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Changing OSX interface

Unread postby karahana » Tue Apr 12, 2011 5:58 am

Hi guys
Does any of u know if there is a way to change finder's interface or use another window manager? I tried this installing packages thru darwin ports but looks like it encountered (bug) in one of the packages an error and never finished.

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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby ChristTrekker » Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:51 am

I use ShapeShifter from Unsanity for awhile, but I believe it's not compatible with 10.5 and up. Apple doesn't like you customizing the UI at all. :( :x :cry: :evil:
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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby fu » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:40 am

never used it myself but some of the kids i work with, use some app from unsanity (probably the one chris mentioned)

i hear that when they funk to much with it, they just return to the default ui

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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby josehill » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:22 pm

@karahana - Exactly what are you seeking to do? Do you want to replace the entire Finder experience (i.e. everything in the normal GUI), tweak the appearance (i.e. use a new "theme" or "skin"), or just have an alternative file manager / program launcher? These are very different categories, and the answers will be different for each.

Some MacOS X file managers:
XFile - http://rixstep.com/4/0/td.shtml
Path Finder - http://www.cocoatech.com/
MuCommander - http://www.mucommander.com/
Disk Order - http://www.likemac.ru/english/
XFolders - http://www.kai-heitkamp.com/
File Browse - http://www.filebrowse.com/

There are also a number of Dock alternatives, application launchers, etc. that might be worth a look...or a quick search of the net.

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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby karahana » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:23 pm

Thanks all, I would like to use a different window manager, like i don't know, something like CDE for instance. I don't think it's actually possible right?
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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby PymbleSoftware » Tue Apr 12, 2011 10:29 pm

CDE is/was owned by a consortium. The code for it also.

I do run a CDE session on my Mac... Like this... "Xnest :1 -query tru64_box" (*) This gives me a login session with a CDE screen within a Apple Aqua window. Other than that I don't think there are any real options.

I addition to Josehill's suggestions above ...
What about KDE ...?

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* or a HP-UX/AIX/OpenVMS box.
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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby duck » Tue Apr 12, 2011 11:21 pm

That's right, the osx desktop isn't an X environment (you can get one with X11.app; at least in previous versions of osx, I heard some rumors it's no longer available, I only got to 10.4 before my mac fried). One thing that's fixable is click-to-focus though, you can through a default (that's the command name) setting change it to focus follows mouse which is a little more tolerabe...
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Re: Changing OSX interface

Unread postby josehill » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:06 am

duck wrote:(you can get one with X11.app; at least in previous versions of osx, I heard some rumors it's no longer available

X11.app is still available on the Leopard and Snow Leopard installation DVDs as an optional package.


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