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Appearance Manager

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Appearance.sit (379.10 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
Appearance_SDK_1.0.4.sit_.hqx (3.74 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8 - 8.1
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Macintosh Appearance Manager & SDK

This gives Macs running a Mac OS earlier than version 8.0 (or 8.5 for 1.0.4) the ability to run apps and games which require the Appearance Manager to be installed.

   The Appearance Manager represents Apple's newest innovations in interface development and several programs, including PandoCalendar, require the Appearance Manager to operate. If you are using Mac OS 8.0 or later, you already have the Appearance Manager. and can stop reading now.

   For those of you using Mac OS 7.1 - 7.6.1 [...] When you restart, your Macintosh will have the Mac OS 8 Platinum Appearance. This will change the way windows, buttons, Finder icons, and the menubar look. The menus will also stay down when you click on their titles.

— excerpt: "Appearance Manager Installation" doc.

1st download is version 1.0.1, SDK 1.0.3. This version is already included with OS 8 & 8.1, so there is no need to install on these systems.

2nd download is version 1.0.3, SDK 1.0.4. This version mentions OS 8 & 8.1 (NOT 8.5 or later) compatibility, however few apps require this version, so 1.0.1 is usually sufficient enough. It also includes a few developer goodies.

 

Q What are the versions of Appearance, with which versions of the OS are they compatible, and how can they be detected?
 
A The best way to answer these questions is with a table:


System
Extension
API
Gestalt
System 7.1

through

Mac OS 7.6.1
need to install 1.0.3

(1.0.2 may already be installed)
1.0.1
1.0.1
Mac OS 8
1.0 (bundled)
1.0
none
Mac OS 8.1
1.0.1 (bundled)
1.0.1
1.0.1
Mac OS 8

and

Mac OS 8.1
may install 1.0.3

(1.0.2 may already be installed)
1.0.1
1.0.1
Mac OS 8.5
none (built into System)
1.1
1.1

Excerpt is from SDK 1.0.4 documentation

See also: Aaron 1.6.1, Aaron Light 1.2.3, Kaleidoscope, StickyClick, ZMac's TabMania 1.01, Smart Scroll

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

Version 1.0.3, SDK 1.0.4 (2nd download) has a very extensive ReadMe file included with it that I recommend reading before installing.

Runs well under Basilisk II and SheepShaver*.
In Mini vMac (Mac II variation) there are visible conflicts with this emulator and it appears to be unusable.

*In SheepShaver; Only use if running Mac OS 7.5.3 to 7.6.1 (Old World ROM) — otherwise, not required.

Important:

  1. In System 7, Remove the "WindowShade" and "Color" control panels from your "Control Panels" folder. The functionality of these control panels have been replaced by the "Appearance" control panel and are known to conflict if both are installed.
  2. If you have an old version of an interface-altering extension/control panel (Aaron, Kaleidoscope and others) you may wish to disable them (unless more recent than this Extension Manager), as they might conflict with the Appearance Manager.

Comments

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2019, July 27 - 1:35am

...Impossible to use or display Chicago, Geneva and other system fonts. It would always use Charcoal...

...Indeed , only a SSW reinstallation could restore original system fonts behavior.

Try removing the Charcoal font from the System or Fonts folder if this is an issue. - It then reverts to the default Chicago font for the system menus, if you do.

You certainly do not need to do a fresh OS install, just to rectify this.

galgot's picture
by galgot - 2019, June 8 - 9:37pm

Under Mini vMac (Mac II emulation), it corrupts so horribly, that you cannot change the system font (if you don't like Charcoal). Then, only SSW reinstallation helps to get rid of it completely.

This happened to me on a PowerBook 1400C running 7.6.1 too. Impossible to use or display Chicago, Geneva and other system fonts. It would always use Charcoal...
So it seems its not related to MinivMac.
Indeed , only a SSW reinstallation could restore original system fonts behavior.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2015, March 17 - 9:28pm

Thanks for the info.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2015, March 17 - 9:25pm

  Is not it part of System software?

