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TextExpander Menu Bar Icons
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About
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I’ve been a satisfied customer of SmileOnMyMac’s TextExpander for
years. However, I’ve never really been happy with the selection
of icons for the menu item. They always felt too large in the
context of the menubar and — quite frankly — a bit fuzzy looking.
http://smilesoftware.com/textexpander/
After creating a revamped set of icons and posting the results to
Dribbble, I decided to make them available to everyone.
http://dribbble.com/shots/303057
This project was subsequently forked by James Goode, who added
the nifty “Balloon” versions.
http://dribbble.com/shots/306326
There are currently four sets of replacement icons:
+ Minimal Flat (Grant Hutchinson)
This set is the original, minimalist version that I had first
envisioned as a replacement. They have a simple, two dimensional
look with just a slight gradient shading.
+ Minimal Inset (Grant Hutchinson)
This set sports a subtle white “shadow” on the bottom edge,
mimicking the appearance of Apple’s menu extra icons. They use
the same gradient shading as the Minimal Flat version.
+ Balloon Flat (James Goode)
Created as an homage to TextExpander’s venerable balloon logo.
This set tries to match Apple’s menu bar icons as closely as
possible, eschewing the gradient shading found in the Minimal
version.
+ Balloon Inset (James Goode)
Identical to the Balloon Flat set, except for the addition of a
subtle white “shadow” on the bottom edge of the icons.
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Installation
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1) Quit the TextExpander application.
2) Right-click or control-click on the TextExpander application
and select “Show Package Contents”.
3) Open the “Contents” folder.
4) Open the “Resources” folder.
5) Copy the four “TEStatusItem” icon files into the “Resources”
folder. You will be asked if you want to replace each file with a
new one. Click “Replace” for each file.
6) Inside the same “Resources” folder, right-click or
control-click on the “TextExpander Helper” application and select
“Show Package Contents”.
7) Open the “Contents” folder.
8) Open the “Resources” folder.
9) Copy the four “TEStatusItem” icon files into the “Resources”
folder. You will be asked if you want to replace each file with a
new one. Click “Replace” for each file.
10) Relaunch the TextExpander application.
11) Open the TextExpander Preferences window.
12) Under “Appearance” select the updated icon of your choice.
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To Do
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+ Add information regarding Mac App Store version of TextExpander
+ Determine TextExpander version support
+ Determine Mac OS X version support
+ Additional icon sets
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Credits
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TextExpander Menu Bar Icons are brought to you by the lovely
Grant Hutchinson and his usual interface persnicketiness.
Balloon version made with love by James Goode.
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Licensing
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TBD
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Version History
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1.0.0 — The “Finally” Release
+ The first crack at a tidied up, minimalist icon set
1.0.1 — The “White Shadow” Release
+ Added icon set with a subtle bottom edge highlight
+ Source files now use the sRGB colour space
1.1.0 — The “Balloon” Release
+ Added icon set in homage to TextExpander’s balloon logo
+ Added mockup for demonstrating icons in situ
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