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Many Rangerphile websites have tips and downloads so you can Ranger-ize (customize your computer with Rescue Rangers themes) your computer. However all the ones I've found were for PCs. So unless you have a computer that runs Windows, there was nothing (that I found anyway) fan based to ranger up your Mac. Ever since I got my first Mac (I needed a laptop & the college computer store had a special on PowerBook G4s) I wanted to customize it, but came up short. So I started a quest to individualize my screen. I've decided to share what I've learned, converted, & hacked with you.

FYI: I suggest you maximize your browser window for the easiest navigation. This page has been tested in Safari, Mozilla, Netscape, IE, & Firefox so I don't think you'll have any trouble (pictures didn't use to show up but they do now).

Any tips, comments, suggestions, etc. Please email me with the subject line saying "Rangerize".

email pic from http://www.nhacks.com/

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On this page I have tips for Ranger-izing:

icons, wallpaper, changing the finder window background, creating personal login icons, changing the screen behind the login window, adding text to the login window, changing the Alert Volume sound, Changing the "About this Mac" icon, & screen savers, NEW! program alterations including Mac Solitaire, Quinn, Flying Icons ScreenSaver, & the Terminal.


Step #1:

Go to Disney.com (more specifically ToonDisney.com)That's where you can get official stuff (icons, wallpaper, etc) for PCs & Macs. They have (at the time of this page's creation) icons & wallpapers of the Rescue Rangers available for free download. I suggest going to the site, even if you've been there & downloaded stuff before, so that the hit count on that page stays up & Disney can see that there is an interest in the Rangers!


Now for the how-to's, fan downloads, & hacks for Mac.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is for Mac OS X. I have version 10.2.8 so these tricks & techniques should (yes, I said should on a Ranger site...) work for other X versions, but I don't know. (11/22/04) I've recently gotten 10.3 & am double checking what works & doesn't. I'll label things as 10.3 compatible if I find it to be so & list any changes if necessary. Keep your eye out for the GREEN font if you have 10.3 (8/26/06)I now own a MacBook Pro which runs 10.4 on an intel processor. I'll update in RED font if these work for those, Basic stuff like icons & wallpaper will still work on any 10x system, but I can't guarantee anything. Please check out resexcellence.com for more up to date info. [(8/26/06) resexcellence.com appears to be down at the moment. And so have my links... I'll tell you when it's back up.] See bottom of the page for last page update Date & Time.

These tricks will not work for Mac OS 9+ (AKA: Classic) nor below (versions 7, 8, etc).

Any hacks & mods are done at your own risk. While these tricks may work for my computer they may not work for yours. Any damage is not my fault, etc, etc, etc. Always back up your stuff prior to doing anything, etc, etc, etc. Please repair permissions (applications - utilities - Disk Utility: click on hard drive then click button that says repair permissions) before & after any major change to your system.

This site is fan-based and is in no way associated with the Walt Disney Company, Apple Computer, any other site linked here, any creators of the artwork, Yahoo Geocities, etc, etc, etc. Chip & Dale Rescue Rangers are (c) Disney 1989.

This page was last updated 9/22/05 @ 3:17pm (updated links & info)

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Icons



This is 10.3 Compatible! This is 10.4 Compatible!

There are many places on the internet where you can download Ranger icons, but only Disney.com has official ones.

UPDATE: Lately the Disney site has not worked for Mac users. Once downloaded the icons don't work. A backup of these icons are on magicalears.com.

The rest are fan created. I suggest going to The Foxglove Feature (desktops too - classic instructions), & Julie Studio's for mac icons, The UPDATED Russian CDRR Portal for some good ones (although sometimes at a lower resolution). The majority of the icons on that site are for PC, but they recently added some original & converted Mac ones (unfortunately so far they don't work. The transfer from mac to PC server didn't quite work for some reason. If you want them, email me). Also the RR Database has a collection that will grow with time.

Or you can create your own. If you want to create or convert (from PC) an icon, I suggest using Iconographer (which can be found at The Iconfactory or possibly at downloads.com). It can create icons for Mac or PC and convert preexisting icons to the other system. I've had very good success with it. This is one of the few shareware programs that I have bought. Since it's shareware, it has a free demo period, but please buy it if you use it - it's a great program.

HOW TO:

Say you want to change the look of your hard drive icon for example (you can change all icons using this method).

1.    Click on the new ranger icon. Be aware that you want the original location of the icon for this. If you copy an alias then you will copy that little black arrow as well!  

