Get Rid Of The Annoying, Anachronistic Faux Leather Book Trim From Mountain Lion’s Calendar And Contacts [OS X Tips]

Get Rid Of The Annoying, Anachronistic Faux Leather Book Trim From Mountain Lion’s Calendar And Contacts [OS X Tips]

Ahhhh. So much cleaner. Nice.

Are you wondering why I said anachronistic? Well, seriously, the old-school world of fake leather and book bindings is goofy enough when it’s a real world item (unless it’s the sweet BookBook case for your iPhone…drool), but the skeumorphic leather and book bindings in newly-named Calendar and same-old-name Contacts apps in OS X Mountain Lion are ridiculous. I haven’t used a paper calendar or address book in years, even in the days before the iPhone. I know – gasp – there was life before iPhones.

Here’s an app that will remove this fugly visual choice – then you can forever thank us for helping you use your digital world just a bit more, erm, digitally.

Head on over to the MacNix website and download both files, one for the Calendar app, one for the Contacts app.

Once downloaded, double click them in the Finder or launch them right from your browser – they’re self mounting disc image files (.dmg). Double click on the package files within each of the disc images and follow the installer instructions.

Interesting note, with Mountain Lion, you may need to go into your Security settings in System Preferences and change the “Allow Applications Downloaded From” preference to “Anywhere.” This is inherently a less secure setting, so be aware.

I went ahead and quit the apps before installing these skins, so your mileage may vary if you don’t. Once installed, though, you can be rid of the goofy binding imagery, though there is a slight brown tint to the Calendar app’s title text when it’s in the background. I suppose beggars can’t be choosers.

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  • ednanf

    Using this leaves a weird yellowish glow around the letters which is awful.

  • AndyInRichmond

    Make sure you back up the original apps first.. you might not like the results of this!

  • DiogoLG

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Whodakat

    Unbelievable. I guess an OS is a hit when the only thing columnists can whine about is this faux leather. I can honestly say I’ve spent a whole second looking at it. I like the idea of finding digital representations of physical items. It’s a brilliant way of showing people how to interact with a new OS. If the one inch strip above the calendar bothers you this much, you should work on getting a life.

  • Tim Meesseman

    I don’t get it… people complain when Apple uses all grey icons. So now we’re complaining that the OS isn’t grey enough?

  • technochick

    I don’t get it… people complain when Apple uses all grey icons. So now we’re complaining that the OS isn’t grey enough?

    WE aren’t. Rob is, and typical of CoM he’s egotistical enough to believe he speaks for the masses

  • Agent

    Honestly, whilst I agree sometimes the anachronistic nature of Calender & Contacts can look a little gimmicky. This in my opinion only looks worse, it’s taking things from one extreme to the other.

  • Will Larche

    I don’t think I’ll be taking my design cues from Alaska.

  • Himself

    Skeumorphic design makes some people more comfortable with electronic representations while it strikes others as antiquated. It’s neither good nor bad, it’s just out of fashion right now. Unfortunately, as often happens, there are folks who will point to something that’s out of fashion and say that it’s “bad.” That’s shallow, sophomoric thinking.

  • TheKnightWhoSaysNi

    Hmmmmmm no. It’s fine the way it is.

  • Deusdictum

    Annoying? You are annoying.

  • Chris Hughes

    How do I undo this? It aint all that?? I want to uninstall. ANyone know how? My mail program is crashing every minute or so. Was not doing this before. If it matters, Im rockin Mountain Lion

  • leaferic

    Phew, nice to have that fixed. Thanks. Now I can concentrate on the work again, not the artwork.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Games and Tips Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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