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Back in my high school days (which also happened to by my Windows days), I and all of my friends found it quite eventful to skin the fire out of our Windows 95 interface. Windows themes were plentiful and we didn’t have anything better to do. […]

Back in my high school days (which also happened to by my Windows days), I and all of my friends found it quite eventful to skin the fire out of our Windows 95 interface. Windows themes were plentiful and we didn’t have anything better to do.

Now that I’m using the beautiful OS X interface, I’ve found that I really have no desire to alter the interface much. I just find it appealing to the eyes yet not intrusive over overpowering of the object of focus, whether that be a photo, a website, etc etc.

So the questions stands, do you alter the look of OS X in any way? Or do you just leave it be?

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  1. i have a custom background, and i have also changed alot of my icons, in my dock area and in the windows, and i have a custom screen saver. other than that i also them mine be…

  2. Yes, I can’t live without ShapeShifter, but it’s not like there’s anything wrong with the default theme, it’s just that I get a bit bored of Metal, and Aqua, so I tried UNO, or iT5 themes (both unify, one is like Mail, the other one like iTunes) as well as some other fun themes like Somatic and Aero.

  3. I am a “Skinner” by name. I did skin windows, but it was ugly and needs the help. I have not looked into skinning the mac because i love it as is. Though every once in a while when i am feeling nostalgic I would like to select a Platinum or system 7 look.

  4. maique madeira Friday, December 16, 2005

    UNO all the way.
    i love the way it makes everything look clean and cool.

  5. David Rodgerson Friday, December 16, 2005

    I think it’s a high school thing. Like putting European taillights and ground effects on your car. When you get old you realize/think it’s just a tacky waste of time.

    I think the question should be: Are you a skinner, and how old are you? I think the demographics would back me up.

    So yes, in high school I used to skin. I used Aaron when Mac OS….er System 7 was around. Also, I managed to download the aborted children’s and high tech theme for Mac OS 8, and loved the high tech one to death! Now, OS X is nice by itself and the 3rd party themes don’t do anything for me. Plus I’m sick of extension hacks, and haven’t used one that wasn’t necessary since OS 9, possibly 8.

  6. Iridium all the way, baby. I really hate the brushed metal, and with this theme everything fells cleaner and a bit faster. And it looks really good with my iBook.

  7. oooh, seconded for Iridium!
    brushed metal’s a bit heavy for my eyes, so i’m not so much giving OSX a different skin, as trying to eliminate one of it’s variations :)

  8. David Appleyard Friday, December 16, 2005

    I just use Shapeshifter and Milk all the time – It’s effectively my default interface. Gorgeous.

  9. can’t think of any reason to mess with the UI. it would be akin to cover my leather car seats with tha wolly crap.

  10. I just installed UNO yesterday and brushed away all of that brushed aluminum. Everything is a cool cream silver now. My only concern is stability, but so far, so good.

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