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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

A Leopard menu bar!

A great tip submitted by Nessuno: A Leopard menu bar! This is a great freeware called MenuShade that will transform your menu bar to the look of the Leopard menu bar. There are even more customization options than the Leopard one. To get the Leopard look:

1. Unzip MenuShade.
2. Drag the application to your Applications folder.
3. Open MenuShade.
4. Set your preferences. To get a Leopard looking menu bar, choose "Use fake transparency".
5. If you don't want the bar to change when you mouse over, set the shaded brightness and the unshaded brightness to the same level.

One of the thing that I dislike about this application is that unlike QuickSilver, there is no option to have it run in the background. You are always stuck with the Dock icon, and it is always present in the "Command-Tab" dialog. You can always use Dock Dodger to make it run in the background, but Dock Dodger breaks the "fake transparency" option, making it much less appealing. It is overall a great application and an update with the possibility of running it in the background would make this application a lot better. You can download MenuShade here from VersionTracker. Thanks for the great tip Nessuno!

11 Comments:

Blogger Daniel said...

I love this software and it sure does give your menu bar a Leopard look. Now all it needs is to change the blue apple symbol to a silver one!
Also, for it to run in the background without a Dock Icon.

July 18, 2007 at 1:58 AM  
Blogger Kaos Hybryd said...

Wow! Thanks! Now my leopard look a like interface is looking even better!

July 18, 2007 at 2:06 AM  
Blogger scoot1331 said...

I need to know what menu shade is. What is it?

July 18, 2007 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger scoot1331 said...

oh sorry now i know

July 18, 2007 at 7:53 AM  
Blogger Diligence109 said...

You can do things like this and much, much, much more with an app called Shapeshifter. The app applys complete themes to your entire desktop, all ur apps, icons, mouse cursours, and even some really cool desktop piccys. Including, in many themes, transparent menu bar, silver apples (for u daniel), and much more. I've had a lot of fun with the app and if u want a transparent menubar, a silver apple, and many other transparent windows..I reccomend the Crystal Clear theme.

July 18, 2007 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Milly said...

I agree with diligence109. Shapeshifter, Candybar etc are great. There's so many possibilities. If you wanna see my desktop, go to my blog (in swedish) and look at one of the the entries at the bottom of the page. I got a pic of my desktop there.

emilychristelleemanuelle.blogspot.com

July 18, 2007 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Nessuno said...

Yes, there are a lot of apps to make your desktop better or Leopard style. Another it's called ClearDock and it's already been posted in this blog. With ClearDock you can make your Dock trasparent (with no background) or change colors.

July 18, 2007 at 5:02 PM  
Blogger erica said...

i downloaded menushade and cleardock when they were mentioned a few weeks ago on your site. i had an invisible menu bar, and a red dock with white arrows. very pretty. however, it started messing with my system and little things were failing. had to go to the apple store so they could delete the messy stuff (deleting the program wasn't enough). i probably should wipe the computer and start over, but i'm going to see how it goes. be very careful with these programs.

July 18, 2007 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

Shapeshifter + Liger = great Leopard Menu (tho cost $$$ and is not perfect).

I have changed the icon to one that looks like a window of a house (google it).

July 18, 2007 at 8:55 PM  
Blogger Ronnie said...

I have my desktop on the setting where the background randomly changes. While I'm using menu shade the menu bar transparency doesn't change with the pic. Anyone else have this problem?

July 19, 2007 at 11:44 PM  
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July 19, 2007 at 11:45 PM  

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