Transparent menu bar removed at last minute!?

canyonblue737

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See: http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=263996&st=4005&start=4005

The user just installed what they claimed is the shipping version of OS X and there are no transparent menu bars to be seen. Some screenshots are appearing elsewhere without transparent menu bars, but of course tons with transparent bars ARE appearing. Could it be because some Macs don't support the transparency? This guy was running a Powerbook...

What's up?
 

Ariez

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Jul 20, 2007
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I think it gives u the option to turn it off or something.

They wont get rid of it though...
 

FadeToBlack

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Yeah, it probably turns it off if your hardware can't handle it.

As for there being an option to turn it off, I doubt it. I figure an app like TinkerTool or something will give you that option, though.
 

canyonblue737

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If the OS has the ability to turn it off but no menu option to do it... you can believe it will be a matter of days before a freeware app comes out that will trip the option no matter what GPU hardware you have running.
 

richard.mac

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just received leopard and installed it. i can definately confirm that there is no option to turn off transparancy.

ive got a MBP core duo so i cant confirm whether the menubar transparency is disbaled if you specs cant handle it. people might be placing a white strip on their background picture or "hacking" the menubar to disable transparency. im not sure.

but for machines that can handle the transparency it all depends on what background you use. dark background its hardly transparent and light background is a little transparent... youll all know what i mean when you get your copy.
 

leigh.roy

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Aug 29, 2007
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It seems to be determined by the background. I have a very dark background and the Transparency is off, for obvious reason. If I change it to one of the Nature shots then the Transparency turns back on.

I don't think your hardware will have anything to do with it. I can't imagine this sort of feature being more resource intensive than Expose.
 

Jonx

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I am having the same problem, everything else works fine except menu bar is not semi transparent, I'm guessing its a bug or something :confused:
 

Queso

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If it does detect and disable accordingly, this can probably be manipulated with the Terminal's defaults command once someone finds the right options. Which is great because I don't want it :)
 

dr_lha

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Yeah but what are you running? That other thread clearly implies it could be that he is running on a powerbook and a certain gpu may be in order.
I've read this implication elsewhere, but it doesn't make much sense. A simple transparancy can easily be handled by any G4 Powerbook, after all Tiger has transparancy in the menus. If its not a bug, its certainly an odd feature.
 

danpat

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depends on background

I'm now up and running on Leopard and I can confirm the semi trans menu bar is still around (~sigh~) and there is not an option to turn off.

As far as 'looking' on or off it depends on the desktop image. Ive tried with a few different backgrounds and dark images do not cause the menu bar to show much transparency.

Some samples:
http://myskitch.com/danpatmore/magical-20071026-222417.jpg
http://myskitch.com/danpatmore/magical-20071026-222501.jpg
http://myskitch.com/danpatmore/magical-20071026-222525.jpg
http://myskitch.com/danpatmore/magical-20071026-222607.jpg
http://myskitch.com/danpatmore/magical-20071026-222636.jpg
 

Queso

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I think I'm just going to Photoshop any desktop images I use and change the top to a horizontal white bar :)
 

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