Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple’s command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don’t require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
You may have come accross applications that run in the menu bar without cluttering your Dock with an icon, but did you know that any OS X app can be made to work this way? Continue reading and we'll show you how.
We don't claim to know for sure what Apple will unveil at its media event in San Francisco tomorrow, but judging from update text and icons on the company's iLife and iWork for iOS web pages, those skeuomorphic icons will soon be a thing of the past.
Remember those questionable iOS 7 icons designed by Apple's marketing and communications teams that we talking about on Wednesday? Apparently Apple wasn't kidding when they said we'd likely be seeing changes to them in the near future; indeed, as 9to5 Mac reports, they were making changes to them on the official iOS 7 website as recently as this morning, when some of the new icons were temporarily traded out for newer ones.
Jony Ive's flatter, simpler design for iOS 7 largely received a warm welcome among critics at WWDC (despite numerous ribbings that it looked a little too close to the interface for the Windows Phone), but many expressed concerns that something about the icons looked a little ... off. Turns out there's a reason for that. According to Ive himself, as reported by The Next Web, Apple's usual team of designers only tweaked the icons; Apple's marketing and communications teams were responsible for the actual designs.
Sleek aluminum. Beautiful black bevels. We’ll be the first to admire the loveliness that emerges from one of those ingeniously crafted boxes sold by Apple. And we’ll also be the first to argue that, once you settle in with your new device, a little personalization is in order. After all, you don’t want your gear to look like every other Mac or iDevice out there. We live with these things the way we live with the paintings, photos, and other doodads that adorn our homes, so why shouldn’t we give our gear the same level of customization?
We all try to keep our desktops clean and organized, but sometimes it's just hard to cut down on the clutter. If you're the type that has 10 folders you need to access on a daily basis and loads to do, these organizational desktops might just come in handy. They feature plenty of grids, circles, shelves, and pin-boards to keep all your loose icons neatly categorized and in place. Now, we aren't suggesting that you have 50 wild icons on your desk, but for those of you that have more than two these wallpapers will give them a home.
Mac OS 10 has given Mac users a slick GUI full of fancy visual goodies, and with the release of Lion right around the corner, it's only going to get slicker. However, we must not forget that Apple's attention to detail hasn't just been limited to their most recent releases -- they've always been pioneers on the interface front. This gallery features Apple's most humble beginnings -- their most famous icons you're sure to remember with fondness, and a few current updates as well.
These icon sets by some of the most respected graphic designers in the Mac community will add some flare to your Dock and a little fun to your Finder. The sets range from classic and cool, to cute and silly. We're certain you'll find some you like!
The easiest way to apply these icons is with the nifty app, CandyBar. It's $30 and lets you fully customize your Mac's icons. Or, you could always download the icons and change them each individually.