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ThemePark Extras.rsrc with enhanced menus in Tiger
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llee
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Jun 10, 2005, 06:04 PM
 
Is there any way to get ThemePark to export a flat Extras.rsrc file that will let me display enhanced menus in Tiger? I didn't have trouble with that in Panther, but all I can see in my root menu for any Extras.rsrc files I've edited for Tiger are the contents of the 2028 and 2029 Root Menu Caps and Root Menu Fill resources.

I thought about trying to learn to edit layo resources, but I can't find any layo resources containing references to 2028 and 2029 that I haven't already replaced to no avail (or with any effect whatsoever). I'm not sure there is a way to get those enhanced menus to show up in Tiger without using ShapeShifter. (Shapeshifter is a terrific product, but I like to tweak a few things it won't give me access to.)

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Jun 10, 2005, 06:28 PM
 
Define *flat* and define *enhanced menus*...... If you mean 3d or beveled enhancements then they aren't possible without shapeshifter. All you can edit is what you mentioned and the menu selected background.
     
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Jun 10, 2005, 07:20 PM
 
Tiger does not use the 'layo' resource for menu drawing (or, as far as I know, at all). ShapeShifter is "faking it" when it draws them.

There's no way to use enhanced menus without using ShapeShifter.
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llee  (op)
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Jun 10, 2005, 07:27 PM
 
Originally Posted by digitaljames
Define *flat* and define *enhanced menus*...... If you mean 3d or beveled enhancements then they aren't possible without shapeshifter. All you can edit is what you mentioned and the menu selected background.
Thank you for the reply!

Actually I was just using the term "flat" to describe a full fledged, data fork only, Extras.rsrc file - one that can be directly substituted for the one in use by the system as opposed to an incomplete version such as what would typically be extracted from a GUIKIT by Guikitty. I haven't had any trouble customizing the file using Resorcerer and ThemePark.

An example of an enhanced menu would be the riveted boiler plate appearance of menu items beautifully crafted into the Aluminum Alloy theme. Please keep in mind that I've managed to faithfully reproduce that particular feature in many Panther compatible iterations of the Extras.rsrc file. I'll be happy to provide a screen snapshot with the "no haxies installed" Application Enhancer message, or better yet just email you a customized Panther Extras.rsrc file along with the unfinished Tiger version. Of course that particular theme can't be faithfully duplicated this way because of the non-grayscale element for the metal window texture. But the enhanced menus weren't a problem in Panther.

See http://lonestar.utsa.edu/llee/res/cu...e_install.html for an explanation.
     
   
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