8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2009 2:07 AM by 0xced
Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
Is there any way to disable, or make less pronounced the window shadows? Seems like it could be simple, but I've not seen any way to do it. If they were half as pronounced as they are now, that would be nice.

Bryan

MacBook Pro 17" (2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo)  2GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.4),  GETMACPLATE.ORG
  • 1. Re: Disable window shadows?
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    Furi0us.Bee wrote:
    Is there any way to disable, or make less pronounced the window shadows? Seems like it could be simple,

    why would it seem that? impossible AFAIK or at least very difficult. You'd have to modify or replace a lot of system png files (I'm not even sure which ones).

    but I've not seen any way to do it. If they were half as pronounced as they are now, that would be nice.

    Bryan
  • 2. Re: Disable window shadows?
    Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Seems simple as it's just a transparent image surrounding the folder. It would be nice for Apple to include a slider so we can choose how strong we want it.

    Bryan
  • 3. Re: Disable window shadows?
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    you can leave apple feedback requesting this feature
    http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
  • 4. Re: Disable window shadows?
    tritisan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, that's exactly what I've been wanting. Leopard's shadows are so much bigger than previous versions. Very annoying.

    There is an app called Shadow Killer that will disable them entirely but I actually like having a little bit of shadow to help distinguish windows.
  • 5. Re: Disable window shadows?
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,275 points)
    Virtually none of the Mac OS's 'look and feel' have been user customizable, ever.
    If there is an app that can delete them, then you might try contacting the author to see if you can figure out what files are used to create them, and then create a smaller shadow file for yourself.

    Perhaps an interface change app like Candy Bar does that.
  • 6. Re: Disable window shadows?
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    not Candybar. Maybe some Unsanity haxie like Shapeshifter can do that. personally, I wouldn't touch that stuff. It's buggy and can really mess up the system unlike CandyBar which only changes a few image files.
  • 7. Re: Disable window shadows?
    arri Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    this issue will not get solved unless apple provides programmers an interface (api) to their window-shadow drawing-routines and/or a gui like the before-mentioned slider.

    these shadows aren't simply images from some file. they are calculated from the window's shape.

    apart from that, i agree that shadows in leopard are simply too much. but i think that's true for numerous other graphical 'features' in leapard.
    it's like they fired their chief-designer, and instead had the leopard gui design by a developer of the core-graphics team …who ofcourse wanted to show-off all the candy.

    i hold my breath for a 10.6 release. i'm anticipating scrolling marquee-text and flashing gif-animations all-over the place…
  • 8. Re: Disable window shadows?
    0xced Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
    arri wrote:
    this issue will not get solved unless apple provides programmers an interface (api) to their window-shadow drawing-routines and/or a gui like the before-mentioned slider.


    There is an API:
    ChangeWindowAttributes(window, kWindowNoShadowAttribute, kWindowNoAttributes);
    This disables the shadow for a given window.