I don’t speak Klingon, but I’m a trekkie, a fan of Star Trek since the original classic series in the 1960s. Outside of the upcoming movie, I’ve seen every Star Trek television series episode and every Star Trek movie.
That makes me the perfect candidate to customize my Mac’s icons with Star Trek equivalents, right? Not so fast, Number One. Upon further review, yes, my Mac is a Star Trek shrine.
The Icon Factory, those wonderful wizards of all things graphical on the Mac, have released a set of Star Trek icons for Mac and Windows users, in obvious commemoration of the upcoming Star Trek movie.
Or, maybe they did it just for fun. Regardless, the Star Treked icons are classic examples of what happens when artistic people have too much time on their hands.
In this case, everyone with Klingon blood or those surreptitiously living the Star Trek dream can get a customized look on their Macs.
What does all this mean? It means you can change the look of Apple’s stale old 21st century icons for the future, using a nifty little utility from Panic called CandyBar.
CandyBar makes it drop dead simple to change out the icons on your Mac, with relative safely, and drag and drop simplicity. Select from a growing number of icon and Dock sets, drag and drop and your Mac’s look has changed.
Don’t like the look? Click to change it all back again. It’s that easy from going mundane Mac to going back to the future again.
CandyBar accepts iContainers which hold the icons, which makes the swap of old icons to new icons so easy. There’s even icons for your Mac’s desktop, for your iPhone or iPod touch, including backgrounds.
Don’t get Vulcan neck pinch because there are not icons to substitute for every OS X icon, but enough to help make your Mac a digital and commemorative shrine to the Star Trek legacy.
I counted 15 specific icons in the download, including the Star Fleet logo, the Communicator, the Enterprise (circa 1701 class), the phaser, the cherished Starfleet Academy ring (not the decoder version), the Tricorder and Uhura’s earpiece, among others.
If you’re a trekkie, you understand. Otherwise, you’re a Mac user with future envy. Either way, the icons are free from Icon Factory, Mac, Windows or mobile.