Menu Bar Apple Logo file location?

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  1. bschmidt43 macrumors newbie

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    I've done this before but it was years ago and the OS has changed drastically, but I'm wanting to replace the black Apple logo in the top left corner in the menu bar with the classic rainbow Apple logo. Does anyone know where that .png file's location is nowadays?

    And on that note, if anyone might know of a good quality rainbow logo .png that I could replace it with then that would be much appreciated.
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Did not know this was possible... eagerly watching for some 'hacky' sweetness
     
  3. bschmidt43 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I used to do it back in the Snow Leopard days but the file location has since changed. All you have to do is replace the file with another .png and it’ll change it.
     
  4. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Could it be here?
    /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/LoginUIKit.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LoginUICore.framework/Versions/A/Resources

    You have to disable SIP, but it may work.
     
  5. bschmidt43 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats where I had originally checked but I didn't see it. Only Apple logos related to the boot up it seems.
     
  6. 960design macrumors 68030

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    Ahhh... I'll keep looking.
     
  7. organicCPU macrumors 6502a

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    Could it be an  from the Apple Symbols font and no more a graphics file like png or icns?
     
  8. Kornelis, Mar 3, 2018
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    You can find it in /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/ in a resource file called Assets.car. You need a special program to be able to edit it, that can be downloaded from here:
    https://github.com/alexzielenski/ThemeEngine

    You must disable SIP if you want to replace it with a changed file. It is not easy to make changes to the appearance of the UI and if not done correctly it can mean that you have to reinstall the OS. There are some people on this forum busy with UI-customising, see here:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/aqua-lick-1-0beta.2091964/page-4

    To difficult for me, so my solution was to let GeekTool display a png over the default Apple logo. GeekTool randomly chooses one from a folder, so besides the classic rainbow Apple logo I have several more like the red-white-blue one I have as avatar. The only disadvantage is that it always stays on top, so when I go in full screen mode the logo is still visible in the top left corner. It is not a big problem because I don't use full screen mode that often on my iMac.
     
  9. fisherking macrumors 604

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    i've modified assets.car files in the past; definitely, as kornelis points out, proceed with caution (and decide if it's really worth it); you may find yourself restoring the OS.

    apple does not make it easy, they obviously really don't want you to change these things (i miss the old days of theming, and theming apps)...
     
  10. organicCPU macrumors 6502a

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    Fascinating, never heard of car files before. However, I downloaded the latest release of ThemeEngine, opened a copy of Assets.car and edited the element 'Apple'. Everything looked fine and colorful with the old Apple Logo until I saved the car file. Unfortunately reopening brought back greyscale converted images in the Apple element. Any suggestions?
    ThemeEngineAssetsCarAppleColor.png ThemeEngineAssetsCarAppleGreyscale.png
     
  11. fisherking macrumors 604

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    somewhere, there's a cached file, it's overwriting what you've done. did you disable SIP before you did this? and you sure your changes were saved? i seem to remember having issues with themeEngine and saving...
     
  12. Kornelis macrumors member

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    Interesting. But the strange thing is that it is a black and white version of the rainbow logo. Maybe only B&W is allowed for that element.
     
  13. organicCPU macrumors 6502a

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    That wasn't applied to the system, yet. What you see is the modified Apple element (don't know if this is used for the Apple menu icon, but I guess that could be the right one). The original image was a plain black  before, then the colored one was applied (tried with ThemeEngine send/receive menu and by Drag'n'Drop RGBA png files). The file then was saved in a test folder outside of any SIP affected region and reopened in ThemeEngine. That didn't came up with the original black icon, but the former colored one converted to greyscale. If it's a bug while writing the car file, I don't know.
    That was my first thought. I had no luck in finding a setting in ThemeEngine. A hex editor nor actool don't seem to be suitable tools of choice for this task either. Thought that there could exist a well known trick to get grayscale elements exchanged by colored ones, as there are some colored elements in the assets.car file.
     

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