Apple, probably at the behest of co-founder Steve Jobs, decided that color was just too much 1999. The Mac’s Finder remains mostly colorless.
The Finder’s Toolbar can be enhanced with a bit of color by dropping in specific Mac apps, but the Finder’s Sidebar is notoriously boring, with the only color displayed being the same kind that bores you to tears.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Necessity is the mother of invention. Lovers of color, rejoice to SideEffects, the free Mac app that brings color to Lion’s Sidebar icons.
This nifty little app has only one purpose in life. It brings color back to the Finder’s Sidebar icons. You know, the way God intended (and before he was overruled by Steve Jobs penchant for a level of sterile simplicity).
Here’s what your Mac’s Finder looks like in Lion (sans colorful icons in the Sidebar).
You can’t get much more boring that Lion’s Sidebar.
Here’s what the Finder Sidebar looks like with the SideEffects app doing that good old black magic.
The judgmental forces that rule the roost at Apple won’t like SideEffects, but you might. It’s free. It works. And it comes with a few caveats.
First, it installs SIMBL on your Mac. Also, ColorfulSidebar, and Relaunch Finder, all of which combine to to swap out boring icons with icons you can love.