2.    Then either press apple (also known as command) then i (from here on I'll write apple-i), or go to File - Get Info. You should get a window that looks like this (except the picture will be the picture of your icon).

logo info before

3.    Click on the picture of the icon. (make sure there is a blue border around it or you didn't select it - if it's a small icon, it may take a few tries.)

4.    Then either press apple-c, or go to Edit - copy.  (You can close this window now, but I recommend that you don't until you know this works - sometimes this takes a few tries)

5.    Now click on the icon of your hard drive on your desktop.

6.    Repeat step 2. You should get something that looks like this (except it will have the name & info of your hard drive).

hard drive logo info

7.    Click on the icon of the hard drive (again, make sure the blue border is there or it's not selected.)

8.    Either press apple-v, or go to Edit - paste. The info window should now look like this.

new hard drive info

9.    Close the windows & enjoy your new icon on your desktop!

10.                  (if you want to undo this action, repeat steps 5 & 6, then instead of pasting the icon, cut it by pressing apple-x, or go to Edit-Cut)

Now your desktop should look something similar to this:

desktop after icon change

Congrats! You just changed an icon! You can apply this same technique to other icons on your computer. Some icons, however, cannot be changed this way because they are "owned by root" or you need a 3rd party program to change them. If you notice, my dock has different icons for the finder & trashcan. I used a program called CandyBar to do this. You may want to download this program (it is compatible for all OS X versions). this is a shareware program. The free demo gives you unlimited access for a limited time & after that you can only change a few icons (notably the trash can & finder in the dock) after until you pay.

TIP: If changing icons does not work the first time you try it, try again before giving up or assuming that this is a folder that you can't change the icon for. Sometimes it takes a few tries, cutting the original icon first, or logging off/logging back on before an icon will take. But, like I said, some icons just don't take, so don't spend forever on this if it doesn't work.

BTW: You may have noticed that my hard drive is called "HD" not "Macintosh HD" You can change the name of your hard drive. This is a good way to keep track of your drives if you have more than one. This is also a way you can rangerize your mac! Imagine your computer being named Gadget...

1) Select the disk

2) Select the name (you can slowly double click the name to get here too)

3) Type in the name you want!

4) An alternate way of doing this is to get info (see above) and highlight the name, then change the name! This is the same way you can name your folders, etc.

If you still don't get how to change icons (hopefully I've explained myself) or want to see this in action prior to doing it, here's a link to a flash animated instructions for this. Click Here for Tutorial

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Wallpaper:



Basically this is the same for 10.3 The layout of System Preferences has changed but the basic instructions are the same. Look for Green font & pics below for 10.3 directions. For 10.4 follow 10.3 instructions.

Changing the Wallpaper on your Mac is one of the easiest things to change on your computer. A wallpaper is the picture you see behind the icons & dock on your desktop (in the picture above it is the default "Aqua Blue" picture. One neat thing with a Mac OS X, is that you can have a rotating wallpaper, if you wish, which does not exist on PCs (& has made many a PC friend of mine jealous!!)

HOW TO:

1.    Know where you stored your wallpaper picture(s). I suggest putting them in your pictures folder or creating a new folder within that (I have one called Cartoon Wallpaper). Do not leave these files on your desktop (or any other files or folders - only put alias & your disc drives on your desktop or it will slow down your speed!)

2.    Open System Preferences (It's default in the Dock or can be found in Hard Drive - Applications folder)

3.    Click on the Desktop preference plane (it's the 1st one under the Personal header). 10.3 click on "Desktop & Screensaver" in System Preferences. It's the 2nd on under the Personal header). 3rd under Personal in 10.4 For 10.2 you should get a screen that looks like this.

system prefs desktop

10.3 looks like this:

system prefs desktop 10.3

Be sure to click on "Desktop" & not "Screen Saver" tab.

4.    Click on the pull down menu by Collection & select the location of your wallpaper pictures. The pull down menu looks something like this. 10.3 there is no pull down menu, choose from the browser on the side - see pic

system pref pulldown menu

5.    My ranger (& other cartoon) pics are in a folder I created called Cartoon Wallpaper. If you don't see your folder listed, click "Choose Folder" & browse for it.

6.    From here, click on the picture you want to have for your icon. This will automatically change your desktop. It will look something like this.

new wallpaper

7.    If you want your wallpaper to rotate between different pictures, click on the box that says "Change Picture."

rotate wallpaper box

8.    You can then choose how often the pictures rotate and if they are in a random order or not. I suggest changing the pictures randomly and every minute.

Congrats! You set your wallpaper!

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Finder Window Background:



This is 10.3 & 10.4 Compatible!

This is easy to do, but it requires a lot of thought. But if done right, it creates a cool effect that will not only impress others but help you organize your finder windows in the dock as well. But don't worry, this is also one of the easiest to undo.

