Dock: Hard to Tell Which Apps Are Open

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by maxclimber1w, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. maxclimber1w macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2013
    Anyone else have the same issue? With the light-colored dock in 10.9, it's really hard to see what apps are running and which are not. Very annoying. Any known fixes, any skins that can be used to change the dock color? Seems an obvious issue... Apple should fix this.
  2. Ddyracer macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2009
    Yeah, you can change the dock to black and also change the indicators. Download dockmod.

    Then go and download a dock, get the indicators files and then you'll have to put them in /System/Library/CoreServices/

    Rename the old files to something intelligible, then name the new ones exactly how the old ones were spelled out. Done.
  3. onemustfall macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2013
  4. Sital macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2012
    New England
    If you want to buy DockMod then you can skin the dock pretty much any way you want (you can do this with the free version, but you have to re-enable it every hour which is a pain). The developer has also said he's working on modding the side dock, not just the bottom dock, and I think he's also adding the option to change the color of the indicator lights.

    You can also just take the original indicator lights and change their color using any photo editing program (or even Preview). That way you can make them whatever color you want.
  5. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Why do you need to know which apps are running? Properly coded apps consume no CPU cycles when they are not actively being used and are removed from RAM if the space is needed. Apple has been slowly reducing the visibility of indicators over the last few OS versions besides allowing turning the indicators completely off. (Quite possibly the default on new systems.)

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