Icon of alias fades over repeated aliasing

Apr 9, 2010 - 3 Comments

alias icon fades

Look at the above screenshot. See how the icon fades over repeated creation of the alias? I had never noticed this before. Myself and others get a washed out appearance of the icon, while some will see a sepia tint.

Try it out yourself, select anything on your Mac then hit Command+L repeatedly to create an alias of it and watch it fade… I don’t know how useful this is, mostly because I don’t know anyone that creates ten aliases of an alias, but it’s just another example of the attention to detail Apple offers in Mac OS X. Scratch that, apparently this is a bug in ColorSync that causes each icon preview to be re-adjusted by the calibrated display profile.

Kind of an interesting bug that also kind of feels like a feature, doesn’t it?

Thanks to FinerThingsInMac for locating it.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X


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  1. […] File aging – icons show gradual deterioration as they get older (aliases in Mac OS X already do this) […]

  2. Firewolf34 says:

    Hilarious!! I laughed so hard I actually emailed the link to this article to a friend and a few family members.

  3. This is most definitely a BUG, not a FEATURE. See the various comments on the original post.

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