The Mac’s Dock is the Dock, right? Most of the time I prefer my Mac to look, well, like a Mac. That means I don’t bolt on a bunch of add-on doodads to make my Mac look different than any other Mac. I figure it this way.
If Apple doesn’t want us to customize the Mac experience, I won’t. Except the Dock. And the Menubar (different story for a different time). 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.
Taste, Meet Function
Actually, to put it more precisely, there’s no accounting for taste, so functionality isn’t the only rule. That explains why a whole bunch of macOS customization tools appear to be gaudy on purpose. They need to get attention. cDock fits into that category a bit. Think of it as a Mac Dock customization app that sticks to basics.
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 but enough so that it gets customized in a way that’s OK by you.
It’s the Mac’s Dock, but with more color and flavor; a bit brutish if you choose the wrong color, but other features can make a cDock Dock look more refined. Yes, as always, taste is involved.
All cDock does is do away with the default Dock background and give you a handful of options to customize the look and feel without altering functionality.
The app icons in the Dock remain the same. Check out some of the cDock settiings.
cDock lets you select a specific image for the Dock’s background, but you can alter the Dock corner radius and border width with a simple slider bar. It comes with options for app icons, too. For example, it can show reflections for running apps, dim icons on mouse-over, dim icons for inactive apps, display icon labels, and alter the color of badges and indicator lights.
There are even different layers– frost vs glass. I like the option to display the Mac’s Finder Trash can icon. cDock lets you select an image for app indicators and resize them. Some of these options are subtle at first glance, but give the Dock a more personalized, customized feel.
The latest version of cDock works well with recent macOS versions. Not bad for a few dollars, and there is a try-before-you-buy option.