CandyBar
CandyBar
3.3.4

3.9

CandyBar free download for Mac

CandyBar3.3.4

04 August 2012

Customize your OS X toolbar icons and much more.

Overview

CandyBar allows you to change the system icons in Mac OS X that you normally can't, including including the trash can, volumes, default folder, and more!

CandyBar 3 also now includes a full-featured icon organizer (formerly called Pixadex) that acts like an iPhoto for your icons: collect and store your icons in the same application you use to change them!

Of course, there's more: CandyBar also now lets you customize the look of Leopard's dock. Too shiny? Too flashy? Make it look the way you want by simply dragging images in to replace. Nice.

Will 512 x 512 icon support, improved iContainers, a smooth new interface, Quick Look integration, and much more, Candybar 3 is to icons what air is to, uh, living.

What's new in CandyBar

Version 3.3.4:

Note: CandyBar is now free, and unsupported. Even if technically unsupported, CandyBar is still super cool. We hope you enjoy it.’ I took this from Dev’s site.

Panic has provided the following Universal serial number: PPQA-YAMA-E3KP-VHXG-B6AL-L

  • First, we’ve updated CandyBar for Mac OS X 10.8! You can now customize the 10.8 system icons. Just launch the app and click the big "Update" button to get the latest IconData.
  • But there’s a catch, or two: in Mountain Lion, Apple changed how the Dock is rendered, so it’s no longer possible to customize the Dock’s look. (You can still customize the indicator lights!) Also, CandyBar still can’t change the internal icons of Mac App Store apps, due to code signing.
  • CandyBar, although simply changing files on disk, has always fallen into a slightly-uncomfortable-for-us grey area of existence. It seems clear to us that there will undoubtedly come a time (soon?) when CandyBar can no longer customize system icons at all. So, what do we do?

