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1.7.1
29 April 2015

Easier-to-use version of SIMBL.

Tipp-Flo
01 August 2012

Most helpful

If you want colors back in Mountain Lion use this one in connection with ColorfulSidebar1.1. No relaunching of Finder etc. The old SIMBL just doesn't work properly in Lion/ML. Also recommended for use with this one: SafariStand.
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Version 1.2

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Leesa
10 May 2016
Something New. Haven't tested it yet. https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/56755/mysimbl
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Version 1.7.1
ronaldpr
30 June 2015
EasySIMBL 1.7.1 stopped working on my machine after the 10.10.4 update.
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Version 1.7.1
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Vitaly
Vitaly
01 July 2015
i guess one has to disable System Integrity Protection to get it to work. but it's good as long as Apple allows this
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Albabe
Albabe
01 July 2015
I saw that in 10.10 you can disable System Integrity Protection over at the MacUpdate page for cDock. How can I do that in Mavericks?
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Sknott
Sknott
03 July 2015
Move Plugins Plugins folder from ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL. You won't be able to manage your plugins with EasySIMBL anymore, but they should work.

Edit: this is for Mavericks, don't know about Yosemite
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Leesa
Leesa
03 July 2015
Sknott said "~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL."

Sorry for my ignorance, but aren't they the same folders? Or does the tilde mean the Main System Library?
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ronaldpr
ronaldpr
03 July 2015
The tilde means Home directory. ~/Library/ is the Library folder in your Home folder. If the folder is not visible in the Finder (it is hidden by default), you can access it through the Go menu in the Finder, choose "Go to Folder..." and type ~/Library
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sjk
sjk
03 July 2015
How can moving the Plugins folder possibly work with EasySIMBL, Sknott? Changes from original SIMBL specifically say:

- Reads plugins from ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins only.
- Never reads plugins from /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins.

Are you sure you're not running the original SIMBL?
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ronaldpr
ronaldpr
03 July 2015
I removed EasySIMBL. I installed SIMBL 0.9.9 for all users and I moved the Plugins folder from ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/ to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/

Most plugins work again. For injection in some applications an additional startup script is needed. For cDock I needed:

try
tell application "Dock"
inject SIMBL into Snow Leopard
end tell
end try

(Yes, "Snow Leopard", also in Yosemite.)

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sjk
sjk
03 July 2015
Ronadam suggested:
"… you can access it through the Go menu in the Finder, choose "Go to Folder..." and type ~/Library"
Also, pressing the Option (Alt) key while Finder's Go menu is open displays the home Library folder that can be selected.
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Sknott
Sknott
03 July 2015
sjk said. "Are you sure you're not running the original SIMBL?"

I missed that Safari Cookies I installed earlier today brings it's own SIMBL 0.9.9.1 installation.
Sorry for causing confusion. EasySIMBL will not work right now.
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Albabe
Albabe
03 July 2015
Hey folks. I'm REALLY confused now. I did what Sknott and Ronadam suggested and I had no luck. I put the EasySimbl plugins in the Plugins (Disabled) folder and copied them to the Other Folder and rebooted a few times and still no luck. I ran Disk Utility: Repair and Permissions - still no luck.

I've been using EasySimbl. Simbl is different since there is no actual Application (like EasySimbl) so it's hard to know if it's working.

Apple really messed-up my Work Process. I use ColorfulSidebar1.1.2 and TheLostFinderNewWindow and I REALLY MISS the TheLostFinderNewWindow.

I noticed that someone said there is a Simbl 0.9.9.1. Mine says 0.9.9.
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Sknott
Sknott
03 July 2015
Albabe said: "I'm REALLY confused now."

I'm so sorry for that.

Long story short: after installing Safari Cookies, my plugins started to work again on an unregular basis. After I copied all plugins from home to root directory, they are working reliable. I made a false conclusion, because I wasn't aware of all the relevant details.

Safari Cookies comes with an SIMBL install that claims to be 0.9.9.1
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Albabe
Albabe
03 July 2015
Sknott: Thanx a BUNCH!!!

I Installed Safari Cookies and still got zilch. Then I uninstalled SIMBL and Safari Cookies... and then ReInstalled Safari Cookies and now I'm Up and Working!

