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I thought it might be interesting to see where the readers' opinions fall on the new 2D and 3D docks in OS X 10.5 -- hence our newest poll. I've also created a full-size comparison shot so you can easily see the differences between the two. I set the dock to its largest size on my machine, then switched the dock style and took the two shots. Trimmed to just fit the height and width, the pixel dimensions of the 3D dock are 1217x105, while the 2D version comes in at 1165x97.

So which do you prefer -- i.e. which will you be using, courtesy of this hint -- when you make the move to 10.5?
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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: dmackler on Oct 25, '07 07:07:54AM

Rob,

Please add one more choice:
- prefer the dock on the side of the screen

It seems that those of us who pin the dock to the side (my screen is a LOT wider than it is tall, after all) get the 2D and only the 2D style as a consequence.

Thanks,
David

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David



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: robg on Oct 25, '07 08:22:01AM

That's almost a new poll -- I'm more interested in which dock style you prefer to look at, even if you actually use it because you like to use a side dock.

-rob.



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: tyip on Oct 25, '07 01:10:20PM

That's me. I like the look of the 3D dock, even though I have the dock on the side anchored to the bottom.



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: bdkennedy1 on Oct 25, '07 06:35:33PM

I guess Apple thought that since having the dock at the bottom is pointless, let's make it really pointless by making it 3-D.

I use the dock on the left - where it belongs on the side of the screen of a wide-screen monitor. If I did have it at the bottom, I would want it 2D. The 3D shelf is distracting and pointless in my opinion.

Sometimes I have to pause for a minute and realize how ridiculous it is to even write about a mirrored 3D shelf as the dock. What's next? Spinning desktop icons?



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: ars on Oct 25, '07 07:50:57AM

I agree with the first commenter. On my MacBook (and previously my Titanium Powerbook) I always have put the dock on the (right hand) side. I greatly prefer it that way. If that means 2D dock so be it.



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: dj_feare on Oct 25, '07 09:20:38AM

since I'm a side-docker, it'll be old school for me



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: interlard on Oct 25, '07 09:55:17AM

I'm a side-of-the-screen person, too. Documents are tall and my screen is wide, so I have width to spare.

Personally, I would be happy with the 3D look on the side (or at least to try it, I might hate it after a week). I feel that the Leopard 2D look is less attractive than Tiger's and the new, white spots are harder to see than the old black triangles.

I'm looking forward to trying it all, when the 10.5.1 update comes out. I wonder when Steve will add those "hidden" features...



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: gklinger on Oct 25, '07 10:10:29AM

I've never understood why the default placement of the Dock is on the bottom. All Macs and 99% of monitors feature greater horizontal resolution than vertical and since documents and web browsers benefit from greater pixel height, it seems natural to place the Dock on the side. There's also a historical context because NeXTStep put its icons on the right side.

Anyway, I'm a side docker too so that means 2D for me.



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: r00st3r on Oct 25, '07 10:52:40AM

Please add one other option "transparent dock". Though I really dislike the new dock, the "2d-ish" option looks to have a unique border edge with rounded corners in addition to the silly white lights. I have used the great Transparent Dock application since it came out and it always gets peoples attention. As for the running application image, there is not perfect style. If you have a dark background, the current method a black triangle is lost and if you have a bright background, then the new white light will be lost as well.
For me the most important part is having the icons float seemlessly in the nothingness of the display. :D



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: oddysseey on Oct 25, '07 11:35:09AM
I wrote a little freeware utility to make things easy for the user to switch between the two appearances: It's called 2DOrNot2D.

www.eternalstorms.at/utilities/2dornot2d

Have fun,
oddy

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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: giaguara on Oct 25, '07 12:03:48PM

I can't see what applications are running when using the "3D" dock especially when I have a colored background image.
Also what 3D? There is no additional data in the added dimension.



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: ghay on Oct 26, '07 08:40:38AM

Well, I'll stick out as the only new-dock-liker and bottom-screen-docker.

All the people who mention screen size, I can get more (larger iconed) apps in my bottom mounted dock than on the side - and I auto-hide it - no real estate taken up.

YMMV



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10.5: New 3D vs. 2D dock poll posted
Authored by: balnaves on Oct 26, '07 11:48:01AM

Does it annoy anyone else that the postmark on the mail icon goes off the edge of the stamp? To me it looks odd.



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Stamp Canceling 101
Authored by: MJCube on Oct 27, '07 01:04:03PM

In this age of e-mail, apparently people have forgotten how paper mail works. All postmarks are supposed to be half-off the stamp. That's the proof that the stamp was used on that envelope, and not steamed off another and reused.



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