I got this tip from MacWorld Magazine, but I forget which issue & who wrote it.

HOW TO:

1.    Know where you stored your picture(s) that you want to use. The pictures folder is fine for this. It doesn't really matter as long as you do not leave these files on your desktop (or any other files or folders - only put alias & your disc drives on your desktop or it will slow down your speed!)

2.    In the Finder, open the folder that you want to change the background on.

3.    Go to View - Show view options, or press apple-j.

view options

4.    THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!: At the top of the popup window there are two choices. Choose "This window only" or "All windows." Very rarely will you want this to apply to all windows. If "all windows" is chosen it doesn't lie - all windows will be effected & it can be very annoying - especially if you want to undo this later. I highly suggest choosing "This window only."

5.    Go to the bottom of the popup window. Where it says, "Background" you have 3 options. By default "white" is selected. To "rangerize" your window, choose picture & press Select.

6.    A browser window will appear & ask you to select your picture (this is where it helps to know where they are stored so you don't have to keep looking for them). Select the picture you want in the background & click select.

applied finderwindow background

(This is an example of a bad picture to choose. See "tips" below for remedies to this)

8.    To undo - since this may take a few tries to get the result you like (see tips below) simply repeat steps 1 - 5 & pick white to return it to the original state or select one of the other options to try again.

TIPS:

1.    Pictures do not tile. In the example above you can see that the picture should be the same size as the window you are applying it to or there will be a white border around it.

2.    Be careful when choosing your picture. As you can see in the example above, pictures and dark colors can make viewing the contents of your folder very difficult. Be aware of this when you pick your picture.

3.    Although this doesn't fit with the whole "rangerizing" theme, I personally prefer solid colors or lightly patterned pics. This makes things easier to read. I suggest using those lame wallpapers they give you by default. You may not want to look at them for a wallpaper, but they make cool finder window backgrounds!

4.    As you can see in the pic below, if you minimize these windows to your dock, the dock displays not only your new color/picture of the window, but it's shape as well. This makes things easier when you want to maximize your window but have many different windows minimized!

5.    This only works when you have the finder window set to view icons. If it is set to list or columns it doesn't display the image.

applied finderwindow background

Congrats! You set your Finder windows backgrounds!

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Creating Personal Login Icons:



This is 10.3 & 10.4 Compatible! See below for more details on skipped steps & updated System Preferences.

When you login to your computer, you have one of two options available. One option (which is better for security sake) is where you type in your name & password. The other option is to have your name displayed with an icon next to it, then click on your name & type in your password. Do you like those standard icons they give you? Wouldn't you like your favorite ranger there instead? Here's how! BTW, this involves a program called Preview which should come as a standard install in your OS X."

Believe it or not, I came up with this method myself & did not get it from anywhere. The login picture that results will be a little smaller than the normal one, but you can still see it. I have seen hacks on-line for editing the original files in Photoshop so they are the right size, but since I don't have that program, I don't know how to do that. But if you do, you're welcome to try it yourself!

HOW TO:

1.    Get some Ranger icons. I suggest the ones off of toondisney.com (update: the page is still there, but the icon link is not... see the above link for an online backup) or there are some others on the internet (see links in the Icons section of this site). Also, if you have a program like Iconographer (again, see above), then you can convert Windows icons to mac so you can use them. Or you can even make your own with that program! Be aware that you want the original location of the icon for this. If you copy an alias then you will copy that little black arrow as well!

2.    Click on the icon you want to use and press apple-i to Get Info (or you can go to File-Get Info).

3.    Click on the picture of the icon so that it is outlined in blue and press apple-c (or edit-copy). - These steps sounding familiar? So far they are the same as the changing icon directions above. But after this they change.

copy the icon

4.    Now, open the program called Preview (found in the Applications folder).

5.    Once the program is open, go to File-New from Pasteboard, or press apple-n.

new from pasteboard

6.    Then go to File-Export (there is no keyboard shortcut for this one). 10.3 skip to step 10

8.    In the box, Type in a new name for the file. Also select the format from the pulldown box. Select pict as the format. Save the file to your desktop for easy reference.

format options

9.    (You probably can skip to step 11 now, but if you want to be doubly sure, do these steps too.) Open the newly created file on your desktop. If the pic is surrounded by black, don't worry, that means that part is transparent when applied.

pict icon w/ black

10.    Go to File-Export again. This time export the file as a .tiff file. Save this to the desktop for easy access as well.

save as tiff

11.    Move the .tiff file (or if you skipped 2 steps the .pict file) to your Hard Drive/Library/User Pictures. I go one step further & put them in the Animals folder since... well... they are.

