Kaleidoscope is a control panel that completely overhauls your
Mac's user interface using plug in Color Scheme files. Instead of me
trying to describe what it does, you should really just install it
and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed... If you still
are not convinced, here are just a few of Kaleidoscope's
- Kaleidoscope includes an "Apple Grayscale" plug in Color
Scheme that gives you the Mac OS 8 Platinum interface. This Color
Scheme provides all of the functionality of our shareware
extension "Aaron", and registered users of Aaron can upgrade to
Kaleidoscope for the reduced price of $10 (see below).
- Kaleidoscope also comes with several other color schemes, each
providing a completely different user interface. In addition,
there are hundreds of third party color schemes available all over
the world. You can download a wide selection of third party
schemes from the Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive (maintained by Eric
Reid) on our web site: <http://www.kaleidoscope.net>
. The Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive also has links to many other
Kaleidoscope-related web pages as well as resources for color
- Kaleidoscope puts a WindowShade widget at the top right of
window title bars. Clicking on it collapses the window to just its
title bar. Clicking again restores the window to full size.
Alternatively, you can collapse or expand a window by
double-clicking on its title bar, just like with Apple's
WindowShade control panel. Kaleidoscope also has an option to play
"whoosh" sounds to accompany these actions.
- Kaleidoscope gives document windows a thick border which you
can use to drag windows from any side.
- Kaleidoscope lets you replace the Chicago 12 system font with
any font and size of your choice (with the restriction that the
system font cannot be too large or else text will no longer fit in
buttons and dialog boxes). Please note that the system font is NOT
the font used in Finder windows; you can set the Finder window
font with the "Views" control panel.
- Kaleidoscope comes with various suggested system fonts,
including Veritas (based on Apple's Truth or Charcoal font rumored
to be the system font under Mac OS 8), BeBox (based on the system
font used under the BeOS), Espi Sans, and Tecton.
- Kaleidoscope lets you set the background of Finder windows to
any color you want. It also has an option to colorize Finder
windows according to the label color of the folder.
There is here a collection of Kaleidoscope color schemes adds even
more customization options for the Kaleidoscope control panel.
Various themes are here, HiTech, Patterened and Silver Schemes.