The Dock is the Dock, right? Most of the time, I prefer my Mac to look, well, like a Mac. That means I don't have to spend a bunch of extra doodads to make my Mac look different than any other Mac. I find it this way.
If Apple doesn't want us to customize the Mac experience, I won't. Except for the Dock. And the Menubar (different story for another time). While apps are apps and look like apps, Dock can use some personal love. Apple has changed Dock little over the years, but for those of us who live on the bleeding edge of smartly designed tools, it's cDock.
Accounting For Taste
In fact, to put it more precisely, there is no accounting for taste . That explains why a whole bunch of MacOS customization tools seem to be overly intentional. They need to get attention. cDock fits a bit into that category. Think of it as a Mac Dock customization app that sticks to the basics.
What cDock doesn't do is anything beyond the Dock itself, so it won't change the app window colors, or change the Menubar background, or joke with Wallpaper. cDock means Dock and really it means changing the background image from the original, but enough that it will be customized in a way that is OK by you.
It's the Mac Dock, but with more color and taste; Some brutal if you choose the wrong color, but features make it look more refined. Yes, taste is involved.
All cDock does is remove the default Dock background and provide you with a handful of options to customize the look and feel without changing functionality.
The Dock app icons remain the same. Check out some of the cDock settings.
cDock allows you to select a specific image for the Dock background, but you can change the Dock corner radius and border width with a simple slider bar. It comes with options for app icons. It can, for example, display reflections for running apps, faint mouse icons above, faint icons for inactive apps, display icon labels, and change the color of marks and indicator lights.
There are even different layers – frost to glass. I like the opportunity to display Mac's Finder Trash icon. cDock lets you select an image for app indicators and resize them. Some of these options are subtle at first glance, but give Dock a more personalized, customized feel.
The latest version of cDock works well with macOS 10.10 and later, including macOS High Sierra. Not bad for a few bucks, and there is an option before you buy.