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Lion Finder sidebar color?

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  • ramon_sbr Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2012 8:54 AM (in response to balintalovits)

    I will agree with those of you who don't like the new grey sidebar icons. To me, it makes the icons all blend together and less meaningful. They might as well do away with the icons altogether. (Maybe that's the plan.)

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    Mar 19, 2012 12:55 PM (in response to benjamingordon)

    I tried to avoid moving to 10.7 but fnially had to in order to utilize iCloud. I am aghast to find that the sidebar icon bug has still not been corrected 9 months later! Very poor design, very MS-like change policy.

     

    smh

  • AdminNorm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 7:45 PM (in response to balintalovits)

    Go here to get color back:

     

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/08/25/get-color-sidebar-icons-back-in-mac-os-x-10-7-lio n-finder-windows/#comment-363610.

     

    This worked on my new MBP runninng 10.7.2.  Norm in Texas.

  • dawsonj Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 23, 2012 10:11 PM (in response to AdminNorm)

    Thanks for that, probably the 25th time this link has been provided in this post

  • Shiftless Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 24, 2012 4:59 AM (in response to dawsonj)

    Thanks but no thanks. Interesting, but not a solution. What AdminNorm points to is a 3rd-party hack; looking at the threads on the linked site, the hack works sorta for some people some times, but only if you twitch your ears just right when you restart . . . A worthwhile solution would be for Apple to admit their design error and provide an option to restore the "classic" look of the icons in the sidebar and the open/close dialogue.

    smh

  • doesntcare Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 9:41 AM (in response to Grant Greene)

    Agree,

    Seems Apple is trying to make all of the UIs look like iPhone/iPad. While I might accept grey look on my iPhone and iPad it's not acceptable for my desktop.

  • dawsonj Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 3:31 PM (in response to doesntcare)

    Exactly what part of my iphone and ipad are grey look?

    They dont even have a finder.

     

    Also the Lion UI that mimics iOS is launchpad and it is vibrant with colour 

  • Keith Brock Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to balintalovits)

    Gray may not communicate a "message" but if you were to familiarize yourself with the H.I.G. you's see that gray is an intentional choice for optical transparency. Mind you, not everyone is a professional designer, but from that context gray is excellent at letting one's peripheral vision "blend out" competing contrasts in the background of most UI elements to keep the focal point of the task at hand in focus - not every single element in a UI is for decorative purpose - if that is what you are after there are certainly many alternative OS's out there to satisfy terrible UI "principle"

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 26, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to Keith Brock)

    Yes, agreed. I still cannot figure out why people call it a design bug or have overlooked this in system design? I am also very interested in seeing how it resembles an iPhone look??????? It is there for a purpose. The icons make no difference to my heavy workflow.

     

    Pete

  • dago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:53 AM (in response to petermac87)

    I think, many of you - especially Pete, who replied last - discuss the wrong thing. To me, the question is NOT, if the grey-look is system design, beautiful, non-eye-catching, difference-making to workflow, iPhone-look-alike etc. The point is, and I think this worthwhile to be repeated, that the custom-icon-feature, that was very useful for many of us, is made completely useless with Lion; and that to those of us who cared and still care about the custom-icons cannot see any reasonable needfulness to abandon them in the Finder and Sidebar. The OS-folder-icons (Desktop, Music, Movies etc.) do not look alike in the sidebar, so we can assume that Apple's designer understand the use of being able to distinguish icons in the sidebar. I want to be able to distinguish my own customized icons as well. I am not talking about colour but shape. And why shouldn't there be an option in the View- or Preferences-pane to keep the coloured icons in the sidebar. The colours could be dimmed as well...

  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 4:33 AM (in response to dago)

    dago, I was not replying to anything you said, I was replying to

     

    Mar 27, 2012 3:41 AM (in response to Grant Greene)

     

    Agree,

    Seems Apple is trying to make all of the UIs look like iPhone/iPad. While I might accept grey look on my iPhone and iPad it's not acceptable for my desktop.

     

    So look at the top to see who people are replying to before making generalalised presumptions in threads.

     

    Thanks

     

    Pete

  • dago Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 5:07 AM (in response to petermac87)

    Sorry, I didn't mean to offend anybody. Nor did I make generalized presumptions.

     

    But: In this discussion about coloured Sidebar-icons it's completely useless to discuss about iPhone- or iPad-lookalikes.

     

    And: In your answer to doesntcare you argue that you

     

    still cannot figure out why people call it a design bug or have overlooked this in system design? […] It is there for a purpose. The icons make no difference to my heavy workflow.

     

    This is exactly the argumentation I replied to. I did not presume anything, I just read what you have written and replied.

    I understand the purpose of the new grey-design and I even agree with the basic idea of it. But I still think that the designers have overlooked that with the generic representation of all non-OS-system-folders in the sidebar they take away the usefulness of being able to distinguish different folders with customized icons at a glance. With the Lion-look, this feature, sadly, is restricted to the system-icons.

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  • petermac87 Level 5 Level 5 (4,065 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 5:13 AM (in response to dago)

    dago wrote:

     

    But: In this discussion about coloured Sidebar-icons it's completely useless to discuss about iPhone- or iPad-lookalikes.

     

     


    Agreed. I am the one who wanted to know what on earth the poster could see in the gret icons in Lion that even slightly resembled the iOS in iPhones and iPads.

     

    And with coloured icons, that is a personal preference that many will have to agree to disagree over. I have no arguement with you over this, just explaining where my post was directed.

     

    Cheers

     

    Pete

  • MrXXXXXXX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:24 PM (in response to petermac87)

    Just makes it easier to look for red delete in mail vs having to read!  No reason to dumb down to ipad!! Way to go apple...you are starting to really suck! 

  • sgginc Level 3 Level 3 (650 points)
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    Mar 29, 2012 2:42 PM (in response to MrXXXXXXX)

    Apple is pandering to the 90% who don’t have a clue where they saved a document.

     

    And in Pagemaker, when they need a new document, just create a blank page in the untitled document with 100 pages that now never needs to be saved.

     

    Why should they care about the ones who really do some work on their Macs?

     

    Look at the black type on a grey background in Safari.

    Apple wants you to concentrate on what’s on the page, not what tab your on.

    If you want to select a different tab then that’s too bad.

    What is on the page trumps finding a tab.

     

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