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ShapeShifter lets you change the overall appearance of your Mac using 'themes'. It can change the look of windows, menus, apps, buttons and more. With ShapeShifter, you can:
  • Change the overall appearance of your operating system safely, quickly, and reliably
  • Change the appearance of individual apps to match your theme and your mood
  • Customize your cursors; (Mighty Mouse required)
  • Customize your icons
  • Experience things that haven't been possible with Mac themes before
  • Quickly preview themes without actually applying them
  • Install different themes for different more...

What's New

Version 2.5:
  • ShapeShifter no longer causes instabilities when used with Apple's Pro applications.
  • ShapeShifter now works properly with beta versions of Safari 3.
  • Cocoa pull-down menus now use the correct text color when pressed.
  • Cocoa box titles now use the correct text color.
  • guiTweak now presents a more informative error dialog when an insurmountable error more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Mathias-Rhein Member IconReview+55

discontinued.... sad

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Version 2.5
shroooo0ms Member IconComment+0

HELP !!!!!!

okay so i download shape shifter right. well right after i download it says " Could not load ShapeShifter preference pane."

i need help what do i do ?

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Version 2.5
KentR Member IconComment+112

I paid for Shapeshifter a few years back and thought that this program would be supported into the future. I've been waiting and waiting...

Will this ever work with 10.5? How about 10.6? Is this program done? Should we all just stop waiting? What's the deal?

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Version 2.5

Basically, Unsanity programs fall into two catagories: 1. Those they admit they have discontinued and 2. Those they discontinued but do not admit it.

KZX72 Member IconComment+121

Magnifique - http://magnifique.pcwizcomputer.com/forum/portal.php

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Version 2.5

Or http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/30497/magnifique

Fatal_Se7en Member IconComment+30

Hey you guys up in unsanity, leopards been out for like a year and a half now.. and I still don't see a compatibility update in sight.. I dont know maybe you guys are making it compatible with snow leopard and will blow us away with its stability in the New 10.6.. however I doubt it.

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Version 2.5
easer Member IconComment+400

Go here:


Unsanity's days are numbered.

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Version 2.5

Wow. Do I ever take that back!


Yes... I tried that site as per your recommendation, and it is a steaming pile of crap... lol.

tim27 Member IconComment+555

freakin' 10.6 will be out before this is updated for leapoard!

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Version 2.5

No kidding...Unsanity should be issuing refunds at this point. This is utterly ridiculous...completely useless software. They haven't even released any beta versions to at least show they're working on it and/or making some kind of progress.

Marivaux Member IconComment+1

Unfortunately, it crashes all of the Firefox 3 versions, at least on 10.4.11. It would be great to have a fix for this, since quite a lot of people use Firefox and a lot of us are still running 10.4--having paid for it, it would be nice if it were still maintained.

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Version 2.5
easer Member IconReview+400

I've been using APE since it came out and never, not once, has it ever caused me a single problem. I use a host of Unsanity products as well as other programs that use APE. Again, no problems. Neither have I had any problems with this most recent version of ShapeShifter.

As for performance issues, I've found that it depends on the theme. Some themes I've used actually (at least subjectively) make my Mac seem faster than it does without SS. Seti, in particular, is exceptionally fast. So are Muku, Aluminite, iMetal, Cold, X-Metal, and Quad. I don't know why some themes bog my system down and others do not. But I do think that the speed issue needs to be examined in this light. Kaleidoscope themes had a similar range of performances.

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Version 2.5
Skrabdara Member IconComment+0

Hi ! I updated to 2.5, trow away all themes, pushed the default button and then restart! Finder, still aren´t supported!!

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Version 2.5
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Downloads 87,380
Version Downloads 28,672
License Shareware
Date 12 Sep 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $20.00