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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:09 am    Post subject: Tweaking the look of Leopard Reply with quote

Tweaking the look of Leopard
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Posted by: Brian

The Leopard desktop is a thing of beauty, but there might be a few things that you want to change from a visual standpoint. So here is a small roundup of applications for tweaking the look of Leopard. I'm sure most of these have been mentioned in the forums and around the Net, but I thought it would be nice to have them in one place. If you know of others, please share them with us. I also included a couple of tips down below for making changes from the Terminal. I would also like to encourage readers to send in a picture of their desktop for our photo gallery. Let's just see who is tweaking it the most here!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know a tool to make the menubar translucent? Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I likey the LeoColorBar. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this, Brian. You might add one more - TinkerTool, as it allows you to get rid of 3D effect on the dock, and does some other very useful things. It's freeware.

Dock Delight was good for me. I like the 3D effect but found the lights not contrasting enough to easily see which apps were running.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not bad but...

Needs work.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what i think would be a nice tweak is the ability to change the color of the menu bar, at least from white to black. and maybe the color of docklights...not just changing them from black triangles to blue glowing dots...like changing them to something a little more visible like green or red or something bright etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a site called LeopardDocks.com that has a bunch of backgrounds for the Dock, but it really isn't an app so to speak. There is an app called LoginWindow Manager that could be used instead of Visage. I don't know if it supports Leopard yet though. I also had trouble with it in the past.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing I did after upgrading to Leopard was replace the hideous login splash-screen. Suprisingly unclean and un-Mac in appearance, IMHO.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

greg wrote:
First thing I did after upgrading to Leopard was replace the hideous login splash-screen. Suprisingly unclean and un-Mac in appearance, IMHO.


Greg! Long time, no see. Smile

Oh yeah, that purple galaxy background is really annoying. It also shows up with a lot of gradient banding on my LCD. I replaced it with a simple, no-frill blue.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ben_tex wrote:
There is a site called LeopardDocks.com that has a bunch of backgrounds for the Dock, but it really isn't an app so to speak.


Carbon Fiber and Circuit look pretty neat. At least in the pictures.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to add to the tweaking library:

Have folders appear before applications in Finder

Get rid of aqua scrollbars and replace them with itunes style scrollbars
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

g5g5 wrote:

Oh yeah, that purple galaxy background is really annoying. It also shows up with a lot of gradient banding on my LCD. I replaced it with a simple, no-frill blue.


Yeah, I saw the same gradient banding on mine which was really distracting. If the image had been of better quality perhaps it wouldn't have been so annoying. Anyway, I found a nice picture of a Leopard (of all things) to replace it. The terminal/command line fix was simple enough.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No banding of that image on my MBP screen or my Dell 20" that I can see...
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ClunkClunk wrote:
No banding of that image on my MBP screen or my Dell 20" that I can see...


This was on my G5 iMac and with an older 20" Samsung. Not really the greatest of displays.
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