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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: wjv on Nov 15, '07 05:24:34PM

(I'll post this on the top level of the thread, so those with Threaded comments can see it.)

It appears you can set the value to anything between 0 and 1. This seemingly controls the colour that goes "behind" the menu bar (and is then altered by the translucency effect), with 1 being pure white and 0 being pure black.

0 gives you a flat white menu bar. 1 gives you a steel grey, shaded menu bar. 0.5 (for instance) gives you something in between.

An odd side effect - on my PowerBook at least - is that this new colour protrudes below the menu bar by one pixel. If I change the setting to 0, I have an unsightly black line below my menu bar. If I opt for a mid-grey (by choosing something between about 0.5 and 0.7) this is much less noticeable.



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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: blukens on Nov 15, '07 06:37:40PM

If you want to replicate the appearance of the opaque menu bar that appears on older PPC hardware (my PBook G4, for instance), use the value 0.63.

This gives a 1 pixel border that is 37% black, which is exactly the color of the 1 pixel border on my PowerBook.



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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: wjv on Nov 16, '07 12:27:08AM

The colour range doesn't seem to be quite linear. For instance, setting the variable to 0.5 gives you a grey line of colour #4d4d4d. That's already 70% black.



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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: blukens on Nov 16, '07 07:04:55AM

It looks like the color you get may not be entirely consistent between computers. On my Aluminum iMac, setting the value to 0.5 give a border with a gray of 29.8%. If I do the same thing on my PowerBook G4 (which never supported translucency anyway), I get 37.3% which is a little lighter than the color you're seeing.

I'm using Apple's DigitalColor Meter utility to get measure the color of the 1 pixel border. So, I guess if one really ones it to be perfect, you just have to play with it. But generally, something around 0.5 or 0.6 seems to end up looking pretty good.



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10.5: Get rid of the translucent menu bar
Authored by: wjv on Nov 16, '07 01:36:37PM

How bizarre!

But yes, your originally suggested value of 0.63 looks "just right" (to my eyes) on my ageing Powerbook G4. It gives me a grey line that's #616161.



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