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Comparatively speaking, OS X users don’t cutomize the interface of OS X as much as their Windows counterparts. I personally love the OS X interface and have no desire to significantly change it, but there are certainly quite a large number of people who do. Below […]

Comparatively speaking, OS X users don’t cutomize the interface of OS X as much as their Windows counterparts. I personally love the OS X interface and have no desire to significantly change it, but there are certainly quite a large number of people who do.

Below a listing of some websites that offer resources to pimp your installation of OS X…everything from themes to icons and wallpapers. Enjoy.

Software

If you plan on installing any themes or changing out lots of icons, I highly suggest you take a gander at some of these apps.

ShapeShifter ShapeShifter, by the one and only Unsanity, is pretty much THE app you need if you want to install themes on your mac. It really is a must have and will only set you back $20. If you’re a tad weary of buying it, they also offer a trial of it. So you’ve really got nothing to lose.

ThemePark So you’ve been using customized OS X themes for quite some time and think you’ve got a good idea for your own them? Then checkout ThemePark. It’s completely free and allows you to create themes that are compatible with ShapeShifter. It will even let you modify the interfaces of some of your favorite apps.

CandyBar Panic’s CandyBar gives you the ability to control what icons are used for every item in OS X. It’s the safest way to play around with icons as it’s got a ‘reset’ option so you can always go back to the original should things get out of hand. With it’s simple drag-and-drop interface and $12.95 price tag, it’s a must-have and a steal!

IconBuilder Iconfactory’s IconBuilder is a filter for Photoshop and Fireworks that makes creating icons in the icon format a snap. IconBuilder basically lets you create any type of icon file for any system (OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista, etc etc). This is a must have app for anybody serious about creating and distributing icons.

Websites/Downloads

The following are websites where you can download themes, icons, and wallpapers till you drop!

And there we have it! I’m sure there are some other resources I missed, so if there’s one you know about that I missed, just post them in the comments.

UPDATE: Seems I missed the Wallpapers on Iconfactory. List updated.

  1. Thanks for the kind words Josh! Just for the record, the Iconfactory does indeed offer desktop pictures or “wallpapers”. We started offering them after the 6.0 site redesign back in August. Just head to the Freeware section and check the navigation links in the right sidebar. Thanks again!

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  2. Very nice post, I didn’t know some of these websites! Cheers! :)

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  3. Iconfactory has wallpaper section.

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  4. Doh, sorry guys. Totally missed the wallpapers on IconFactory. List updated.

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  5. Is there a way to customise the default button in a dialogue box? I can’t think how many times I have tried to tab across to “Don’t Save” in TextEdit, or pressed “D” to try to activate the shortcut for that button…

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  6. I know it doesn’t overhaul anything, but UNO makes my apps beautiful.

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  7. [...] Apple Blog compiles 15 great resources for customizing your OS X. I for one am happy with the default OS X look and feel so I feel no compelling need to customize [...]

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  8. There are hundreds of art wallpapers at http://www.vladstudio.com (standard sizes are free to download, wide are for registered users). Free images will do fine though if you center them on desktop.

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  9. Many of those places have users release wallpapers, and icons. Aqua-Soft.org is great for icons, MacThemes is great for themes (people modify themes and release them often too), and all the other stuff. DeviantART is also a good resource of wallpapers, icons, and sometimes people host themes and screenshots of their desktops their too, to give you an idea of what is possible.

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