change OSX look

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in macOS edited January 2014
is there any way to change OSX aqua? and is there one that looks like OS9?
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  • Reply 1 of 36
    bigbluebigblue Posts: 341member
    [quote]Originally posted by jasonfj:

    <strong>is there any way to change OSX aqua? and is there one that looks like OS9?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Not the entire look, that I know of. But the icons can: <a href="http://www.iconfactory.com/cb_home.asp"; target="_blank">http://www.iconfactory.com/cb_home.asp</a>;



    Greg Landweber's Kaleidoscope is still OS9 only ( <a href="http://www.kaleidoscope.net/"; target="_blank">http://www.kaleidoscope.net/</a>; )

    I, too, like a more sober look. Let's hope someone builds a theme app like Kaleidoscope for OSX.
  • Reply 2 of 36
    Hmmm... I sense that Brad will post his usual warning here soon. Brad, you may want to save your warning in a text document so you can copy and paste it here whenever someone starts a new thread like this.



    Anyway, my only problem with Aqua are the damn stripes. If they gave me the option to replace the stripes with just white I would be as happy as the day is long. I mention this again purely in case Apple scopes these boards...
  • Reply 3 of 36
    praxispraxis Posts: 30member
    arbernaut, i could not agree more, the aqua stripes are just plain distracting. reluctant as i am to use "themes", i really needed to get rid of the stripes. this past week i installed duality with "smooth stripes" theme. so far so good. i also made sure to download aqua restore just in case things get wierd at any point. now, in an ideal world it would be nice if apple just added this as an option.
  • Reply 4 of 36
    bigbluebigblue Posts: 341member
    [quote]Originally posted by praxis:

    <strong>arbernaut, i could not agree more, the aqua stripes are just plain distracting.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    ... and the dropshadows,and the heavy, un-stylized icons.

    Give me BeOS or the SGI graphical interface anytime. Speeds up things too.



  • Reply 5 of 36
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 530member
    seems to me aqua was designed to grab the attention of non-apple users, and they haven't considered many of their users -designers - who don't want brightly colored candy buttons and stripes gettig in the way of the images they're working with. It's a step backwards, professionally.



    (Also, is there any way of getting pop-up tabbed windows at the bottom of the screen again?)
  • Reply 6 of 36
    bigbluebigblue Posts: 341member
    [quote]Originally posted by jasonfj:

    <strong>seems to me aqua was designed to grab the attention of non-apple users, and they haven't considered many of their users -designers - who don't want brightly colored candy buttons and stripes gettig in the way of the images they're working with. It's a step backwards, professionally.

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Couldn't agree more. I don't mind that most people like Aqua, but there should be a choice. We should be able to switch to a totally different GUI, be it without bells or whistles or not. Cut away the fat (GUI) !
  • Reply 7 of 36
    bigbluebigblue Posts: 341member
    [quote]Originally posted by jasonfj:

    <strong>is there any way to change OSX aqua? and is there one that looks like OS9?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    <a href="http://www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,55395,00.html"; target="_blank">This article</a> says why it's so hard to customize the UI in OSX.



    [ 10-01-2002: Message edited by: BigBlue ]</p>
  • Reply 8 of 36
    kelibkelib Posts: 740member
    Good luck to you jasonfj. But make sure you read <a href="http://forums.appleinsider.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=7&t=001872"; target="_blank">this</a> first. You are doing everything uppon your own risk of course and if you rely on the puter in your every day life Make sure you Back UP first
  • Reply 9 of 36
    I like <a href="http://66.66.103.207/images/theme.png"; target="_blank">this</a> theme the best. Pesonally I like darker themes, If only DSX worked better in 10.2



    [ 10-01-2002: Message edited by: Mount_my_floppy ]</p>
  • Reply 10 of 36
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 530member
    yeah, that's a bit better - still a bit heavy on the airbrush for me, but at least monochromatic...
  • Reply 11 of 36
    Ummmm I dunno bout AI but there's a lot more theme talk over at MacNN....



    You looking for this theme?







    You can thank bOOzo over at MacNN for such a great looking Mac OS X meets OS 9 theme.



    His website is <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/max_08/"; target="_blank">here</a>...



    Mac Guru
  • Reply 12 of 36
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    I'll never understand why some people insist on having their OS X look like XP (or 9 for that matter). To each his own, I guess....
  • Reply 13 of 36
    OS X's look is like a brand identity for Apple. It should not be messed with. Do you rip the label off your ketchup and slap on your own?



    LONG LIVE AQUA!!!
  • Reply 14 of 36
    mac gurumac guru Posts: 367member
    We got a problem with diversity? I personally like the idea of themes, because it gives people a way of personalizing their OS X experience. If one loved OS 9's platinum then there is a theme to bring them this choice in X.



    To each his own, but I prefer choice to having someone tell me what to use.



    Mac Guru
  • Reply 15 of 36
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 530member
    When I go into a shop to buy something, the design is way up on the list. Which is exactly why I fell in love with Apple to start with, and now the interface I fell for is being taken away from me and I don't like what I'm being offered in it's place. What do I do? Switch...?
  • Reply 16 of 36
    imacfpimacfp Posts: 750member
    You people making it sound like you can't change anything. You can change your desktop pics, screen savers, and icons. That isn't to say that Apple shouldn't offer a few more options, but part of the reason OS 7-9 sucked was that people had too much control. They messed up the OS which made outsiders think "Macs Suck" even more. Diversity on a computer equals unstable, which is not something any user should want. If we get themes they should be Apple's themes and not system hacks that somebody dreams up.
  • Reply 17 of 36
    torifiletorifile Posts: 4,024member
    [quote]Originally posted by imacFP:

    <strong>You people making it sound like you can't change anything. You can change your desktop pics, screen savers, and icons. That isn't to say that Apple shouldn't offer a few more options, but part of the reason OS 7-9 sucked was that people had too much control. They messed up the OS which made outsiders think "Macs Suck" even more. Diversity on a computer equals unstable, which is not something any user should want. If we get themes they should be Apple's themes and not system hacks that somebody dreams up.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Word. :cool:
  • Reply 18 of 36
    mrmistermrmister Posts: 1,095member
    Erm, okay...but they aren't "hacks" per se. usually they are just replacing some icns and pdfs, and while people are taking their system stability into their own hands, this is not low-level patching like kaleidoscope.



    You may not like the aesthetics, but i doubt it's much of a risk to OS X stability.
  • Reply 19 of 36
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    I still think Apple will develop some degree of appearance options into Mac OS X. Maybe not to the level of Kaleidoscope, but some degree of fenagling (how do you spell that word?). I would guess that Apple is trying to gets its money's worth of Aqua blue and pinstripes, and they probably won't do it until they have the innards sorted out to their liking.
  • Reply 20 of 36
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 530member
    so just to check, using Conundrumsoft's Duality shouldn't compromise the OS? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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