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OS 10.5 - The Dock - Leopard vs Tiger


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OK, OK, this is a cheap shot, but as The Dock is virtually synonymous with OS X itself, I think this is a worthy subject in its own right.

These screen shots are from Arstechnica, saved me doing them from 2 MacBooks...

My beef is the same as the reviewer on ARS, which is that the 'preview' default on the dock icons makes them look ugly and unintuitive.

Applications Folder (Default) Leopard


Is that ugly or what? What's more there is no way to over-ride this, without using a hack.

Downloads Folder next to a Disc Image in the Dock (Leopard). Can you spot the difference?


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So, Tiger


vs Leopard


Anyone prefer the bottom image?

This is not a Leopard bashing exercise... but neither am I some guy fresh from Vista asking 'why is it not the same'? I've been using OS X for almost 2 years (10.2 and 10.4) and this strikes me as rather an odd change.

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Yeah, that was one of my slight disapointments of 10.5. However, I believe it is possible to change them w/o using a hxie; however, I do not know how

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from about.com

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Customize the look of applications, documents, folders, and more by changing their icons. Here’s how:

To select the icon you wish to use:

Click on the icon you wish to use
Click on Finder – Edit – Copy
To change the old icon to the new icon:
Click on the icon for the application or file you wish to change
Click on Finder – File – Get Info
In the Get Info window, click on the icon you wish to change
Click on Finder – Edit – Paste
These sites offer free icon sets for you to get started:

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I know. I thought the original two stacks looked ugly - documents and downloads. Then I created a couple stacks of my own. One is for work related applications, and the other is chat related. When they're fanned, they look fine! When they're in the dock, they look messy. Given I need to click on it anyway, I'd like a single icon that is informative. For my chat stack, an iChat-like icon would be fine. For work, a ball and chain would be appropriate.

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I suspect some enterprising 3rd party developer will come up with a way to put the folders back in there without making a stack. Until then, I can live with it.


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they look untidy
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I don't mind the Fan/Stacks, I mind the default icon being an actual application. I'd rather a generic image, since you have to click on it to reveal the app anyway,

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I really do like Stacks & I know its early days but I must say at the moment I prefer Tiger
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I like stacks, and I am sure in time we will figure out a way to make a default icon appear instead of one of the icons that are in the doc, but for the most part I am happy with leopard and I like the new way to resize the dock.

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I like the Stacks feature, but I agree, the folders look FUGLY. That was the one thing I noticed in the preview shots. I don't mind the translucent menu bar, but those darn folder icons!!

And yea, I wish the Applications folder would have the Applications icon on it rather than show the Address Book. I keep thinking to myself why I have my Address Book in the dock...

I like the shelf and reflections though


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its not that its one icon, its actually a stack which is why i guess they called it that.. look really closely make the dock huge and turn imagination on.. you can see other icons behind the one you mainly see.

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I do like the older Icons in some ways on the dock, but otherwise love the new Dock and Stacks. Maybe down the road they will add a feature to let us change them.
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It's pretty, but doesn't address the issue of folder icons being unintuitive. I am sure it's only a matter of time before it's addressed.

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Yep, that was my first complaint....

Here is a picture of my current Dock in Leopard.

Applications - Games - Documents - Downloads
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Yep, that was my first complaint....

Here is a picture of my current Dock in Leopard.

Applications - Games - Documents - Downloads
Ok, how did you do it? Looks good.
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