Is Apple a secretive company? While Google and Microsoft announce products that are not ready to ship for months or years, Apple seems to keep everything about their products a secret, including more than a few features which you have to hunt for to find.
What’s with that? Why does Apple have hundreds of built-in features to OS X that they don’t bother to tell their customers about?
Here’s a couple of free Mac utilities which make it quick and easy to enable hidden features in OS X, or simply to customize a few useful functions you didn’t know you could have.
First on the list is a newbie to my Mac. MacUtil is the easiest to use of the two, and the functions are more basic and cosmetic.
For example, MacUtil can toggle the Dock from 2D to 3D, change magnification, add mouse effects, and even change the color of indicator lights.
If you’ve never done OS X customization before, MacUtil is a good place to start. Far more complex and with even more options is a longtime favorite in the Mincey clan– Deeper.
This free utility opens up a few hundred options in everything from the Mac’s Finder, the Dock, Safari, Mail, iTunes, QuickTime, Spotlight, and more.
Most of what you’ll find in MacUtil you’ll find in Deeper, but the latter has far more cosmetic and utility options.
Deeper also lets you restore all defaults so you don’t have to worry about clicking on some odd function and have it disable your Mac.
What isn’t clear is why Apple doesn’t make these functions standard in OS X with their own utility Preference Pane.