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Chapter 1. Mac Os X Annoyances > REPLACE BRUSHED METAL WITH AQUA

REPLACE BRUSHED METAL WITH AQUA

The Annoyance:

I'm sick of the brushed metal look. It was okay when iTunes appeared on the scene, but brushed metal has now spread like the Plague to just about every Apple application. The dark, metallic Finder in Mac OS X 10.3 is just too much for me-it's like the dungeon of some 3D game. I wish I could go back to good ol' Aqua.

The Fix:

Although iTunes often gets the blame (or credit, depending on your point of view) for starting Apple's brushed-metal design craze, the look actually originated in QuickTime Player 4.0 in 1999. For now, Apple loves brushed metal; a Preference setting to switch between Metal and Aqua is not likely to come out of Cupertino. If you want to Aquify Panther, you'll have to take matters into your own hands, with the help of a piece of freeware or shareware.


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