The desktop layout in Mac OS X Yosemite is undeniably beautiful—it's sleek, simple, and easy to admire. Thing is, I do too much on my Mac to install a developer preview as my main OS (even though I can make a bootable install drive and dual-boot it), but I do want the aesthetics of the new build.
Luckily, there is a way for us to mimic the appearance of OS X Yosemite, for free, without installing the developer preview. As long as you have Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, you can have the dock and icons that come with Yosemite, all the while sticking with the stability of your current OS.
We need to download all the essentials that allow us to modify our Mac icons and dock.
The icon for iTunes is missing in Johan's packs, but you can get that one separately from Ziggy19's deviantART page.
Next, we're going to download LiteIcon, a program that'll allow us to change icons—download version 3.2.
Now, we need to download cDock, which will allow us to customize our Mac's dock.
We need to unzip all the files we just download. To do so, just double-click on each file. You should get one folder (for the deviantART package) and two executable apps (LiteIcon and cDock).
Now it's time to swap all the icons. Open up LiteIcon and move it to the right of your screen. Then open up the three folders from the icon pack .zips that we just extracted.
Let's start with the icons. Go to Apps in LiteIcon, and begin dragging the new icons over from the "official icon packs" folder to the originals in LiteIcon. If you downloaded the iTunes icon separately, don't forget about that one as well.
Then proceed to do the same with the Trash and Finder icons from the "trash icon" folder.
Finish by replacing the Folders icons using the ones from the "folder icons" folder.
Hit the Apply Changes button at the bottom-right of the LiteIcon's window. It will then tell you it needs to clear cache and log out, so hit "Okay" and go through the login process to log back in.
Now, it's time for us to customize our dock. Open up cDock and let's get started.
Once the program opens up, you are greeted with multiple options—select Install Customizable dock.
Two TextEdit values will open up; one is titled Dock Settings, and that's the only one we need to focus on. The original file looks like this by default:
The first four values read out like this:
Change that to:
When you're done, the file will look like this:
Once you've changed it, save it.
cDock has an icon running in your Mac Bar that looks like a black cube.
Click it, and it will automatically restart the dock with the new settings. The program can be a little glitchy at times, so if you don't see any changes, simply repeat Steps 9 through 11.
Now we have an updated look with our same, stable operating system, which is just enough to get me by until Yosemite officially releases. What do you guys think?