You can change the Desktop Wallpaper photo or image. You can rearrange the icons in the Dock. And Apple gives you a few other tweaks in Preferences, otherwise it’s obvious that Steve Jobs’ company heirs don’t want you to muck with the Mac much. Where’s the fun in that kind of restrictive behavior?
Designers Can Design Lion With Lion Designer
Assuming you were given the power to recreate the Mac’s look and feel into a new design to call your own, where would you start?
Here’s a dozen ways to change Lion’s design using the Lion Designer app. All these tweaks are free and sure to customize your Mac so much it won’t look like your neighbor’s Mac.
First, the Lion Designer design list. It’s not so much a list of designs as it is a list of options.
For example, you can control and change the Mission Control background image, the Dashboard background image, and even the Login Screen background.
Lion Designer also changes the Launchpad folder icon, the Login icon, and gives you an option to change the FaceTime ringtone (something louder would be an improvement).
After that, there’s just not much designing going on. Lion Designer will hide or make visible the Desktop icons, make visible the already hidden user Library (Apple decided Lion users didn’t need to see the Library).
Remember the age of colorful icons in the Mac’s Finder’s Sidebar? Lion turned them all gray, but Lion Designer brings the color icons back.
You also get a few controls to animate, de-animate, or less-animate Lion’s Mission Control and Launchpad.
All of these sweet little design and tweak extras are free. That’s Lion Designer’s price tag.
Lion Designer couldn’t be much easier to use. The interface features the name of each tweak, and simple buttons to hide or make visible or add background images.
The price can’t be beat unless someone is willing to pay you to customize your Mac.