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156 Reviews of CandyBar

5
Jazzyguy
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4

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So many years and so much INTEGRITY. A real credit to Mac users everywhere. When they saw they couldn't effectively use their app in Mountain Lion they made it free. I wish other Developers would copy their style. They are so classy!
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Gog4
08 June 2020
Version: 3.3.4
Do not mess with your OS UI this way. That all I have to say.
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jeffstarkman
26 November 2018
Version: 3.3.4
?? Can Candybar allow me to change the font and/or color of a folder's name? MACOS will allow me to do this with ALL folders but not one individually to, say, allow for one folder to be named with a larger green font...!?
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4.5
Steve K
17 February 2014
Version: 3.3.4
I included this info in a reply but I'm including it here in a new review so hopefully people will see it and resurrect their copy of CandyBar. Still the best. :) -- I used Update #2 (scroll down a bit) found on this page to update CandyBar so it works with 10.9 and 10.9.1. Works perfectly. http://idevicedailys.com/os-x/howto-use-candybar-os-x-mavericks/
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Brooklyn-Al
18 September 2013
Version: 3.3.4
Any hope that this would be updated to work with Mavericks?
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Kenbotwinick
15 March 2013
Version: 3.3.4
Can anyone confirm how well this works on 10.8.3? I can't afford to upgrade and have tools I depend on break...
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5
Majesty30
26 February 2013
Version: 3.3.4
I can't ever decide between this app and IconBox.
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NarcolepticSceptic
21 September 2012
Version: 3.3.4
I love this app and have been using it for years. It's a shame what Apple is doing now to the freedom of the user. I am sure that Mac users want to customize all their icons. There is also a bug since 10.5 with blurry/pixelated icons which is clearly a OSX bug !! Apple didn't fix this bug in 10.8 and now even doesn't allow to change icons??? I can't believe this is happening!
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Kentr
07 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
Thanks for releasing this cool program already updated for Mountain Lion. I'm having a lot of fun with it.
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Mac-Mail
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
It's not 'FREE'. It's 'FREE DOWNLOAD'. Be more specific!!!
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Aanhorn
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
I find the recent direction Apple is heading with OS X to be very troubling. Taking choices and power out of the customer's hands and locking down their software. It's a very sad thing to watch for someone who's been a faithful Apple customer for more than 20 years. I have nothing but respect for Cabel and Panic for supporting an excellent product like CandyBar as long as they have, but at this point, Apple has made their decision for them.
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Khadrelt
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
One of my favorite apps ever. I've had it for years. It's understandable that they decided to stop maintaining it, though, with Apple continually making it harder and harder to customize OS X. I still intend to keep CandyBar around as long as possible, though, for the icon storage part if not the icon replacement features.
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Mr-Zark
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
That's a bummer. I was about to buy this app after my trial ended since it's a much quicker way to change icons. I haven't had any problems changing the App Store icon because it never reverted back to the original icon on launch. Same goes for the other system icons so it's sad to see this will no longer be supported.
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Franko
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
While I am sad to see CB (purchased a license 2 or 3 years ago)coming to an end, the folks at Panic deserve huge kudos for making it free. Unlike other devs who'll go unmentioned who know their app is nearing the end but keep charging for it.
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Stringer
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
Love this App soo much been using it for years bought a licence few years back. Changes all my system icons easily and stores my icon collection no problem 5000+ icons. Yes sad day seeing as how it is free now and has become un supported :( hope someone picks it up.... Thanks for all the years iconfactory!!! :)
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Zephyris
04 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
I likes free candy!!!
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anonymous-rooster-2921
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
It's sad to hear that CandyBar will no longer be supported, but I have to agree with Jazzyguy. It says a lot about the developer to know they recognized the lack of current/future capabilities for CandyBar and therefore decided to release it as a free application. I entirely respect and appreciate their decision.
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Jazzyguy
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
So many years and so much INTEGRITY. A real credit to Mac users everywhere. When they saw they couldn't effectively use their app in Mountain Lion they made it free. I wish other Developers would copy their style. They are so classy!
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schmelding
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
All I have to say is a heartfelt, "Thank you." You guyses rawk da haus.
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markrfriedman
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
It's been a great ride and we're going to miss you
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F451
03 August 2012
Version: 3.3.4
To say I have a soft spot for Panic and the IconFactory would be an understatement. I've never ever hesitated to pay for an upgrade when needed. Nothing but top-tier here and their presence in the Apple world is as much as Apple itself. Many, many thanks to Panic; what a class-act.
