SmoothStripes
SmoothStripes
5.1.2

4.4

SmoothStripes free download for Mac

SmoothStripes

5.1.2
04 March 2006

ShapeShifter theme improves Aqua interface.

Overview

SmoothStripes is a ShapeShifter theme that improves Aquas appearance by refining parts of the GUI. These are the changes over regular Aqua:
  • Removes stripes.
  • Metal style from iTunes 6 applied system wide.
  • Improves Titlebar buttons.
  • Option to make titlebar buttons Blue.
  • Improves scrollbars to a more crisp Aqua style.
  • Improves progressbars to a more crisp Aqua style.
  • Improves small and large Round Buttons to a more crisp Aqua style.
  • Improves bevel buttons to a more crisp Aqua style.
  • Improves Small Push buttons (like in the Finder copy dialog) to a more crisp Aqua style.
An alternative to using ShapeShifter is downloading this installer package version of the theme: http://www.maxthemes.com/themes/downloads/tiger/SmoothStripes%205.1.1.zip

What's new in SmoothStripes

Version 5.1.2:
  • Compatible with 10.4.5 and iTunes 6.0.4.
  • Moves the small round button down one pixel to better align with glyphs being overlayed on it (check Mail.apps Smart Mailbox dialog for a good example).

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13 SmoothStripes Reviews

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Phillryu
23 November 2003

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This theme is essential to any theme collection, no doubt about it. SmoothStripes combines the cleanness and purity of Aqua with the professional quality and aesthetics of Max Rudberg, resulting in a beautiful addition to anyone's collection that should not be missed. Unlike Max's other themes, SmoothStripes lack any real extras, as it was designed to match Apple's own desktops and icons. However, it comes with several variations, including versions with sunken widgets, blue widgets, glossy widgets, etc. that each have their own characters, and are each a pleasure to use. SmoothStripes is the next evolution of Aqua, fixing many of the glitches, mistakes, and shortcomings of the current offering from Apple, while improving other satisfactory elements past good, into excellent. (Can anyone say widgets?) To complete the pure white look of your new interface, try using the Snow.E 2 icons from Rad-E8 (http://www.rad-e8.com/).
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Version 4.0
Power4
01 May 2006
Great theme! When's there going to be a Universal Binary version?
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Version 5.1.2
Tupring
06 March 2006
I too think this theme needs to have the other varients and sunken buttons put back in. Then I will want to use it again.
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Version 5.1.1
Hal2007
17 January 2006
Awesome theme, thanks a lot for this!
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Version 5.1.1
Vitalis
01 January 2006
First you removed the sunken buttons, which was the main thing people went to download your themes for, and now you're removing squared edges, when you upgrade you've gotta ADD things, not remove them... what will be gone at a next upgrade? I've modded an old version of your theme so i could still have the sunken buttons, but it'd be better if you just brought those back i believe.
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Version 5.0
Anonymous
15 September 2005
Does this really need to be a package instead of a .guikit doc? Semms odd.
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Version 4.6
Anonymous
01 May 2004
Wow I like it. It's a nice continuation of the original "Simple Aqua" theme.
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Version 4.1.1
Anonymous
19 March 2004
This is my all-time favourite Mac theme - this is how Aqua really should be. I'm really grateful this theme is available and it's free as well, what more do you want.
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Version 4.1
Anonymous
01 January 2004
Whiney people... some of you have no perspective as to how long it takes to iron out the details that Max has worked on, and it's free for pete's sake. As always Max, keep up the excellent work! (So happy now that sunken buttons are back :-)
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Version 4.1
Anonymous
01 January 2004
One of the best themes by one of the best themers. Keep up the great work!
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Version 4.1
Anonymous
26 November 2003
Yeah I got to side with John here. Max shouldn't have even started with Smooth Stripes. There was a theme out there already by Kevin Knopp I believe that looked just like this almost a year before Max came out with his "version" Come to think of it, most of his themes are copies of other people's themes. Max, learn some originality. You'll get a bit more respect that way.
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Version 4.0
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J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
26 November 2003
You original review was deleted because it sounded invalid. Please provide a screenshot or URL of the previous theme that Max "copied".
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Version 4.0
Max Rudberg
Max Rudberg
28 November 2003
SmoothStripes was the first theme I ever made (back in 10.1 I believe), and I made it for my own use because I wanted to get rid of the stripes in OS X. At that time the themes I knew of were Sosumi and Unlined Aqua. While Unlined Aqua also removed the stripes, I wanted a brighter theme. I then decided to put it on the web and that's how my theme making started. I learned much later that Kevin Knopp who made Sosumi had made a theme called Simple Aqua before me which accomplished the same thing. Had I known about this I would of course just used Kevin's theme because it was so similar. But he first told me about SimpleAqua and that he did not like that I made a theme based on the same simple idea of removing stripes until long after I had released the first version. And at that point SmoothStripes had already evolved beyond just removing stripes to refining Aqua so I did not want to discontinue it. Kevin's SimpleAqua is also available for 10.3, but it's hard to come by. I know he have posted a link in the Macnn forums though. But claiming that Kevin's theme look "just like" SmoothStripes 4 is plain wrong. Kevin's theme only ever removed the stripes while my theme adds many improved Aqua elements. I'm not saying SmoothStripes is original, nor is Aqua Extreme. But I'm a bit offended that you say that most of my themes are copies. None of my themes are copies. Some are evolved Apple designs, one is an authorized port of a k-scheme and three are ports of GUIs from other OS's. Aluminum Alloy, EYLO, Milk and Rhapsodized are all original designs. So I do not understand your comment. I believe I have plenty of originality.
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Version 4.0
Anonymous
Anonymous
26 January 2004
What do you mean, "Max, learn some originality. You'll get a bit more respect that way." Max has plenty of originality, which Max pointed out, and I don't know of anyone (excluding you) who doesn't respect Max.
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Version 4.1