Thankfully, Apple has improved the Dock a bit in recent years, making it easier to navigate folders of files, and the appearance more closely matches each new OS X version, but the Dock is the Dock. If you don’t like it, tough cookies, right? Wrong.
Mod The Dock
You know what they say, right? “Necessity is the mother of invention.” There may not be a need to customize the Mac’s Dock, but someone invented a way to do it anyway. Why? Because nothing improves without change, and the Dock could use a few ways to improve both functionality and aesthetics.
This clever utility is appropriately entitled DockMod, as in modification, or Mod My Dock. What it does is mod your Mac’s Dock. You know, as in personalization, or customization— those things Apple doesn’t want us to do much. Why not? Hey, that’s Apple. They know best. Except when they don’t.
DockMod gives you quick control over a number of the Dock’s basic attributes. For example, you can use a slider to adjust icon opacity and reflection opacity. The Dock’s floor gradient and edge gradient can be controlled with a dial wheel. Want a squared Dock? Or, a rounded Dock? Can do with DockMod. Here’s an example of a modded Dock.
DockMod gives you editor level options to create and save and then reuse different Dock styles and customizations. Create your own Mac theme with the Dock and preview it before implementation.
Do you want to customize your Mac so it doesn’t look like every OS X Yosemite or El Capitan Mac on the block? Can do. And the tools to do the deed starts with the theming engine, the editor which lets you change Dock elements without restarting the Mac, or logging out.
Not bad for a few bucks, and one of the easiest and least troublesome ways to truly customize a constantly visible component of OS X. It’s a little easier to use and has a different set of options than the cDock app, or the extensive customizations built in to the more expensive uBar app.