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adarkenigma
01 August 2012
Version: 3.3.3
disappointed I'm afraid it's no longer possible to customize the Dock in Mountain Lion. Thanks for writing! Best, Tim Panic Inc.
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Vitaly
28 July 2012
Version: 3.3.3
all works now after the recent update. in my experience the developer updates the app very quickly after every major OS X release. thanks
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2.5
wickedsp1d3r
04 June 2012
Version: 3.3.3
Too many crashes these days. Used to be stable, lovable piece of software. Pity.
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5
Willpower-art
29 May 2012
Version: 3.3.3
best icon change app
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0.5
Stormchild
29 May 2012
Version: 3.3.3
So yeah, CandyBar 3.3.3 is officially hosed in OS X 10.7.4. If you can even get it to launch without immediately crashing, you might be able to select one or two icons and copy/paste them manually, but good luck getting the system icon replacement feature to work. I can't even seem to switch between different icon sets without it crashing. It's pretty clear that CandyBar is now a backburner project for Panic, so I wouldn't expect it to be fixed anytime soon.
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Stormchild
28 May 2012
Version: 3.3.3
I used to love CandyBar, but the long term neglect is really starting to show. It takes forever to import a new set of icons, there are frequent graphic glitches (such as icons that temporarily appear corrupted, but look fine the next time the app is launched), and it's become extremely unstable, crashing constantly when trying to make changes to system icons. (This is before I've even tried to apply the changes, when I'm just choosing the icons I want to use.)
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Mistersquid
10 May 2012
Version: 3.3.3
Prior to Mac OS X 10.7.4 and CandyBar 3.3.3 I have been able to change Finder.app's icon with CandyBar. Is this still possible? I'm asking because I cannot figure out how to change Finder.app's icon atm.
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0.5
zx
14 November 2011
Version: 3.3.2
THE SAME BUG SINCE 2009!!!!!!!! *If you trash some icons, let's say from my-icon list (while still keeping it in the trash). The next rebuild will bring the icons back!! Over the years, I have contact the developer a few times and they did respond. But i got the feeling that they are not taking CandBar seriously. Its all about Coda now.
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4.5
Khadrelt
26 September 2011
Version: 3.3.2
Great overall. As an icon collector nut, CandyBar is indispensable application, and it has been well worth the purchase. I have only one complaint: their Smart Collections don't have an option to find icons by an icon's pixel size, only its file size. Which means you can't make smart folders that include certain sizes of icons (i.e., if you want a collection that only has icons with a 512x512 size). Actually, come to think of it, Smart Collections don't seem to work reliably in any case. But I don't really use them much anyway (mostly because of the lack of pixel-size options, I must add). I've had no problems on Lion. In fact, the icon replacement seems to be working better for me on Lion than it did on SL. You can't, however, use CandyBar to change the icons of apps downloaded from the Mac App Store—they're grayed out with a lock over them, and not even changing the app's permissions seems to fix that. probably not CandyBar's fault, I'm sure, but Apple's.
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orhon
24 August 2011
Version: 3.3.2
I wish this would go on sale sometime... Also another question, does it replace the icons and dock in the system folder or do I have to run it every single time? Cheers
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Gn-0000
18 August 2011
Version: 3.3.2
Candybar 3.3.2 will not update itself to support Mac OS X 10.7.1! Poor man! System Icons no longer able to be applied!
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5
Stringer
27 July 2011
Version: 3.3.2
Love this app bought it about 3 yrs ago. I have had no problems with this app also it seems to be working fine for me on Lion. I use it mainly to change the system icons but also have built up quit the iContainer collection 4000 + icons and it handles them with no problem.
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5
Hike77
27 July 2011
Version: 3.3.2
Works great and has a very clean design.
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4.5
Der~bot~haus
27 July 2011
Version: 3.3.2
Seems to be fixed with 3.3.2. Icons changing as expected. Animations are smoother as well.
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Der~bot~haus
22 July 2011
Version: 3.3.1
3.3.1 is broken for me. Reverted back to 3.3. Can't change any icons. Goes through the motion but I am never asked to relaunch Finder or Dock and nothing ends up being changed. 10.7 and 10.6.8.
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Gn-0000
06 July 2011
Version: 3.3
I found a new bug of Candybar 3.3 in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion that the applied icons in the new feature of Lion called "Launch Pad" will NOT be changed. Which means 3.3 has not be evolved to align with the new OS. What a disappointed.
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Zephyris
06 July 2011
Version: 3.3
Seems to be working fine on Lion but Finder would not restart on its own. I appreciate the speedy release as always.
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HugeBubba
06 July 2011
Version: 3.3
It seems to me a good app, 3 stars because of the price. Guys, 30 bucks is too much for this app. Need more money for smokin'.
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n@ncy
02 March 2011
Version: 3.2.2
Used to love it, but last update is from 2009. Is this one abandoned? Mac now always needs a reboot in order to have the icons changed in the dock, a simple finder restart or even login/ logout doesn't work anymore. I've switched to IconBox for now, which seems to work just fine at the moment.
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xati-ba
18 February 2011
Version: 3.2.2
Looks good, but Is it worth $30?
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4.5
Djefis
12 February 2011
