The occasional unidentifiable substance attached somewhere to the Mac’s body and sporting fingerprints from the family’s carpet crawlers and curtain climbers. That’s about as much customization as my Mac has received in recent years. Until Mac OS X Lion. For whatever reason, Apple has gone wonky on screen backgrounds and developed a linen fetish (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
Is there a way to customize the Mac for free? Enter Lion Designer. Free. Customized. Mac.
Lion Designer Redesigns Lion
It would appear that there are only three ways to customize your Mac. The free and easy way is to add a family photo to the desktop wallpaper.
Bah. Humbug. Boring. Anyone can do that to a Mac; even recent switchers from Windows.
Or, fork over some cash and go extreme design with Panic’s CandyBar, the ultimate in Mac customizations– everything from folder icons to docks to system icons.
Or, if money is an object, but you still want out from under Apple’s linen fetish, there’s Lion Designer, a free Mac app that gives you a measure of customizable control without fear of mucking up your Mac so it behaves like Windows ME.
Lion Designer gives you a self explanatory control panel so you can change a few of Mac OS X Lion’s more visible backgrounds.
Use Lion Designer to change the backgrounds and icons for Mission Control, Dashboard, Launchpad, and Login screen. Of course, it helps to have a little taste because it’s easy to dispense with the standard linen background and come up with something even more awful.
Still, Lion Designer is a handy app to help you customize your Mac so it reflects your personality.
It’s best to start with a .PNG image, but Lion Designer can convert images for Dashboard, Mission Control, or the Login background.
More precious is the Reset buttons for each; you know, just in case your image is worse than linen.
There’s not much to not like about Lion Designer. It works simply and easily. It’s priced right (free) and it couldn’t be easier to use.
What’s missing? How about twenty eleven background and icon designs? Most of us are not into creating images other than family photos so having a pre-designed design would help.