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When I was working on windows. I was used to install CrystalXP, And many other softwares - themes for windows. The appearance of the terminal - if looks good, you feel better & like to work with nice one.

Same way, Is there any other software / themes for mac osx ( freely available = more priority )

  • for changing mouse pointers
  • for changing default appearance ( as we do install vista appearance in xp )
  • appearance regarding theme links / software links
  • any help for making beautiful.

Thanks in advance for sharing your knowledge.

Sagar.

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Plz Inform me in comment. If it is a duplicate. –  Sagar R. Kothari Oct 18 '09 at 0:14
    
@Sagar: if you change the color of the background, the menu color will follow. (Go to System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver.) I'm not sure about changing color or look of the dock. –  Telemachus Oct 18 '09 at 0:42
    
Ok. Ok I was just giving example of windows. I have gone through "interfacelift.com/themes-mac/"; link & It is something like i wanted. –  Sagar R. Kothari Oct 18 '09 at 0:49

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While there are some things out there to do this (sort of), part of the point of the way OS X is constructed is to maintain UI consistency. I recommend learning to enjoy the UI as is, simply because modifying it will be more trouble than it's worth. You can modify the colors and such, and there are LOTS of utilities to extend the UI, like QuickSilver, LaunchBar, CandyBar for icon themes and others. You'll find that overall they are more about functionality than about making it look like an LCARS interface or pay homage to the latest blockbuster.

You may want to look in to ShapeShifter, but I don't believe it works with OS versions newer than Tiger. InterfaceLIFT has a ShapeShifter themes section.

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Ah, the cry of the Mac: take it or leave it... –  Telemachus Oct 18 '09 at 0:16
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Some people want customization, others want something well put together out of the box. There is no right or wrong here, just preference. –  phoebus Oct 18 '09 at 0:18
    
Mainly because some people like to get work done with their system while others I guess like to look at it? I've never seen a reason to "theme" OS X, it's functional as-is. –  phoebus Oct 18 '09 at 0:20
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@Phoebus: I deleted my last comment (maybe right before you answered it), because I thought I was just picking a fight and decided I shouldn't. Many people regard Apple's UI as well-built and sleek. No question. Put simply, however, I hate the attitude by Apple (and many Mac-fans) that anyone who wants to tweak it is an idiot. That said, you have every right not to care what I think. –  Telemachus Oct 18 '09 at 1:08
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@Tel I deleted my response as well, sorry for fighting:) –  phoebus Oct 18 '09 at 1:15

If you are feeling heroically energetic, you can install an entirely different desktop environment on a Mac. Mostly out of pure stubborn curiosity, I got Gnome working (via MacPorts - Fink also has Gnome and KDE), and apparently KDE is even easier. It's very hard to do, and the result was a bit fragile, in my experience. But perhaps things are better now (I did it about a year and change ago).

Beyond that, you might take a look at CandyBar for icon themes. Changing the desktop background is trivial, but also not a real change of theme.

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Sir - CandyBar is a paid application. I asked for free. However, Thanks for your response. CandyBar is a good application. I have gone through. –  Sagar R. Kothari Oct 18 '09 at 0:26

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