ColorfulSidebar is just a Vanity but TheLostFinderNewWindow is a Big Part of my Work Process... and now I'm Up!!!

Thanx again!
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Leesa
Leesa
04 July 2015
@ Sknott: Thank You!
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GodzFire
GodzFire
16 July 2015
Tried installing Safari Cookies, but didn't get it working still.
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ben-marko
ben-marko
23 September 2015
Also broken under El Capitan.
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Albabe
30 June 2015
1.6 and 1.7 don't seem to be working with todays Security Update and Safari.
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Version 1.7.1
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Albabe
Albabe
01 July 2015
Oops. Just FYI: I'm still in Mavericks 10.9.5.
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Vitaly
26 May 2015
v 1.7.1 does not work under 10.10.4 (14E26a) (developer's release)
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Version 1.7.1
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Vitaly
Vitaly
30 June 2015
it also does not work with OS X 10.11 DP of course
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Vitaly
Vitaly
01 July 2015
i guess one has to disable System Integrity Protection to get it to work. but it's good as long as Apple allows this
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Albabe
Albabe
01 July 2015
How can I do that in Mavericks?
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Albabe
30 April 2015
1.7.1 has a Conflict with Skype on my Mac Pro in Mavericks. It won't even allow Skype to start-up. When i switch back to 1.6 I have no problems.

