[New and Improved] Aqua Window Controls for MacOS (High) Sierra & OS X El Capitan

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  1. redheeler, Aug 20, 2017
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    Aqua Window Controls for MacOS (High) Sierra & OS X El Capitan - New and Improved Version

    WindowControls-AquaBlue.png WIndowControls-AquaGraphite.png

    Newly updated with an improved Aqua look. Includes color and graphite versions for both Retina and standard displays!

    Download from Dropbox - For MacOS Mojave (Coming Soon)
    Download from Dropbox - For MacOS High Sierra, MacOS Sierra, and OS X El Capitan


    See the included Read Me file for how to install!

    Good way to give your Mac some uniqueness; or just enjoy a touch of Apple's older UI styling, but still new and not just taken straight from the older OS. :)
     
  2. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    I've updated the original post with a new zip file containing both SystemAppearance.car and GraphiteAppearance.car (taken from and compatible with the current build of High Sierra).
     
  3. AngerDanger macrumors 601

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    Excellent work! It looks great. By the way, I think you can also apply the theme without logging out if you use the command killall Finder & killall SystemUIServer.

    Now all we need is some way to get a nice compromise between the scroll bars of OS X and macOS… I miss that blue barber's pole masked beneath the bar.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    I have experimented with Aqua scrollbars and some other UI elements besides the traffic lights. Pretty much impossible to get the the lighting/texture inside the scrollbar to work as it did in pre-10.7 versions of Mac OS X, but it can still be given an Aqua look (although not without some bugs, as you see here the horizontal scrollbar is upside-down and there is no inactive state, meaning they stay blue all the time even with windows in the foreground).
    Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 8.52.46 AM.png
     
  5. redheeler, Aug 24, 2017
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    This is what the dark mode version will look like (applies to Quicktime Player, FaceTime, Calculator, Photos in edit mode). Turning into quite the project...
    Dark Mode Traffic Lights.png
     
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  7. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    Just released an updated version 2 with the DarkAppearance files and an easy install script.
     
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    It doesn't appear that ThemeEngine allows easy drag-and-drop of a bunch of items from one file to another. Doing each one-by-one would be very time-consuming.
     
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    It always baffles me to see how fresh that Aqua look still is. One of the greatest achievements. I think that blue also served to bring some subconscious serenity to users. At least it does to me, just looking at screenshots.
     
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    Great work! Good to see that some theming is still possible on mac.
    I'm going to stick with Flavours for as long as I can though.
     
  12. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    Updated the first post with version 3 and a few changes such as thinner outlines on non-Retina displays:
    Screen Shot 2017-08-29 at 6.22.17 PM.png
     
  13. R2FX, Sep 27, 2017
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    Downloaded and installed - grey looks is stunning, but I find the colored bit too saturated? Any chance to tone it down a bit...Mavericks like perhaps?:)

    one more thing - are the Aqua buttons same size as the default ones? they seem a tad too big
     
  14. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    OS X Mavericks:
    titlebarcontrols.graphite.key.utilwin.variant2.zoom.png
    My Version:
    Graphite.png
    You can see they're pretty much the same color. Sadly mine doesn't match the rest of the UI as well, as Apple switched to a dark gray in OS X Yosemite instead of the original Mac OS X graphite color. Doesn't really bother me as the difference is subtle.
    I chose the Mac OS X Snow Leopard and earlier size over the Lion and later size, which luckily still displays fine in the current MacOS. Have a note about this at the bottom of the read-me file.
     
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    Sorry my bad! I meant to say the colored, 'semaphore' like version seems bit saturated... grey one is perfect :)

    do you happen to have a version of those .car files with Mavericks like size please? or any tips how to make it :)))
     
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    I would love to see this also!
     
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    Any chance of a Dark Theme in general...?
     
  19. redheeler thread starter macrumors 604

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    Try this project for dark mode in apps that use system native colors/controls:

    https://github.com/insidegui/DarkMode/

    Sadly, it doesn't seem to be working for me on High Sierra.
     
  20. redheeler, Nov 28, 2017
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    Experimenting with theming some more elements aside from the traffic lights. This is the recreation of Aqua I've come up with.
    Aqua-Recreation.png
    Unlike the old Aqua, this recreation is optimized for Retina displays, and white (instead of black) text necessitates a darker Aqua blue for the modern MacOS. Still some work to go before I can release it, though.

    Edit:
    Not enough room for circular buttons, but this still looks pretty good.
    Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 12.31.34 PM.png
     
  21. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    The Title Bar can be a little darker shades of grey to match Leopard... The entire interface is still too much white...
     
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    Agreed... but the aqua buttons look gorgeous!
     
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    Congrats on your work! Can't wait for you to release the UI button customization script.
    I still have a partition with Snow Leopard in my 2008 iMac and I love working on it because of the beautiful Aqua graphics.
    Thanks for making public your work.
     
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