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Tweaking the look of Leopard
Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 3:09 AM EST
Posted by: Brian

The Leopard desktop is a thing of beauty, but there might be a few things that you want to change from a visual standpoint. So here is a small roundup of applications for tweaking the look of Leopard. I'm sure most of these have been mentioned in the forums and around the Net, but I thought it would be nice to have them in one place. If you know of others, please share them with us. I also included a couple of tips down below for making changes from the Terminal. I would also like to encourage readers to send in a picture of their desktop for our photo gallery. Let's just see who is tweaking it the most here!

DockColor 1.0
Description: "DockColor provides a simple interface to changing the color of the Mac OS X Leopard Dock. With a simple color-picker interface, you can change the color of your Dock quickly and easily. DockColor automatically backs up the original files, and you can easily revert back to the original Dock from within DockColor as well."

Download Details:
  Developer: Elgebar Studios
  Category: Dock Tweaks
  License: Freeware
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5

Dock Delight 1.0
Description: "This is a very simple application for anyone who has difficulty seeing the small blue indicator lights in Apple's new, and otherwise excellent version of Mac OS X called Leopard. What Dock Delight does is remove the wee blue blobs used by Leopard's Dock to indicate which applications are running, and replaces it with a small black triangle, similar to the one found in previous iterations of OS X. It's not permanent and the blue lights can be swapped back easily."

Download Details:
  Developer: Mark Allan Software
  Category: Dock Tweaks
  License: Freeware
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5

DockDoctor 2.0
Description: "Looking to change your new leopard dock from 2d to 3d with ease? Look no further than DockDoctor! Our first version allows you to change back and forth between the 2 new dock styes in Leopard without a single terminal command!"

Download Details:
  Developer: InnermindMedia
  Category: Dock Tweaks
  License: Freeware
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5

LeoColorBar 1.0
Description: "LeoColorBar adjusts your desktop picture on Mac OS X 10.5 so it doesn't bleed through the transparent menu bar. It also lets you round the edges of the menu bar and display the whole image (so none is covered by the menu bar)."

Download Details:
  Developer: md softworks
  Category: Menu Bar Tweaks
  License: Freeware
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5

Description: "This little utility makes your menu bar in Leopard opaque, so that you can not see your desktop background image through it."

Download Details:
  Developer: Eternal Storms Software
  Category: Menu Bar Tweaks
  License: Freeware
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5

Visage Login 1.1.2
Description: "Visage Login allows you to easily and safely customize your Mac OS X login screen. Visage keeps track of Apple's default settings for every customization, so you can easily switch back to the original settings at any time. You can add custom images, add a text message, or add an Acceptable Use Policy. If you need to customize the Mac OS X login window, Visage Login is an essential tool!"

Download Details:
  Developer: Sanity Software
  Category: Login Window Tweaks
  License: $4.95
  Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or Mac OS X 10.5

Terminal Tips

You can also use the Terminal to change the 3D Dock and your Login wallpaper in Leopard.

To get the look of a 2D Dock, open Terminal (~/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type:

defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES

Press return key

Then reload the Dock by typing:

killall Dock

To return to the 3D Dock, simply replace YES with NO in the command above and reload the Dock.

To change the Login wallpaper, open Terminal (~/Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type:

sudo mv /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg /pick-your/folder-path (This command will move the DefaultDesktop.jpg file to another folder for backup)

Enter your password and type:

sudo cp /path-to-your/image.jpg /System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg (This command will change the wallpaper)

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