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NeXT is a ShapeShifter theme that changes the entire graphical appearance of Mac OS X to look like the older NeXT boxes' interface. The package contains a desktop picture, window background color (black), SafarIcon modification, and two custom icons.


Mac OS X 10.3 or later, ShapeShifter 1.1 or later

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Excellent job adapting it.

Too bad the original was kinda ugly. :D

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while the Theme is recognizably NeXT-ish, it certainly is a far cry from a true NeXT theme. I used NeXTs sine 1989, and still have almost half a dozen in various states of functionality sitting around here.

The design is very elegant, but it also depends on the precise proportions of elements or else it will look as ugly as Win95 which essentially tried to steal the NeXT look and FAILED.

e.g. the close, mimimize, etc. buttons need to be placed such that the border to the sides of the window isn't bigger than the border to the top of the window. The minimize icon is the wrong one, it is the one used for the maximize button. The scroll bars have only one dimple, in the very middle of the bar. The scroll arrows have different proportions, which makes them look out of whack. (The tip of the arrow would need to have the same distance from the edge it points to than the back of it has to the other edge as the two other corners have from the sides, and it would need to be an equilateral triangle), etc.
If I could post a picture here, I'd show what NeXTstep really looked like...

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Date 07 Mar 2004
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