Silk
Silk
2.1.4

4.1

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Silk

2.1.4
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 Silk Reviews

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Wimg
16 February 2010

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I wait for the SnowLeopard compatible version!
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Version 2.1.4
Wimg
16 February 2010
I wait for the SnowLeopard compatible version!
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Version 2.1.4
Mcusr
12 December 2009
Any chance of Snow Leopard support some time soon?
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Version 2.1.4
Cabron
27 February 2008
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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Version 2.1.4b1
Meagain
27 February 2008
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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Version 2.1.4b1
gryphonent
26 February 2008
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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Version 2.1.4b1
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Splunk23
Splunk23
27 February 2008
Finder, Safari, Preview, Apple System Profiler and Disk Utility all seemed to work. Then I rebooted into Tiger but I don't see any reason for other Apps not to work either.
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Version 2.1.4b1
Raddle
Raddle
27 February 2008
Yes. WindowShade working fine on my two machines (one intel, one not) running a wide variety of software. FontCard good except for an apparent conflict with FontExplorer under Intel.
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Version 2.1.4b1
Apikoros
Apikoros
01 September 2008
I'm using Unsanity's FruitMenu and MenuMaster (and APE, of course), plus the ICeCoffEE and SmartScroll haxies, with OS 10.5.4, on a 2006 Intel Core Duo iMac... and nothing crashes.
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Version 2.1.4
Ffass
26 February 2008
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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Version 2.1.4b1
Ray16
31 May 2006
Will this update 2.1.2 running 10.2.8 Jaguar?
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Version 2.1.3
Anonymous
23 October 2005
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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Version 2.1.2
Anonymous
22 June 2005
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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Version 2.1
Anonymous
21 June 2005
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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Version 2.1
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4.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later

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