Downloaded the new Safari 6 this arvo via Software Update. Seems very fast compared to 5.1.whatever; loads quicker, scrolls smoother, feels zippier. Good.
One of the changes has been to embed the reader badge into the faux-hardware of the browser chrome, which I don’t like. Another is the colour of said embedded reader badge (on left) which I really. I’d love it if it were the dark blue I’ve mocked up (on right). Why? Just easier on the eye-balls; it doesn’t seem to want my attention from the top corner of my peripheral vision when I’m trying to read something on The Internet.
That is all.
God damn it, that’s not all!1 I quite like the stretchy, full-length tabs. I really didn’t think I would judging from images I’d seen of the dev previews, but, in use, I like them. Maybe it’s because I typically have a minimum of five+ tabs going at any given time.
With a little Photoshop trickery, I changed the colours of the source files, re-exported as PNGs, and replaced the original files (after making a backup of course). Shit works.
The files I changed in
You too can read darker!
Now available in dark blue, and dark grey!
Before you attempt the below, I cannot be held responsible if something goes wrong.
Use these PNG files at your own risk.
This worked for me first go. I expect it to for you also.
- Download the Read Darker zip file in dark blue (16kb), or dark grey (12kb)
- Quit Safari
- Navigate to
HD/Applications/Safari.app/Contents/Resources/(right-click on Safari.app and select “Show Package Contents”) and backup all the files listed above to another folder on your Mac so you can replace them again if something goes wrong!
- Unzip the downloaded zip file
- Copy/paste or drag/drop the unzipped PNGS into the
/Resources/folder, replacing the original files (you’ll probably need to enter your administrator password)
- Relaunch Safari