12.    Open System Preferences.

13.    Click on My Account (the default location is the 2nd from the right under Personal - the top row. It's the one w/ one person in silhouette, not 2). 10.3 click on "Accounts" found in the 1st on the left under System heading.

choose your icon

10.3 (be sure to click on the "Picture" tab):

choose your icon 10.3

14.    Scroll through the pictures - they display alphabetically. If it's not there, you can click on "Choose Another" & browse for the file to select it.

14a.    To log in using icons not next, in System Preferences, click on Accounts (1st on the left under System on the bottom row - has 2 people). Click on the "Login Options" tab. Choose the "List of Users" option under "Display Login Window as:" I think this choice is default, but I don't remember. If you choose Name & Password, you will have to type in your name and no icon will appear. 10.3 stay in "Accounts". Unlock to make changes then click on "Login Options" (found below list of accounts). From there click on the option "List of Users" under "Display Login Window As" choice.

15.    Quit System Preferences & Log out of your computer. Your new icon should be there!

Congrats! You created & set your own login icon!

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Applying Safari Link Icons to the Dock:



This is 10.3 & 10.4 Compatible! I'm not too sure about 10.2 but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but in your default dock, next to the trash is a little spring with an "@" sign on it. If you click on this (& are connected to the internet) then you'll be taken to the apple website. Ever wonder how you can change that (or bring it back if you've pulled it out of the dock)? Here's how!

1.    Open Safari & go to the website that you'd like there to be a link to in the dock (say The Acorn Cafe)

2.    With the mouse, click on the favicon in the address bar. (the favicon is the icon that appears next to the web address. Here it is a globe)

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3.    While clicking on the favicon, drag the address to the dock. You have to drag it to the part of the dock (on the right or bottom depending on how you have your dock set up) that's next to the trashcan. It won't work if you place it in the application part of the dock. Now you have a link to the website in the dock!

4.    Wanna customize the icon? (why else are you here?) Repeat step 3, but this time drag the address to the desktop.

5.    Change the icon of the weblink just like you would change the icon of a folder (get info of icon, copy the picture, get info of the weblink, paste the picture - see steps earlier tip to change icons).

6.    While you're getting info, change the name to something shorter. You might want to click "hide extension" below the name part so you don't see .weblock after the name of your link.

7.    Now drag this to the dock! Remember it has to be the part of the dock that has the trashcan in it - not the applications or it won't work.

8.    Test the link to make sure it works.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Congrats! You just created a personal web link in the dock!

FYI: to remove the link, just drag it out of the dock. You'll get a cool "poof" animation too!

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Hacks:


These are tricks you can do to make your Mac unique & are not typical changes. Because these are hacks, you make these changes at your own risk. ALWAYS backup what you're changing prior to hacking anything in case you want to revert back to the original state or need to fix something because it doesn't work anymore. If you noticed, in the first system preferences picture the main picture is called "Aqua Blue 1" not "Aqua Blue." I created a copy, then added a 1 to the name so I could back it up. Although these hacks are not recommended by Apple, most of these tricks I found in Macworld Magazine or in online forums & have been done by other people besides myself.

I also recommend before and after any changes to REPAIR PERMISSIONS to your computer. You do this by running Disk Utility (found in applications - ultility folder), click on your hard disk, make sure the "First Aid" tab is pressed (10.3 & 10.4 default, 10.2 have to press), then click the "Repair Permissions" button. Depending on how long it it's been since your last repair it may take a while. If it reports errors, it will (or should) repair them on their own. I suggest running the repair again to be safe. Do this before and after hacks & this will keep your system working great (& should be done on a fairly regular basis even if you don't hack).

Many of these hacks can also be done using 3rd party programs. Some are free, some are shareware, & others allow limited access through a free demo & full features if you pay. I haven't had much experience with these, & like free stuff, so I'll stick to do-it-yourself stuff.

But if you're interested in programs to do it for you, Visage is a shareware program (free demo that has reminder popups to pay when you use the program - NOW is 10.3 compatible is also 10.4 compatible) that can do a lot of stuff to login materials; Transparent Dock (shareware with free demo) can do stuff to your dock like -well make it transparent - & give added options, change the poof, dock color, etc.; Mighty Mouse (shareware with reminder popups that take over your screen at random intervals not just when you use the program!!!) can change the cursors on your mac; UnSanity (makers of Mighty Mouse have other programs too to pay for but I haven't tried them, & as said before CandyBar can change icons you can't normally change like system or dock icons. A site that has a lot of tips/tricks & downloads for customizing macs is ResExcellence.com. But I've yet to see any Ranger Stuff there.


