ShadowKiller X
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Hack removes window drop shadows.   Free
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  • ShadowKiller X has been discontinued
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    Unsanity Llc
ShadowKiller is a hack that kills all shadows in Mac OS X (including window shadows, menu shadows, and so on). This speeds up Mac OS X on slower computers (see xlr8yourmac.com user reports linked from our support database - "Can ShadowKiller make Mac OS X run faster on my old model Mac?").
What's New
Version 1.3:
  • ShadowKiller is now a Universal application, working natively on both PowerPC and Intel based Maces
  • Fixed an issue with multiple screens when secondary screens were not refreshing immediately
  • New icon (from Sapphire set by IconDrawer).
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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ShadowKiller X User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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iTonyD reviewed on 18 Jan 2014
Works with OS X 10.9.1 Mavericks. Too that bad it is no longer available.
[Version 1.3]


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iTonyD reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
WORKS WITH MAC OS X 10.7.5 LION
[Version 1.3]


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Pedrotaquelim commented on 28 Apr 2006
It doesn't seem to make any diference to me.

Tried recizing the Finder windows, Safari window, etc, first with shadows and then without shadows...no diference. slow... :-(

I have a G4 450 Mhz (Sawtooth)
[Version 1.3]


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Name reviewed on 28 Apr 2006
Thank you very much Unsanity.
I tested it on a PowerBook G4 "Ivory",
with Mac OS X 10.4.6, and I already
tweaked everything so that it runs as
fast as a G5 Double Core.

And this hackie even improved it more,
this is unbelievable, but true,
all my windows open twice as fast.

To the previous authors:
Please do not consider loading of
the contents of a window as part
of the loading time, because this
is not the part of the core image processing,
but depending on the system processes
and of course the dozens of contents.

This does really improve everything.

And I must say, that it does not look
ugly, instead it looks clearer to me.

Thanks!!
[Version 1.3]

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+557
Penguirl replied on 30 Apr 2009
Your single G4 runs as fast as a dual G5? You should patent the process and sell it, there are lots of G4 users that would love to get that kind of performance. *rolls eyes*
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 May 2005
i'm not sure if this is necessary with most macs now running Tiger. Since core image has moved much of the GUI processing onto the graphics card.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Mar 2005
does what its supposed to do... especially on older macs running OSX

i recommend putting it in the startup items / hidden.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Jan 2005
The correct download link is http://www.unsanity.net/shadowkiller-12.sit

Great little app.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 27 Oct 2004
It makes it difficult to distinguish the edges of windows. A good solution would be if the windows could just have a solid border (rather than no border).
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 04 Oct 2004
The correct download URL for this little gem is http://www.unsanity.net/shadowkiller-12.sit

If you don't like how Apple waste's processor overhead on needless eye candy, then this little app is essential.
[Version 1.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 18 Aug 2003
doesn't really speed things up but MAN does it make things look UGLY
[Version 1.2]


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michellem41697 had trouble on 19 Dec 2010
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THIS? MY SHADOWS ARE GONE AND IT LOOKS TERRIBLE! I WANT THEM BACK! PLEASE HELP!!!!
[Version 1.3]



GlebM5436 rated on 24 Jan 2014

[Version 1.3]


Downloads:11,537
Version Downloads:7,471
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:28 Apr 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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ShadowKiller is a hack that kills all shadows in Mac OS X (including window shadows, menu shadows, and so on). This speeds up Mac OS X on slower computers (see xlr8yourmac.com user reports linked from our support database - "Can ShadowKiller make Mac OS X run faster on my old model Mac?").


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