'Ugly' grey OS X layout change?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by TweakOnline, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. TweakOnline macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    I'm an OSX user and I really like the system.
    One thing I don't like is the ugly grey UI OSX has.

    Does anyone know how to change this grey layout into something else?
    Like a white color or something?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. fisherking macrumors 601

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    NO. shapeshifter is dead (as of 10.5). so not an option...

    you could start here.

    not a lot of options these days (well, there ARE options, just used to be easier to customize os x).
     
  4. TweakOnline thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for searching! :)

    Unfortunately there aren't more customize options available for OS X, so I will stuck with the grey layout of OS X. (Especially for Aperture 3.)

    The reason why I'm hating this grey layout is because of this...

    [​IMG]

    It reminds me to the old Windows 95. And we're in 2012 (nearly 2013) already, and Windows 7 has already variable options available to customize the bars and windows on our screen. But, at the other side, I love OSX (and the syncing between my iOS devices) so I wouldn't switch back to Windows.

    I have to get used to it I think. :rolleyes:
     
  5. El Awesome macrumors 6502

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    You could try Candybar...
    But that used to work, doesen't in ML anymore...

    All shadows and stuff aren't images like they used to be, each of them is calculated by the CPU the moment you need it. That's why you can't change it.
     
  6. scottsjack macrumors 68000

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    You're comparing Mountain Lion (presumably) to Windows 95? Wow.
     
  7. bruleke macrumors 6502

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    He's saying it REMINDS him.
    REMINDS.
    REMINDS.
    REMINDS.

    As when you eat something that REMINDS you of another food, but its not the same. Just reminds you.

    And I agree with him. I was a Unix user, then Windows 3.1, then Win 95 etc etc etc. so yeah... the grey style could change a little.
     
  8. Paradoxally macrumors 65816

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    I remember in Snow Leopard there were tons of themes for that.
     
  9. El Awesome macrumors 6502

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    Yes, but SL works completely different than Lion, and ML once again works differently. It might be useful if the author tells us which OS he is running?

    In SL, all pieces of the system used to be simple images that you could replace like you want.
    In Lion, certain things were calculated dynamically by the CPU, and in ML that was expended (In ML, you can't even replace the dock).

    As stated above, CandyBar is now free, give it a try and see how far you get!
    You can always reinstall OS X to get rid of all your changes.
     
  10. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    This is a bit misleading. Shadows, transparencies, anti-aliasing, and other effects are calculated by the GPU, not the CPU. Images don't need to be calculated, just displayed (like the window widgets and other assets). There will be a little bit of calculation in things like resizing the window, but all the hard work is done primarily by the GPU as far as the GUI goes.
     
  11. TweakOnline thread starter macrumors regular

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    So in fact my Intel HD4000 calculate's the GUI on my MacBook, right?

    I'm running the latest version of OS X, Mountain Lion 10.8.3 on a MacBook Pro 15'' Retina. I don't think I could make many adjustments to the look of OS X if I read the message's in this topic. Of course I won't switch back to Snow Leopard, but I didn't know you could install (third party) theme's for it.
     
  12. El Awesome macrumors 6502

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    Yes, thanks. I messed it up a bit :)
    What I wanted to say is that the things calculated by the GPU cannot be replaced in order to create a theme. And from what I read, in ML these calculations include a lot if things that weren't calculated in Lion/SL.
     
  13. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Most of it, yes.

    For you, it's a moot point since you CAN'T switch to SL, even if you wanted to. As a general rule, you can't revert to a version of OS X earlier than what your Mac shipped with. The only significant exceptions are those Mac models that existed before the current version, and just received an OS upgrade. IF you somehow forced it, you would lose the ability to use scaled modes on your rMBP.

    It's very true. ML does a lot more with the GPU than previous versions of OS X, and it really shines because of it. Makes it hard to modify, though.
     
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    iTunes ditched color for awhile and now, suddenly, it's back in the newest version.

    Just wait, perhaps this is a sign of things to come for the OS too.
     
  15. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I'm hopeful as well. Color to the sidebar first, then maybe the linen will die, it's hideous.
     
  16. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    Where do you see "color" in the new iTunes? :eek:
     
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    It hadn't occurred to me that this was subtle enough to need an example... but here you go:

    [​IMG]


    It gives me hope for OS X.
     
  18. 76ShovelHead macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, I frequent between Leopard and Mountain Lion, and as I recall, Mountain Lion's grey theme has gotten brighter/whiter and overall more metallic looking.

    OS X is beautiful IMO. Though the linen theme does need to go. OS X's login screen is now hideous, and the team seems to have gotten lazier, ditching the intro video OS X used to play. Kinda takes a way from the experience :(
     
  19. AQUADock macrumors 65816

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    Im sure OSX will follow, thats usually been the case.
     

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