Silk
Silk
2.1.4

4.1

Silk free download for Mac

Silk2.1.4

30 August 2008

Changes theme font, substitutes fonts, enables antialiasing.

Overview

Silk enables the Quartz text rendering and smoothing introduced in Mac OS X 10.1.5 in all Carbon applications. This means antialiased text in Netscape, Mozilla, and many others. Why wait for developers to update their Carbon applications when you can get the silky smooth text everywhere, right now? Moreover, it can substitute one font with another in your applications, change the theme font (the font used to display menus, window titles, and other interface elements)

Features:

  • Substitutes fonts in the applications.
  • Changes the default theme font to any other font.
  • Enforces the minimum font size setting.
  • Enables the Quartz text rendering in all running Carbon applications, such as Netscape, Mozilla and many others.
  • Exclude list feature allows you to exclude certain applications so they work as before, if the antialiased text there looks bad.
  • Convenient drop button in the Silk preference pane to quickly detect if a particular application is Carbon or not.
  • Implemented as an easy-to-use preference pane.

What's new in Silk

Version 2.1.4:
  • Silk now runs on Mac OS X 10.5.
  • Dropped Mac OS X 10.3 support. Silk now requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • No longer dynamically loads Objective-C.
  • Moved a lot of code to the awesomely awesome CoreText APIs (10.5 only).
  • Adjusted some code so it can be moved to CoreText in the future.
  • Attempted to make Cocoa applications respect the baseline of a font when a custom theme font is used.
  • Note: Classic is not supported in Mac OS X 10.5 and the fonts in the Classic fonts folder will not be loaded by Mac OS X. You may have to adjust your Silk settings to address any missing fonts.
  • Updated to APE 2.5, UI 3.7.1, and SCR 1.5