Version: 3.2.2
Good App.
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iminlalaland
14 January 2011
Version: 3.2.2
I must say...I am a little disappointed when I tried this out. It is a wee-bit confusing, cannot really detect the icons I have installed in my folder and a little hard to configure. The icon pack they gave looks good though.
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Graphic-Mac
17 December 2010
Version: 3.2.2
CandyBar is just one of those apps you're glad you have when you use it. Is it necessary? No. But it sure makes dealing with icons and the Dock much easier.
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zx
01 September 2010
Version: 3.2.2
*One year later and still no fix for the horrible reappearing deleted icons bug!!! (also see @ACCOUNTCLOSED comment) **For users that don't know yet, with version 2.0.2 it is possible to import your CandyBar collection into IconBox! http://www.iconboxapp.com .
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Vince730
22 August 2010
Version: 3.2.2
Good app. Makes changing Icons easily done. I do have an issue where my Dashboard icon won't restore back to the original, but I'll be able to change it back once I get around to downloading the original icon online. Granted that shouldn't happen, but its not the end of the world. IF you do use this app for heavy duty icon changing, I recommend you make a backup of the icons you change first, as I have found the restore setting to be iffy.
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Px9-855
06 August 2010
Version: 3.2.2
So Panic, how about fixing some of the still remaining bugs in this all but deserted app? While still useful, there is now some competition in IconBox 2. While IconBox might not be all that just yet, it at least show signs of progress... On a side note, I really wish there would be some filter of abandoned apps/age barrier on MacUpdate to note those apps as 'history'. Especially since some things tend to break between large system updates and some of the software here is so old that even their own developers probably don't remember them anymore. :P
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Ixmac
18 March 2010
Version: 3.2.2
awesome!!!... just one word. do your own icons and docks, then apply them with this app and see them on your mac has no price...(excuse me for my terrible English) ;-)
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zx
18 February 2010
Version: 3.2.2
BUYER BEWARE!!! Read @ACCOUNTCLOSED & @ZX Still no fix! while Coda is getting updated frequently..CandyBar seems deserted! .
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Memnarch113
13 January 2010
Version: 3.2.2
Look, Candybar is a great app. I love it with all my heart. A nice, easy to use, powerful utility. But, I just don't think it is worth $30. Yes, it looks nice, yes it gets the job done, but I think you could use something else just fine. That being said, Candbar is in fact one of my favorite applications of all time. I enjoy using it a lot. If you are willing to pay for your apps, this is a good one. If not, I suggest you get a free counterpart.
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C32077
09 January 2010
Version: 3.2.2
I read the reviews about the price hike for the upgrade. I had CB2 and thought it was ok. I decided not to judge the price until I had experienced the product. Perhaps they had done something really exciting which would make the price worthwhile. NOT! They actually have less. I bought it and I am quite pi**ed off. The main reason I bought it was to change my .zip, .sit, .sitx. icons etc. They are no longer accessible? WTF? I create my own icons which fit my company's brand or identity. I bought the app, then created all of my new icons to swap into the default ones. I opened the app and spent about 45 minutes looking for the .zip icon to replace it. Couldn't fin it anywhere. I searched the web and found out that some icons are bundled inside other icons which are no longer editable. BS! Why release a product that does only half of what it used to and then charge such a premium price for it. I am totally out $24 for nothing. I am sending them a letter to explain my discontent with their product. I know I will not get a refund but I am so pi**ed off. I want them to know I will not EVER consider their products in the future. No matter how great the reviews may be for any app that comes out of there, I will not pay for it. Even if they offer me a $24 credit towards some phenomenal, super stellar new app with great reviews I will turn it down on principal. They screwed me out of money. That happens only once for me and I no longer trust that individual or entity.
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zx
14 November 2009
Version: 3.2.2
Buggy! buggy! buggy! . 1. If you trash your icon, let's say from my-icon list (while still keeping it in the trash). The next rebuild will bring the icon back!! 2. You can't empty your trash manually. You must use the file/empty trash apple menu. If you wont do that, the icon will return. 3. ... I contact the developer a few times and they did respond. But i got the feeling that they are not taking CandBar seriously. Its all about Coda now... .
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md828
05 November 2009
Version: 3.2.2
CandyBar is a very nice icon management software but with a long way to go to become the best. Among some issues, It has performance issues when loading big collections of icons. It'd be nice if the caching were permanent, ie, every time one loads Candy Bar big collections should show up instantly. It does have stability issues, it crashes when importing .ico files. Organizing collections into folders gets inefficient since one needs to do so in a tiny space in the sidebar. Export to .PNG has a flaw where it doesn't let you select size 256, it only shows 255. This is a problem with Windows icons that are 256x256, it's not possible to export properly. When doing a search, if you select an icon from the results and you want to know the collection that it belongs to, there is no way to do so. The size slider doesn't have a snap-in behavior, even when using modifier keys. It would be nice if it did because it'd be easy to show icons in standard sizes of 16, 32, 64, 128 etc. If the icon database gets moved (to another HDD), when restarting Candybar it doesn't let you select what the new location is, it only lets you create a new database, or locate the old location. Overral it's a good app, but it needs sort out performance and stability issues and keep polishing some UI and function issues.
