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Sunken Mojave

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WARNING TO THOSE WHO ATTEMPT TO USE MY MACOS MOJAVE THEMES ON MACOS CATALINA!!! DONT' USE THEM WITH MACOS CATALINA 10.15.5.

NONE OF YOUR APPS WILL OPEN - NOT FINDER, NOT TERMINAL - SO YOU'LL HAVE TO ROLL INTO RECOVERY MODE TO FIX. BUT, THAT'S POINTLESS IF THERE'S NO BACKUP OF THE MACOS CATALINA .CAR THEME FILES INCLUDED.



UPDATE.. SAFE TO USE WITH MACOS MOJAVE 10.14.3 AND LATEST ITUNES RELEASE FOR MACOS MOJAVE  - CHECKED ON THE 12th of MARCH 2019

Hello all,

I made this per request by www.deviantart.com/jsteweii and I thought just now "why not just release it here too, instead of in private only"

This theme is for macOS Mojave and I have made both the light mode and dark mode. Also for iTunes. The only thing changed here is the traffic lights. Nothing much I know but there you go.

Originally the graphics were from Adium Status Icons it would appear. I remade them in Sketch so that I could also create the Retina portion for my own use. Non-retina users can also use this. I don't hope I infringe on any copyright. I did make the graphics themselves so there isn't any of the original graphics left from those Adium Status Icons.

There's possibly another variant coming too. Also based on remade Adium Status icons. Also one requested by the before-mentioned deviant. I have to finish the Dark iTunes mode on that particular theme.

I'm sorry that I haven't left any instructions to follow inside this uploaded archive. But I can tell you that I have included the original iTunes and System Files(only the 2 System files to be replaced and the one iTunes file) for you.

The System files go here: /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/

And the iTunes Assets.car file goes here: /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/

You can copy the strings above and go directly to the places I mention to backup and replace your existing files and replace them with mine if you so wish. Use the Finder menu and choose Go -> Go To Folder menu item -> then paste in the strings above. Including the slashes at the beginning and the end. Or manually go there if you know how. Personally, to get to the SystemAppearance Resources I have dragged the Resources folder into my sidebar for better access.

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Please make this for MacOS Sierra 10.12.3

allannyholm's avatar

Check your Notes :)

allannyholm's avatar
Um. Can you send me the un-modified .car files from Sierra? I don’t think I have these anymore. It should be an easy port back to that if I get those files. All of them. If you can’t find these files then let me know and I will guide you. You will also have to be a tester because I will be blind to test on an actual Sierra installation.

These are the .car files that I copied from my Sierra.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/yqj4zgjikfhaeub/haaly88-Sierra-10.12.3-System-iTunes.zip?dl=0


I'm not sure what files are needed.

In Sierra there is no .car file for DarkAquaAppearance but only DarkAppearance files.

allannyholm's avatar

I'll take a look now.

So just having some tech difficulty. Not noticing any changes in appearance. I Disabled SIPs, backed up the initial file states to separate location.  Performed a copy/replace function with the files you provided with administrative auth, then restarted. What am I missing? 
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That's odd - you've done all the steps - disabling SIP as the primary. Does the Teminal command (removing the quotes) "csrutil status" yield a Disabled message as it should? I've just tried the files from this upload via the local copy I have(identical to the upload on dA)

I'm certain that you have done everything correct - I'm just curious about the situation since it works on my Mac.

I'm using latest macOS Mojave 10.14.5. I have yet to try using the iTunes .car files.

Also, often you don't have to restart - just a logout. the replacements files are system wide but a logout should suffice in case you are experimenting.

There's nothing changed apart from the window titlebar controls.

Thanks for the reply. I am using a beta version of Mojave 10.14. Maybe it has to do with this. I will try this again soon when I have some free time and keep you updated. Looks great and thanks for the share :)

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It could be that the .car files in 10.14.6 betas in their structure are very different from previous release versions of macOS Mojave.

Would you mind zipping(7zip, rar?) the whole lot of .car files you have from that latest beta of Mojave and share it somewhere online for me to take a look?
I can build you and everyone else a version for the beta. Give me a day or two after that.

Or I could enroll myself in the beta - that is of course another option.

possibly, yes not sure if that would violate the beta test contract?

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It would violate it. Don't upload it. I'll look into it soon enough when 10.14.6 arrives :D ciao

Just an update. I tried this again and it works for Mojave 10.14.5. Looks great! Thanks again for the post and advice!!!

allannyholm's avatar
Hi, Thanks for checking :) I'm terrible keeping with up the updates. I appreciate the risk you took.
MAANEM's avatar
nice job :happybounce: 
terowonganjiwa's avatar
how to installed it?
allannyholm's avatar

Hi,


There are two things you would need to do before installing this theme, or any theme.


Step 1: Disable SIP; which is System Integrity Protection.  This is not something many are willing to do but for the purpose of changing a theme you would have to turn it off. 

You can turn SIP on again afterwards but if you have the desire to roll back to default macOS theme, SIP would have to turned off again. All I'm saying is that it takes a lot of reboots.


SIP is turned off by using this command in the Terminal on your Recovery Partition: csrutil disable. Likewise is the command for turning SIP on again: csrutil enable


Step 2: Make a backup of the existing files in /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemAppearance.bundle/Contents/Resources/

The best way to get to this location is by using the Go -> Go To Folder menuitem within the Finder app. Just copy the whole path above into the window that you are presented with.

You should exclude the en.lproj folder therein for this purpose of backing up.


Step 3: The third step is to copy in the files in the archive on this page to the same directory as the one you already are in for the purpose of making backups of the existing macOS theme files.

Note for step 3: An Administrator code is required for copying files to this location.


Step 4: For each app to take on the appearance of the theme they must be reopened - you could just logout - but for testing the theme you can just open a program like Safari or Notes app on macOS to see the appearance.

Step 4.1: And if you don't like the appearance of this new theme then while you have the Finder and it's path to the theme files open, just copy back ALL the .car files from your backup.


Closing thoughts.

Note.. the files that has the extension .car are essentially the theme files. And I encourage everyone to have a backup of all the existing .car files and I also encourage everyone to copy ALL the .car files from their backup back instead of just the changed ones. At least when the themes are from me.


Note.. SIP (SystemIntegrityProtection) is there to protect the user. But also annoy we who like to do a little more with our systems. I can make no guarantees that the themes will continue to work with later macOS Mojave versions and certainly not what's coming in the soon to be 10.15 macOS versions to be announced at WWDC in June of 2019.

terowonganjiwa's avatar
very nice.... just finished install the theme...and that's look great...
thanxs ;)
allannyholm's avatar

Thanks for the good ideas to bring it. I know a lot more. :) slot

AA16's avatar
works on 10.14.3?
allannyholm's avatar
Absolutely - just checked myself
bowlandspoon's avatar
Awesome! Love this one!
CCOOCC's avatar
Awesome work! Love 
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