View Full Version : one design thing i dont like in leopard
October 11th, 2008, 01:53 PM
Its the way that open apps are indicated, its way too subtle for me, i prefer good old tiger in that area. Is there a way change this?
October 11th, 2008, 04:31 PM
You are certainly not alone. Thankfully, there's a website with user-created replacements for Leopard's dock: leoparddocks.com (http://leoparddocks.com/index.php).
You can even get a program called ChangeDock to help you swap them out easily here: http://leoparddocks.com/download/ChangeDock.zip
or change out your dock manually with these instructions: http://leoparddocks.com/instructions/
October 12th, 2008, 10:05 AM
Yep, changing to the 2D view certainly helps a lot. At work, all our Macs are more or less in default state, and I've certainly grown accustomed to the look, but I still prefer the 2D view for my Dock on all my personal Macs.
October 12th, 2008, 11:32 AM
Or keep the dock on left or right for getting the 2d... I can't use the default on bottom either as it takes too much effort to see which apps are open.
October 12th, 2008, 04:19 PM
Lets just hope that in snow leopard this will be fixed! no?
October 12th, 2008, 04:49 PM
"Fixed" is relative, though, and insinuates that something is broken. A personal preference over whether black arrows or a shining LED light indicate an open application is not something that can "broken," and, hence, cannot be "fixed."
I, personally, like the little LED light indicator, although I can see how some would not.
October 13th, 2008, 03:39 AM
If I may throw my penny in here? I very much like the 3D dock and all the bells and whistles that go with it. My grumble is that you lose the 3D effect when positioning the dock on the left or right screen (I like to place it top right using Onyx).
October 13th, 2008, 04:06 AM
Didn't know about the led thing ....
The more I read, the more I don't want to buy Leopard ... think I'll wait till 10.6 ... why not ... By then I would be ready for a change.
Tiger is roaring on my iMac C2D and the eye candy hasn't become jaded just yet ... my dock is 2D, transparent and I like it that way. I care not for Time Machine, Spaces, Stacks ... not that they aren't great features for some, it's just that I think that this OS version (Tiger) isn't quite redundant (for want of a better word) yet.
Maybe in the future I'll get the chance to play with Leopard a little and grow to enjoy it for what it is rather than buying it because I can.
October 13th, 2008, 07:23 AM
I actually quite like Leopard and have not been experiencing problems with it, as some people seem to have. Then again, I always wipe the hard drive and do a completely clean install with major point releases. It forces me to do a bit of (disk) housekeeping as well!
As with most OS X releases, I thought I'd upgrade once I could see there were no disastrous issues with it and I didn't really feel it would dramatically change things. I like the interface changes and have come to like the 3D Dock (although I initially didn't). Time Machine has been useful and I've fortunately never needed to call upon it so far. I do like Stacks and use it for shortcuts to my Applications and particular documents.
Much to my surprise, Spaces has been a major plus for me. I figured it was something I'd never use, but it has changed the way I work. I used to use the Hide command all the time, but now I keep different applications, grouped by theme (some start up automatically in pre-set Spaces), in different Spaces. Having a multi-button mouse is very useful when working with Spaces and Exposť!
There are lots of other nice touches too, but, yes, it is ultimately an upgrade to OS X rather than a radically different operating system. As far as downsides go... a few of my games don't work under Leopard, and there were some teething troubles with other programs until the developers released patches. The only glitch that annoys me to this day is that, when using the Save As dialog box, sometimes it is set to Desktop as the default, and yet does not actually show the Desktop, but somewhere else. Clicking on Desktop in the navigation sidebar on the left, does not bring up the Desktop and I have to click somewhere else (e.g. Documents, Applications, whatever), and then come back to the Desktop. It only does this sometimes, though, and I haven't identified the pattern yet!
October 13th, 2008, 07:53 AM
I agree with much of what you say bbloke. Some colleagues of mine say Leopard is a bit heavy on the eye candy. Perhaps this is a fair point, but not one that poses too much of a problem for me.
My axe to grind with Apple is the loss of the Apple Menu (gosh you say, you're still on about that!). It seems that everything is geared to making users use the Finder. I find this a bit irritating.
Thank heavens for Classic Menu (http://www.sigsoftware.com/classicmenu/).
October 13th, 2008, 10:47 AM
I understand. I just upgraded to 10.5 after backing the hell up out of everything. I no like . . . it dump. It did not like my TechTool Pro partition for some reason, and my paranoia led me to check Permissions with the updated Cocktail which takes, it seems, forever.
Some interesting font things.
Okay, I downloaded the application ra3ndy recommended. I downloaded a Dock--"Vertical Gradient."
Now what? I am not sure what to "open." Nothing seems to want to go into the browser space.