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Brazil
15 October 2009
Version: 3.2.2
much much faster when loading if that was even possible as it was already quick,seems to be a good and stable release.A great way to collect and organize if you like docks and icons.
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Cindi168
01 October 2009
Version: 3.2.1
Bought this app cause I do use it quite a bit, only problem is that it's not as stable on SL as I like it to be. Launched the app after I bought it, after browsing and adding icons, the app decided to quit unexpectedly. Then I relaunched candybar, attempted to change the dock, but the app did not relaunch my dock. Finally, i rebooted my macbook, dock did change after reboot and the app seem to be in working order, but there's still some fine-tuning that needs to be done. Can't wait for 3.2.2!
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Macsolu
13 September 2009
Version: 3.2.1
3.2.1 crashes upon launch for me with Mac OS X 10.5.8. Reverting back to version 3.2 solves the crashing problem. I will wait until 3.2.2 comes out to try again. Mac Mini '09 model.
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Der~bot~haus
12 September 2009
Version: 3.2.1
3.2.1 is crashing on all first launches on 10.5.8. Click reopen and it works close it and try again, it fails. Logs look like it is trying to launch in 64-bit mode at every first launch regardless of OS. Support did state 10.4-10.6 compatible. I downgraded to 3.2.
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Mactraxx
12 September 2009
Version: 3.2.1
Jeez, you STILL can't change the sort order of icons from ascending to descending and vice versa. Is that so freaking hard to add??
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Mistersquid
08 September 2009
Version: 3.2
This app is billed as compatible with Snow Leopard which is only partly true. At present, I cannot add new icons, though I can apply old ones. Also, Candybar 3.2 seems unable to see and edit NTFS icons.
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Bjune
06 September 2009
Version: 3.2
why, when i upgrade an app, doesn't this app, if not automatically, at least have a button to replace the newly upgraded app's icon to the icon i chose previously in th app? this makes me launch this app upon every stinken upgrade (which is daily or more), remember and FIND the custom !con and reapply it! lame. AND i can't see my apps complete title. lame. AND why does the app give itself so much breathing room for its in-app titling? • and sorting limitations, • and the inability to adjust the hue/ contrast or saturation • and why can't i superimpose titling with alpha and distortion tweaks • and wouldn't it be nice if it talked to the web to find additional icons and download them for me? and you CHARgE for this app? maybe $.99 cents! please....add nice app and make it robust. it and we deserve it!
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Mactraxx
26 August 2009
Version: 3.2
After going ages without an sort of serious update or new features, they STILL haven't added the ability to reverse sort orders based on criteria. For instance, if you want to sort icons by date added, you cannot choose to show newest ones on top. Lame. I wrote them about this 2 years ago. Pffffft.
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Cindi168
25 August 2009
Version: 3.1.2
This was updated today to 3.2... now snow leopard compatible! :D
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zx
23 August 2009
Version: 3.1.2
What the hell happened to PANIC Inc?! This software didn't see and update since 2007! It's super buggy and simply unusable. Not permanently deleting icons, Spotlight problems, crashes... *Please fix this app or if this is the end of the line for CandyBar just let us now.
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Andrewm8
16 August 2009
Version: 3.1.2
Doesn't work with 10.6 Snow Leopard yet - unsupported system..... :-(
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Zerodown
23 November 2008
Version: 3.1.2
Hey. Yesterday I felt like changing my icons out of boredom, so I remembered that I had LiteIcon, and changed some around after downloading some from interfacelift that I thought were a good set. Then I remembered that I had an old version of CandyBar, and really wanted to change some of my system icons, which LiteIcon does not. So I opened up CandyBar and did so, however when it relaunched the dock, everything went missing. All my settings were gone, everything on my desktop was gone, all my MUSIC in my itunes was gone!!! Does anybody know how to retrieve this?... The weird part is, that its still on my computer, I just cannot see it. I know this because when I go to my dock, I have folders on there that are automatically nestled into the 'documents' folder, and all of their contents are still there, but when I go to look in my 'documents' folder, nothing is there. Please HELP!!!!
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Cricket99
06 November 2008
Version: 3.1.2
This program has brought smiles to my face for the many months I have had it and used it gleefully. Yes, I can change the icons manually for my files, but I have no desire to go deep-fishing through files best left untouched by such a programing neophyte as I to change dock icons safely. (Nor do I want my kids doing so! ) I have used CandyBar's free icons extensively for the past several years so it seems a small thing to buy their program, which also organizes and stores my vast collection of icons and docks in an easy to use manner. As I pass my old MB on to my children, I have bought a new license so they can safely and happily change icons to their hearts' content. Apple users have a long and honorable tradition of modifying their desktops to suit their whimsy, and it is a pleasure to support such an elegant application. Besides, how many people in the world still remember the old SciFi show Space:1999, much less make accurate icons of Eagles and commlocks for your computer? :)
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Jan13
15 July 2008
Version: 3.1.2
If you like to JUICE-UP your desktop, this app., is way to go. Simply, beautiful interface, easy to use ... very nice. The only problem is lack of third party icons ... mostly taste-less with exemption of few ... If you are shopping for so called “Cool-design” icons, well hard to find ...
