Transparent menus in Snow Leopard 10.6.4

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jamesith, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. jamesith macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    I think I must be tho only person that liked the transparent menus we had in 10.5.1...

    I cannot find anything to re enable them now, and it is a shame, because I thought they were pretty ^_^

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Do you mean the Menu Bar being transparent? System Preferences > Desktop & Exposé > Desktop.

    Or do you mean the actual drop down menus?
  3. jamesith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    I'm looking to make the drop down menus transparent

    no one?
  4. Lokrado macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2009
    well i can tell you right off the bat, they already are, look closer.
    but yes i could see how you could want them more transparent!
  5. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    They are transparent.
  6. TreborM macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    The drop down menus are transparent

    I am unable to actually point you to the real solution, but I have noticed that the drop down menus are transparent (regardless of above mentioned setting for menu bar translucency). The opacity is something like 80% but I can still see this post if I drop down say, Bookmarks menu...

    As such there should be a knob somewhere in the system which controls the opacity. This is where someone knowledgeable should chime in with concrete info...
  7. jamesith thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2010
    I know that they are already slightly transparent, but it is such that they may as well be solid... If you are not paying attention, you just can't see it in most lights.

    It is a shame that there is no way of adjusting the opacity.
  8. x0r-lord macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    Ottawa, Canada
    Can't help you with the menu, but heres a tutorial for windows themselves.

    you need a property list editor, or a lot of experience with the terminal and VI. (this is where us OSX users with linux history shine).
    the files are


    You want to create a new Child process under Classes/NSWindow/Attributes/
    and call it "alphaValue" (as i've done in the image), expanding it will reveal three properties; Apple Event Code, Class, Read-Only.
    set the Class to "NSNumber"
    the Apple Event Code to "alph"
    Read-Only: No


    should look like that.

    Now, open The NSCoreSuite.scriptTerminology file

    Again under Classes/NSWindow/Attributes/
    Create a new Child called "alphaValue"
    this time the three preferences are Description, Name, Attribute Gender.
    set them as follows:
    Description: The alpha value of the window
    Name: alpha value
    Attribute Gender: none

    Save both Files.

    now you just need to write an apple script to set the windows.

    heres the simplest one yet (30% transparent),
    in File: safari.scpt

    tell application "Safari"
    set alpha value of front window to 0.7
    end tell

    here the final product, running in apple script editor

    you can get quite advanced with it, setting transparency based on foreground/background (like in SetAlphaValue), or just based on application (which would mean every application if desired). it would also be possible to change the menu opacity like this (possibly with another UI framework change), haven't desired it.

    hope this helps, but either way, enjoy

    Test/Pictured MB373LL/A Macbook Pro :apple:
    Core i7 2.66Ghz
    OS-X: 10.6.4

    Pictures used for education purposes only

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