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Interesting find in 10.1
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Sep 25, 2001, 02:16 PM
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Sep 25, 2001, 02:21 PM
I can make something similar in InterfaceBuilder, too.
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Sep 25, 2001, 02:29 PM
What program is that?

The interesting thing about this is the implication that Sound Sets, at least in some incarnation, are either back or will be coming back. But you could have at least been nice enough to point that out.
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Sep 25, 2001, 02:33 PM
Oh , do you also have the prerelease version of Appearance Maker from the ADC ? I heard Apple removed it shortly after they put on their servers . It's great , isn't it ? Finally making your own themes !

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Sep 25, 2001, 08:14 PM
I think I found this window in the dev tools carbon appearance sample project (could be mis-remembering, though.) Regardless, the APIs for querying that info are there for all of that stuff. The appearance manager abstracts the specifics of how windows and controls are drawn, and uses the term "Theme" to describe a collection of metrics and colors and so on. This stuff has actually been there for a long time.

It's possible to theme Carbon OS9 and OSX. (In fact, standard Platinum in OS9 is one "theme" as far as Carbon apps are concerned, and standard Aqua in OSX is another "theme.") Appearance-manager-compliant apps will respect the themes and work correctly. But this doesn't necessarily mean there are other themes available, or that there are plans to make themes. The "theme" abstraction is just good programming.
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