Without a doubt, the dock is the most used application in Mac. It is the first thing you see when you login to your Mac, and also the first place you head to when you want to launch an application. Despite that, there are very few options for you to customize the dock to your liking in the System Preferences. If you are looking for ways to enhance and customize your dock, here are 8 great applications that you can use.
Docker provides you with an array of configuration options for your dock. From styles, colors, stack settings to dock icons, there are plenty of options you can choose to customize the dock to your liking.
2) Dock Library
So you don’t like the default design of the dock? Well, now you can easily change it with Dock Library. This is an application that changes the theme of Leopard’s dock with a simple click. Download your favorite themes from leoparddocks.com and leoparddocks.net and use the Dock Library to import and activate the theme. Your new dock theme will be up and running in less than a minute.
SuperDocker is one great tool that actually go beyond tweaking your dock. Some other settings that you can configure include Finder, Dashboard, Safari and System. For more detail, read the review here.
4) Dock Spaces
What if you don’t like your dock and want to change it completely? With Dock Spaces, you can configure up to 5 different docks and swap it anytime you want. There is also an option to integrate with Spaces such that you can change the dock whenever you change work space.
5) Dock Dodger
Whenever you launch an application, its icon will be placed in the dock until you quit the application completely. If you open too many applications at one time, you will find that your dock is filled with plenty of icons that you don’t want and it can easily become a messy sight. Dock Dodger helps you to fix up this problem. For any applications that you don’t want the icon to appear on the dock, drag it into Dock Dodger and let it disable the dock setting. When you relaunch the application, you will find that the dock icon is no longer there.
To reactivate the application dock icon, simply drag the same application to Dock Dodger again. This will enable its dock setting.
For those who always share files with your friends, Dockdrop is just the app for you. When you installed Dockdrop, it will place an icon in the dock. Drag any file or folder you want to share onto the Dockdrop dock icon and then choose how you want to upload/send it. There are various ways to upload your files: FTP, WebDAV, Flickr and so on. Once configured, Dockdrop will handle the upload automatically and put the URL of the file on the clipboard, ready for pasting into an Email, chat program or website.
Dockdrop also integrates with the Finder, iPhoto or iTunes so you can assign a hotkey to trigger an upload of the selected item.
Dockables makes it easy for you to manage your Mac. Once you have installed Dockables, you will find a collection of system events such as Sleep, Screen capture, Log out, Close Apps, Shut down etc. Simply drag the icons to the dock and you will able to perform your regular task with a single mouse click.
xMod uncovers some of the hidden features in Mac and allows you to tweak stuffs that you can’t do it with the default interface. In the Dock option, you can configure whether to show 2D or 3D dock and whether to enable translucent hidden application icons.
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