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Where are my 'themes' on a mac ?


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One of the things i liked about a pc is the ability to customize the look of the UI.

I prefer a dark theme like that seen on Autodesk products such as this :


When I bought my mac, I was given the impression that they are super user friendly and customizable, so how do i do this on a mac ?

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You could always try cntrl option cmd 8 ;-) - outside of the couple of built in tweakable options - everything I've seen that's theme related are aftermarket SW packages.
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There are no built in "Theme's" or skins in OSX. There are 3rd party Apps that will do it though. Sounds like you didn't do your homework before you made your purchase.


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Here are a couple for you to have a look through
20 Stunning Themes for Mac OS X | Mac.AppStorm

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Here are a couple for you to have a look through
20 Stunning Themes for Mac OS X | Mac.AppStorm

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Thanks. Actually I was just there and was just about to post.

Any idea how to activate the themes ?

I like the " Cold " one.
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There are no built in "Theme's" or skins in OSX. There are 3rd party Apps that will do it though. Sounds like you didn't do your homework before you made your purchase.
Why are you so rude ?
Its a computer - not your mother that I am talking about.
Yes it was a rush purchase ( Motherboard fried on PC ) , but I actually did try and do my homework. I spent around a month asking questions to people about macs.
I just assumed that something that is so basic as this would be on a high end machine.
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The first paragraph on that page has links to the Apps you need to download to use the themes. Did you even read it?

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I just assumed that something that is so basic as this would be on a high end machine.
It has nothing to do with "high end" machines, it's the OS and it doesn't support it. Period. Third party Apps will do it if you desire. Sorry if you feel I was rude but this a rather simple issue that you should probably have asked about instead of making assumptions.


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Go to the bottom of the themes list to Conclusion, click on the blue highlighted text and you can download from there.
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Why are you so rude ?
Its a computer - not your mother that I am talking about.
Yes it was a rush purchase ( Motherboard fried on PC ) , but I actually did try and do my homework. I spent around a month asking questions to people about macs.
I just assumed that something that is so basic as this would be on a high end machine.
IMHO theme are not a sign of a high-end system, but rather a toy for script kiddies. I'm very glad it's not part of the OS.

For the people that really want them, there are options out there that a simple search can find.

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heres what is customisable:

1. icons (including external media icons & trash can)
2. fonts
3. dock
4.iTunes (uses an .rsrc, can be opened with themepark 3)
5.Menubar (using themepark 4, you cant change the colours of the clock font)
6. sliders (themepark 4)
7. traffic lights (top left, themepark 4)
8. GUI window colour: you can make it black, but the font colour in OSX is hard coded so it cant be changed from black)
9. Login screen message, Logo, picture, background, and so on.
10. Finder backgrounds

thats pretty customisable to me. dont you agree?

there are themes out there. have a look on deviantart.com for some. Also use the link above.

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If you use Magnifique, make sure you are not using Snow Leopard because it will not work. If you are running Snow Leopard there are some themes that will work for you. I would check out MacThemes (MacThemes). There is a theme or two on that site

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also, shapeshifter wont work with Snow Leopard.

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IMHO theme are not a sign of a high-end system, but rather a toy for script kiddies. I'm very glad it's not part of the OS.
I wasn't going to be that harsh, but I basically agree with this. Themes are for kids.

That said, monkeyboy2000, you'll find that "pro" apps like Aperture, Photoshop Elements, Final Cut Pro, AutoCAD, Pixelmator and such actually *do* feature the dark grey "theme" you said you liked, so maybe this won't actually be an issue at all -- only it's on a per-app basis rather than a system-wide thing.

As mentioned, it's easy enough to use themes if you like. Doesn't cost much if anything, so if you want 'em, a little bit of clicking on links and you got em!
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Back when I had my PC, the only theme i had was the one that made windows XP look like Mac OS X

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I wasn't going to be that harsh, but I basically agree with this. Themes are for kids.
Alot of people that use macs are creatives, and a fair few are graphic designers or have an interest in graphic design.

Alot of designers have specific taste, and lets face it, not everyone likes Aqua. I don't think its fair to class people as kids because they like to have control over the way their computer looks.

It's also about being unique. we don't all want to have the same computer as the person next to us, which looks exactly the same? we all have different personalities; we all dress differently; is that immature aswell?

By the way, i'm not trying to start an argument here, i just wanted to voice "the other side"

we are all different, and we all have different preferences. live and let live. and all that other loveliness.

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