If there’s one thing Apple does well with each new release of Mac OS X, including Lion and Mountain Lion, it’s refinement. Apple wants the computer management part of OS X to be out of sight, out of mind.
Starting with OS X Lion and continuing with Mountain Lion, Apple added a long string elegant touches. The new Share button (borrowed from iOS) is great. Being able to share right from within an app for the Finder is very useful.
That’s a nice touch, but what Apple gives they sometimes take away. Just a few versions ago, OS X had colored icons in the Finder’s Sidebar. In OS X Lion, Apple took the color out of the icons, leaving us with boring gun metal gray icons that appear lifeless (still gray in Mountain Lion, too).
True, those gray icons may keep the Mac from getting in your face, but a little color adds character and flavor to the Mac.
How can you get the color back into the Sidebar icons?
There’s no easier way to remove the gray icons from the Sidebar and replace them with matching colored icons.
As easy as using SideEffects and ColorfulSidebar can be, there are issues associated with the installation which uses a troublesome hack of OS X called SIMBL; Smart InputManager Bundle Loader.
In short, sometimes an app that relies on SIMBL works just fine. And sometimes not. Your mileage may vary, so caveat emptor, so to speak.