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Mac-Adam
26 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
Nice Update but: • No Computer icon in System Change • No resize Pict imported in all size could • Drop a 512 icon on System Change is pixalised
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Raddle
11 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
If you like, want or need this software - buy it. If you don't, don't. I've been a happy user of Pixadex and CandyBar for years. The revised model makes perfect sense: why *not* have all your icons right there in the application designed to apply them? Okay, so it cost a little to upgrade. What's that - four visits to Starbucks? A DVD you'll only watch once? They'd have been perfectly within their rights to charge a nominal fee for the extensive rewrite to come to Leopard: for a few bucks more you're getting a much-improved application. The developer's job is to improve their product for the general (and evolving) market, and support their families. Wishing them out of business is as loopy and unpleasant as hoping an author will have a heart attack just because you didn't like his last book. Threatening to warez the product is nothing more than theft, and places you well outside the pale of normal computer users. Reserve your self-righteous ire and excessive use of capitals for companies like Unsanity - who took over a *year* to update some of their software for Tiger, and seem intent on the same glacial approach this time around - rather than people like Panic: who tirelessly (and quickly) tweak their products for each new iteration of the system, who came out punching with a sleek and powerful new version of CandyBar within weeks of Leopard hitting our desktops, and who - via iconfactory -are constantly giving to the Mac community. Or take a pop at Final Draft, which cost a fortune to upgrade just for it to (more or less) work in OSX. Or better still, why not *relax* a little, remember no-one's holding a gun to your head when it comes to upgrades, and go spend your money on something else - like a good book on anger management. If the freebie alternatives do what you need, use them instead, or you could save every last cent by slavishly changing the icons one at a time (though note the warning about possible future system changes, which CandyBar will help you avoid). Personally, I happily spent the cash to get what CandyBar offers me. The bottom line is that the ability to futz with your icons is not exactly life-critical, but a pleasure and hobby - which you can choose to spend a few bucks indulging, or not. It's really not worth getting this worked up about, nor worth aligning yourself with thieves, nor wishing ill upon the developers. Get some perspective, and grow up.
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Mac-Adam
11 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
Added "Computer" icon like previous CandyBar ?
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Ronl
11 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
The main problem (as others have also noted both here and on VersionTracker) isn't whether the apps are worth it. It is that people are being forced to purchase more than what they want. How do you think people would react if suddenly Adobe said the only way you could purchase Photoshop is if you also purchased Illustrator? I am NOT degrading the applications... just that it was a VERY bad business move to no longer give the users the option to ONLY purchase what they wanted and not be forced to purchase an additional application that they may not want.
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Emulaunch
11 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
As an owner of the original Pixadex I love the new integration of CandyBar. As of today I have over 8,000 icons in my collection and I can't imagine not having CandyBar to manage this collection. As far as the upgrade price goes, I really have no problem with it and consider it a worthy investment for the application plus the amount of icons/wallpaper/dock skins which Iconfactory produces every year. One feature I would ask is for smart lists to have the ability to detect dock skins and/or icons that have 512px resources.
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F451
10 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
Panic and the IconFactory have supported the Mac community for many, many years now, providing creative access to icons, wallpapers, and other free goodies too numerous to describe. They bundle their software together and the uninitiated lambast them without any historical knowledge of Panic. Even to the point where they suggest freebies that essentially ripped-off the initial version of CandyBar. Don't that beat all. The Mac community is changing rapidly, and I don't like what I see in the way of freeloaders.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
10 January 2008
Version: 3.1.2
Not only do I NOT wish to buy the rip-off upgrade, I sincerely hope the company goes out of business. I don't care that Panic added Pixadex to CandyBar. I didn't ask for it and I suspect it was done because people weren't buying Pixadex anyway FOLKS, DISCOURAGE OVERARCHING GREED. BOYCOTT PANIC AND DOWNLOAD THE FREE LITEICON UTILITY INSTEAD. IT DOES PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING YOU WILL ACTUALLY NEED ANYWAY, QUICKLY SIMPLY AND ELEGANTLY. AND DID I MENTION IT WAS...FREE! THEN TAKE YOUR SPARE CHANGE AND REWARD THE DEVELOPER OF LITEICON FOR HIS/HER EFFORTS FOR GIVING SOMETHING TO THE COMMUNITY.
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Jeremyy
03 January 2008
Version: 3.1.1
I even forgot how I ended up paying for candybar 2 which I barely used. But I only paid less than $13 for it. And now they are charging $24 for an upgrade. I am definitely NOT going to be robbed.
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Mattly
01 January 2008
Version: 3.1.1
I would have paid $5 to $10 for Leopard-compatible Pixadex. But $24? I hope you're kidding. really, really, I do hope this is like april-fools, but a couple of months early. Very few times in my experience as a Mac User have I felt like I was being taken advantage of as a paying customer... but sadly this is one of them. So, anyone have a reasonably-priced alternative? In other news, I'm also going to seriously consider not buying Panic/Iconfactory software in the future, if this is their upgrade policy.
