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Make hidden apps visibly hidden in the Dock
Authored by: babbage on Oct 30, '03 11:11:29PM
It's probably not in a listed hint because most people used the utility TinkerTool (under the Dock panel) to make hidden apps semi-transparent. It is a little easier than using the Terminal, if you don't count the time required to download and install it ;)

Agreed. I spend the majority of my time working in the Terminal, and would almost always prefer to tinker with the command line than download a silly little GUI tool, but Tinker Tool is a big exception, because it provides quick access to a lot of the minor settings that I like to adjust on an OSX box (e.g. translucent icons on hidden dock items, and I like to have the Dock anchored to the bottom edge & bottom-left corner of the screen).

You can change these things by tinkering with defaults write com.apple.foo... or by hand editing the XML in some file under ~/Library/Preferences/foo.plist, but Tinker Tool makes it all so much more convenient.

The standard tool for making a Windows machine's interface usable is TweakUI, from Microsoft's Power Toys suite. (It has been a free download from microsoft.com since at least Windows 98.) On OSX, the equivalent interface "fixer" is proving to be Tinker Tool, and it's just as essential as TweakUI.

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