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.
Are you using OS X Mountain Lion? Got a tip you want to share with us? Drop me a line or leave a comment below.