(Theme) Exploring the Leopard-esque look again

Discussion in 'UI Customization' started by allan.nyholm, May 2, 2018.

  1. bhtwo macrumors 6502a

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    #26
    Great stuff and I certainly admire your patience, having done some themes in the past.
     
  2. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    Well, first of all, I must say that this is not mine, but OP's work. I am merely improving upon it, as much as I can.

    And I barely figured it out how this even work few days ago. Apple is changing this from version to version. For an example, I am running the 10.9.5 on the separate partition, so I wanted to copy some resources, and I do not even know where those are located, because it doesn't even have SystemAppearance.car file. Why, Apple, just...why!?

    Tell me, regarding the Mojave, does what works in High Sierra simply works in Mojave, too? Or has Apple screwed something up again? I am asking, because I see that you are familiar with it.

    And I do not care about dark theme, it is obvious that dark theme must have a theme specially made for it. Would this same theme work with Mojave's normal theme, for example?

    If not, I will probably abandon this. There would be no point in putting so much time and resources into something that will become broken in month or two when I upgrade to Mojave.
     
  3. redheeler, Aug 7, 2018
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    redheeler macrumors 604

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    #28
    The current theme file structure was introduced in Yosemite. Mavericks and earlier used ArtFile.bin, ArtFile200.bin, and SArtFile.bin stored in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreUI.framework/Versions/A/Resources/. A different tool exists to extract from and recompile those, and they are not compatible with anything Apple introduced in Yosemite or later.

    Screenshot below is from my Mac OS X Lion VM. The file structure is the same in Mavericks.
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    In some cases the SystemAppearance files are backwards-compatible (the High Sierra ones work in Sierra and El Capitan), but usually not forwards-compatible without some problems showing up as a result.

    With Mojave Apple has made more changes, so I wouldn't count on those files being backwards-compatible with High Sierra and earlier, nor the other way around. This is the reason I updated the High Sierra version of the Aqua traffic lights first, and will continue to have it available after the separate Mojave version is released.

    Edit: It's worth noting the Mojave SystemAppearance files (as of the current beta) remain compatible with the current version of ThemeEngine. So at least theming Mojave is still possible.
     
  4. xaosnox macrumors newbie

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    #29
    Why not use the original Apple UI Resources?
     

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  5. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Because I wanted to make this be Retina capable also as that is the resolution I have.
     
  6. StellarVixen macrumors 68000

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    And this works for you?
     
  7. NordicBoots macrumors newbie

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    #32
    Hi all,

    I am absolutely new on this forum.
    My question is why resources are no longer available.
    I am very impressed about the presented mod's, so I like to use them.
    Many thanks in advance for answering my question.

    Cheers
     
  8. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, the resources aren't available because I have a bad habit of taking them off the internet if I feel like there's nothing more to be done in the field of macOS theming. I am currently working my way around some of the restrictions of that but that's the reason. Given Apple's rapid, for me as a "themer/ricer", release-cycle for major updates it's kinda and up-hill battle with new so-called '.car' files to take into account. I do believe I have the files here offline on my computer, I don't delete much off of that.

    Now that most everybody (including myself) moves forward to 10.15 in the coming months I will again have to re-organise and create all things anew because of incompatibilities with the current '.car' files on current macOS Mojave with 10.15.

    If I, and everyone, could simply move files directly over to a new major release then that would be great. I suspect however, that Apple with 10.15 brings some new things into their OS that once again remodels most of their Appearance layouts if iOS apps are to be allowed on macOS.

    The conversion might bring some new UI appearance as a result of that. Perhaps the program I currently use, ThemeEngine, doesn't function on 10.15.

    This is all just my opinion on the matter. As of now, I produce very little themes or changes to themes due to various circumstances - such as a lack of imagination. I also have very little against the current macOS Mojave appearance - I often change the titlebar controls to control window actions and the scrollbar. I can change the window background too but the dark mode window background is pleasing enough - and to a degree also the lighter window background.

    Thank you for taking interest in this work.
     
  9. NordicBoots macrumors newbie

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    #34
    Many thanks for your explanation, Allan.
    I would love to being able to use your resources on my system (10.13.6), but fully understand your position.
    Thanks again!
     
  10. Wowfunhappy, May 8, 2019
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    #35
    Could you please put the old versions up for download again anyway, at least temporarily?

    I'm stuck on High Sierra anyway due to nVidia Web Drivers not being updated. (And even if that were to change, I'd consider a nice Leopard-esque theme reason enough to stay put.)
     
  11. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, I've re-uploaded the two variants to my Jumpshare account. Check the first page here in the thread - the links are below each image where I once removed the download link. Thank you for commenting :)
    --- Post Merged, May 9, 2019 ---
    If you wanted to take a look at the theme and you're on High Sierra still then I have just now updated the first page of this thread with new download links to the two variants.
     
  12. Wowfunhappy macrumors newbie

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    #37
    Thank you, much appreciated!
     
  13. NordicBoots macrumors newbie

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    #38
    Wow! That's great, Allan.
    Thank you so much!!!
     
  14. allan.nyholm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're quite welcome. :)
     

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