If Apple doesn’t want us to customize the Mac experience, I won’t. Except the Dock. While apps are apps and look like apps, the Dock could use a little personalized loving. Apple has changed the Dock little through the years, but for those of us who live on the bleeding edge of cleverly designed utilities, there’s cDock; a free Dock customization tool for the Mac.
Accounting For Taste
Actually, to put it more precisely, there’s no accounting for taste. That explains why a whole bunch of Mac OS X customization tools appear to be gaudy on purpose. They need to get attention. cDock its into that category. It’s a simple Mac Dock customization app that does basically one thing. It customizes the background of your Mac’s Dock.
What cDock does not do is anything beyond the Dock itself, so it won’t alter app window colors, or change the Menubar background, or muck around with the Desktop wallpaper. cDock means Dock and basically that means altering the background image from the original.
For example, in OS X Mavericks, the default Dock background is a 3D-like shelf with each app icon centered on the shelf, casting a shadow to the front (and open apps have a little ‘light’ at the bottom of the Dock to signify the app is open).
All cDock does is do away with the default Dock background and give you options to add different colored backgrounds. The app icons in the Dock remain the same.
The latest version of cDock seems to work with OS X Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan.
But is it worth it, even if cDock is free? It depends. If you’re OK with the 3D-like Dock in OS X now, don’t bother. However, cDock can give a more solid or slightly translucent color which makes Dock icons a little easier to view, and free is hard to beat.