iThemeOS 2

Its chunky, brushed-steel dialogs are cluttered with long descriptions and buttons that don’t look really look like buttons. It would be nice if you could turn some of the program’s undeniable power back on itself to give it a slick interface overhaul.

iThemeOS 2 leaves no part of Mac OS untouched, enabling you to customise icons, backgrounds and folders from your opening splash screen to your Mac’s dock. You can modify the Trash, Dock and Finder icons, replace system icons and create custom icons for all installed applications. The program separates the Mac interface into editable sections, starting with the login screen. In each section you can select a button to browse locally for replacement graphics, from storage icons to application graphics.

Of course, icon graphics need to be converted to be compatible with your Mac – and iThemeOS 2 takes care of that too. You can easily convert JPEG, GIF, PNG or TIFF images into icons and then use them to replace the default graphics. The most powerful aspect of the program, though, is the ability to save your changes as a theme. Themes package your icon and background graphics together in a format that iThemeOS can read, making them portable between machines. You can visit the iThemesOS site to download additional free themes online. Using the tools provided you could also convert icon packs created for other operating systems.

The program’s not perfect. A built-in icon-editing tool would have been a welcome addition, as would a more compact interface. A tabbed dialogue would make the program much cleaner and more attractive.

OUR VERDICT

Still, iThemeOS 2 is a useful bit of kit to have on your Mac.

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