Flavours2
Flavours2
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Flavours2 free download for Mac

Flavours2

224
23 June 2015

Change the look of your Mac.

Overview

Flavours Lite is an application to change the operating system's appearance in a fast, easy, and safe way. Applying a theme is only mouse-click away.

Flavours Lite was designed and built from the ground up for OS X 10.10 Yosemite. It features a completely rethought user experience through a new elegant UI, and introduces a new lightweight, fast, safe theming engine.

  • Light - Lightweight engine with overall better system performance.
  • Fast - Fast theme generation, fast theming engine, and apply themes instantly (no need to logout to see changes).
  • Safe - Seamless system integration, no system files modified on disk.
  • Themes - Bundled with a hand picked fine selection of 128 themes (+variants) for OS X Yosemite.
  • Variants - Choose from multiple artistic variations.

If you are running older OS X versions (10.7, 10.8 or 10.9), check Flavours Classic, which allows users to create, apply, and share themes (flavours-classic.interacto.net).

What's new in Flavours2

Version 224:

Note: Flavours 2 Lite is a paid upgrade. Existing Flavours 1 licensees are eligible for an upgrade at a discounted price (50% off).

  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite support
  • New UI
  • New theming engine
    • Light: lightweight engine with overall better system performance
    • Fast: fast theme generation, fast theming engine, and apply themes instantly (no need to logout to see changes)
    • Safe: seamless system integration, no system files modified on disk
  • Variants: choose from multiple artistic variations
  • Themes: bundled with a hand picked fine selection of 128 themes (+variants) for OS X 10.10 Yosemite