No. It became part of the SSW with Mac OS version 8.0 onwards. This is an addon for earlier Systems - 7.1 to 7.6.1.

The Appearance Manager for pre-Mac OS 8 Macintosh was released by Apple primarily to allow newer Macintosh programs which required the Appearance Manager to work, run on earlier than OS 8 Mac systems too. Likely to give those new softwares some backwards compatibility. - And because Mac OS 8 and the Appearance Manager was so new; Allowing software developers to reach a wider audience, as the SSW 7 user base would have been greater than those using 8 at the time.

The added (bonus?) feature, was that you could make your Mac look like it was running OS 8 without needing to upgrade or use 3rd party software like Aaron or Kaleidoscope to do it.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2015, March 17 - 7:44pm

Is not it part of System software?

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, August 25 - 1:10am

Is that a special version of Mini vMac ? I thought it emulated only B&W Compact Macs ?

Yes, there is ongoing development to get Mini vMac to run on Mac II ROMs. Source and binaries are of alpha quality at this point. You can get Mac II emulation with up to 256 colors. The sourceforge page with better info here.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, August 24 - 4:50pm

9" monochrome monitor an issue? Just get a Micron Xceed greyscale card!

Lovely! Laughing out loud

16 shades of gray AND Mac OS 8.1?

- On a Mac SE/30 and using the "Wish I were..." INIT, I suppose?

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, August 24 - 4:48pm

And why don't I win the lottery while I'm at it? Tongue

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, August 24 - 4:34pm

9" monochrome monitor an issue? Just get a Micron Xceed greyscale card! Then it will look like this!
 
 

Micron Xceed greyscale card on Mac SE/30
Micron Xceed greyscale card on Mac SE/30 running Mac OS 8.1

 
[Edit] original screenshot was hosted on Gamba's (now defunct) site. It's now internal: - MTT

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, August 24 - 1:04pm

Laughing out loud Regardless of whether it runs on Mini vMac or not, Appearance Manager really was meant for color Macs with Mac OS 7, so they could adopt the look of OS 8. As much as I love a little 9" monochrome monitor, it can't do Appearance Manager justice.

ADD: And in any case, Mini vMac's Mac II emulation is really really in its infancy...

Edit: Replaced 'xxx 7' with 'Mac OS 7'. - IIGS User

bertyboy's picture
by bertyboy - 2010, August 24 - 9:12am

Is that a special version of Mini vMac ? I thought it emulated only B&W Compact Macs ?

I know there are settings to allow you to compile your own to support ROMs other than the Mac Plus.

Anyway, with the Compact Macs, all the essential system fonts, Monaco 9, Chicago 12, etc, etc. were stored in the Mac ROM. Just wonder if it was wise to try to override them.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, August 24 - 2:34am

Under Mini vMac (Mac II emulation), it corrupts so horribly, that you cannot change the system font (if you don't like Charcoal). Then, only SSW reinstallation helps to get rid of it completely.

Which version of SSW are you running in Mini vMac (Mac II)? I did say that this software might run under Mini vMac. I have Mini vMac too but not a Mac II ROM (does this give you greyscale under Mini VMac? I would think that the Appearance Manager on a mono screen would look crap (probably why I hadn't bothered going there) - Regardless, the documentation should be read through before installing it. An important paragraph was quoted in the description on this page:

[snipped]

The Appearance Manager for pre-OS 8 Macintosh was released primarily to allow newer Macintosh programs that require the Appearance Manager to work, run on pre-OS 8 Macs too. Not so much as to "make your old Mac look like its running the latest OS" (which at the time, it did just that).

[snipped]

But then again perhaps it is just incompatible with Mini vMac.

[Edit] Yep, it looks like it is incompatible with Mini vMac II - MTT 2015:04:17

iMachinchilla's picture
by iMachinchilla - 2010, August 23 - 4:51pm

Under Mini vMac (Mac II emulation), it corrupts so horribly, that you cannot change the system font (if you don't like Charcoal). Then, only SSW reinstallation helps to get rid of it completely.

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, May 6 - 10:31am
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The DL link for the Appearance manager has been corrected and now works properly, thanks.