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    how much variety is there in arranging one's desktop, in tiger? as a linux user, i'm spoiled by the seemingly infinite variety of themes and icon sets (infinite, if you include all the lame ones too, that is). i've looked through macthemes.net (jetblack might be enough to do it for me) and interfacelift.com and i see a lot of very nice things. what's the desktop configuration like? when i look through collections of mac screenshots, a lot of them look the same, but this is true of linux screenshots as well. so, is it the limitation of the desktop, or the limitation of the general user's imagination (no offense intended)? thanks.

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    The latter. My desktop is ridiculously over customized and includes a theme (provided by Shapeshifter), multiple desktop pictures (they change every 30 seconds), and custom icons.

    It really is limited by the user's imagination and knowledge on customization. A lot of Mac users don't even know about Shapeshifter, Pixadex, Candybar, Deskshade, etc etc etc. There are hundreds of programs out there to let a Mac user customize the way the Mac looks.

    Once you do that, you can start editing .nib files, .strings, and .plists to make everything look exactly how you want it to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    The latter. My desktop is ridiculously over customized and includes a theme (provided by Shapeshifter), multiple desktop pictures (they change every 30 seconds), and custom icons.

    It really is limited by the user's imagination and knowledge on customization. A lot of Mac users don't even know about Shapeshifter, Pixadex, Candybar, Deskshade, etc etc etc. There are hundreds of programs out there to let a Mac user customize the way the Mac looks.
    ok, well now, that sounds like fun. is all that stuff free?

    Once you do that, you can start editing .nib files, .strings, and .plists to make everything look exactly how you want it to.
    this sounds like the type of thing i'm interested in. i'm a non-tech person who doesn't have much call for calculating coin toss probabilities, but i still like to tinker, so tweaking the look of my desktop is something i can get excited about.

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    Unfortunately, no, it's not all free. Shapeshifter is $20, Pixadex is $10, and Candybar is $12 if I recall correctly. There are free alternatives, but like most things free, they don't work too well.
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    Here's a quick screenshot to show you, I know it's small, but Photobucket has limitations:

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    Imageshack > Photobucket

    Thanks GS.
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    ^^ See what I mean, fuscia?
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    ^^ See what I mean, fuscia?
    i hear ya. thanks for the screenshot, btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    Here's a quick screenshot to show you, I know it's small, but Photobucket has limitations:

    Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caveatipss
    Very nice!
    , I try. That theme by the way is Ruler Aero if you're running ShapeShifter and are looking for a good theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    , I try. That theme by the way is Ruler Aero if you're running ShapeShifter and are looking for a good theme.
    I was just going to ask what, exactly, that was. Very nice. I might have to look into that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfwax95
    Imageshack > Photobucket

    Thanks GS.
    Dumpanimage> Imageshack> TinyPic> Photobucket.
    I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.

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