Hack #1: Different Background Wallpaper for Login Screen:



This is 10.3 & 10.4 Compatible! Visage (unregistered demo version) will also do this.

Ever notice on PC websites that some people have downloads & instructions to change the login windows screen to something else? Things like instead of "Please wait for Windows to load" to "Wait for your Ranger to load" with a Rescue Ranger on it? Macs don't have this, but you can change the picture behind the login screen. If you do not have your Mac automatically sign in (which I don't recommend for security sake) then you've probably noticed that behind the square white login box the Aqua Blue picture is there. Ever wanted to get rid of it? Now you can!

The only problem with this hack is that the login box gets in the way of some pictures since it is in the middle and cannot be moved. One of these days I'm going to make a picture with an open center so that this is not a problem, but I haven't yet. So keep this in mind while choosing the picture that you want to use.

The following is found in Macworld Magazine August 2003, page 78. It was written by Rob Griffiths.

"Behind the initial login scene, the background image is blue with some white arcs running through it in a semicircular pattern. It's very pretty - the 1st 4,000 times you have to look at it. If you'd like to express your creativity by replacing this background with something groovier & more personal, you can use this technique."

HOW TO:

1.    "Choose an image you'd like to use. Any JPEG or PDF file is fine.

2.    From the root of your hard drive, open Library Desktop Pictures"

(Found in: Hard Drive - Library - Desktop Pictures)

            "A list of the standard Apple desktop images appears. Aqua Blue.jpg is the file you want to replace. Drag it out of the folder to a safe place as a backup (or just rename it)."

(This is what I did by adding the 1 to "Aqua Blue")

3.    "Drag your own graphic into the Desktop Pictures folder. Rename the file Aqua Blue.jpg. This sleight of hand allows the system to find it during the boot process.

desktop pictures folder after hack

4.    Restart the machine, & your new image appears behind your login screen."

Congrats! You're done!

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Hack #2: Login Window Text:



This is 10.3 Compatible! I haven't tried this in 10.4 yet - I used Visage to do it.

This is a very cool hack. You can add text to the login window below where it says Mac OS X and above the login name & password. You can say anything from "This is my Mac, hands off!" to "Rescue Rangers Rule!" This hack is fairly difficult, but can easily be done. I've gotten some feedback on this saying that if this trick is done then it eliminates the computer name/number. Some networks require this info to log in so be aware of this. To get rid of this tip, just delete the lines of text that you added.

This, like the tip above, was found in Macworld Magazine August 2003 by Rob Griffiths. But this tip was found on pages 74-75.

"In case you've been lying awake wondering how to add a line of customized text to your login window, help is at hand. No, really. Maybe you work somewhere that requires a disclaimer on the usage of computing resources. Or maybe you want to add a personal touch to your login window - a daily reminder to floss, for example. Adding this line of text entails editing a special preference file - a running theme in the OS X hacking community."

HOW TO:

"Go to the root of your hard drive & open Library: Preferences. Inside is a file called com.apple.loginwindow.plist. To edit it, drag its icon onto the TextEdit icon (which is in your Applications folder).

The file contains a long list of bracketed words known to programmers as tags. Just below the first <dict> tag, insert these two lines:

            <key>LoginwindowText</key>

            <string>Your text goes here</string>

Replace Your text here with whatever you'd like displayed in the login window. (The text is left-justified. If you want it to appear centered, you'll have to type a bunch of spaces in front of it.)"

text edit window

(The above picture has added highlighting to the text for easier viewing. Remember to double check your spelling & grammar before saving - You don't want your friends to see something wrong with it, do you?)

10.3 is the same, except there are a few more lines added in the window to scroll through. I have File Vault turned on so this may be the factor. I put the text at the top as the directions said & then when I hit save & restarted, it moved down by itself.

text edit window 10.3

"Choose File: Save. When TextEdit tells you it can't save the document, click on Overwrite. The next time you log in, you'll savor the results of your modification."

Congrats! You're done!

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Hack #3: Changing the Alert Volume Sound:



Don't know yet if this is 10.3 or 10.4 compatible or not, check back later, please.

This tip teaches you a powerful trick in hacking: changing ownership. This is a very useful trick but can cause problems if the ownership is not returned to normal sometimes & accidental changes can be deadly. So be careful when doing this & follow the directions exactly. That being said, this is a very cool hack. But it can also be VERY annoying after a while depending on what sound you pick. So be sure & back up the original file prior to doing this!! I suggest going to the RR Database to find some good sounds, but there are other fan sites out there with short ranger snippets too.