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Ronl
20 December 2007
Version: 3.1.1
Not even going to bother downloading this new version when it went from $13 to $29!!! You've got to be kidding! From the very large number of comments here expressing the same... it looks like you've just priced yourself out of the market. Really too bad.
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Sv715
19 December 2007
Version: 3.1.1
I had a previous copy of CandyBar, but wasn't about to pay for an upgrade... For just changing icons, try LiteIcon... works great on Leopard and free to boot.
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Suleiman-Khan
19 December 2007
Version: 3.1.1
too expensive. too expensive. too expensive. I want to customize my mac not my credit card balance.
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Kenta
19 December 2007
Version: 3.1.1
CB3 is awesome app.
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kosovarnye@yahoo-com
19 December 2007
Version: 3.1.1
Allow me to tell it the way I see it. I am sorry I bought version two of this because I will NEVER pay the high upgrade price for version 3. Good grief, the friggin' upgrade costs almost 1/4 the price of of the entire Leopard OS, and only for the privilege of having some fairly dressy looking icons. Look, if these greedy b**ches want to price themselves in such a way as to insult potential or return customers, so be it, but it's a mistake for them to assume we're all idiots who'll pay for a utility that is purely superficial. On principle, I'll never buy ANY software from this company again and I assume many of you feel the same way.
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Nothingistrue
12 December 2007
Version: 3.1
I think the "Change Application Icons" feature isn't working anymore with the 3.1 update. If I select the Applications tab, and then "Use These Icons" button while a set (in this case Amora) is selected, the tab switches back to the System icons tab, and the custom Application icons in the set are not applied. Or did it always work this way? I thought they auto applied without drag and drop in the last version.
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Tdominey
12 December 2007
Version: 3.1
As others have pointed out, the pricing of 3.0 is really unfortunate. I enjoyed and used Candy Bar 2, but it's one of those apps (unless you're crazy about icons) most people use maybe a handful of times, and the upgrade pricing for 3.0 is really prohibitive. I'm not knocking the app, for it's great as always, but the pricing could certainly be more in line with what the marketplace is willing to support.
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::mile::
12 December 2007
Version: 3.1
I totally agree that this is an awasome app and that the devs have put lots of thought and effort into it...! There is no better way to change icons on your Mac...! But then again -- just how often do you ayctually do that so that it would justify spending 30 bucks on it...?! Great app and probably worth its price judging by the execution and features, but I for one really don't see me paying for something I'll probably use only once or maybe twice ever...
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Ronl
12 December 2007
Version: 3.1
$13 to $19... no problem. $13 to $29... big problem. No way!
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Mistersquid
12 December 2007
Version: 3.1
Like other longtime users of CandyBar, I was glad to see the rollout of version 3. Then I looked at the pricing and haven't bothered to do anything more than download. For me. Leopard's default icons are not as hideous as Tiger's. That--combined with that fact that (to my mind) upgrade pricing for a $12-turned-$29 program should be no more than $10--means I will hold off on CandyBar 3 for some time to come.
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Mac-Adam
09 December 2007
Version: 3.0
Why my old pixadex icon was not find by candybar 3 ? There is not Computer icon !?
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Applecrypt-Mods
07 December 2007
Version: 3.0
darnit, i'm registered for pixadex and candybar.. upgraded and now the serial doesn't work. Guess i gotta pay for the newer version lol Both apps are great, though a little slow imho. Why are some ppl here complaining?? Thx panic for great s/w!
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Francola
06 December 2007
Version: 3.0
Unfortunately, I have contacted the folks at Panic about a problem and they have given no reply. I changed out my icons with a icon package from their site and now the icons for the volume drives have become stuck and will not return to their original state. If something like that does not bother you along with no support, than this might be just what you have been looking for! A disturbing experience for me. I don't guess that I will be investing.
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Freebsd
01 December 2007
Version: 3.0
Short: Go Download LiteIcon. Long(er): I am a long time user of CandyBar 2, the version that was obsoleted with this app. While I will not be taking advantage of the refund as someone posted previously since I got more than my money's worth, I think their upgrade pricing is, if nothing else, illogical. If you purchased a Candy Bar 2 license within the last couple of months, you are entitled to a free upgrade to this app, but this doesn't make much sense considering that Candy Bar 2 cannot be used with Leopard, and Candy Bar 3 cannot be used with Tiger. I would have gladly purchased another "2" license since it made the upgrade to "3" the least expensive route. It's not that I don't want to pay for this app; I would happily pay a reasonable price for the upgrade. But I don't think I'm alone in believing that its value has significantly decreased. It may do what it's supposed to do, but Candy Bar 3 is nowhere near worth what Candy Bar 2 was. Especially since LiteIcon is available now for FREE. It retains all of the simplicity for such a task as these programs afford, with none of the confusing overhead introduced with v.3. Go download that now, and if it doesn't suit your need, this app will be waiting for your money.
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Leo-Spill
30 November 2007
Version: 3.0
How do you revert back to the default OS icons ? Can't find it mentioned on the Panic site or in the FAQ's or an option to disable CandyBar from within the application ? Surely it should be well documented. There is no read me included in the zip. Please someone post how to restore the default so I can remove this application.
