For the geeks who care:

Many people have complained about the new dock in leopard and all it’s eye candy… Personally I kinda like it except that it has way to much going on. The reflections from the icons are nice…but they conflict visually with the wavy, stylized glass line through the middle of it… add some more reflections from all other windows, a 3D tilt, and just a hint of shadow… and you’ve got some major visual anarchy going on.

Glass Dock

Now being an artsy kind of person, I like sexy UI’s, even if they have visual features that don’t do anything but just look good. However, the Leopard dock is just annoying. They should have either chosen reflections, or picked the fake OS X glass look… but not both.

Anyway enough complaining…
Jordan.action.rant = False;

I have found the solution to the problem: Turn off the glass and discover the sexy dock hidden underneath.

This is actually fairly easy to do. Just open up a Terminal window and run this command:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -bool YES

and then restart the dock:

killall Dock

and BAM!

Sexy Dock

There’s the hot, new Dock.

If the new dock isn’t to your liking… simply run the same command again, except change the YES to a NO.

-Update-
A friend showed me this other dock hack today… If you like the 3D look, but want less anarchy…this is a good fix.
http://www.blambert.co.uk/smokedock/
-Update2-
This guy’s site is apparently not working anymore(my guess is that maybe his monthly transfer was used up?)… which is quite sad. Here is what it looked like: http://gadgets.bligblog.com/5562/smoke-glass-dock/
-Update3-
Well, the dock hacks continue. Read more here.

Also, since we are talking about pros and cons of Leopard, here are a few good reads…
DaringFireball.net – A good, solid review
arstechnica.com – A highly detailed look at Leopard
ThinkMac.co.uk – A funny UI rant
Macworld.com – A good pro/con review of features


7 Comments to “Leopard Dock Appearance Hack”  

  1. 1 Fernando

    So I did this and now my iCal icon is there but only shows Oct 31. Nothing else. No actual iCal icon.

  2. 2 Jordan Ogren

    Can I get a screen shot of it?

    My advice at the moment would be to restart the dock again, or restart your mac.

    I’ve done the hack multiple times with out issue. But I’m curious about your problem.

  3. 3 Paul

    Congrats on getting on google frontpage for “dock hack leopard”

  4. 4 Jscott

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! I’ve been looking for this for a while now.

  5. 5 Robert

    Now we just need a hack to get rid of the first file showing up on folders, and the old click-hold folder functionality back. This one goes a long way towards fixing the uglyness of Leopard though.

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