I'm getting pretty sick of these default AppleScript and cocoaDialog dialogs:

I'd like to replace them with something closer to this:

Has anyone made a shell executable like cocoaDialog with a custom look for windows? Are there any other options for getting less ugly text dialogs in shell scripts or AppleScripts?

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    Real AppleScript applications are not an option? Apart from that, I support this question. It's embarrassing. – Daniel Beck Oct 25 '11 at 9:17
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    +1 for using an Alfred screenshot as an example :). – kopischke Oct 27 '11 at 13:48
  • I'd say that's a fine looking dialog compared to Java SWING/AWT GUI. – user111228 Jan 5 '12 at 21:36
  • CocoaDialog has recently come under development again, not that it fixes this, but it's worth mentioning... – cwd Jan 15 '12 at 19:41
  • You might want to ask that on SO. – d-_-b Jan 17 '12 at 0:40

An apparently very popular one is 24U Appearance OSAX.

It will let you add more components to the dialog windows through "Better Dialog Utility" – if that's what you meant.


There seem to be official themes and 3rd-party themers.

  • If those dialog settings are controlled via the specified scripts, then the documentation linked in the OP doesn't mention them. If i had a Mac, i'd try Magnifique. Proper design doesn't re-invent the wheel and thus uses adequate available (system) components. – Cees Timmerman Jan 27 '12 at 14:07

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