Crystal Black
Crystal Black
1.6.6

1.9

Crystal Black free download for Mac

Crystal Black1.6.6

22 July 2013

OS X theme with glossy interface.

Overview

Crystal Black is a theme for 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 in Crystal Black

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

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How would you rate Crystal Black app?

23 Reviews of Crystal Black

Pirx
25 September 2012
Version: 1.6.2

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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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0.5
jack2001
08 October 2014
Version: 1.6.6
non scaricate questa applicazione per nessuna ragione al mondo. per risistemare il vs. mac ci impiegherete ore.
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ylluminate
28 February 2014
Version: 1.6.6
How are things coming here? I am saddened to see the slowed pace of development.
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Pirx
25 September 2012
Version: 1.6.2
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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P=NP
13 September 2012
Version: 1.6.1
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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ylluminate
24 August 2012
Version: 1.6
The REQUIREMENTS area needs to be updates so that it no longer says it's not compatible with Mountain Lion.
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Jimw
15 August 2012
Version: 1.5.2
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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ylluminate
15 August 2012
Version: 1.5.2
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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aquino0120
27 July 2012
Version: 1.5.1
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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Carlm54stl
19 June 2012
Version: 1.5
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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pbeck
31 May 2012
Version: 1.4
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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0.5
Claod
25 February 2012
Version: 1.2.4
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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Pirx
17 February 2012
Version: 1.2.4
My sincere thanks for the herculean effort to bring some change to the dull greyness of OS X GUI. I really appreciate it. Having said that, there is just too much that does not look right when using this theme. But I thank again for providing a clean uninstall.
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Mac007
17 February 2012
Version: 1.2.4
This program has potential but it has some nasty problems with Apple's App Store, My Living Desktop, and Digital Sentry. Apple's App Store launches ok but then begins to flash on and off endlessly making the computer completely unusable. The only solution was to do a shut down which had to be attempted twice before it was successful. The other two apps would not load at all and Digital Sentry even popped up a warning message regarding CCI. Because of this I've had to uninstall CCI on both my laptop and my Mac Pro due to these problems. I'm afraid Apple is dead set on stopping these types of programs and it looks to get worse with Mountain Lion. Maybe that's why most developers have given up and gone on to other things. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news as I really wanted to like this app.
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Llscotts
07 November 2011
Version: 1.2.2.2
In you're trying Crystal Black on Lion, here's a tip to make the install complete: After restarting when the install program finishes, logout again, and deselect the checkbox that offers to reopen your windows when you log in again. Doing this will allow Crystal Black to load normally. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, refer to the FAQ page on the Crystal Black website.
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Mac007
03 November 2011
Version: 1.2.2.1
Link to developer's website leads to dead end.
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Culture-Of-One
01 November 2011
Version: 1.2.2
Latest update wiped all my settings and replaced them; had to go back and reconfigure the interface after installing. Also noted some issues with Mail: after adjusting the color settings in CB, whichever message is selected at the time in Mail winds up permanently highlighted (as if it were part of a thread). Even if the message is deleted, the highlighting remains in the Trash. Furthermore, it retains the highlighting color settings; if the settings are changed when it isn't selected, the message will still be highlighted in the old color scheme. Very odd behavior.
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Magrathean
16 October 2011
Version: 1.2.1
There's a little thing called Crystal Black For iTunes which solves the problem of CB not working on iTunes 10.4. But now iTunes 10.5 is out. Does anyone know whether CB For iTunes works properly on it? I don't want to download iTunes 10.5 and try it out myself because my past experience with iTunes tells me that downgrading to a previous version of iTunes is a nightmare, especially if you've updated your music library since upgrading. Thanks in advance.
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WordWeaver
25 September 2011
Version: 1.2.1
Even though I am not really a theme person, because I like to keep my system as light and fast as possible, out of curiosity, and because it looked nice in the web screenshots, I went ahead and downloaded Crystal Black. I should have listened to the warning comments here instead. Not only was I not impressed by this theme running on Lion -- it looks like something out of the 1990's and has jagged edges around some of the icons, and other issues -- but contrary to the developer's claims, even though I used the uninstaller to remove it from my system, and have since rebooted my iMac, there are STILL remnants of this theme on my machine, such as with the App Store app. Even relaunching the App Store app a few times does not remove Crystal Black from its menu bar. I am not a happy camper.
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Culture-Of-One
24 September 2011
Version: 1.2.1
I'm having trouble upgrading. I currently have v1.2 installed, and see an update to v1.2.1 is available. CB v1.2 doesn't recognise the update as being a newer version, so I can't upgrade through the CB menu. Probably just isn't set up yet to recognise version numbers of x.y.z format. I'll try to download and install via this site instead.
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inplainview
24 September 2011
Version: 1.2.1
This is the worse application I have used to date. It jacked up my Safari (reset it), changed the way YouControltunes works, and is basically not a very well thought out application. I would not even bother to try it unless you are willing to a chance on your OS being hosed.
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Culture-Of-One
26 July 2011
Version: 1.1
Clearly Apple's iTunes 10.4 update is a little too Lion-ready; CBv1.1 won't work on iTunes 10.4. For those who really want CB to work on iTunes, don't upgrade to v10.4 yet!
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Zephyris
07 July 2011
Version: 1.1
Why no love for lion?
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Wts
25 April 2011
Version: 1.0
Reminds me of Unsanity's ShapeShifter.
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