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2.5
13 February 2007

Platinum classic ShapeShifter theme.

Anonymous
08 December 2003

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It's so simple but enough. Nice inheritance from the classic Platinum interface design. Also I'm happy to have the color variations (especially the Silver one).
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Version 2.0

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John-Sawyer-CJS
31 December 2008
Gershwix 2.5 is NOT compatible with OS 10.5 or later, since ShapeShifter, which is required to install it, is not compatible with OS 10.5. I haven't seen anything from the Gershwix author as to whether he plans an update to make a version that will work with one of the Leopard theme installing utils, nor does it look likely that Unsanity will release a Leopard-compatible version of ShapeShifter.
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Version 2.5
anonymous-squirrel-4040
26 December 2007
I love Gershwix - for me it's the best ShapeShifter theme, the most elegant in interface and integrated features. Only wish the developer would fix the Crimson/Plum mixup. Otherwise perfect.
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Version 2.5
O5220803
31 May 2007
The RIGHT theme for OSX! It's the best theme for OSX and should have been Apple's default for its OS! Fits the screen perfectly!
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Version 2.5
Eyekey
13 February 2007
I really don´t know why so many people are so in love with the old mac os design. Maybe its because I was a Windows user back then, but i had to work with OS9 at the office. Really, I hated it. Since OSX 10.4 I call myself a switcher and must say, this interface/optics are so beautiful/efficent (although I replaced finder with path finder). I don´t understand why all you guys moum the old OS... But you know what you do. :) Have fun!
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Version 2.5
Anonymous
09 July 2005
Basic. Pure. No BS. Aqua lays on the eye candy a bit thick, so this is a refreshing alternative.
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
08 July 2005
I like it :)
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Version 2.3
Vitalis
08 July 2005
Too stripey, and you might want to add a really classic apple picture instead of the fully black one, but the buttons are alright
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Version 2.3
Anonymous
10 November 2004
blech, what a nightmare
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Version 2.2
Schmelding
09 November 2004
From a UI standpoint it's good (most themes are horrific to use, IMPO). From an artistic standpoint I can see why other people like it, but it's not my personal style.
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Version 2.2
Anonymous
31 March 2004
Great. Simple and solid. Light and hard. I think this taste is what Mac OS X's UI should have been. Strong candidate for the best "Classic Theme."
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Version 2.1
Anonymous
02 February 2004
What's with the download? Gershwix is the only download that keeps unexpectedly quitting when decompressing with Stuffit. I downloaded it several times and can't get a complete decompress without it crashing Stuffit Expander.
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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
07 February 2004
The same thing happened to me, anything wrong with that zip file?
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
Anonymous
19 February 2004
It can be unzipped by just double-clicking the downloaded file on Mac OS 10.3. Having trouble with unzipping with StuffIt is because the zip file has zipped with Mac OS 10.3's "archive" function within its contextual menu.
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
Anonymous
11 March 2004
If you can't open it with Stuffit (I couldn't), try a program called "DropExtract." That worked for me.
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
Anonymous
29 March 2004
If it was compressed with BOMArchiveHelper, which is the default CoreServices app that for .zip files, and also the contextual menu function to archive a file/folder, then you should just try decompressing it with that. You've probably chosen to override it with StuffIt Expander for .zip files, and that's part of the problem. Just ctrl-click on the Gershwix .zip file, choose Open With and select BOMArchiveHelper.
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Version 2.1
Anonymous
02 February 2004
While Gershwix is great in its own right, those who are looking for a strict Mac OS 9 recreation should check this out: http://www.maxthemes.com/themes/classicplatinum.htm
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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
Anonymous
01 April 2004
Cept, Max's theme has not been updated for Panther (ShapeShifter) yet... so it looks bad at the moment.
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Version 2.1
Anonymous
20 December 2003
Finally, my Mac is back to the way it should be. Now I have a great OS and the GUI I love. I can't thank the person who made this enough!
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
12 December 2003
I would like to use this theme, as I'm quite partial toward the old OS8-9 look, but some things kind of distract me. I'm not sure how accurate you wanted it to be. If you don't include these requests in Gershwix, perhaps you'd consider putting them into a different theme, intended to be as close to the Classic OS 9 look as possible? I hope so: - Make the buttons depress when clicked. Right now, they turn a dark shade of grey, but the don't provide a 3D visual clue that they have been pressed inward. The titlebar buttons do what I'm talking about -- they're great. If the regular window buttons did this, it would be more consistent. - Make the tabs press inward. Once again, it's about consistency. If something 3D is clicked, make it inset. - Buttons that are toggled (the normally circular shaped ones, in Aqua) don't show any sign that they are 'on' or 'off'. If they're on, perhaps inset them, also? - When a combo or dropdown box is clicked, make it inset. - Radio buttons don't really inset, either. :( - Checkboxes. The actual black checkmark seems a bit off with the angles it's using. ie: the longer stroke of the checkmark should be at a different angle than the shorter piece -- less of a 45 degree angle, and more of a 60 degree angle? - The small "working" flower-like indicator looks pretty much like the default aqua one. I remember in OS9 it was more like.. two arrows chasing each other in a circular path. Can you do this instead? :) - Certain objects have a very thick 3D edge, which is nice, like push buttons and tab buttons. You know, the double-pixeled hilite, and double-thick shadow part. But other interface objects have only a single-pixel 3D style. The progress bars have this single pixel style. Can you make it more consistent with thep push buttons, the double-pixel inset? If you zoomed in on an OS9 progress bar, you'd see it's more 3D.. more inset. - The same thing with scrollbars. They're using a single-pixel 3D style... not like the push buttons, with their more OS9-ish double-pixel 3D style. Thicken them up and it would look great, it would look more consistent and true to the OS9 look. - Vertical and Horizontal splitters/grippers. Zooming in, I see they're just a pair of grey lines with nothing to give them depth. Can you add a complimentary white line, offset up and to the left by one pixel? it would Give it a kind of ridged, outset feel. There is a LOT I love about Gershwix, and I don't want you to think I'm cutting it up or attacking it. I'm one of those guys that likes OS9's look, but prefers OS X's newer technology. If my requests would deviate too far from your vision of what Gershwix should be, I formally request you to make a new theme... that mimics the OS9 interface as closely as possible. I wanted to email you, but I couldn't find an address here or on your Gershwix website. You can email me with loupy at ciaccess dot com. I'm really looking forward to hearing from you.
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Version 2.0
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Mintar
Mintar
14 December 2003
I am really glad to hear you detailed comments. I will email you in a couple of days. I am too busy to talk a lot right now. Please wait. Thank you. Mintar (mintar@mac.com)
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Version 2.0
Anonymous
08 December 2003
It's so simple but enough. Nice inheritance from the classic Platinum interface design. Also I'm happy to have the color variations (especially the Silver one).
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Version 2.0