OS X Lion and Color Panel Toolbar

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Jean-Jacques Boutaud
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Postby Jean-Jacques Boutaud » October 20th, 2011, 6:00 am

Hi Nick
I've recently upgraded one of my computers to OS X 10.7 (10.7.2).
It seems that there's no more way to show/hide the Color Panel toolbar (the one with icons at the top of the pane.
Here're some screenshots from 10.6.x then from 10.7.x (from SP 2.3.8):

10.6.8 with toolbar shown:
Image

10.6.8 with toolbar hidden:
Image

10.7.2 (no more Show/Hide button):
Image

If you've hidden this toolbar before upgrading to Lion, there's no easy way to re-display it as there's no more Show/Hide button!
The solution I found (not necessary the only one or the easiest) is to edit the SP preferences file, setting a flag to 1 (I used Text Wrangler for this).
Here's what you need to change:

<key>NSToolbar Configuration com.apple.NSColorPanel</key>
<dict>
<key>TB Is Shown</key>
<integer>0</integer>
</dict>

setting the integer value to 1:

<key>NSToolbar Configuration com.apple.NSColorPanel</key>
<dict>
<key>TB Is Shown</key>
<integer>1</integer>
</dict>

Note that is not a specific problem of SP in Lion, I have to edit preferences files for BCC, Pixelmator and Acorn (just to name a few).
What I don't really understand is: if there's no more Show/Hide toolbar button for the Color Pane, what is the purpose of this key? Is there another way to show/hide this toolbar or is it here as a 10.6.x "relic"?
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Postby Nick » October 20th, 2011, 8:43 am

Hi Jean-Jacques,

The disappearance of the show/hide button is a new feature of Lion. The interface development guidelines suggest using the Cmd-Option-T shortcut (used before to open the Special Characters pane) to manage the toolbar of the main window. Another way is to use the context menu by right-clicking on the toolbar.

It seems that user of Lion don't have the ability to hide the toolbar of panes like Colors.

I don't know any better way to restore the hidden toolbar than the one you have found.

Nick

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