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Vaporatx
29 November 2007
Version: 3.0
Remember, Panic offers an unconditional lifetime money back guarantee on their products. If you are ever not satisfied with their product(s) they will refund your money. After the fiasco with the upgrade pricing I emailed Panic and expressed my dissatisfaction with their unfair upgrade pricing and requested a refund for my less that a year old copy of Candybar 2 that was rendered useless with Leopard. I turned around and donated that $13 dollars to the developers of Liteicon. Panic can keep their overpriced bloatware crap. I suggest all the dissatisfied Candybar users request their money back. That send more of a message than any email.
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Lux
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
I enjoyed using CandyBar 2 in Tiger and thought the price very reasonable for a nice little personal pref app. However, I too have got used to Leopard icons and find the price hike for the upgrade too steep and the discounts offered too little. As a result, I shan't be using CandyBar 3.
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MAchintrucbidule459
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
No way to easily import from pixadex ?
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Leo-Spill
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
The two reasons I used to use Candybar almost religiously on every Mac I worked on were the default system folders and the Finder sidebar icons . I really didn't like the design and before Candybar made swapping system icons out easily and safely I used to edit system Resources files manually. But with Leopard the sidebar has gone from 32X icons to 16X and the nasty OS folders have been cleaned up, lost that fake 3/4 view and wrinkly styling. I think Panic/Iconfactory missed the boat for me. If it had been ready day one of release I would have kept using it, but I've had time to get used to the new defaults and think they work and am happy with them. Who in their right mind wants to keep thousands of icons in a database - probably the kind of guy that wears a tin foil hat. If Iconfactory had a repository of icontainers ( Similar to their iPulse gallery) completely set up with reference pictures of the new look - that would help but unfortunately complete sets are rare and who has the time to search for every unique icon for each Category ? The guys who make this just haven't thought it out properly. It used to be a 'little app'. thirteen bucks which brought a little personal preference to your system icons but Pixadex/collecting icons is a seriously nerdy hobby and doesn't warrant being included into Candybar and the price hike that entails. The design of the application looks sloppy and it feels like the programer spent more time with the new online only activation coding than actual time spent making the new version which looks a step backwards in terms of ease of use and functionality. It looks awkward and confusing. Now Apple uses Coverflow and 256X icons within the Finder my old full system icontainers just don't cut it anymore and how much work is there in re-artworking all of them up to 256. It seems a big of a change as OS9 32X to OS10's 128X and Candybar version three has no answer. Coming late to the party means I won't be using Candybar anymore.
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Dana-Sutton
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
A very good app. has gotten a lot better, and i. m. h. o. is well worth the price. Version 3 does MUCH more than v. 2 did. The only problem: the author unwisely chose to eliminate the ability to customize System icons for such things as URL and FTP locations because he imagined they are no longer necessary. I think this was a serioius mistake (Candy Bar should be able to customize all System icons that appear on the desktop). I've written to complain, and if another other users do I bet he can persuaded to change his mind.
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Macintosh-Sauce
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
Just purchased CandyBar 3.0! Excellent app IMHO! I already own Transmit so I naturally trust Panic to make spectacular applications. They haven't let me down so far.
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Easer
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
Well, I plan to upgrade to Leopard soon, and I will upgrade to CB 3 as well. I just wrote them with a question a few hours ago, and they responded promptly. Frankly, they sound very reputable and professional. Their programs have always been stable and helpful. I agree with the other reviewers about the fairness of the upgrade price. It is inevitable that as the Mac OS evolves, so must other programs. Developers have a right and a necessity to periodically charge for upgrades and develop their programs.
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mac-34
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
zomg, this is the best, the most user-friendly icon "manipulator". dock customising - simply unbeatable! upgrading with my eyes closed. bravo!
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Easer
28 November 2007
Version: 3.0
I don't have an issue with it per se, but it also appears that one cannot purchase CandyBar 2 anymore. I have to assume that not everyone is updating to Leopard.
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Eirikop
27 November 2007
Version: 3.0
I've enjoyed CandyBar and Pixadex since they were v.1 releases. After seeing people's comments on pricing, I checked the Panic web site. There are three purchase options: $29 for the full purchase, $24 if you have a v.2 license to *either* CandyBar or Pixadex, and $19 if you have v.2 licenses for both. I'm in the 3rd territory, and so my upgrade fee will be $19. I have no problem paying that. Rolling the two apps together makes me happy. The new Dock options are interesting (since I've been unwilling to try any of the hacks people have rolled out). I am, frankly, glad that they've updated the software. Thanks Panic peeps!
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3.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
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  • Mac OS X 10.5.0 or later
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