Cool window background color?

  • Sorry if this has been answered.  I'm obviously using the wrong google query.

    What NSColor should I set my NSWindow background to to look modern
    like the iApps?  (e.g.: iTunes.)

    My users dislike the background color generated when "Textured" is set in IB.

    (I'd rather not make custom gradient files in Photoshop.)

    Thanks,
      Sanford
  • On Sep 1, 2007, at 7:55 PM, Sanford Selznick wrote:

    > Sorry if this has been answered.  I'm obviously using the wrong
    > google query.
    >
    > What NSColor should I set my NSWindow background to to look modern
    > like the iApps?  (e.g.: iTunes.)
    >
    > My users dislike the background color generated when "Textured" is
    > set in IB.

    I'd recommend against making your own window UI unless you don't mind
    if your app looks out of place on future releases of Mac OS X. A good
    example of this was the original Office X, which was heavily
    pinstriped and looked out of place when Apple toned down the
    pinstripes in Panther...

    Nick Zitzmann
    <http://www.chronosnet.com/>
  • On Sep 1, 2007, at 10:24 PM, Nick Zitzmann wrote:

    >
    > I'd recommend against making your own window UI unless you don't
    > mind if your app looks out of place on future releases of Mac OS X.
    > A good example of this was the original Office X, which was heavily
    > pinstriped and looked out of place when Apple toned down the
    > pinstripes in Panther...
    >

      Along that line, using the standard window background color would
    work best for you. See NSColor's class methods for a large list of
    standard system colors (including "colors" which are actually patterns).

      In answer to your question, you might want to google "CTGradient".
    Apple constantly does "their own thing" with UI, but they *are* pretty
    well aware of their own plans for future OS UI changes ... ;-)

    --
    I.S.
  • On Sep 1, 2007, at 6:55 PM, Sanford Selznick wrote:

    > Sorry if this has been answered.  I'm obviously using the wrong
    > google query.
    >
    > What NSColor should I set my NSWindow background to to look modern
    > like the iApps?  (e.g.: iTunes.)
    >
    > My users dislike the background color generated when "Textured" is
    > set in IB.

    Try this trick

    http://www.hopelessgeek.com/2006/11/29/developers-pretty-up-brushed-
    metal

    it gives a pretty good effect in that direction

    Sam D
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