And why do I have to sign-in lately, ever time I want to post a Comment?
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Version 1.7.1
Swissmountain
27 March 2014
Hello Norio or who ever might have an idea on how to solve my problem with me. I use Mavericks 10.9.2. It's a clean rebuild of my previous system. Afloat is an important app on my machine and EasySIMBL successfully runs it on my machine again. Thank You for that. Unfortunately EasySIMBL prevents FilterForge from working. I get this error message: SendEventToEventTarget(event class '(kEventClassAppleEvent, kEventAppleEvent)'). failed with os status errAEPrivilegeError / telBadHandErr(-10004): / bad handle specified . When I remove all the EasySIMBL files off the system, Filter Forge works again (but afloat doesn't). Anybody know what is going on here and if it is fixable? Thank you.
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Version 1.6
Fotodivr
01 November 2013
Changes: OS X 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 Reads plugins from ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins only. Never reads plugins from /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins. Support sandboxed application. Support resumed on login application. Drag and Drop install to /Applications or ~/Applications folder, no uninstaller required. Change injection method. Install plugins(.bundle) from Finder.
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Version 1.5.1
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Fotodivr
Fotodivr
01 November 2013
Someday's I just feel like being redundant. ;) That is all that the developer's website says about this version.
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Dougster
26 October 2013
How dull the Finder sidebar would look without this brilliant plugin. Thank you!
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Version 1.5
Foulger
23 April 2013
Since Safari 6.0.4 Easy Simbl caused Safari to exhibit spinning beach ball and hang. Removing it and its extensions restore normal operation
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Version 1.4
Haaanz
14 April 2013
the icons look much better than the snowy grey ones, but run into major conflicts with software and than icons disappeared all together - pity. without the conflicts it would be a really smart addition.
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Version 1.4
ylluminate
10 November 2012
I have my Users folder on a different volume and am likewise seeing errors such as the following rather frequently: Cannot find executable for CFBundle 0x100138250 (not loaded) Dev: What can we do here?
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Version 1.3
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sjk
sjk
11 November 2012
Version 1.4 seems to be working properly here with /Users on a non-boot volume.
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ylluminate
ylluminate
11 November 2012
Yes @sjk, as per https://github.com/norio-nomura/EasySIMBL/issues/2
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sjk
sjk
12 November 2012
Thanks, ylluminate. I'd only looked at source code changes earlier.
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Simbasounds
11 October 2012
A great improvement over SIMBL. The user account based location is part of it's improved functionality. Looking at the Console logs, EasySIMBL takes preference over SIMBL, though to reduce requests I recommend uninstalling SIMBL using the uninstaller provided with SIMBL http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/18351/simbl
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Version 1.3
JosNL
07 October 2012
Unfortunately I am having problems getting easysimbl to work when a user's directory is not located on the startup volume. When using it with a user's home folder that is not located on the startup volume I get the message: Cannot find executable for CFBundle 0x7f981187220 (not loaded) For users that have their homefolder on the startup volume it works without problems. Tried it also on 2 users with homefolders on external disk. Both get the same error message, only path to the home folder is different.
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Version 1.3
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JosNL
JosNL
07 October 2012
Removed some characters around the error message as the full text is not show: Cannot find executable for CFBundle 0x7f981187220 /Volumes/..path to home dir not on startup vol../Library/ScriptingAdditions/EasySIMBL.osax (not loaded)
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sjk
sjk
07 October 2012
Same trouble here with EasySIMBL (1.3) when /Users is on a separate volume and ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions/EasySIMBL.osax isn't deleted like on systems it works correctly on.
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sjk
sjk
07 October 2012
A console message like this is logged if EasySIMBL is launched when ~/Library/ScriptingAdditions/EasySIMBL.osax (with /Users on a different volume) doesn't exist: SIMBL Agent[246]: linkItemAtPath error:Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=512 "“CodeResources” couldn’t be linked to “_CodeSignature”." UserInfo=0x7ffde520a3a0 … NSUnderlyingError=0x7ffde3c7c850 "The operation couldn’t be completed. Cross-device link"}
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B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
06 October 2012
The only advantage to this app I can see is that it makes it possible to enable and disable the use of SIMBL and SIMBL plugins in the ~/Library/Applications Support/SIMBL/Plugins folder. If that's what you need to do, then EasySIMBL can be useful. Otherwise, installing SIMBL is easy enough with the standard SIMBL installer - and the package includes an uninstaller as well. By the way, SIMBL is a scripting addition that, when installed, can be found in the Library/Scripting Additions folder. FYI: While mucking about with EasySIMBL I found that I had an old version of ColorfulSidebar in the root SIMBL/Plugins folder, which may have been conflicting with a newer version in my user SIMBL Plugins folder. So be careful you don't have other SIMBL plugins installed in both locations.
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Version 1.3
Jimw
03 August 2012
Overall while looking good, it only address the users SIMBL folder, not the one in the system library. As many apps install into the system library, this product has very limited use for me. Hopfully the next version will address this issue.
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Version 1.2
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Tipp-Flo
Tipp-Flo
03 August 2012
Which applications do you mean? The Finder for example is also not in your user library, but it's working. With another user you just have to start EasySIMBL one time to get it running.
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Jimw
Jimw
03 August 2012
An example would be Safari Cookies. It installs in the SIMBL folder in the Applications Support folder in the System Library. The current product does not take this into account. Since SIMBl bundles can exist in either location the product should take this into account. It also would allow users to move bundles from their user SIMBL folder to the system library so that they would not have to place the bundle in each user SIMBL folder.
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RavenNevermore
RavenNevermore
09 August 2012
