Obsidian Menu Bar is back from limbo!
In an effort to make this hack more approachable, I've bought a domain for it – www.obsidianmenubar.com – where I can more easily explain what you need to do in order to set it up, what the risks involved are, and how you can go back to the system default should you change your mind.
With the guidance of Alex Zielenski, Obsidian now installs through an AppleScript rather than a package installer. This way, it can get to the system files it needs to. In a way it's also a more transparent process, since you can easily look in the Install Content folder to see what it will install.
Needless to say, a lot of time has been spent making this hack. So if you use it, show your support by donating and keep Obsidian alive and kicking.
about 1 month ago
Really wish I was braver when it came to "hacks" right now. :-)
@Joel Helin Yes, it takes some guts to try this out. You really should take that warning seriously. It's also why I clearly wanted to state that this is a hack, nothing else.
I love the Obsidian Menu Bar. Been using it for a year now I think. And it works like a charm! :)
Well done! this is brilliant! I wish Apps came with an option for black or white for the menubar.
I used this a couple of months ago, it looked quite nice besides a couple of icons. Maybe I'll try it out again :)
If anyone was wondering, I was able to install this on 10.9.2 by editing the script file and pointing it to a modded version of SystemVersion.plist.
@Jason Farah That would work yes, but if they changed anything around, you might be in a tough spot.
I'd love to try this out. I got one question though (couldn't find an answer anywhere but people mentioned it above):
Is there a way to make my own custom icons for those apps icons that doesn't fit with the dark background? I remember I tried Obsidian once but couldn't figure out how to fix some of the icons.
@Joachim Löfstedt You'd have to look through the contents of an app to find the resources for the menu icon. Usually they are in Contents/Resources.
The problem is with sandboxed apps (any from the Mac AppStore), they will brake if they are modified in anyway. Apps from outside the App Store should be fine, but can be sandboxed, too.
This is why I recommend using Bartender and hiding the apps a click away.
Oh I love this!
@Max Rudberg Thanks for explaining. Might try this out later on.
@Max Rudberg You're right, the menubar worked but the colouring for the theme and selections is still the same, any ideas?
As much as I love Bartender, the price is a killer: $17 dollars to hide menu items.. Well, That's not fair! it should've been like 6 dollars, now that's more understandable.
@Jason Farah Coloring is meant to be the same.
I'm not affiliated with Bartender, but I feel they are free to charge whatever they like for their piece of software. I paid it anyway.
But it would be nice if it was in the icons and text was white, so you didn't had to make your own icons. There would always be a white version of the apps icon included(when you click the icon it shows it in white(inverted).
Keep it up! Great work!
@Rasmus Mikkkelsrup Thanks.
You still have to modify the unselect state of an icon, which is simple enough. The color is 75% white, #bfbfbf. Going pure white is not something I would do since the contrast becomes so great.
@Max Rudberg I always keep my screen brightness at 50%. I guess thats why it doesn't make that big of a difference(I've changed the icons of some of my menubar apps to white).
I really wish I could use it, it looks really great!
Could you please fix the Fullscreen, Spotlight, Time Machine and Dropbox? This is what I get: http://cl.ly/image/0X3o331m2R3v http://cl.ly/image/3A3A2g1q0E1q
Sometimes the menubar goes back to silver :S Often with Chrome. Anyone have this problem? Otherwise, amazing!!! :)
Working with Obsidian Bar for a day now, what a blessing! ;)
Maybe you could add a library with the white icon versions so we could all add them ourselves, I think there are a lot of people who want to help with that including me.
@Tycho Klein Severt Yup. I don't mind recreating some of the icons in light version. But only when it's stable enough and works with the default system icons.
Not my cup of tea.
Is there any way to uninstall it? Im using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.
Need to get rid of the white text and icons.
@Aaron Durham Just run the included Restore package.
Keeping obsidian sharp, love it. :)
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