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Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 29, 2004 12:53 pm 
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Yes, I am the typical guy that can look for a nice desktop for hours, well, I solved it in the easy way. Firstly to say I have a 17" PowerBook, so TFT display, no dark desktops, thanks/sorry.

I just and only did the follow:

- open the Apple´s Aqua Blue desktop image
- vary some color values with Photoshop
- done!

So now I have a Aqua bright blue desktop image, I can set the brightness at its middle point or even less, but my desktop remains with live, bright all the way!, if you check the Apple 'pictures' over its site, you´ll find that the Panther screenshots are shown with a brilliant blue desktop, so far better that the one comes with Panther. So I have it now.

If you don´t know about it, the images on the Apple site are not real photos, are synthetic images, nice eh!

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Personally, i just let Starfish X generate me a procedurally textured backdrop every 15 minutes.

It's great!

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Ahh, I have a similar quandry with my TiBook, there are some images that don't display well. I also tend to like the fullsize backgrounds other than the ones that are appropriate for the aspect ratio of my display, which is rather sad, because currently my desktop background is either of a squashed SGI 330, or of only the middle of that SGI 330.

On some images with amazing blank space to the top and below though, like one that I can think of, this is advantageous though ;)

Not surprised that the Stock photos of apple's products aren't real images, no company these days uses that many real photos. Esp. on the shots of just the products themselves, rather than people sitting at the product and smiling. Those photos probably have a small touch of reality to them at least.


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lisp wrote:
Personally, i just let Starfish X generate me a procedurally textured backdrop every 15 minutes.

It's great!


Wow this looks cool :)

when I get home this evening I will have to get a copy of this onto my iBook.

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themacosxflies, I'd love to see your desktop, can you post a pic ?


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Aquila wrote:
themacosxflies, I'd love to see your desktop, can you post a pic ?


Sure, check this one for the Aqua default desktop:
http://idisk.mac.com/super_mario/Public ... iginal.jpg

And this one to check the enhanced Aqua blue desktop:
http://idisk.mac.com/super_mario/Public ... dified.jpg

Note that this is under an Al PowerBook, so if you try it on a crt display could look really different.

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oh, if you mean the desktop itself, let me know and I´ll send it to you.

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How do you like working with the dock on the left ? The best place for me is still at the bottom.

I like how your desktop is free of icons, minimalist. I have a habit of having everything as an icon on my desktop, very inneficient.

check out http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/desktops.php

nice collection of desktops and icons.


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I like it on the left or even on the right because I find it more 'natural', it is easier to move the mouse in the horizontal axis that in the vertical axis, at least it works for me. The fact that the PowerBook has a widescreen helps also.

Yes, I like a desktop free of items, would be nice to have a place where drag one item you need, kinda NeXT, so the Desktop plays that function for me. Of course, Exposé improves it dramatically.

Pixelgirlpresents rules !, it is so far my favourite site to get great icons and awesome desktops.

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How do you like working with the dock on the left ? The best place for me is still at the bottom.

I like how your desktop is free of icons, minimalist. I have a habit of having everything as an icon on my desktop, very inneficient.

check out http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/desktops.php

nice collection of desktops and icons.

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Glad you like pixelgirlpresents.com, quality stuff.

http://www.macdesktops.com and http://www.resexcellence.com are also good. Especially the latter for many kinds of MacOS X GUI customization.


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themacosxflies wrote:
Yes, I like a desktop free of items, would be nice to have a place where drag one item you need, kinda NeXT, so the Desktop plays that function for me. Of course, Exposé improves it dramatically.


Try XShelf.

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I agree with lisp, XShelf is useful.


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xshelf's pretty sweet.

I must be bored or something. Macosxflies, just wondering, but what theme are you using to get that grey apple logo in your menubar?


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rezonate wrote:
xshelf's pretty sweet.

I must be bored or something. Macosxflies, just wondering, but what theme are you using to get that grey apple logo in your menubar?


It´s "Good Grey" theme, very nice.

get it from here:

http://www.cepophan.com/themes

check the look if you have any doubt:

http://idisk.mac.com/super_mario/Public/nice_theme.jpg

:wink:

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Thanks the links, going to try and grab the little apple logo and put it in the standard Aqua theme.


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