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September 25, 2010
the amount of downloadable Snow Leopard (SL) themes is rather sparse in both deviantART's galleries and the interweb in general. but.. luckily there's Metalik Muku by *hotiron, which makes any further search for another theme kind of obsolete. it manages to do what personally i thought was rather undoable and that's to make SL look even better. the changes compared to SL's default theme are subtle and yet of remarkable beauty. Metalik Muku is an enhancement you shouldn't dare to miss.
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Metalik Muku

Metal Muku Mod for Metalik

I love the old Metal Muku [link] theme by Jesse Dodds [link] and I have been trying to port it to Snow Leopard ever since I got off of 10.5. Since Metalik by Monsieur Julien Sagot [link] is similar in some ways it has proved a great place to start on my quest to pull together a Snow Leopard compatible Metal Muku port. This download is a "Metal Muku" ThemePark file as well as the titlebar control resource PNG file. Install Metalik (which I highly recommend) and then this Metal Muku update to get that classic old Metal Muku look. If you use this then make sure you also get the matching iTunes 9x [link] or iTunes 10 [link] Metal Muku themes and maybe even my Flocked Finder Backgrounds [link] which go well together.

- Get/run ThemePark 4.x [link]
- Apply the ThemePark file (this adds the menubar too)

For just the traffic Lights

- Open your ArtFile
- Select the last set called "titlebarcontrols"
- Click on one of the resources & pull down the Edit/Select All menu
- Drag-and-drop this PNG onto the middle/bottom little window showing all resources together
- Apply and log out/log in

This will make your Metalik theme look like the old Metal Muku. This includes the smaller window size controls too.

All credits and thanks go to Daisuke Yamashita [link] for the original Muku design in 2006 and Jesse Dodds [link] for Metal Muku and permission to work on this mod and Monsieur Julien Sagot [link] for Metalik and his kind permission to start with his theme. There are elements from Inset: Dark by theBassment [link] in the ThemePark file which I did not realize at first so I also want to give credit and a special thanks because Inset Dark is a very cool mod that I love and highly recommend to anyone on Snow Leopard.
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twitch-620's avatar
so i have made my own stop-light icons and use them on my macbook via themepark... Would it be possible to make my menu ( or finder i should say) look like this while still using my "Titlebar" stoplight thingys? Are you experienced with the Themepark app? I have been having trouble getting it to save certain things and sometimes it alters icons and only changes half of the color...
Just wonderin.

Please and thank you.
p.s I also recently updated my 10.5 to SnowLeopard and havn't noticed that much of a difference in the way my macbook looks or behaves, really.

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TraviiGFX's avatar
wow this is nice is there any tuts on how to do all this ?
Sympli-Me's avatar
Wish Themepark worked on Lion :(
madcat75's avatar
And is there any reason why my menubar is transparent when I don't have that option selected?
madcat75's avatar
Where in the artfile is the apple menu button?
M4cbook's avatar
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chriszhang's avatar
damn good.thanks a lot!
theinfinitestar00's avatar
Love this mod. Just a quick question though, how would I go about uninstalling it (in case something happens)? I assume since it replaces resources from metalik, using the uninstaller included with metalik should work with metalik muku, right?

Again, very nice job :D I'm so glad I found this!
theinfinitestar00's avatar
Just tried it - works flawlessly :D
McDevy's avatar
Sorry to be such a bother! - but it also seems the scroll bars haven't changed -- is this not a mistake?
hotiron's avatar
No problem, you need to install the original Metalik theme using the installer program first. It's linked up in the directions at the top and here [link] too for you. That adds the base Metalik then apply the Metal Muku theme and log out/log in.
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McDevy's avatar
Perhaps I'm crazy but could you happen to know why there isn't any 'tab' on my finder windows like in the shot? Is that part of another theme?
hotiron's avatar
The Finder tabs are not part of a theme, they come from a tool called TotalFinder [link] there's a free trial download too. It's very handy.
nevermind, works now..thanks!
nice, i can't seem to get themepark, broken link?
Destructor1337's avatar
hey i just tried this but can you tell me how to change the font? im tired of the default one
hotiron's avatar
There's a few notes about that font on the latest screen shot of Metalik Muku here [link] it's Skai font that I found over on MacThemes Forum. Fonts are not part of ThemePark themes and have to be ported for Snow Leopard and installed separately. It's pretty tricky but do-able.
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ind to share? the font
超爱的.Good Jod
Thanks for this!

I have a quick question: when I installed this whole package, I didn't like how the Apple menubar is transparent. Is there away to make it opaque again? I tried to change this in the Mac OS X preferences, but the theme seems to override those settings. Any help would be appreciated.
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