How long was OS X Mountain Lion available before there were apps to customize it? Minutes? It makes you wonder how Apple’s OS X developers feel about spending a year polishing and shining up all those new Mountain Lion features when the first thing many Mac users do when they get it is change it.
Well, I’m here to tell you that tweaking the Mac is a time-honored tradition. We’ve been doing it here in the Mincey household since the early days of the Mac back in the last century. It’s fun. Usually safe. And seldom costs anything.
The latest popular app to hit the streets and become the darling of Mac users is Mountain Tweaks for OS X Mountain Lion (and Mac OS X Lion). By my count there are over two dozen different tweaks available. Click for the ones you want.
A few of these tweaks are functional, and a few are cosmetic. For example, Mountain Tweaks can toggle visibility of the use Library folder on Lion or Mountain Lion (Apple hides it by default).
Or, it can remove the faux leather look from Contacts and Calendar in Mountain Lion.
- Show/Hide the user Library folder.
- Change to a 2D or 3D dock.
- Enable/Disable system window animation.
- Enable/Disable mail reply animation.
- Remove/Add Reading List Icon in Safari.
- Enable/Disable Spelling Correction.
- Enable/Disable repeating keys.
- Enable/Disable permanent scrollbars.
- Show Hidden Files.
- Disable Crash Dialog Pop-Up.
- Get a new Stack List View.
- Highlight Stack items on mouseover.
- Change iCal leather interface to aluminium
- Change Address Book leather interface to aluminium
- Disable resume for a single app
- Enable the hidden FTP-server
- Customize Launchpad folder background
- Disable local Time Machine Backups
- Enable Airdrop on old hardware
- Enable colours in the Finder sidebar
- Enable iTunes Dock Animation
- Enable TRIM support in Lion
- Enable secret iCal debug-menu
- Remove Spotlight icon
- Disable gatekeeper
- Highlight non-retina images
- Remove leather from Contacts (ML)
- Remove leather from Calendar (ML)
- Select text in Quiclook
- Change the Notification Center background
Is that list long enough to attract your attention?
While most of the features on the list work well, some are problematic and depend on how old or which model your Mac is. The Enable Airdrop on Old Hardware button only works on specific Macs.
But toggling on and off the Mac’s built-in Spell Correction is very handy. Another cosmetic function which I like is changing the Notification Center background in Mountain Lion.
I’m just not much of a linen loving guy, I guess.
And you can’t beat the Mountain Tweaks price tag. It’s donation ware. If you use it, donate. If you use it but can’t afford to donate, don’t. It still works.