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Crystal Black is a theme for Mac OS X that features beautiful, glossy black buttons and widgets, based on the legendary Cathode theme for ShapeShifter. Crystal Black supports white text as needed for proper contrast with black buttons and dark backgrounds. Includes a set of complementary icons, and dozens of custom graphics for popular Apple and third-party applications. Perfect for people who like to work in the dark!

What's New

Version 1.6.6:
  • Adds support for OS X 10.8.5, but does not support OS X 10.9 Mavericks
  • Removes Safari from the list of excluded apps on OS X 10.8

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 to 10.8.5

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ylluminate Member IconComment+282
ylluminate
+0

How are things coming here? I am saddened to see the slowed pace of development.

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Version 1.6.6
Pirx Member IconComment+208
Pirx
+6

I totally appreciate this excellent effort! We need more of this!

As a Linux Gnome junkie, I long for a nice dark theme for whitish-grey-in-whitish-grey OS X.

With the arrival of the white dock Mountain Lion now achieved the ultimate mix of airport toilet and hospital flair....

Apple should really allow and support themes.

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Version 1.6.2
ylluminate
+5

Dark themes are critical to Pro users. Working in darker studios and even developers with dimmed lights or at night make the light interface a curse and nightmare. I have begged Apple for years to facilitate an OS pro theme.

Aergern
+4

@TGBX And you added nothing but taunt to this thread. What not just remain quiet vs. telling someone what they do or do not need... what they do or do not like and what is or is not required for anything. If you don't have something productive to add... the way to go is... quiet. kthanx.

ylluminate
+3

Yeah @Aergern, @TGBX really was way off base here. Sad to hear such negativity lack of insight in a rant. Oh well, as they say, consider the source and ignore the remark. We end up a lot happier that way! :)

P=NP Member IconReview+57
P=NP
+2

This is one of the worst applications ever. The GUI is hideous and it feels as though you're using Windoze 98. It's really not all that surprising though, considering it was made by a non-professional person. I recommend to anyone considering to use this — don't bother.

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Version 1.6.1
ylluminate
+4

What a negative review. I really don't believe that this author merits this kind of negativity here. I've found him to be quite accommodating and passionate about his product. Further, my interactions with him have been quite professional. This application is sorely needed for OS X as I've been pleading with Apple for 10 years now to give us a Pro dark theme to reduce eye bleed when you work in studios and darkened office areas, as well as the normal person who uses their laptop or workstations at night.

ylluminate Member IconComment+282
ylluminate
+2

The REQUIREMENTS area needs to be updates so that it no longer says it's not compatible with Mountain Lion.

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Version 1.6
MacUpdate---Ryan
+2

Thanks for catching that ylluminate, I've updated the requirements.

Umaromc
+0

The Requirements are still the same; still states that it doesn't support ML but the description states it supports ML 10.8.2

Jimw Member IconComment+452
Jimw
+2

Create an LCAR's interface and I'll consider it, as many others would. That would be worth $10 to me or perhaps more.

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Version 1.5.2
Michael Haeusler
+1

I'd even pay more than $10 for an LCARS interface. :)

ylluminate Member IconReview+282
ylluminate
+1

This developer has exactly the right idea. We desperately need a dark theme that works. I am not keen on the shiny elements of this as I'd like a duller and more "OS X" appearance (i.e., keep nearly all the elements the same as standard, but darken them down down to black or near black, therefore pulling the ui on out of the forefront). Have had some odd issues, but this is definitely moving in the right direction.

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Version 1.5.2
aquino0120 Member IconReview+3
aquino0120
+2

Buggy, if you install Crystal Black be sure to uninstall before any update of your operating system. You will be stuck with missing graphics and unable to uninstall Crystal Black.

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Version 1.5.1
Carlm54stl Member IconReview+7
Carlm54stl
+5

I used this for a week. I tried uninstall it and it won't go away. Used spotlight to find files for it and came up with none. Tried to install new version and it failed to install. There is no controls or preference button in menu bar now........???????

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Version 1.5
Musings From Mars (developer)
+2

This guy is an idiot. You'd think the first thing he'd do is visit the developer website, wouldn't you? There's a wealth of information on using the software... a list of FAQs, Tips, a user's guide, etc. He can't seem to do the most basic thing: READ.
Oh well... and then he thinks he's reviewed the software and his opinion is worth sharing? Sheesh.

accountclosed
+4

To MFM (developer): Name calling. Really? THanks for saving me the time I might have spent looking at your work.

Y-Guy
+5

Wow. To the developer I was looking at buying this as the theme looked pretty interesting, but when I saw your comment to Carl I shocked that any developer would say anything publicly like "this guy is an idiot" that total lack of professionalism just cost you sale. Word of advice, move out of your mom's basement and learn to run a business.

Colossus9
+4

The developer should be jettisoned from MacUpdate for publicly being unprofessional on this site.

Jwiede
+3

To MFM (developer): Another lost sale here as well. As much as I think your product would be perfect for my needs, your behavior here was unprofessional enough to kill any interest I might have had in doing business with your company. Publicly apologize to Carlm54stl and all your customers, then (and only then) get MacUpdate to remove your insult-ridden missive, etc. and those driven away might reconsider. Shockingly poor conduct.

Musings From Mars (developer)
+1

Sorry if I offended anyone with my earlier comments. I do get frustrated with users who don't bother to understand the scope and options of software they then trash without doing any basic troubleshooting. As a Martian, I do tend to use the word "idiot" rather liberally, and sometimes I'm not very tactful.

pbeck Member IconReview+1
pbeck
+1

This is an amazing and unique piece of software. If you have any interest in changing your interface from Aqua to something more interesting, it's a definite buy.

Yes, as others have pointed out, there are some glitches. But I find that by disabling individual applications it's extremely usable. It also helps to use native Mac apps rather than those based on Java or those from Apple competitors like Adobe and Microsoft. This helps avoid some of the problems noted in previous reviews.

The creative work behind CB is beautiful and brings joy. I do hope that the developers are proud of their achievement.

All in all, I'm very pleased with Crystal Black!! It's a great looking interface and well worth the $8.00 purchase :)

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Version 1.4
Claod Member IconReview+4
Claod
+2

C'est de la grosse merde, ça fout le bordel avec les autorisations et le parfeu apres la desinstallation. Le design est foiré, pas de barre transparente, aucun réglage réellement accessible. ZERO

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Version 1.2.4
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Downloads 10,877
Version Downloads 2,242
Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 22 Jul 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $10.00
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