Lion Tweaks
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Tweak certain features in OS X 10.7 and 10.8.   Free
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Lion Tweaks is the best and most popular tweaking tool for Lion.

This is a powerful, but yet very simple application that will allow you to change the new annoying features in OS X 10.7 or 10.8. What you can change:
  • Show/Hide the user Library folder.
  • Change to a 2D or 3D dock.
  • Enable/Disable system window animation.
  • Enable/Disable mail reply animation.
  • Remove/Add Reading List Icon in Safari.
  • Enable/Disable Spelling Correction.
  • Enable/Disable repeating keys.
  • Enable/Disable permanent scrollbars.
  • Show Hidden Files.
  • Disable Crash Dialog
What's New
Version 2.0.2:
  • Added warning messages
  • Other small fixes
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later



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Lion Tweaks User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(4)
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Eric-Woehler commented on 02 Nov 2012
Is it possible for Lion Tweaks to change the colour scheme for Reminders? The grey/red GUI is a shocker (in my opinion). Any chance this is something that can be 'tweaked'?
[Version 2.0.2]


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+294
Harv commented on 10 Jul 2012
Does anyone yet know if LionTweaks works with Mountain Lion (10.8)?

My curiosity stems from the rumor/fact that Simbl does is incompatible with 10.8.
[Version 2.0.1]

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MacUpdate---Ryan replied on 10 Jul 2012
I haven't tested it as I'm not running Lion yet, but the dev did update the description about a week ago so that it now mentions 10.8. Given that, my guess is at least some of the functionality works.
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Harv replied on 10 Jul 2012
I think I've got that part, Ryan. But I'll be curious what the developer (whom I applaud) has to say about those features that require Simbl, such as "requiring color in the Finder sidebar".

Well, I believe that's an example.
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iFredrik (developer) replied on 21 Jul 2012
Hi Harv!
Some tweaks from Lion Tweaks will work in 10.8
Currently developing the new "Mountain Tweaks" app with tweaks that support both 10.7 and 10.8.
Check out the website http://tweaksapp.com in a few days.
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Fking replied on 25 Jul 2012
be warned. i just installed ML, and ran lion tweaks (to 'aluminize' my ical and address book). now both apps are X-ed out, marked as damaged or corrupted. they DO open (oddly enough) from launchpad, but won't open from the apps folder...!!
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Fking replied on 25 Jul 2012
i need to amend my earlier comment! basically, ical and address book are now replaced by "calendar" and "contacts". so those apps in applications don't exist anymore (which is why, LOL, they don't open).
apologies to the developer; am looking forward to an update to make this work with calendars and contacts!
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R397 reviewed on 07 Jul 2012
Good addition to Lion. Will be good to add "enable noatime for a system disk" feature for SSD drives.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Dushi reviewed on 14 Jun 2012
Good addition for Mac
[Version 1.4.3]


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Michael-Wayne reviewed on 26 May 2012
Great App.....but I need to understand what you have implemented in order to enable Trim.

Groth (Trim Enabler) and Grant Parnell have gone head to head on this and Grant is the winner .....
http://digitaldj.net/2011/07/21/trim-enabler-for-lion/

I use Grants method on my Mac 10.7.4 with an Intel SSD 320. Its flawless and does the job. I would like to use your simple click 'Enable' 'Disable' Trim as I wouldn't need to pfaff about in Terminal but need to know who's method you use as this determines the use and trust in this oft debated question.
I have rated you highly irrespective of Trim issue. Get this Trim thing right and you are on a winner.
Thanks
[Version 1.4.3]

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+12
iFredrik (developer) replied on 26 May 2012
Hi Micheal.

I can confirm that I'm using the exact same method as Grant is describing on his website.

Thanks for downloading and rating!

Fredrik Wiker
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+23
Michael-Wayne replied on 26 May 2012
Thanks for response...Do I still have to Reboot after making selection to make changes?
Thanks
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iFredrik (developer) replied on 26 May 2012
I was doing some testings earlier today and it seems like you have to perform a restart.
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Michael-Wayne replied on 27 May 2012
Ok...keep us all up to date if you find any gremlins.

Thanks
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Mattvs2004 reviewed on 25 May 2012
Great App. I finally have color in Finder again. Definitely makes it easier without having to run the Terminal to correct my Library issue.
[Version 1.4.3]

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Mattvs2004 replied on 25 May 2012
Incidentally though, I'm noticing that the color doesn't want to stay. What gives?
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iFredrik (developer) replied on 26 May 2012
The problem with the colours is a problem caused by SIMBL, the engine for this tweak. SIMBL has not been probarly updated by the developer to support Lion without bugs - therefore this happends. So there is not much I can do, before the developer of SIMBL fixes it.

A temporary fix however, can be done in three different ways.
1) You can press the "Enable colours in Finder-sidebar" button in Lion Tweaks on each startup.
2) You can find a way to manually restart Finder after each startup.
3) You can use this file (http://ifredrik.com/applications/simbl_finder_fix.sh) and place it with your startup-items. This will automatically restart finder on each startup.
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Stephen-Strum reviewed on 15 May 2012
First of all, I love Norway having lived in Bergen many years ago. But, I have some issues with the Lion Tweaks. I made a recent move to Lion and so far think it sucks and my first impression is that it will eat up more time and cause more frustration than the benefits I will hope to see happen. The FINDER is for me such a critical part of OS X. To make the icons grayed out is just plain STUPID. The Lion Tweaks does not solve this problem completely. After every restart one has to repeat the process with Lion Tweaks; for me this is a partial resolution. On a positive note, my MacBook Pro (MBP) was bought back in the "dark ages" of 2008 and so Lion does not recognize Airdrop. Lion Tweaks seems to have fixed this but will not know for sure until I use it.

