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OK...I've downloaded everything and want to install the theme(s) as instructed. My challenge is finding the Theme Folder...I can't! I've looked everywhere and I'am lost...HELP! Is there such a folder, is it part of OSX or do I need to create one. I feel like Moses, lost, lost, lost!<br><br>Too Easy!<br><br>
Read this over at another board concerning themes..what do you all think?<br><br>Well, if a theme is missing any of the data from the original files, it can stop your system dead in its tracks. You see, these "themes" are really just hacks of existing system files. They take the core *.rsrc files, replace the graphics with their own, DELETE THE ORIGINALS OUT OF YOUR SYSTEM FOLDER, and replace the originals with their own custom files. It is VERY important for people to realize that themes aren't an add-on like Kaleidoscope was in Classic; rather, they actually permanently destroy and replace crucial system files.<br><br>Provided that the various *.rsrc files are properly intact, other problems can arise from the installation process of some themes. Specifically, theme packages are infamous for scattering the developer's invisible ".DS_Store" files into your folders. These files contain the Finder's settings for things like window view type and icon arrangement. Because you have to authenticate the installer to install the themes, these .DS_Store files also get installed as a super-user and can cause problems later. Ever read about people having problems with the Finder not "remembering" window settings? This is what causes that.<br><br>I STRONGLY advise against installing themes (in their current state) unless you know exactly what files are being modified, you have backed up said files, and know how to restore the backups through the command-line should the theme wreak havoc on your Mac.<br><br>I was one of the first Mac OS X users to make themes. I still tinker with them from time to time; so, I intimately know all the evils that can arise from themes on Mac OS X.<br>Well, if I recall correctly, these two apps may simply be status menus and are therefore wholly self-contained. If the code in one of them were to blow up, it wouldn't take down the rest of the system.<br><br>On the other hand, if you're using the ".menu" versions of these apps, then, yes, there is the chance that they can threaten the stability of your system. Apple strictly put .menu apps off-limits to third-party developers because buggy .menus can freeze up or crash the whole window server. Yet, developers disregard this and hack away at the system to get them to work anyway.<br><br>Here's a test. If you can hold the command key and drag these items off of the menu bar, then they are .menu apps like I just described. If you can't, then they're just status menus and should be safe.<br><br><br><br>
Pretty technical. If you ever do have a problem with themes, as long as you have kept the original in a safe place (the original Aqua), you can always boot into OS 9 and manually put it back where it belongs. I had it happen to me once or twice a long time ago with some themes. I don't worry about it really these days. Maybe I should? Nah......<br><br>
That's why I gave you the AquaFix app. Don't worry about it... I haven't had anything happen yet and I've used almost every theme available.<br><br>[color:red] Kiss My Banana!</font color=red><br>Visit me here!
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