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  • dpeam Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 18, 2012 8:01 PM (in response to tjennings)

    The color icons and position is what I miss in Lion, why did they do that without the option to leave it as was?

     

    Full screen apps, wow, I never did like them 24" wide, I have too many things happening on my screen to waste all that real estate that way.

     

    Mission control, now that was right out of WIndows wannabe. Spaces, I get lost crossing the street (just kidding) let alone having how many desktops?

    Just setting things right is much like de-craping Windows so you can get something done.

     

    What happened to 'It just works right out of the box'?

    I may be stuck in computer stone age with SL but it does what I want, when I want, and how I want.

    Too bad Apple decided it was too old and whatever. I have been a Mac user since system 6 (remember that?) 64MB was whopping big RAM.

    80MB hard drive in a case that weighed in at 10 pounds. Software was recorded on cassette tapes.

     

    Now a Terabyte is small and 8GB RAM, better get some more.

    I am just saying that I am disappointed in Apple for deciding that color no longer matters when identifying icons, or that gray no longer means that that item is unavailable in menus. That sort of thing. Used to be real easy to yell, now I have to look two or three times to make sure I have it right, a big waste of my time.

    I make my money on my Mac and do so with SL, Lion slows me down even though it is a fast OS, spend too much time navigating.

  • fced Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 5:59 AM (in response to balintalovits)

    There is another way :

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

     

    It work perfectly on Lion, but need SIMBL installation (2mn)

  • tjennings Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:10 AM (in response to fced)

    It did not work perfectly. It mde my system unstable. And the finder needs to be killed each time you start your computer.

  • fced Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 19, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to tjennings)

    Strange, probably SIMBL plugin i don't like to install third party plugins, but Apple don't have given to me the choice by removing all the useful options in Lion...

  • tjennings Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 8:37 PM (in response to balintalovits)

    I think Apple should make every one of their employees drive gray cars. Maybe if they all drove gray cars, and went to the parking lot to find their cars at the end of the day, they would understand why we hate the gray icons in the sidebar. Because when we go to get our car in a parking lot, we probably have a vague idea of where our car is, but then we look for the COLOR and SHAPE of our car to help us find it quicker. If all the icons are the same, and they're all the same color, how much longer will it take you to find your darned car??? Same thing with the gray icons in the sidebar.

  • papalapapp Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 2:54 AM (in response to tjennings)

    Great idea. And when Apple employees approach traffic lights, the colors turn into shades of gray – for better recognition purposes of course.

  • Andrew No Thanks Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 4:56 AM (in response to papalapapp)

    And this from the same company that brought us Bondai Blue...

  • dpeam Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 6:01 AM (in response to Andrew No Thanks)

    I stopped at SL, Lion and ML will stay on an extra machine until Apple can see colors and other things better. Like networking, printing, Librarires (that isn't a real bad one), etc.

    So there you go Apple, suck it up.

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  • tjennings Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 8:07 AM (in response to dpeam)

    Good trick, turning a thread about the Lion sidebar into a political discussion. Uncool.

  • Hartz Arrea Level 4 Level 4 (3,025 points)
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    Aug 29, 2012 8:10 AM (in response to dpeam)

    That's exactly what I did: I mounted the dreary twins Lion and now Mountain L. on a secondary drive and only play with it out of curiosity once in a while.

    The System I work with is Snow L.

     

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  • Force2Reckon Calculating status...
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    Sep 2, 2012 11:49 PM (in response to balintalovits)

    I upgraded to Lion as soon as it came out and about a week later I formatted and went back to Snow Leopard. I just upgraded to Lion because a software package I wanted to use required it so I am just now looking into solutions to the whole Lion Icon thing. I have no plans to upgrade to Mountain Lion at this time mostly because of my previous experience upgrading to Lion the first time.

    Has a solution to this problem that does not involve hijacking system processes come about? The icons in Snow leopard were fine and I would like to go back to them. This whole monochrome grayed out look was a bad decision and a reduction in functionality.

  • dawsonj Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Sep 2, 2012 11:54 PM (in response to Force2Reckon)

    The solution that works in lion is repeated several times earlier in this thread and it involves running SIMBL etc.

    The fix for frontrow in lion does not work in mountain lion so maybe SIMBL doesn't work anymore either.

    I am now on mountain lion grey icons and all and feel underwelmed.

    Maybe if enough people convert to Windows 8 on their macbooks then Apple might finally listen.

    I have also used apple suggestions site several times about this issue lots more people need to do that too.

  • Force2Reckon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 3, 2012 6:18 AM (in response to dawsonj)

    SIMBL seems the be the solution that hijacks a system process to change the icon and causes in some to many cases system instability. i read on a few pages it has had dire effects but have not personally researched how it works yet so what little I do know of it was from the research I read yesterday. I am glad you mentioned Mountain Lion also has the same grey icons because I was thinking by now this issue must be fixed and they would have changed back to color with Mountain Lion by now because there is no way this would still be the same. silly me.

    I looked at the new features of Mountain Lion and didn't really see any reason to upgrade other than for the sake of upgrading.  For this to have stayed the same there must have not been an outcry large enough for apple to care. I will look for the suggestion site and post there myself.

    I personally never want to go back to a windows machine as my primary but this simple issue as well as front row, and a few other annoyances really take away from the positive experience I have always had with recent Macs. When you have a slew of external devices and drives the color makes a big difference.

  • bignate256 Calculating status...
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    Sep 3, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to Force2Reckon)

    I've been using the SIMBL hack since it first came out and I haven't experienced any stability issues with the OS nor heard or read any complaints about it. The colorfulsidebar.bundle has been updated for ML, and so far I haven't experienced any issues with that either. If anyone is using Lion or ML. There is nice little bundle on MacUpdate that has the colorfulsidebar.bundle, SIMBL, the relaunch script, and a injector. Once you have the RelaunchFinder app in your login items it only adds a second or two to your login time.

     

    ML is what SL was for Leopard. What I mean by that is SL just made the OS more stable, faster, few more features, and improved upon features Leopard had. ML is just the same. I think it's worth upgrading for SL users that have the multitouch MacBooks and recentish Macs. A major anoyance with ML is they changed the Dock's files so you can't use any customized Dock skins others have made. That might not be a major issue for some but it is for those who like to customize. There are some minor bugs with ML, but from my day 1 experience it has been far more stable than Lion was on day 1. Another annoyance to some is you need to have a pretty recent, like a year old, MacBook Pro to use the Airplay feature and Powersleep or w/e it's called feature. But if you really don't care about those features then I think it's still worth updating to.

     

    As for customizing, the developer of Dock Library hasn't updated the app for ML. The developers of Candybar have bassically given up making the app free, and only updating when need to. You can still customize app icons and system icons so Candybar isn't completely useless. You can still use Mirage if you want to hide the Dock's border.

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