This was also found in Macworld Magazine August 2003 by Rob Griffiths on page 75.

"When you increase or decrease the volume on your OS X machine via the keyboard, you hear a muted clicking noise to help you gauge the new level as you set it (unless you've turned off this feature in the Sound preferences panel). If you want a longer or less coworker friendly noise, you can change this click to anything you'd like. All you need is a standard sound file in AIFF format - a Bart Simpson snippet, a rude noise from the Internet, or whatever."

HOW TO:

1.    "Open System: Library: LoginPlugins: BezelServices.loginPlugin: Contents."

(System is found in Hard Drive folder)

            "Your job is to replace the standard sound file within Contents: Resources - but you'll be thwarted by the highly skeptical attitude that OS X takes toward people who try to fool around with it. In short, you're not allowed to change anything in the System folder. But you, intrepid hacker, don't care about that. As long as you have an administrator account, you can change whatever you like just by telling the system software that the owner of the Resources folder is you, not it.

2.    Highlight the Resources folder, & then choose File: Get Info. The Info window will appear.

3.    Expand the Ownership & Permission triangle. If you see a locked-padlock icon, click on it. OS X will ask you to prove your administrator status by entering your account name & password; then click on OK.

4.    From the Owner pop-up menu, choose your account name, which is designated by the cute suffix (Me). You've just told OS X that you are the rightful owner of the Resources folder, & that therefore you're allowed to make any changes you like - such as replacing the volume-click sound. Leave the Get Info window open for now."

permissions winodw

(picture taken before change)

5.    "Within the Resources window, highlight the file called volume.aiff. Choose File: Duplicate. You've just created a backup, in case you decide to restore the original volume-click sound."

(You can also control-click(the mouse) - or left click if you have that type of mouse set up & click duplicate)

new sound

(picture taken before renaming of "Golly" file but after renaming original "volume.aiff" file)

6.    "Delete the volume.aiff file. Drag your replacement sound into the window, & rename it so that it is now called volume.aiff.

7.    Finally, you'll want to return the ownership of the Resources folder to OS X. In the Get Info window, choose System from the Owner pop-up window. Close the Get Info window. The next time you log in & tap the volume keys to adjust your speakers, you'll hear your new volume-click sound - for better or for worse."

Congrats! You just changed the volume-click sound!

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Hack #4: Change the About this Mac Icon:


This was done in 10.3. I honestly don't know if this will work in 10.2 or not, but my sources say it will.

If you're looking around Desktop Screencaptures on Resexcellence.com or other sites you might notice that some have a different icon for the about this mac window (found when you click on the blue apple in the left corner of the menu bar & click on About this Mac). Well here's how to hack the existing image. You can always replace the image with whatever you like as long as it's the exact same size & shape as the original! This hack avoids that step. If you want to replace the image with one that's compatible, but replace the image with yours & rename yours the same as the original. See below for location.

This was found on ResExcellence.com, but I modified it to hack the image. This uses Graphic Converter which should be pre-installed on your system.

HOW TO:

1.    Open Hard Drive - System - Library - CoreServices. You'll find an app called "loginwindow." Control-click (or right click if available or click & hold) and select "Show Package Contents."

2.    Open Contents - Resources. In the Resources folder you'll find an image called "MacOSX.tif" Make a backup of this to work on (dragging it out of the box to your desktop for example). I also recommend storing a clean original backup somewhere safe in case things go wrong. If you want to replace the image with one that's compatible, then after making the backup, rename your image "MacOSX.tif". Now Skip to step 8.

3.    Open the backup in Graphic Converter. (it will naturally open in Preview. To open in Graphic Converter either 1. control-click - open with - select graphic converter, 2. run Graphic Converter & go file-open & select the backup, or 3. drag the image on the icon of Graphic Converter.)

4.    Have an image (small) that you want to have in the shape of an apple. This will take experimentation to line it up right so don't save until you're sure or have multiple versions ready. Copy the image (probably in Preview) then paste the image into Graphic Converter. Drag the image over the apple logo.

5.    When you have the image lined up (you may want to take note of where the image lines up with the text below to help) then click outside of the image. Your image should now take the shape of the apple logo.

6.    If you want to change the color of the text, simple choose the color you want, then select the paint bucket tool (if these options are not available go to Window-show toolbox, or press apple-K). Then click on the text. Your text should now be the color you chose.

7.    Save your hacked image - be sure that it's "MacOSX.tif"

8.    To replace the image: 1. Delete the original from its folder. The computer will ask for your administrator password. 2. Drag your new image into the folder. The computer will again ask for your administrator password.

