Crystal Black
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OS X theme with glossy interface.   Demo ($10.00)
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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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 to 10.8.5



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Crystal Black User Discussion (Write a Review)
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ylluminate commented on 27 Feb 2014
How are things coming here? I am saddened to see the slowed pace of development.
[Version 1.6.6]


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Pirx commented on 25 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 1.6.2]

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ylluminate replied on 26 Oct 2012
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.
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Aergern replied on 22 Jul 2013
@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.
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ylluminate replied on 22 Jul 2013
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! :)
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P=NP reviewed on 12 Sep 2012
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.
[Version 1.6.1]

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ylluminate replied on 13 Sep 2012
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.
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ylluminate commented on 24 Aug 2012
The REQUIREMENTS area needs to be updates so that it no longer says it's not compatible with Mountain Lion.
[Version 1.6]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 24 Aug 2012
Thanks for catching that ylluminate, I've updated the requirements.
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Umaromc replied on 13 Sep 2012
The Requirements are still the same; still states that it doesn't support ML but the description states it supports ML 10.8.2
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Jimw commented on 15 Aug 2012
Create an LCAR's interface and I'll consider it, as many others would. That would be worth $10 to me or perhaps more.
[Version 1.5.2]

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Michael Haeusler replied on 10 Sep 2012
I'd even pay more than $10 for an LCARS interface. :)
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ylluminate reviewed on 15 Aug 2012
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.
[Version 1.5.2]


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aquino0120 reviewed on 27 Jul 2012
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.
[Version 1.5.1]


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Carlm54stl reviewed on 19 Jun 2012
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........???????
[Version 1.5]

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Musings From Mars (developer) replied on 19 Jun 2012
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.
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accountclosed replied on 24 Aug 2012
To MFM (developer): Name calling. Really? THanks for saving me the time I might have spent looking at your work.
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Y-Guy replied on 25 Aug 2012
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.
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Colossus9 replied on 26 Aug 2012
The developer should be jettisoned from MacUpdate for publicly being unprofessional on this site.
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Jwiede replied on 27 Oct 2012
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.
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Musings From Mars (developer) replied on 18 Nov 2012
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.
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pbeck reviewed on 31 May 2012
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 :)
[Version 1.4]


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Claod reviewed on 25 Feb 2012
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
[Version 1.2.4]


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Culture Of One had trouble on 01 Nov 2011
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.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Culture Of One had trouble on 24 Sep 2011
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.
[Version 1.2.1]

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Culture Of One replied on 01 Nov 2011
Same issue with upgrade to 1.2.2. My system tells me I have a newer version than is available!
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Culture Of One had trouble on 25 Jul 2011
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!
[Version 1.1]

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Magrathean replied on 13 Sep 2011
Hello.

I'm a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts; I use most of them constantly, especially for window-handling. I'm also a huge fan of tabs in Safari; I open related websites in different tabs in a single window and only create a new window when I want to open a website that's completely unrelated to what's open in existing windows.

I installed Crystal Black, which is absolutely beautiful (Cathode used to be my favourite theme when I used ShapeShifter), but since then Safari's "Close Window" and "Close Tab" keyboard shortcuts are messed up.

If my active Safari window had more than one tab open, command+W would close the active tab and command+shift+W would close the entire multi-tabbed window; if it had only one tab open, command+W would close the window.

When I installed Crystal Black, command+W was removed for tabs; it began closing entire windows regardless of the number of tabs open. I went to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Application Shortcuts and set it so command+W would close the active tab and command+shift+W would close the active window, but this is rather uncomfortable (I hate not being able to close a single-tabbed window with command+W) and, I hope, only a temporary solution. I'd be grateful if you could look into this.

I'm using Snow Leopard, by the way (with the Lion reviews I've read, I have absolutely no intention of going there for the time being).

Thanks in advance. Cheers.

Sam-Johnson rated on 25 Sep 2012

[Version 1.6.2]



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jordanwar rated on 24 Aug 2012

[Version 1.6]



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Jetfiredx rated on 27 Jun 2012

[Version 1.5.1]


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Version Downloads:1,979
Type:Utilities : System
License:Demo
Date:22 Jul 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $10.00
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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!


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