Windows were meant to be clear. Apple's Dictionary defines windows as
"an opening ... that is fitted with glass or other transparent material in a frame to admit light or air and allow people to see out"
So why not let a little light shine through?
CCI lets you define how transparent you want the background windows in your current application are, as well as the windows of inactive applications.
You can change this setting anywhere from 0.99 (opaque) to 0.1 (nearly clear).
Tired of gray? CrystalClear Interface lets you create windows with any color your Mac can display. Pick a matching color right off your desktop if you want a really smooth look.
Change your window colors any time you like to suit your mood or complement your desktop.
Enjoy adding a little transparency to any color you choose... in any app!
But you can color more than just your windows. With CCI, you can set separate colors for
CrystalClear Interface lets you choose from among:
Of course, each of these frames can be further customized with its own color and alpha value (transparency).
CrystalClear Interface includes 10 prebuilt themes designed to complement different kinds of desktop pictures (including the "frosted crystal" desktops that get installed with CCI):
CCI's preset themes let you quickly and easily switch the frame style, transparency, and color of windows and text areas... all at once!
New in CCI 2.8 is a long-planned feature that lets you design, save and reuse your own custom window themes.
With CrystalClear Interface, you can easily switch among six sets of unified, fully realized button themes:
You can also swap out the system menubar, choosing one of eight striking designs that complement both the button styles and the preset themes. Four of the menubars are translucent, and four opaque. Four are dark, and four are light.
The screenshots on the right show four of the menubar styles, together with the three button themes. The images also switch among the many possible window themes you can design.
CCI also incorporates a large set of document icons based on the Crystal Albook series, which you can install or uninstall to suit your taste.
CrystalClear Interface has many more tricks up its sleeves. Some you may notice right away, but others are more subtle. Here are a few of those tricks:
These are both major releases that introduce new graphics and theming options.
CrystalClear Interface 2.8 supports Mac OS X 10.6.8 ("Snow Leopard"), Mac OS X 10.7 ("Lion") (versions 10.7.4 or 10.7.5), and Mac OS X 10.8 ("Mountain Lion") (versions to 10.8.5). OS X Mavericks is not supported. You can use CCI 2.8 freely for 15 days. To use it beyond the trial period, you'll need to buy a license for $15.00.
CrystalClear Interface is no longer available to download. or purchase.
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