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Summary: The blog service WorldPress.com on Friday released its Retro Mac theme, which offers the black-and-white look of the Finder interface that came with the first-generation Macs.
The blog service WorldPress.com on Friday released its Retro Mac theme, which offers the black-and-white look of the Finder interface that came with the first-generation Macs.
The Just Another WordPress Weblog said that it will evoke some serious computer nostalgia.” Still, the theme is filled with customization options.
For all the memories it brings — and its throwback design — this theme has modern functionality under the hood. Create your own custom menu to replace the first set of icons in the sidebar, upload a custom header image to display below the blog title, or set a custom background. Also included are two footer widget areas and a full-width page template that drops the sidebar.
The original 128K Mac interface used 32-by-32-pixel icons. For Lion and the Leopards, developers must create versions of program icons from 512-by-512 down to 16-by-16 pixels.
In a post from a few years back, I mentioned Marcin Wichary’s amusing (and useful) interface resource called the Graphical User Interface Gallery GUIde. It has many different interface elements from many OSes from the past and present, including Mac, Windows and Gnome and BeOS. It also traces standard file type icons, sounds, splash screens. Check it out.
And by the way, the Mac icons were better than their Windows counterparts in the olden days and still are today.
David Morgenstern has covered the Mac market and other technology segments for 20 years.