Then just move the bundle to ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins
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Jimw
Jimw
09 August 2012
While true, the product still does not address both folders. While your method works for more sophisticated users it might seem daunting for the novice. Also, by using the root library it assumes you want to have all SIMBL bundles available to all users which is not necessarily the case. Bottom line:The developer should Just fix it to handle both folders or clearly state in your description that it only supports the root SIMBL folder so that users might not be confused.
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Bottacco
Bottacco
12 December 2012
One of the things that Lion and Mountain Lion bring is sandboxing and as more applications become "10.7 and greater" they have to follow Apple guidelines about it, what means that applications can only write to the user home folder. So the developer is only following guidelines so his app works in the future.
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Jimw
Jimw
12 December 2012
If this is the case then perhaps the developer should consider including an explanation of this for novices, in a manner they can understand it, along with a compiled Applescript to accomplish this. Many users do not want to upgrade to 10.7+ for software obsolescence reasons or hardware incompatibilities forced on them by Apple which requires them to buy a new machine. My upgrade to 10.8 cost me around $4000 because of this - new Mac Pro, plus additional compatible hardware and software, just to have the same capabilities as I did with 10.7.
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Bottacco
Bottacco
13 December 2012
About the explanation, yes, he could make it clear in just a few words. About the AppleScript I don't understand... do you mean an AppleScript that moves all your SIMBL plug-ins from the first level Library to the user Library? That could be an option, but you could have better luck proposing the developer that as a new feature than criticizing his software, which is great and free. Any user that doesn't want to upgrade can continue with his present machine and OS version because nobody is oblige to upgrade. In this case, SIMBL works fine in 10.6 Snow Leopard, so you can keep using it. But when 10.7 came out, SIMBL stopped working and the original developer did not upgrade it anymore. Then EasySIMBL came to live to overcome that problem and adjust to the new developing guidelines imposed by Apple. Why don't you complain to Apple? or to the developer of the original SIMBL? So, If you don't want to upgrade you can use SIMBL. If you run 10.7 or 10.8 you can use EasySIMBL... and everybody happy. By the way, if you upgraded to 10.8 spending all that money is because you needed it for something else. If not so, you were the one that made the mistake, because I am sure that no Apple rep forced you to do so. Come on guys, a developer spends his time, effort and knowledge to create a FREE app that works and you just complain about it when you should say thank you first and then suggest ideas or features to make it better.
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Jimw
Jimw
13 December 2012
To Botacco: You are partially correct. No rep forced me to upgrade but Apple did due to forced obsolesce - just like they did when they dropped the PPC from future upgrades. If I had not spent the money I could not have run some of the programs I use that were also upgraded to run only on 10.8 and would have been stuck in the past. I am not blaming this user, only suggesting that he, unlike Apple should consider the ramifications of making this internal tool, only compatible with 10.8+ and kindly offer some additional tools for novices to handle the details of moving the various files. It would also help him by reducing support requests. FYI: I voluntarily support a number of individuals, and small businesses who have no idea about system internals. So I understand what it is to do something for free.
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Bottacco
Bottacco
13 December 2012
I don't want to begin a rant war and you are free to think that way, but the world of technology you live in doesn't. Of course I would like that my new machine would last two years being the best kid in the block, but I have come to be happy with it while it does what I need. I still have machines running from 10.4 to 10.6 in production, because they do what I need them to do and they do it fine. But of course I have new machines running the latest versions of the OS and new applications. You didn't have to upgrade if you had system 10.6 and a version of, say Photoshop, compatible with it. I still have machines running 10.5 with FreeHand 11 and they work fine and as useful as the they they were bought. But if I want to use CS6 of course I need to upgrade my system. This is just an example and no body forced me to upgrade. It was just me that wanted the new software so I had to follow the industry. But if all I want to do is keep working with a tool that is working fine, like FreeHand 11, nobody forces me to upgrade. Buying a machine and software is an investment and one that looses value each and every day that passes. As a private user most of the time the investment is not worth because it will be obsolete before you can really get the return in value measured as fun and the things you will do with it. But as a private user you buy with your heart and desire, not with the head. As a professional user or as an SMB, you buy with a budget and thinking that the investment has to make a return in a predefined period of time. If you the outcome is positive then it means that the investment was worth every penny because it made you work better and get more work done. But if the outcome is negative it means that you were wrong buying that machine and software in the first place, because you didn't really need it. This world is complicated and imperfect. That is why is even more important that we all try to cooperate and get the best out of every situation. I hope you get the best out of your $4000 system and that it lasts fast and powerful for many years. Cheers from Spain
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Tipp-Flo
01 August 2012
If you want colors back in Mountain Lion use this one in connection with ColorfulSidebar1.1. No relaunching of Finder etc. The old SIMBL just doesn't work properly in Lion/ML. Also recommended for use with this one: SafariStand.
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Version 1.2
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Jer
Jer
03 August 2012
Used in conjunction with Powerboxinjector (to get color icons in Open/Save boxes) will not work in all apps, specifically with the iCloud Open/Save boxes. If you used the regular SIMBL with SideEffects and Powerboxinjector then it does work in those dialog boxes.
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Tipp-Flo
Tipp-Flo
03 August 2012
You're right. Tried it on several applications. With SideEffects more open/save boxes have color icons - not in all though. - The TotalFinder Relaunch does get me a error message, when used as startup item. And the original SIMBL gets me crash reports in Console (of no importance since it's working) - Many thank to the developers on various projects that brings us back the useful colors!
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MacBunny
01 August 2012
Good stuff!
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Version 1.2