9.    Repair Permissions by opening Disk Utility (found in applications-utilities), clicking on your hard disk and clicking the repair disk permissions button. I suggest doing this two times to be extra sure.

10.    Restart the computer. In theory you should be able to either quit the Finder (if you're able to do so - this also requires a hack) or simply log out & in again. But for me this didn't work until I restarted the computer.

Check out your new image!

Congrats! You just created your own screen saver!

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Hack #4: Make Your Own Screen Saver:



This is 10.3 compatible. It even saves you a few steps!

This is a way to make your own Slide Show Screen Saver without having to use some 3rd party program that'll take room on your hard drive or be restricted to the pictures folder. I found this trick on-line on numerous different sites by searching Google. This is just a "Slide Show" screen saver. It doesn't have any animation or anything fancy. I don't know how to do anything like that - yet.

HOW TO:

1.    Open Hard Drive - System - Library - Screen Savers.

2.    Drag one of the "slideSavers" onto the desktop. Try "Beach.slideSaver" for example. REMEMBER to backup &/or rename the original first before hacking!!

3.    Control-click on the folder on your desktop. Click on "Show package contents"

4.    Inside the package contents is a folder called Contents. Open it. 10.3 can skip to step 7

5.    Click on the "Resources" folder then press apple-i, or go to File - Get Info.

6.    Repeat step 3 & 4 of the above changing volume click trick.

7.    Open the "Resources" folder.

8.    Replace the pictures in the folder with your own pictures.

own pics in screen saver

9.    Close all folders.

10.                  Rename the folder either by (slowly) double-clicking on the name, or (preferred) by Get Info (see step 5 above), click on the Name & Extension triangle then re-name the file. Be sure to leave the .slideSaver extension.

rename screensaver

11.                  Close the Get Info window if open.

In 10.3 you don't have to do this to "install" your new screen saver. Your mac does it for you. Just double-click on the icon of your saver on the desktop.

10.3 icon

System Preferences will open for you & display this instalation screen (don't worry that it still says "beach" - for your viewing purposes it will still be RR.slidesaver or whatever you named it).

10.3 install

It's pretty user friendly. If you want it for just yourself (this user), then click that one. If you want it for everyone (all users) then click that one. Then click Install. It will do the work for you - even go to the screen saver panel for you! Now skip to step 17.

12.                  Now "install" your hacked screen saver by putting it back into Hard Drive-System-library-screen saver so it can be available to all users, or ~(your user name)-library-screen savers for only you.

13.                  Drag the new screen saver into this folder.

14.                  Open System Preferences (in the Dock or Hard Drive - applications)

15.                  Click on the Screen Effects button (in 1st row under Personal at the end of the row).

16.                  Click on the Screen Effects tab.

17.                  Scroll down to the bottom of the Screen Effects box. You will find the added screen saver under either "Random" or under any personal screen savers you have added. 10.3 you will find it under the line if installed for just you or between the pictures folder and custom folder.

18.                  Click on the new screen saver.

customize the new screensaver

10.3 preference plane

This is the 10.3 layout. Basically the same for what we're doing, just figured you should get a look at it. For some reason when I took a screen capture it wouldn't take a picture of the screen saver itself & blacked it out. But it's there!

19.                  If you want, you can click on the Configure button (under the preview window) (Options for 10.3) to adjust the way the pictures transition from one to another.

choices in window

20.                  You can click on whatever ones you want. "Keep slides centered" will automatically be selected if you don't select anything. "Zoom Back & Forth" will be selected automatically if you click "Cross-fade between slides," but can be deselected if you wish. What I recommend is shown in the picture above.

21.                  To have the new screensaver run, you either click on its name in the Screen Effects box or click on Random. When you click on Random then your screen savers alternate to a different one every time your screen saver is activated.

22.                  Close System Preferences.

Congrats! You just created your own screen saver! For another screensaver, look at this one you can download & modify.

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Program Alterations:


These aren't really hacks... Infact these programs want you to do these things. But these are some programs I rangerized & thought you'd be interested in.

Mac Solitaire:


This game is available for all Mac OS X formats (I've even seen it for OS 9) so this will work no matter what modern mac system you have.

This is for Mac Solitaire, a free game for mac.

HOW TO:

1.    Open MacSolitaire and open the Preferences (found in "MacSolitaire" menu)

2.    click on the Deck tab.

3.    Open Preview (or some other graphic viewing program) & open the picture you want on your deck of cards. Copy that picture to the clipboard.

4.    In the MacSolitaire preference box, click the "Enable custom Deck" box.)

5.    Paste your picture (apple-v or Edit - paste). Now your picture should be in the picture of the deck. Move the mouse over the picture, click, then drag the picture around so it is aligned the way you want.