A second work-around for the colorful icons is to RELAUNCH the Finder by using Command-Option-ESC (force quit shortcut keys) and select FINDER and select Relaunch. That is no less work than opening up Lion Tweaks and checking the colorful icons box. Moreover, if one uses the Force Cut as above, and if you are using Total Finder (a great app BTW) then Total Finder has to be restarted too.

So far I am very grumpy about Lion. I think Apple Developers have their cerebral cortex inserted in the lower portion of their GI tract. I hope I apologize for this slam of a company I have been so wildly enthusiastic about.
[Version 1.4.2]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 25 May 2012
Thanks. I'm really sorry about the problem. The problem with the colours is a problem caused by SIMBL, the engine for this tweak. SIMBL has not been probarly updated by the developer to support Lion without bugs - therefore this happends. So there is not much I can do, before the developer of SIMBL fixes it.

A temporary fix however, can be done in three different ways.
1) You can press the "Enable colours in Finder-sidebar" button in Lion Tweaks on each startup.
2) You can find a way to manually restart Finder after each startup.
3) You can use this file (http://ifredrik.com/applications/simbl_finder_fix.sh) and place it with your startup-items. This will automatically restart finder on each startup.

I hope this cleared things out, and was to help!

Thanks for downloading and using Lion Tweaks,

Fredrik Wiker
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mymon reviewed on 02 May 2012
Where is "disable Launchpad"? ;)
[Version 1.4.2]

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Stephen-Strum replied on 15 May 2012
Just pull off the dock like any icon you do not want on the dock. If you use a mouse Right click the launchpad icon and select "remove from dock"; if using a trackpad then put cursor on dock item, select control and right click on trackpad and "remove from dock". All of these work.
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Stef_Vandenabele reviewed on 18 Feb 2012
Great app to make Lion even look better.
Thank you for keeping this free.
[Version 1.4.1]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 12 May 2012
Thank you! Lion Tweaks will always stay free! :-)
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+177
Stormchild commented on 04 Feb 2012
The button to disable iTunes Dock "animations" (pop-up notification that displays the artist and song name whenever the current track changes) doesn't work for me. It enables them successfully, but does not disable it when you click the (badly-named) "No" button.

(Lion Tweaks 1.4, OS X 10.7.3, iTunes, 10.5.3)

Fortunately, you can disable them yourself with this Terminal command (this is all one line; copy and paste it as a whole):

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool FALSE; killall Dock
[Version 1.4]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 17 Feb 2012
Thank you! Fixed in version 1.4.1! :-)
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mossie had trouble on 07 Jul 2012
I've installed on my new Macbook Pro (Retina display) running 10.7.4

It doesn't change the iCal or Address Book from leather to aluminium. Is it something to do with the resolution of the images?

I use it successfully on older machines, thanks for working on this.
[Version 2.0.1]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 08 Jul 2012
You are right. You can't change iCal and Addressbook on the Retina MBP, because they use hi-res images. :/
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Nigel2112 had trouble on 24 Jun 2012
Hi. Love the software, thanks!
I just can't get sidebar colour to work.
I go through the procedure as instructed, installing SIMBL and so on but still i have no colour. i didn't restart my computer.
Any help would be appreciated.
[Version 1.4.3]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 06 Jul 2012
Hi Nigel,

If you look in your /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/ folder and see if you have a file called ColorfulSidebar.bundle? If you have, everything should be allright, as long as SIMBL is installed correctly. It is, however, a problem with SIMBL and Lion causing you to have to restart finder on each startup. You can do that by launching "Terminal.app" and writing "killall Finder".
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Tim27 had trouble on 25 Mar 2012
Bounces in the Dock for a bit, then quits. Using 10.7.3
[Version 1.4.2]

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iFredrik (developer) replied on 26 May 2012
Still not working?

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luzen rated on 26 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0.2]



+8

Roes rated on 26 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



+12

f_bek rated on 06 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



-7

luzen rated on 04 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0]



+12

f_bek rated on 03 Jul 2012

[Version 2.0]



jdnellor rated on 28 Jun 2012

[Version 1.4.3]



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Tobymator rated on 27 Jun 2012

[Version 1.4.3]



jaybirdfive rated on 18 Jun 2012

[Version 1.4.3]



+24

Cjbolland rated on 25 May 2012

[Version 1.4.3]



Speedluvver rated on 24 May 2012

[Version 1.4.2]


Downloads:86,857
Version Downloads:20,707
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:26 Jul 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Lion Tweaks is the best and most popular tweaking tool for Lion.

This is a powerful, but yet very simple application that will allow you to change the new annoying features in OS X 10.7 or 10.8. What you can change:
  • Show/Hide the user Library folder.
  • Change to a 2D or 3D dock.
  • Enable/Disable system window animation.
  • Enable/Disable mail reply animation.
  • Remove/Add Reading List Icon in Safari.
  • Enable/Disable Spelling Correction.
  • Enable/Disable repeating keys.
  • Enable/Disable permanent scrollbars.
  • Show Hidden Files.
  • Disable Crash Dialog Pop-Up.
  • Get a new Stack List View.
  • Highlight Stack items on mouseover.
  • Change iCal leather interface to aluminium
  • Change Address Book leather interface to aluminium
  • Disable resume for a single app
  • Enable the hidden FTP-server
  • Customize Launchpad folder background
  • Disable local Time Machine Backups
  • Enable Airdrop on old hardware
  • Enable colours in the Finder sidebar
  • Enable iTunes Dock Animation
  • Enable TRIM support in Lion
  • Enable secret iCal debug-menu
  • Remove Spotlight icon
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