Customization Tips - OS X
yrmt
This is old, but I thought some users could use it.


Mac OS X Customization:





All of these are for Snow Leopard and might work on Lion :

1) The Desktop :

a) Bowtie: Allows you to control iTunes from desktop, there are a lot of themes and it can be really sexy! It also allows you to control iTunes with your iPhone or iPad. Here's a screen-shot:


link => http://bowtieapp.com/bowtie-1.3.1.zip

b ) Geektool: a conky for Mac OS X. Works with shell scripts:

[Image: geektool.JPG]

Link => http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/

-- Geektool Scripts :

- Here's a pictures of all the geektool scripts I have, if you want one of these, just ask !

[Image: MvvDu.png]

There are also other interesting scripts like weather with pictures, facebook statuses, etc.

c) DragThings:A second dock, highly customizable, and it can be really helpful:
http://www.dragthing.com/
[Image: SimpleOne_Dragthing_Theme_by_StefanKa.png]
theme here:http://stefanka.deviantart.com/art/SimpleOne-Dragthing-Theme-109860940

2) Dock:

Modify your dock :

In the "/system/library/coreservices/dock.app/contents/resources"
folder, the files scurve-l.png, scurve-m.png, scurve-xl.png, scurve-sm.png, separator.png
and the indicators.png can be replaced by new ones you can make with Photoshop or The GIMP.

Here's mine for example:

[Image: dockd.png]

I like it very simple.

Link => here are some great docks:
http://www.dockulicious.com/docks

Change Finder and Trash icons:



go to "/system/library/coreservices/dock.app/"

You will find a finder.png icon and trashempty.png & trashfull.png

Here's an example:

[Image: 01894_metaltrash.jpg]

By the way, you can modify everything in the dock,
3) Menubar:


a) Menustrip: Allows you to launch applications from the menu-bar:

[Image: menustrip.png]

Link => http://www.macpoweruser.com/menustrip/

b ) Istat Menus: Information in your menu-bar like CPU, temperature, etc.

[Image: istat.png]

Link => http://bjango.com/mac/istatmenus/

c) Menubar Customization:

You can invert the menu-bar colours and make it black.

[Image: menuf.png]

Link => http://blacktree-nocturne.googlecode.com....2.0.0.zip

You can hide the menu-bar:

[Image: hide-mac-menu-bar.jpg]

Link (paid) => http://itunes.apple.com/app/menu-eclipse...1409?mt=12

Here's another way, it wont work with finder, chrome but it's free !
Download:
=> http://www.culater.net/software/SIMBL/SIMBL.php
=> https://github.com/downloads/Crazor/Menu...c71ce6.zip
=> Unzip the menubarhider download, and place the MenuBarHider.bundle file into /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugin folder.

4) Finder:

a) Get tabbed windows:

[Image: thumb-showcase-dual-mode.png]

Link => http://totalfinder.binaryage.com/

5) Login screen:

a) Change the login screen background: "/system/library/coreservices/DefaultDesktop.jpg"

Here's an example:
[Image: loginscreen.jpg]

The icons are there:

Code:
/System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/Resources/

You will find interesting icons, such as ShutDown.png which appears when you press shutdown button. you can modify it with these commands in the terminal:

- First you have to make a backup of the old one:

Code:
sudo mv /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/Resources/ShutDown.png /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/Resources/ShutDown-backup.png

- And then copy you new one: let's say it's called icon.png and is in your downloads dir:

Code:
mv ~/Downloads/icon.png /System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/Resources/ShutDown.png

- Reboot and when logged, press shutdown button, you will see the difference.

- Here's mine:

[Image: shutdownbutton.png]

- I'm pretty sure you noticed you could change a lot of icons in that directory like restart, logout, sleep, forwardbutton... have fun !

6) Boot Screen:

Link => http://namedfork.net/bootxchanger

Here's an example:

[Image: booimage1.png?w=590&h=393]

7) Customize your Terminal:

Code:
/etc/bashrc

Here's a good guide on how to customize your ps1 variable:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Color_Bash_Prompt

Here's mine currently:

[Image: terma.png]

Here's my ps1

Code:
PS1='\[\e[0;34m\]┌──[\[\e[0;34m\]\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[0;32m\]@\[\e[0;35m\]\h\[\e[0;34m\]]\[\e[m\]\[\e[0;34m\]──\[\e[0;34m\][\[\e[0;31m\]\w\[\e[m\]\[\e[0;34m\]] \n\[\e[0;34m\]└──\e[0;31m\]─ \[\e[m\]\[\e[0;32m\]'

Here's how to do it:
To modify your PS1, a variable you must edit the bash configuration file. It is non-user specific.
the file is in /etc/bashrc

Looks like this :
Code:
# System-wide .bashrc file for interactive bash(1) shells.
if [ -z "$PS1" ]; then
   return
fi

# PS1 ;)

PS1='\[\e[0;34m\]   ^  ^  \[\e[0;34m\]\[\e[0;31m\]\u\[\e[0;32m\]@\[\e[0;  $

# Make bash check its window size after a process completes

shopt -s checkwinsize

# Some of my aliases
alias ls='ls -GalF'
alias rmy='rm -rf'
alias bashrc='sudo nano /etc/bashrc'
alias tar='tar -xzdf'
alias bash_completion='nano /etc/bash_completion'
....
open this text file with root permissions:
Code:
sudo nano /etc/bashrc

and then ctrl+x to exit and enter to save

8) Iterm:it's a great replacement for the terminal.
http://www.iterm2.com/#/section/home

It's easily customizable, can be split vertically and horizontally and can be used full screen;
Here's how mine looks like:
http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/5956/scrotc.png
vim - mpd/ncmpcpp - weechat-curses ...
Ask if you have questions !

Then copypaste my ps1 or modify it as you wish.
CrossFold
Makes me want to buy a Mac!
zygotb
Once again, Beastie shows us how it's done.
yrmt
That thread is old :P I will update it some time
benwaffle
(23-04-2013, 08:51 AM)Beastie Wrote: That thread is old :P I will update it some time
bumping for an update
yrmt
I'm writing a big guide with Phyrne on how OS X so I don't think I'll ever update this thread.
benwaffle
Can i check it out and possibly help out?
yrmt
Of course
benwaffle
(02-06-2013, 05:53 PM)Beastie Wrote: Of course

where might i find it?
yrmt
Now right now, wait a few days when phyrne comes back from Scotland.




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