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23 Reviews of Silk

Wimg
16 February 2010
Version: 2.1.4

Most helpful

I wait for the SnowLeopard compatible version!
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Wimg
16 February 2010
Version: 2.1.4
I wait for the SnowLeopard compatible version!
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Mcusr
12 December 2009
Version: 2.1.4
Any chance of Snow Leopard support some time soon?
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5
Cabron
27 February 2008
Version: 2.1.4b1
Simply as already said: my menu bar becomes transparent now on unsupported hardware without any performance issues. This accidentally ultra feature could be part of an extra haxie. And about the custom font themes I'll wait too for a better usage of this one for the next versions.
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Meagain
27 February 2008
Version: 2.1.4b1
Great job Unsanity! This gives me my transparent menu bar back on my unsupported flashed Radeon 9200! Apple System Profiler says "Core Image: Software" but there at the top of the screen is that beauty from the Leopard betas… I've wondered about ASP saying "software" rather than "not supported" and finally that mystery is solved! There's no way I'll find a Radeon 9600 or 9800 for $10 so this is one Haxie that is definitely worth paying for. Four stars from me and five when the Theme Font feature works the same as it does in Tiger. (i.e. Enabling Custom Theme Font but not selecting one causes the default Lucida font to be rendered much better)
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gryphonent
26 February 2008
Version: 2.1.4b1
Nice to see Unsanity return to life... but is there any app that doesn't crash under Leopard with the new haxies installed?
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5
Ffass
26 February 2008
Version: 2.1.4b1
Welcome back!! I use Silk to change my Mac's default font from that fugly Lucida Grande to plain 'ol Arial, a clean easy-to-read font. This update works has worked fine for me so far under 10.5 on my Mac Pro - no crashing or weird behavior.
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Ray16
31 May 2006
Version: 2.1.3
Will this update 2.1.2 running 10.2.8 Jaguar?
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Anonymous
23 October 2005
Version: 2.1.2
i have a registered version, but it still keeps displaying the nag picture every so often. why? i restarted several times after registering and it still wont go away.
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4.25
Anonymous
22 June 2005
Version: 2.1
Woo Hoo. Works with Tiger. We're back in business. Great app - simply a necessity if you're an Appleworks user. Since Tiger, I've been going mad with TextEdit and even Word, so to be able to use Appleworks with smooth, readable text again is life saving.
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2.75
Anonymous
21 June 2005
Version: 2.1
Unfortunately, if you have more than one type of App installed, ie. Filemaker Pro, it doesn't add the proper one to the application list. Same problems with Quickbooks Pro 6 adding Quickbooks Pro 2005 Mac to the list instead.
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Anonymous
14 July 2004
Version: 2.0.6
Good idea but I've said it was not stable (wht my review disappeard?).
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Anonymous
14 July 2004
Version: 2.0.6
Can you please elaborate a bit more as I am doing well with it. Thanks.
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Anonymous
27 March 2004
Version: 2.0.5
Silk and 10.3, at least on my install, didn't like each other at all. I run a pretty tight ship, and so I'm nearly certain it was SILK causing the prop. This isn't to discourage people from trying it. It's to alert others who may have the same experience I did. I use SHAPESHIFTER, another Haxie from these guys, and it works FINE.
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Anonymous
01 January 2004
Version: 2.0.5
I've not had a problem with it and it does cleanup the text in Mozilla.
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2.25
Anonymous
01 January 2004
Version: 2.0.5
LOL it is far better without font smoothing 8-/
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5
Anonymous
13 November 2003
Version: 2.0.4
Anything, and I mean anything, from Unsanity Rocks the House! This is no exception. Unsanity has been the lead locomotive in the Panther update route. Way to go Rosyna!
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5
Anonymous
26 August 2003
Version: 2.0.3
I love this app and Unsanity. They're always working to improve something on their haxies.
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Anonymous
25 July 2003
Version: 2.0.2
Is it me or has anyone else not found the following button: Convenient drop button in the Silk preference pane to quickly detect if a particular application is Carbon or not.
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Anonymous
17 June 2003
Version: 2.0.1
I'd pay $50 for functional versions of ALL of the haxies... with an upgrade guarantee of, say, three months.
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5
Anonymous
03 June 2003
Version: 2.0
I have never had an issue with Unsanity. It is a collaboration of developers who have always provided me with "honest" feedback. They even have their own forum where anyone can participate. The fact that Silk is no longer free was discussed at this forum before 2.0 was ever released. I don't mind supporting Unsanity nor paying the $10 per haxie. Yes, it can add up, but so do the improvements their products bring to OS X. You get a discount if you purchase more than on haxie. However, beyond all of this Silk 2.0 does so much more than Silk 1.1 that its in a different league. Well worth for me. They allow you a fifteen day free trial period so you can decide.
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3.25
Jimw
02 June 2003
Version: 2.0
Silk 2.0 on initial examination looks like it has some nice additional features but I do have some concerns about it. - Cost: It is no longer free but $10. The fact that it is no longer free is not of as much concern as the fact that it is priced separately at $10. It seems as though this company has a habit of producing product will a single function and pricing them separately. If you were interested in a number of the companies products, buying them this way would boost the cost towards the $100 level. That is a lot of money to pay for a half a dozen or so utilities. Why not a utility with a number of functions, perhaps as an installer that is fairly priced at $20-$40. I just don't like being $.50 and dollared. They may be likeable utilities but price out individually for what you spend vs functionaly, I think they are expensive. - Company Info: The company is privately owned and "based in Utah." Their website gives no phone numbers or mailing addresses, other than email. I would certainly be more confortable in giving them my money if I had a real physical address and phone number. What are they trying to hide from? How do I know that it is not a "here today, take my money, gone tommorrow" company? - What is going to happen when the shortly due new OS X update is released? Will their utilities work; will they work; will they be necessary or useful? If they don't work will I be required to spend some more money to get them to work? None of this is addressed on their website. No upgrade policies, time period guarantees, etc. What if the product becomes useless 30-60 days after I buy it or is withdrawn from sale? Can I get my money back? What happens if this version "blows up" like the similar previous one that got released and then withdrawn after it "blew up." That one was free. However it has taken months since then for this version. What happens to my payment if this happens to follow the same route? Thank you for your kind offer to upgrade and pay for a new version with extra features, but I think that I will respectively decline it, and what until it is field tested and the next verson of Mac OS X is released. Then I will make my decision. In the meantime I will continue to use the 1.1 version without the extra features but that I know works with my current system and is stable.
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4.5
Anonymous
02 June 2003
Version: 2.0
Very Nice. I LOVE being able to change the font for the entire system!
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4.75
Anonymous
26 January 2003
Version: 1.1
Whoa! This one rocks! :-) Try it and see real font smoothing in AppleWorks 6, just like Word, but without slowing AW down! And Hogwasher finally gets quartz rendering in it's message windows, too. Whoa!
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