Dark mod e

The in­ter­face mode pros were clam­our­ing for proved dis­ap­point­ing

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When Ap­ple re­vealed OS X’s ‘dark mode’ at WWDC, quite a few de­vel­op­ers made very happy noises. A built-in al­ter­na­tive OS X theme has been a long time com­ing, and much re­quested by peo­ple who use pro apps with dark in­ter­faces. The stan­dard OS X theme’s menu bar and Dock can be a dis­trac­tion from the blacks and dark greys in such soft­ware.

The prob­lem is Ap­ple seem­ingly did the least it could with its im­ple­men­ta­tion. Be­yond the menu bar and Dock, only Spot­light seems to be af­fected. We’d like Ap­ple to go fur­ther, re­plac­ing ‘Use dark menu bar and Dock’ with a full al­ter­na­tive OS X vis­ual theme.

On chang­ing modes, your desk­top back­ground would op­tion­ally au­to­mat­i­cally be switched to some­thing more suit­able. More im­por­tantly, a much wider range of sys­tem com­po­nents would be af­fected, in­clud­ing (but not nec­es­sar­ily limited to) win­dows and dialog boxes. It should also be some­thing de­vel­op­ers can hook into when cre­at­ing apps that utilise stan­dard Ap­ple in­ter­face el­e­ments, en­abling them all to have a dark mode ‘for free’, and on a con­sis­tent ba­sis sys­tem-wide.

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