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0.62 = a winner!
Authored by: shuffle on Nov 16, '07 08:34:26AM

I measured (hexadecimal) and compared the suggested 0.63 value with the horizontal grey horizontal pixel underneath the menubar on an old PPC running 10.5. The results:

0 = #030303

1 = #989898

Older PPC = #5F5F5F

0.63 = #616161 (almost there...)

0.62 = #5F5F5F (Bingo!)

So if you want to look like an old PPC, copypaste this into your Terminal:

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ 'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 0.62

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0.62 = a winner!
Authored by: blukens on Nov 16, '07 08:23:50PM

It's seems to be a bit inconsistent between computers. The target value is definitely #5F5F5F (that's what I'm seeing on my stock PowerBook G4), but I get that on my iMac when using 0.63 as the value. Using 0.62 gives me a value of #5D5D5D. Not sure what's causing the variation, though I suppose that reality is either one is really close enough. Just kinda funny it's different for different computers. Go figure.

For what it's worth, I'm using Apple's DigitalColor Meter utility to get the color values on my 20" Aluminum iMac.

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consistency with other UI elements
Authored by: mclbruce on Nov 17, '07 02:55:58PM

The idea of using DigitalColor Meter, located in the Utilities folder, is a very good one. I agree with another poster who mentioned that numbers may not be the same from computer to computer. In addition I suggest switching to a solid white desktop background before doing any testing with DigitalColor Meter.

Every window has a gray line at the bottom. I have found that these lines have two different color values in DigitalColor Meter: one when the window is active and one when it is not. The color values seem to be consistent for every window.

Anyone can use their own DigitalColor Meter on their own machine to find the two color values. They can change the 0.6x number to get the menubar gray line to match the gray line at the bottom of their own active or inactive windows.

On my computer 0.66 or 0.67 nearly matches the value of the active windows.

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