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Nanobar: A sleek and minimal Bowtie/Ecoute theme

By jonarific
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!

Enjoy! :)

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.

Deviations used in the preview image:
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Crowsnest by =IvanAndreevich (permission granted)
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perfect, great job!
Dimitri96's avatar
I just downloaded it and I dont know how to aplly the theme? My version is OS X 10.9.4
Dimitri96's avatar
I just downloaded it and I dont know how to aplly the theme?
desosx's avatar
how can i adjust the height of the black transparent bar please. i would like to increase it. thanks in advance
it is compatible OSX 10.8.3 ?
jonarific's avatar
Pretty sure Bowtie is compatible with Mountain Lion, so yes, everything should work fine. :)
Yes thank you I made a success
jonarific's avatar
You're totally welcome :thumbsup:
thank you very mush
Hello how needs to make to install(settle) the theme please?
jonarific's avatar
Just double-click the downloaded .bowtie/.ecoute file. The theme should then install automatically. ;)
bonjour comment on doit l'installer s'il te plait?
ostmspr's avatar
dlab's avatar
Thx for add Ecoute too.
cool :D nice and minimalistic
8lias's avatar
Nano yet informative and functional, great execution. Thanks.
jonarific's avatar
Update: Ecoute support added! :D
Check the description for more information!
dlab's avatar
Really cool. I hope in Ecoute too.
feverfive's avatar
^^same...really liking this, & :fingerscrossed: for an Ecoute port
jonarific's avatar
Alright, I'll give it a go. Stay tuned!
dlab's avatar
umh, thx so much.
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