99 Flavours2 Reviews

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Kappe
18 June 2013

Most helpful

just need support for dark themes. i'll buy then.
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Version 1.0.9
Hugo-and-Luigi
06 February 2016
I've missed Kaleidoscope forever, used Shapershifter, and desperately wanted something like this. I gave up looking a few years ago, so of course I missed this entirely and didn't see it until it's already dying. I don't care, I bought it anyway. Works great and has a great interface. I'm so sad about this going away, but I will almost certainly be using older OS's for a long time, I see no reason to upgrade.
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Version 224
Meitnik
17 November 2015
To whom it may concern, (flavours Devs?) I am a legally blind, legally deaf, learning disabled person. I am a gifted artist and scholar. My Mac is really truly wheels for my mind and a large crayon for my soul. Theming had always been my plan b when Apple screwed up the UI for me, but thats been taking away now by Apple. Ive has not a clue how to design a UI thats friendly for us who are visually impaired. Apple thinks I should be using Zoom 24/7 but that only grabs a bitmap image of the display and forces a scaling that just blurs the text something awful. Voice over is not a one size fits all answer either. Apple thinks I should be forced to deal with 9/10 pt text size all over the UI set with grey background that makes for poor contrast. I should not have to buy another pair of glasses to use an UI! So who is willing to storm the UI and give me back some control of system font size and larger icon sizes, like in the toolbars? I will not wait 5 yrs like I did from ios6 to ios9 to get font relief. I want UI doctors who will repair the damage Apple/Ive has done. Apple, stop stepping into my light, preventing me from doing my work!! Feel free to contact me. and Read this: Fhttp://www.fastcodesign.com/3053406/how-apple-is-giving-design-a-bad-name
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Version 224
iamchrislo
01 November 2015
This is one of the pieces of software that makes me most happy on my Mac tbh! Still clinging onto Yosemite for this reason. Has anyone else got an issue within the last week where using any dark theme, like Ninja Blue, now makes the tabs text black thus making the tabs unreadable against the black theme / background?
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Version 224
zajizee
20 October 2015
Although I have upgraded to El Capitan, I have fond memories of Flavours, which was a welcomed replacement for Shapeshifter. I will miss theming for Mac. I hope someone develops something for El Capitan.
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Version 224
ylluminate
04 September 2015
If Interacto Labs would simply implement this remarkable theme for that has been created for Linux, they would OWN the market for theme customization (especially dark) for OS X: http://cl.ly/0v3X000W1i38 Nothing close to this has been done for OS X as far as dark themes go and I'm sure every last one of us would swoon over it.
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Version 224
Lvdoc
11 July 2015
Well, drat. I tried it on El Capitan, both with and without rootless. It simply says "Unsupported." So that really is the end of the line. Still, the developers seem to know their stuff, and I have faith that one of these days, they're going to come up with something that can free us of that dreadful grey that we used to put up with in the early days of Classic.
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Version 224
2 answer(s)
Tim27
Tim27
26 July 2015
We should all write to Apple and complain at them for being such @$$es. Back in the OS 9 days they used to allow developers to do marvelous things with the UI of Mac OS. Now, they keep locking everything down because they think their design is the best design and no one else can do better. If they let people develop themes for both Mac OS and iOS everyone would be a lot happier and we might even get more Android people coming to iOS.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
26 July 2015
It means I'll be sticking with Yosemite for as long as possible. OMG, did I just really have to say that?
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Diarbyrag
22 June 2015
I think it is sad although I understand the reasons for Apple wanting to secure the system, like others here I don't see why Apple can't give us a few choices of gui, especially those G awful folders, the flat icons for facetime, etc. and don't get me started on that so called moronic grinning 'have a nice day' update to the finder icon !! Perhaps if enough people get together and email them something may happen even if they just get Jonny Ives a beginners guide to icon design, he may be good at the 3D stuff but the 2D sucks. Anyway I will buy F2 even if it's just to give the guys $5 for a beer.
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Version 224
4 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
22 June 2015
As I noted in a different reply to someone, I suspect Ives has a very closed mind on the matter. I intend to write to tcook@apple.com
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Rick6
Rick6
22 June 2015
maybe if we get Taylor Swift to bitch about it Apple will change it's mind ;)
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Tim27
Tim27
25 June 2015
I miss the days when we had Kaleidoscope to change the look of the OS.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
25 June 2015
We had several theme changers over the years. I also remember Kaledeidoscope. It helped make the Mac fun. (No more of that, apparently.) Shapeshifter was the biggie of the OS X world for a long time. There were a few other attempts. Frankly, I think we'd all given up on theming for several years before Flavours came along, out of the blue. I have to believe theming will rise again. It always seems to.
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ylluminate
22 June 2015
So are the rumors true that this is the end of the line?
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Version 224
1 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
22 June 2015
Yes, they are true. I've been in touch with the developers for many years. I had this chat with one of them over the weekend. I suspect we'll eventually see new kinds of programs from them, but theming (certainly as we know it) is likely gone, at least for a very long time. Yosemite is the end of the line for it.

Nonetheless, especially for those who have supported Flavours over the years, I encourage you to at least upgrade to this new, Lite version. The developers have earned our loyalty and support. No, I don't get any profit or other benefits from promoting them like this. My vested interest is simply that I think they deserve it. No one else gave us theming for a very long time. It was remarkable that they were able to give us something so engaging. My two cents.
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Djefis
22 June 2015
Flavours Lite is very interesting to see that the program is reliable and powerful. I hope that there will be soon the version of Flavours with the ability to produce even your own themes.
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Version 182
2 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
22 June 2015
Sorry to disappoint, but the developers have made clear that this is the end of the line.
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Djefis
Djefis
23 June 2015
Correct ...
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Eric•Woehler
19 June 2015
Flavours Lite released with 128 themes for Yosemite. As dev advises, this may well be the end of theming on Mac due to Apple's new security policy of preventing any process (including privileged processes) from modifying system files under any circumstances. So no more theming, modifying GUI, etc etc. So get used to sickening eye-candy garish GUI because you won't be able to tweak it to suit your tastes. Surely, surely, it's about time Apple supports theming or tweaking GUI as core OS function? Why do we have to use garish colours with no choice or options for colour schemes/themes etc? Kaleidascope, then Shapeshifter, now Flavours. The fact that these theming apps are developed and used suggests very strongly there is a demand for such options to tweak GUI. It's time Apple supported theming, either as core OS or allowing devs to cater to demand by users. 5 Stars for Flavors and great devs, 0 stars for Apple eye-candy garish GUI.
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Version 182
10 answer(s)
Lvdoc
Lvdoc
20 June 2015
I hope, at least, that they port more of the old themes. To each their own, but I can't say I like most of these. There were a number of others that I'd like to see. I wonder if they can make a converter or something.

