Months after its public preview at Macworld Expo New York last July, Freeverse Software has released Xpression!, a utility that enables you to personalize Mac OS X with your own custom icons and background art.
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Xpression! works by enabling you to select pre-created themes to change commonly used icons in Mac OS X -- the icon for your Mac's hard drive, iTunes, folders, Trash Can, even the desktop background itself, can all be changed instantly from within Xpression!, according to Freeverse. Doing so manually would require more than 150 steps, according to the developer.
What's more, Xpression! sports drag-and-drop theme authoring, so it's easy to create and install new desktop themes going forward. The format is non-proprietary, according to Freeverse, so aspiring icon artists and designers can create themes even without having Xpression! installed themselves. Xpression! understands the native Mac OS X icon format and the Mac OS Universal (that's for Mac OS 9 and X) format as well, so you can add icons one by one, if you prefer.
Xpression! includes two themes made by Sascha Höt;hne of RAD.E8, and one theme from TheBettsBro.
Xpression! is distributed as trialware, and will allow almost sixty days of unlimited use before an evaluation limit (of five theme installations) activates. After that, it costs US$24.95 to register. Xpression supports Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher.
In related news, Freeverse has put out the call to any and all who are interested in adding on to the project to create themes of their own as well. As a reward, Freeverse will give icon designers who make a theme that Freeverse judges to be "of a reasonable quality" with a free license code for Xpression! Multiple entrants, or those folks who have already paid for an Xpression! license, will get license codes to other Freeverse products. Folks interested in taking advantage of the deal should e-mail Freeverse for details.
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