Nanobar is a minimal and lightweight Bowtie / Ecoute theme, which condenses all the information and playback controls you need into a small and sleek bar that takes up hardly any space, blends right into your workflow and does not distract you from what you're really doing.
Nanobar is placed in the corner of your screen (which comes in especially handy if you have your dock set to 'always visible' and have some free space down there anyway) and displays the current song's title and artist, along with an album artwork thumbnail. Its semi-transparent background acts as a progress bar, allowing you to monitor the current playback position with ease. Clicking Nanobar will cause it to elegantly extend and display a set of playback controls, which are easily re-collapsible through another click.
In addition, Nanobar comes with an extensive configuration file, which enables you to toggle various features of the theme, such as replacing the album artwork thumbnail with a pixel-perfect 'music note' icon or enabling rounded corners on all sides, in case you wish to place Nanobar somewhere else than in the corner of your screen. To access it, navigate to ~/Library/Application Support/Bowtie/ for Bowtie or ~/Library/Application Support/Ecoute/Themes/ for Ecoute, find Nanobar in the list of themes (QuickLook can help you), right-click it and select Show Package Contents, and finally open up configuration.js.
I hope that you enjoy Nanobar and that it turns out useful in your 'everyday computer usage' (which is why I created this in the first place, to achieve that goal for myself). If you've got any questions or feature requests, please let me know!
Update: Version 1.1 released This update adds new functions to toggle the player controls by hovering the theme (rather than clicking it) and to automatically snap the theme to the corner, as well as a more efficient method to use the maximum of the available space for long track names. Please note that the update only applies to the Bowtie version of the theme, as the Ecoute Theming API is currently unavailable and I need it to port the new changes to Ecoute.
I finally got around to making a custom Finder background to go with my current Metal Muku fetish. This is a 2,000 pixel by 4,000 pixel image to be used with the typical settings (128 pixel icons & 10 pt font). Remember to adjust the spacing so they all line up. And it's an 8-bit PNG to keep the file size down (900Kb) for speed. The download includes a corrugated board background as well. Here's a quick visual tutorial on how to setup Finder for these backgrounds. If you like these you should also try my Metalik Muku theme and Metal Muku iTunes 9.1 traffic lights mod. Enjoy!
Sidebar icon (AirDrop, All My Files) : OS X Lion Default icon Titlebar icon (Desktop) : Silverscreen by Bogdan Mihaiciuc Folder icon : Hycons by Gómez Hyuuga Font (Sidebar, Titlebar) : Calibri Wallpaper : OS X Lion Versions Background
This is my MOD iBooks BG for Finder. I think it's a good background for DVD collection. Soon i will add some other colors and variants. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Update 14.04.10 - Add new BG ( 6 columns and 22 cells = 132 Icons for 128*128px)
A little something I was playing with this morning. I am thinking that I could use this on my desktop to display time and date with the use of Geektool
IT'S NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD
Make sure you set up both images (inside the zip you will find the clock and the reflection png files) at 400x300 px on Geektool and play with the font and sizes until it fits. I personally used Lucida Grande at 96px for the hours and minutes and 24 px (I think) for the date (except for the month wich is 12 px if I remember well).
It's also important you add the elements in this order: clock first, then information with the right commands and finally the reflection image (which is is better with only 45 or 50% of opacity).