And you're right about Apple needing to support theming, although I doubt we'll see it. I upgraded to Yosemite mostly out of need but hate the UI. It's just plain ugly. I'll be purchasing Flavours lite because, even with only a few themes I like, it's still a substantial improvement.
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Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
20 June 2015
there are 128 themes packaged with Flavours 2 Lite, so I expect you should be able to find something to your liking. Flavours will only work with Yosemite and will not work with El Cap, so enjoy it until later this year when El Cap is released.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
20 June 2015
Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
21 June 2015
From what I've read, it will be possible for users to disable the "rootless" feature in 10.11 via booting into the recovery mode and disabling the feature. I wonder if Flavours will work with it as such. It's probably a minor pain to do, and no doubt inexperienced users probably shouldn't mess with it. But I'd be willing to do it if it meant being able to theme. It's a pity the developers are abandoning their work, although I do understand that this hasn't been profitable for them. Perhaps they'll be willing to open source the project. One can hope.
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Eric•Woehler
Eric•Woehler
21 June 2015
agreed - I was unaware of the potential to sidestep 'rootless'. Big issue for me as I modify mu GUI with Flavours, cDock, FinderPop, Bartender, Lidpop etc etc and I worru how many of these apps and utilities will be allowed under El Cap.
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
21 June 2015
No, it won't work. I contacted the developer. He said they'd (yet again) have to spend an inordinate amount of time getting up to speed for 10.11. If we try the current (and last) version in 10.11, we'll get weird results. I'm still going to try it, but there's just plain going to be a point of no return.

At least in terms of theming, I think the better route is to write directly to Mr. Cook. I seriously doubt Mr. Ives wants to hear anything other than what comes out of his own mouth, even though I think his design strategy is for s***. I have a doctorate in instructional design, and any 101 course will teach you the critical value of color coding to accomplish useful results.

Anyway, I digress. The way I see it, it was Mr. Jobs who said "no theming"; but it was also Mr. Jobs who told Mr. Cook not to try to do "what Steve would want." As such, maybe he'll be open to new ideas.

I should think, at least, that Apple should hire the Flavours developers. It's not as if they don't know what they're doing. They did what no one else could.

Certainly, Apple would not want garish looking themes; that makes sense. But certainly a middle ground must be possible to allow for some expression. The way my Yosemite-driven laptop looks right now, I might as well just go back and use a Mac SE from 1987. Sad. I cling to the hope that "this, too, shall pass."
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Essadee
Essadee
22 June 2015
garish, really? half of the themes flavours has available are vastly more garish than even 10.0/10.1/10.2 ever was. the trend has been towards more neutral tones, lower contrast, and less color for five years now. "garish" isn't even close to 2015 window chrome and decorations.

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Psychiatry
Psychiatry
23 June 2015
The problem is that themes are code. Letting foreign code run at the lowest system levels is an invitation to malware that sends our information to our enemies or the NSA. This is why even Apple is trying to block the root from modifying system files.
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Fb-eye71
Fb-eye71
23 June 2015
At this point, I'm willing to support Apple's greed and pay to have customizing options: they should buy Flavours, incorporate it into El Capitan any way they think is secure and done their way, sell it to us as an add-on via the AppStore, and even sell us themes afterwards. Hire renowned GUI artists to commission premium themes, and sell them to us! See the business opportunity here Apple? If you're so afraid of security flaws or malicious code, control the damn thing 100% and just sell it!
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
23 June 2015
Essadee: I totally agree with you about a lot of those themes. I was often dismayed at how many of them got 5-star ratings. I was pretty sure it was a sign of the "end times."

Fb-eye71: Unfortunately, I don't think Apple will hire renowned GUI artists because Mr. Ives already believes he is one, if not THE ONE. So we're going to be stuck with this ugly mess for a very long time. And I agree with your notion of having Apple buy Flavours and putting it on the MAS.

I'm starting to think that the best route to take here is to convince MS and other competitors to make theming a major selling point of their OS. Then Apple will want to jump on that bandwagon.
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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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