Where can I get a Mac OS X Aqua scheme?
I am afraid that Apple's legal department does not want anyone
distributing an Aqua scheme, so we will not post any such schemes
on the Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive. Although Aqua schemes are
probably available elsewhere on the web (please do not ask us for
URLs), we ask that you respect Apple's right to control its
intellectual property and not use these schemes with Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope compatible with Mac OS 9.2?
is compatible with Mac OS 9.2, as well as with all prior system versions as
far back as System 7.0.
Kaleidoscope support Mac OS X?
It is too early to
say. We intend to make a version of Kaleidoscope for Mac OS X. However,
unlike applications which can be Carbonized, low level hacks like
Kaleidoscope need to be completely rewritten for Mac OS X.
Where can I
get more schemes?
There are several
thousand third party schemes available on the Kaleidoscope Scheme
How do I
install the schemes from the Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive?
The schemes on the
Archive are stored as StuffIt archives and need to be decompressed with
StuffIt Expander. After you download the scheme package, drag and drop the
".sit" file on the StuffIt Expander icon. Please note that your
browser may not automatically expand these files, which is why you need to
drag and drop them onto StuffIt Expander yourself. StuffIt Expander will
create a folder containing the scheme, in most cases a read me document,
and sometimes additional supporting files, such as desktop or startup
pictures. You do not need to put the scheme file or folder in any
particular place, although we do suggest keeping your favorite schemes in
the Kaleidoscope Schemes folder under the Apple menu for easy access.
How do I
To activate a
scheme, just open it in the Finder by double-clicking its icon, as if it
were a normal document. (If you get a message saying that the application
or translators could not be found, just rebuild the desktop, or open up the
Extensions folder and double-click the Kaleidoscope Extension once.) If you
put your schemes in the Apple Menu Items folder or a subfolder, you can
switch schemes by choosing them from the Apple menu. You can also switch
schemes directly from the Kaleidoscope control panel by pushing the Select
Scheme... button or by dragging a scheme and dropping it on the open
control panel window.
Is there an
No, we do not
require any additional fee when you upgrade from a prior version of
Kaleidoscope. If you upgrade, Kaleidoscope should remember that you have
already registered, and your old registration code will continue to work
with the latest version.
How do I
Kaleidoscope, move the Kaleidoscope file out of the Control Panels folder,
either by dragging it out manually or by disabling it with your Extensions
Manager, and restart your Macintosh. If you drag Kaleidoscope to the trash,
you must restart first before emptying the trash; otherwise the Finder will
complain that the file is still in use. The scheme files and the
Kaleidoscope Extension do nothing on their own without the Kaleidoscope
control panel, so when you disable Kaleidoscope, it does not matter whether
you remove them.
Is there a
Windows version of Kaleidoscope?
No, we do not have
a Windows version of Kaleidoscope.
How do I
design my own schemes?
Yes. The scheme
file format is designed to be easy to edit using ResEdit. See the
accompanying documentation in the "Kaleidoscope Goodies" for more
information on the scheme format. There are also several third party guides
and utilities for creating schemes available on the Kaleidoscope Scheme
Where can I
get a Hi-Tech scheme?
Although Apple has
apparently abandoned their Hi-Tech and Gizmo themes, their legal department
still does not want anybody implementing them. So, we will not produce any
such schemes ourselves, nor will we post such third party schemes on our
Kaleidoscope Scheme Archive.
Why are some
check boxes in the Scheme Settings pane disabled?
First, if the
current scheme does not offer a feature, the corresponding check box is
disabled. Second, the Finder Colors feature is supported only under Mac OS
8.x, so it is disabled under System 7. Third, the WindowShade Sounds and
Finder Colors options may be overridden by settings in the General Options
Can I use my
Yes, this version
of Kaleidoscope supports all schemes designed for Kaleidoscope 1.5 and
later. This does not require any conversion or changes to the scheme
How do I
make my software Kaleidoscope-savvy?
If you are a
software developer, there are several ways that you can take advantage of
Kaleidoscope. First, you should make your software Apperance-savvy for Mac
OS 8. Kaleidoscope hooks into the Appearance Manager so any
Appearance-savvy application automatically uses Kaleidoscope's colors. If
you want your software to be Kaleidoscope-savvy under System 7, you can get
the colors for window backgrounds, text, tinges, and dividers from the clut
resources, as documented in the Creating K1 Schemes file. If you have any
questions about this, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
How can I
register if I don't have a credit card?
payment by US check or by cash in various currencies, as well as by credit
card. The Register application lists all of these payment methods, letting
you create a customized registration form that you can mail or e-mail to
Kagi (whose address is given on the form). For more information, see the
How to Register document. Alternatively, you can register via credit card
using the Kagi Online Order
How do I
remove the Annoying Shareware Message?
First you must
register. Once Kagi processes your payment, which can take up to a week
from when they receive it, they e-mail you a registration code in a message
with subject: Thanks for your payment. The registration code is near the
end of that message, so be sure to read the entire thing. To enter your
registration code, open up the Kaleidoscope control panel, click the
Register button at the top right, and type your code into the box it gives
you. Sometimes your registration or Kagi's reply may get lost in the mail
or fall through the cracks. If you do not hear back from Kagi, send them
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. It might take
Kagi a few days to respond, but they eventually sort everything out.
Can I beta
test new versions of Kaleidoscope?
offering, but we already have all the beta testers we need for
Kaleidoscope. Please do not send e-mail asking to be a beta tester since
the answer will always be no
(no matter how well qualified you are or how nicely you ask).