Posts Related to “Customization Tools

Best iPad Wallpaper Apps and Websites

Let’s face it, iDevices are usually not that much customization friendly as a result of  Apple’s closed policies unless you are going to jailbreak them. But not all people are interested in having their iDevices jailbroken and you can even live without that for sure! There are still ways to give a shiny new look to your iPad’s both Home Screen and Lock Screen using designated apps or simply by browsing quality wallpaper websites to find the ones that match your taste. To ease this process for you here are our curated iPad apps and classy wallpaper resources for the stylishness of your iPad.

iPad Customization Apps:

Pimp Your Screen

Pimp Your Screen is one of the most popular iPad customization apps around which enables you to give your iPad a new look by choosing from a large collection of backgrounds, icon skins, app shelves, and neon combos. It also supports the Retina display for the new iPad. One good point about this app is that with its instant preview feature you don’t need to apply the changes you make each time to see how it would look on your iPad Homescreen. Pimp Your Screen‘s current version hast a 4.5 stars rating and is available to download for $0.99. (more…)

MenuBarFilter Gives an iOS-like Dark Menu Bar to Your Mac OS X

Do you enjoy the beautiful dark  menu bar on your iPhone or iPad? Thanks to a tiny free software called MenuBarFilter you can easily turn your Mac OS X menu bar into a dark, iOS-Like one.

While this is not the only way to get a dark menu bar for Mac OS X (you can find another workaround in this GeekTool Tutorial), the good point about this Nocturne based software is that with a single click it inverts the colors of menu bar and the including widget icons to give a shiny look to your desktop. There are currently some minor issues with this software which hopefully should be solved with a new update; for example if you are running Mac OS X Lion, it might not always work perfectly in full screen apps. Also there is no way to quit the software rather than going to Activity Monitor and manually quit it from there.

MenuBarFilter Download and Installation Guide

Customize Your OS X Lion’s Dashboard, Mission Control and Login Screen Background Images with “Lion Designer”

Have you ever been trying to customize your Mac OS X Lion’s different design elements such as the mission control or login screen backgrounds? Sure you could do these using hacks and tricks that required a little manual file editing and replacement, but now thanks to German developer Moritz Wette, You can easily do the customization with a free app called “Lion Designer“.

Here are some of Lion Designer features:

  • Customize new Dashboard background image
  • Customize new Mission Control background image
  • Customize folder icons of the new Launchpad
  • Customize folder background of the new Launchpad
  • Customize the login screen background image
  • Change the icon (apple) at the top of the login screen
  • Customize the size of the launchpad icons
The good thing about this app is that if you made a mess of your OS X’s design, you can easily roll back to its default with a single click. For your own images, Moritz suggests that you use PNG files that have the same or greater width and height as your monitor so that no tiling occurs.

Download Lion Designer

Watch this quick tutorial to learn how to use the Lion Designer app.

Organize Your Desktop Icons with Fences

Are you tired of your messy windows desktop filled with lots of unorganized icons? It’s a real pain in the neck each time you need to find the document or folder in such an untidy desktop. But the awesome icon organizer tool, Stardock Fences, can make the life much easier for those who spent most of their time on computers. After installing Fences you can easily arrange your icons into categorized containers and even hide all of them by double clicking on the desktop.


GeekTool released in Mac app store

We have previously mentioned the awesome Mac desktop customization tool, Geektool, in several posts.  Fortunately the developer of this app has released GeekTool App on Mac App Store, and it had gained a lot of popularity only in a few days.

Geektool app comes with three default plugins:

  • File plugin to monitor MacOS X activity with /var/log/system.log, or any file that you want to follow.
  • Shell mode to launch custom scripts or commands like “df” to check space left on filesystems or “uptime” to monitor load on your machine.
  • Finally, image mode helps you monitor bandwith usage, CPU load, memory availability on your server with tools like MRTG or RRD.

The screenshot of Geektool on Mac App store features the Awesome Clock and Sand Desktop we had previously covered. So if you are interested in replicating this beautiful desktop check this video tutorial.

5 Examples of Mac Os Desktop Customization using GeekTool

Among the Mac Os X desktop customization tools available, GeekTool is my favorite one. It is a really neat utility that will allow you  to run little scripts or “geeklets” to display useful informatiom such as RAM, CPU usage, calender , images and etc. on your Mac’s desktop. Here are 5 good examples of Mac desktop customization using GeekTool. Click on the images for a larger preview and follow the links for downloads ans setup configurations.

Portal 2 Themed Desktop

This beautiful GeekTool desktop, inspired by Portal 2, uses the SOG theme we previously covered on our 5 Best Mac OS X Themes. The wallpaper, icon set and GeekTool scripts for the desktop setup can be found on its creator deviantArt page. (more…)

Omnimo Brings The Beauty of Windows Phone 7 to Your Desktop

Omnimo is a windows desktop customization tool that overlays your desktop with a beautiful tiled interface  similar with Windows Phone 7. It enables you to add useful widgets for weather, Gmail, calendars, news feed, Twitter, system monitoring and many other things to your desktop. The best thing about Omnimo is that you can easily drag and drop the widgets through its setup to customize your desktop depending on your taste and style. (more…)

Customize Your Windows Desktop with Rainmeter

There are several desktop customization tools available for Windows but not all of them are as versatile as Rainmeter. By installing Rainmeter you will be able to access lots of cool widgets and applets which neatly float on your desktop and give you quick information such as CPU usage, calendar, weather, RSS feeds, emails, Tweeter activities and application launchers. What makes Rainmeter a powerful customization tool is the large community of active developers and designers which make provide Rainmeter users with a wide variety of skins, themes and options to choose from.