04 September 2007

Translucent windows

I've been playing around with translucent windows. It started with Terminal.app. I use a black background for my Terminal windows, which can get confusing when you have a few terminal windows open & overlapping each other. So, I tried setting them to 10% transparent, which turned out to work really well. If I focus on it, I can see what's behind the window, but it doesn't distract me otherwise. I found a hack called Afloat that allows you to set the transparency of windows in some Cocoa applications. Though new windows are always opaque; you can't tell it to always make all of an application's windows 10% transparent by default.

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