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Dear Users,

I have come up with a short tutorial on how to change the looks of OS X.

What I did was to use themepark - I regged the latest version with some 2.0 code,
and it worked... So get the 3.0.1 version before it dissappears or you may not be able to use your old serial...

I located the two files Extras.rsrc (for rosetta/ppc) , and Extras2.rsrc (for intel).


I then copied these two files to my desktop into a backup folder.

Made another copy of Extra.rsrc that I put on my desktop for editing.

Now, the Extra2.rsrc can currently not be edited, but I have a solution to intel as well.

As both files are identically GUI wise... you edit the Extras.rsrc file in themepark.

I did that - and changed the Metal brush by clicking the pxm bar in themepark, and searched for Metal - and found Metal window texture of size 128x128, and replaced it with marble texture that is tiled - make sure the texture is tiled well - or your OS X look will suck! And also make sure that black text is readable on your texture - as there is no text-coloring support with this method.

I saved the file... obvious aint it?

Never ever use graphics in other sizes specified in the Extras.rsrc pxm ! You see the size to your right in themepark.

Advanced users may get text color changes using a hex editor - but I will not get into that for now.

I then used Extras2Extras2 to convert the Extras.rsrc file into an intel compatible one, and named it Extras2.rsrc, saved it onto the Desktop.

------------------------------- Notes regarding install
Note: Extras2Extras2 only converts PXM resources i.e. graphics, so you cant get any menu extras, no text coloring etc... but still its nice.

2nd Note: If you f*** up with this method - Aqua wont start - meaning you would have to boot holding f8, and giving boot parameters -x -s and copy the original files back.... OR YOU WILL HAVE AN UNUSABLE SYSTEM

Now.. lets continue with the install process.

I then did this in terminal:

sudo cp /Users/art/Desktop/Extras.rsrc /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/HIToolbox.framework/Versions/A/Resources/

sudo touch Extras.rsrc

We have now changed the theme for Rosetta apps - nice ey?

Same again for intel resource:

sudo cp /Users/art/Desktop/Extras2.rsrc /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/HIToolbox.framework/Versions/A/Resources/

sudo touch Extras2.rsrc

the touch is for the system to notice that the files have changed for sure - it may not be needed - but I do it for safety.

You may relaunch finder to see your textures, make sure u kill it well!

killall Finder forex... or relaunch.

Now, do a reboot to see that everything is fine...

If you have done everything like I have explained - you now have textured windows,
as in the pictures below....

picture 1: Rosetta VLC compared to intel VLC without texture.

picture 2: Intel resource: showing off finder with marble texture.

You may edit any graphics you find in Themepark reading the Extras.rsrc file,
dont f*** up the mask! the mask has to do with what is clickable at times, and what is visible/transparent.

Now - impress me with your amazing mod - if its good - we will make a theme section here in hackint0sh.org where u all can put your specific mod - try not to store ugly themes like mine tho

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I posted this tutorial in the hackintosh forum ages ago, figured Id share it with you guys since we aint enemies :angel:

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