Get Rid Of The Disgusting Fake Leather Texture In iCal & Address Book Under Lion

Just a click away. Image via OS X Daily.

Do you hate Apple’s increasing tendency towards skeuomorphic designs? In other words, do you hate how Apple keeps on slathering their beautifully designed apps with a revolting faux wood or leather finish?

You’re not the only one, but luckily, it’s not hard to remove.

All you need to do is download the excellent LionTweaks for free and then click “Change iCal Leather To Aluminum” and “Change Addressbook Leather to Aluminum” to get the old iCal and Address Book back in OS X Lion (although it doesn’t work in OS X Mountain Lion, alas)

Much better. Of course, aluminum’s still skeuomorphic in its own way, but at least it doesn’t look like iCal’s getting whored up for a rodeo line dance.

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  • vanmacguy

    Just an FYI, the Lion Tweaks app which ran nicely under Lion, doesn’t get rid of the leather look under Mountain Lion. I guess this was to be expected but there you go.

  • Tallest_Skil

    But they’re not disgusting.

  • Tim Meesseman

    Am I the only the who prefers the faux leather instead of the boring grey? I swear, people are always complaining that Apple is making the OS boring with colorless icons, but then they complain about the leather.

    Personally, I like it.

  • lowtolerance

    You know what’s worse than fake leather? Brown text on a grey background.

  • Paul Lloyd Johnson

    Wow, nice unbiased article! You could have at least used the [Opinion] in the title. I prefer the leather, but thats just my OPINION.

  • Jerry Fisher

    I don’t really have any opinion one way or the other about the faux leather or wood look per se, but I really miss the good old days when I could use an add-on via ResExcellence that effectively changed the appearance of the GUI theme to whatever I preferred. My favorite theme was Milk as it was a little dull, but extremely uniform across all the apps and platform. Everything was unified with nothing jarring visually. I probably would still be paying for the use of Milk but for the fact that support for it ended back a few years, several Macs and OS’s ago.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Apparently the font stays brown. Yuck! No thanks.

    (And the leather looks fine as-is)

  • coreyray7

    Have you not seen how much this kid is asking for donations??

  • Shane Bryson

    Wow, what a horrible article!

  • mr_bee

    You really ruin this article by going waaay overboard on your description.
    “Disgusting?” “whored up?”

    Ridiculous.

    The very reason Apple is doing the skeuomorphism, is because it’s very popular with end users. Tech guys don’t like it. so what.

  • James Barnette

    Am I the only one that this is not working for? Doesn’t seem to work on iCal or Contacts on my MBP-R

  • Cowicide

    Here’s an iCal texture for you, Apple:

    http://i.imgur.com/KaV4O.jpg

  • rockofonzo

    I just about laughed to death before I cried myself to sleep when I saw what Apple had done to these apps…. I recall very well the horror of Lotus Organizer, and later it came with AmiPro on Windoze… I actually liked AmiPro better than MS Word or WordStar at the time. It even had “tabs” and the metallic rings of the binder running up the middle, when you only had 640×480 or 800×600 that was a crap-ton of wasted screen real estate…. Stop trying to make it all purdy already, the beauty used to be in it’s clean functionality, not any resemblance to physical objects.

  • rockofonzo

    OK, after my last post went live I just recalled how much fun it was to have Kaleidoscope on my Mac! I loved the simple monochromatic skins that wouldn’t distract from my Photoshop or Illustrator work.

  • likethepear

    I like the leather. It just looks like a desktop blotter pad calendar thing, whatever they’re called. And the address book looks like a little pocket address book. What’s wrong with that? I’d rather have that than a bunch of boring grey squares. I know the IT guys like that, but I don’t. And until the IT guys start paying off my Visa bill for the Macs I bought, then I’ll keep it the way it is.

  • iSteveJ

    Why I should hate so beautiful design, that makes iCal looks more natural. You hate skeuomorphic designs? You better use Windows 95 – smooth grey surfaces without any design, mmm do you love it, right, John?

    A small digression into the history – when Steve Jobs come back to Apple, as you remember, they create new OS with icons “that you’d like to lick”. In this time, Apple create nice looking icons, looks more like real objects. So, other interface elements just evolution on this process. But you can’t understand that, because you’r typical Windows user, John.

    Was Apple first with skeuomorphic design? I don’t know, but looks like they was. Do I like it? I love it! It’s more beautiful looking, it’s fresh and worm, than just grey surface. All apps need it, totally no! But some of them, like Notes, looks more user friendly, than without it.

    Don’t be ashamed, it’s ok, to be Windows user, just put your Mac right here, that’s right. Slowly open your favorite Dell laptop, that’s right and don’t hesitate to tell the world about your orientation. You’r not alone, dear. The greatest CEO of all time – Steve Ballmer the same as you. Actually you can call him and chat about this ugly Mac interfaces, he will understand.

    Btw, why this article goes to NEWS section of your website, that btw, looks like a junk? You don’t have designers in your team, or this guy working in Microsoft in the same time?

    P.s. Translation: bring me real news, stop writing this crap!

  • oomu

    Sorry, but I like the textures. I will keep them.

  • ericschultheiss

    In my OPINION, John Brownlee is the one that is “Disgusting” and “revolting” by writing this. I happen to like the faux leather, and if by “old Address Book” you’re referring to the one in Snow Leopard and below, then you must be on crack. The old Address Book was, in my opinion, the ugliest app in Apples arsenal.

  • technochick

    And see you and Mike are continuing your little bar competition to see who can shove their personal opinions on folks the most, especially in a tone of ‘fact’

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