folders to the bottom of the sidebar for projects?
I didn't change the drive icons on my machine. I've been a big fan of the aqua set since the beginning, I just don't think removing the color from the icons to give it more of a consistent aesthetic feel is a good idea if it hinders usability.

To answer your sidebar question; yes you can still drag folders into it, but only to the "places" section. The other sections give you the Ø [not allowed] cursor when a folder is dragged over them.

As for the icons, it looks like Macrumors only allow very small zip attachments and the icons end up being just under 5MB. I'm trying out this MediaFire service that claims to host files for free, so here it is:

http://www.mediafire.com/?5tbz5cz18mw

It's free, so I don't know how reliable it is or how long they'll keep the file.
 

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roland.g

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Thanks just downloaded them. Like I said, still on Tiger till I get my copy of Leopard. When I open the folder I get a set of .icns files with Preview icons. I can view them with preview, but Tiger won't show them in a folder like your screenshot thumbnail did. Interesting. Looking forward to using them though. Thanks again for posting.
 
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redarm

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Nov 3, 2007
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Toolbar Icons

So how did you manage to change the toolbar icons?
Yes they are all there in the Core Types bundle, but they don't all display:
 

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PMartinez527

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Nov 5, 2007
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i replaced all of the icons in the coretypes bundle, however, when i create a new burn folder, it still shows the old type, embossed with no color. i have already tried restarting my computer. any ideas?
 
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noway

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Jun 11, 2007
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Okay I just replace all my folders with the one provided by jrennell (thx again)

Everything worked without a problem so I'm posting what I did: (for those who aren't too sure)

1. Back up somewhere on an external USB/Firewire drive the folder /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle
2. Right click on the "CoreTypes.bundle" (the one from your System/Library) and select "Show Package Content"
3. Select all jrennell icons and move them to Contents/Resources (into Resources)
4. Click Apply to all and replace.

Log out. Log in. Tadam !!!


Now for those who wants to change their Login Background: (for the 3 that haven't done it yet :p )

1. Back up somewhere on an external USB/Firewire drive the file /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg
2. Find yourself a nice wallpaper (JPEG) that is close to your actual resolution, name it "DefaultDesktop.jpg"
3. Go back to /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg and replace the actual "DefaultDesktop.jpg" by your desired "DefaultDesktop.jpg"

Log out. Tadam !!! Log in. (you might need to restart but i didn't)

Now this is what i did and everything works perfectly... first shot. There is no guarantee whatsoever. I am running Leopard with all the updates (so none i think lol) on a 2.2 MBP. If anything happens, use your backup!
 
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WhiteShadow

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Jul 9, 2006
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Okay I just replace all my folders with the one provided by jrennell (thx again)

Everything worked without a problem so I'm posting what I did: (for those who aren't too sure)

1. Back up somewhere on an external USB/Firewire drive the folder /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle
2. Right click on the "CoreTypes.bundle" (the one from your System/Library) and select "Show Package Content"
3. Select all jrennell icons and move them to Contents/Resources (into Resources)
4. Click Apply to all and replace.

Log out. Log in. Tadam !!!


Now for those who wants to change their Login Background: (for the 3 that haven't done it yet :p )

1. Back up somewhere on an external USB/Firewire drive the file /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg
2. Find yourself a nice wallpaper (JPEG) that is close to your actual resolution, name it "DefaultDesktop.jpg"
3. Go back to /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg and replace the actual "DefaultDesktop.jpg" by your desired "DefaultDesktop.jpg"

Log out. Tadam !!! Log in. (you might need to restart but i didn't)

Now this is what i did and everything works perfectly... first shot. There is no guarantee whatsoever. I am running Leopard with all the updates (so none i think lol) on a 2.2 MBP. If anything happens, use your backup!

awesome very useful, keep making us noobs look good when we show off your machines!! ha, great thanks a lot.
 
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noway

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Jun 11, 2007
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I'm definitely waiting for CandyBar 3, and its gonna be awesome :)
How 'bout LiteIcon...? I contacted the developer and he told me a leopard ready version is on its way... it might be less "complete" than candybar (candybar offers personalization of specific program not just OS X) but hey... its FREE! (for those who hasnt already paid for Candybar of course ... :p)
 
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psychofreak

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How 'bout LiteIcon...? I contacted the developer and he told me a leopard ready version is on its way... it might be less "complete" than candybar (candybar offers personalization of specific program not just OS X) but hey... its FREE! (for those who hasnt already paid for Candybar of course ... :p)
CandyBar 2 users will still have to pay. v3 will also add dock customization, which I really want...
 
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noway

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Jun 11, 2007
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CandyBar 2 users will still have to pay. v3 will also add dock customization, which I really want...
Good point. Well if version 2 users still have to pay i hope LiteIcon gets out first so we can see what it has to offer...
That being said, i have to admit that dock and specific app customization sounds nice to my ears..
 
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