Archive for September 24th, 2016

by Tom Nelson

The Mac’s Dock has undergone a few revisions over time. It started life as a basic 2D Dock that was flat and slightly translucent, and included the original Aqua pinstripe interface elements that were part of OS X Puma.

OS X Cheetah and Tiger’s Dock looked the same, although the Aqua pinstripes were gone.


Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

OS X Leopard (10.5.x) introduced the 3D Dock, which makes Dock icons appear to be standing up on a ledge. Some people like the new look, and some prefer the older 2D look from OS X Tiger (10.4.x). OS X Mountain Lion and Mavericks kept the 3D look by adding a glass-like appearance to the Dock ledge.

With the release of OS X Yosemite, the Dock reverted to its original 2D look, minus the Aqua-themed pinstripes.

If the 3D Dock isn’t to your taste, you can use Terminal to switch to the 2D visual implementation. Can’t decide? Try them both. Changing from one to the other takes a matter of minutes.

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