Apple is an interesting company. OS X Snow Leopard comes with every Mac. The interface is elegant, simple, easy-to-use.
Under the hood is a Unix flavor with all kinds of power, preferences, settings, goodies, and capability that Apple hides. What you need to tinker and dink and tweak to unleash all those goodies is a simple Mac utility which lets you dig deeper. For free.
Dig Deeper For Fun, For Free
Deeper is one of a trio of Mac apps from Joel Barriere. He likes to tinker and tweak and dig into and expose all those secret preferences and settings in OS X.
There are dozens of personalization options in OS X that can be turned on.
His other two utilities give you options to check and clean OS X’s system and file structure.
Deeper is the funner app of the trio, with more options than you thought possible. Deeper isn’t so much eye candy, in the tradition of our beloved Candy Bar, as it is a way to tweak some settings that may enhance and improve your Mac.
It’s customization without a price tag.
Yes, Virginia, We Have Options
Options? You want options? How about these? Change the file format of screen captures. Turn the Desktop Background Animation on or off. Add a Preference Pane to the Mac’s ARchive function.
Here’s how Deeper looks:
What you get is a toolbar with a bunch of options.
General, Finder, Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, Login, Spotlight, and Miscellaneous. Click General to get started.
Don’t tell me that doesn’t look like fun, fellow tweakers?
These are all options which are inherent in Mac OS X, but that Apple may or may not give you access to. Add arrows in the Scroll Bar. Animate the Desktop Background. Remove that annoying pop up when you launch a new app you downloaded.
Now, click the Finder tab option. What’ll you get? More Finder options.
Finder and Dock are my two favorite options lists.
Change the Graphic Effects in the Finder, click to display hidden files and folders (they’re hidden for a reason, so be careful), tweak the tools in the Menubar.
Dock options include changing the 3D effects to 2D, with or without mirror or transparency.
You get the idea, right? Options galore.
No tricks. No mucking with OS X’s innards. No worries.
QuickTime settings let you hide controls. Safari settings include opening up the secret Developer’s Menu, hiding Bookmark icons, and printing backgrounds and headers and footers.
Login tweaks include changing the Login background image, and changing the login window message.
It’s my guess that Deeper is one of those indispensable Mac user apps that lets you do what Apple doesn’t think you’re old enough, or mature enough, or, didn’t pay enough money to handle on your own. Deeper is the tweaker’s app. And it’s free.