6.    Click ok to close the Preference box. Press apple-N or go to Game-New to start a new game. You should have your own personalized deck of playing cards!

MacSolitaire with RR cards

Congrats! You just created rangerized your MacSolitaire deck of cards!

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Quinn:


This game is available for Mac OS X formats 10.2 & higher (10.3 or 10.4)

The one for 10.2 & higher can be downloaded here, & the one for 10.1 to 10.2 can be downloaded here. Basically this is Tetris for your mac that also is free! Every piece of this game is customizable so you can Rangerize to your heart's content! I have only figured out how to do one change without going into Photoshop, so I'll put those instructions here. For more instructions on how to change the game pieces check the game's instructions & readme file.

HOW TO:

1.    Open Quinn.

2.    Find a CDRR picture you would like for your gaming background.

3.    Drag the picture onto the game.

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Congrats! You just created rangerized your background for Quinn! Easy, huh? I Wish all hacks were that easy!

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Flying Icon Screensaver

Supposedly mac 10.1 had a screen saver that would have your icons dance around the screen. I started with 10.2 so all I got was the saver that supposedly replaced it, Flurry. This is a 3rd party screensaver that recreates the original one. All you need are some ranger icons put in a folder & you're fine!

I have only tried this on 10.3. So I am unsure if this works for older systems or not. This is *sob* not compatible for Intel macs - but it will work for 10.4 PPC

This is for Flying Icons ScreenSaver, which is donation ware (free but if you want to give they won't stop you).

HOW TO:

1.    Download & install this screen saver. (see custom screensaver instructions above for installation instructions)

2.    Click on the options tab when this screensaver is selected.

3.    Under the options tab, drag the folder containing your ranger icons into the designated section.

options for flying icon saver

4.    Set other options how you want then click ok.

Ranger flying icons saver

Congrats! You just created rangerized the Flying Icons Screen Saver!

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Terminal Window Background

Terminal is a program that comes with your mac. It's found in Applications-Utilities-Terminal. This program is mostly for geeks. Here you can really make your mac sing - or kill it. But if you know what you're doing or can copy/paste some code, you'll be fine. Plus, using emacs (a program within the program) you can play pong, tetris, for (as pictured later) a RPG game "dunnet." This tip does not involve any code, so if you're squeamish don't worry. But if you're not using terminal, why do this? But if you are, you may have a use for this. In this tip you can add a custom background to the text.

I have only tried this on 10.3 & 10.4. So I am unsure if this works for older systems or not.

HOW TO:

1.    Open Terminal (again, found in: Applications-Utilities)

2.    Go to the menu - Terminal - Window Settings (under preferences - no keyboard shortcut exists by default)

3.    On the pull down menu, select Color.

color window

4.    Under "Background Settings" click the "use an image for the background" radio button.

5.    Push the "set" button. Navigate to the picture you want, click open.

Terminal change

TIPS:

1. Depending on the picture you choose, it may be hard to read the text.

2. Above the background choices, you can choose different colors for your font, selection, cursor, etc. This can help compensate for the picture blending with your text.

3. Another trick you can do in this menu is make the window transparent, or partially transparent. This is nice when reading a website on how to do something in terminal without having to switch back & forth from Terminal to your browser.

4. On the "display" pull down menu you can change the font of the terminal

5. I would avoid changing too many other things in Terminal other than what I've said here unless you know what you're doing. Some people have changed things & have been unable to change them back when necessary.

Congrats! You just added a background to Terminal!

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COMMING SOON!

1) How to make your own wallapaper of the show with the new DVD Vol. 1 (Nov. 8, 2005!!) & Vol. 2 (11/14/06)

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(Tip: *until I have time to write this up (I have a job now!)* download VLC player & take a screen capture)

2) Ranger-ized Boot Panel instructions & download!!

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(I will update this, but since resexcelence.com went down, so did my instructions. I have a copy somewhere, but I haven't found them yet.)

Sorry for the lack of updates, guys. I've been busy with work & lacking internet access since I graduated from college a year ago. But rest assured I haven't forgotten this site. Chances are the next update will be a big one. I also want to update this site so it's not one long page but maybe frames for easier navigation. But that all requires time. I'll update where I can. Thanks! (6/28/07)

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Hopefully you found these techniques easy to use and do-able. When I discover more tricks, tips, & hacks I'll post them here, so be sure to check back. I also hope you've enjoyed these tricks & hacks as well on your new personalized Mac that will be the envy of all your friends (or some at least...)!


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