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It’s Coming . . . CrystalClear Interface 2.0

Published December 18th, 2008

CrystalClear Interface 2.0

Window Transparency

Adjust the transparency of windows as much or as little as you like. Customize for individual windows and applications. In CrystalClear Interface, transparency is used to make the top window very obvious and to reduce distraction from inactive windows.

Window Colors

In CCI 2.0, you can set different colors for various kinds of windows:

  • Regular windows
  • Panels
  • Alert windows
  • Sheets

Window Frames

Also new in CCI 2.0 are custom window frames. You have 8 frame designs to choose from for regular windows, 5 for panels, and 3 each for sheets and alerts. CCI also automatically applies the "HUD" frame and color to most utility windows, such as Colors and Fonts.

Window Frames Available in CrystalClear Interface 2.0

Unified Leopard Widgets

The new Leopard button look you see in the Finder, iCal, System Preferences, and a few other apps is really great, but it's not uniformly applied. CrystalClear Interface 2.0 tries to remedy this with Leopard-style widgets throughout.

Unified Leopard Button Look in CrystalClear Interface 2.0

And one more thing . . .

Actually, there are many more things, but they'll have to wait until the beta release, which I hope will be before the end of the year. The software is pretty much done, but now there's the documentation and Help pages. Stay tuned!

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