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Disable the Dock?s ?bounce to alert? behavior

#1 User is offline   Macworld 

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 03:30 PM

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#2 User is offline   Jason Snell 

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:29 PM

Thanks, Rob. I despise those bouncing icons.

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Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:47 PM

While it can be annoying sometimes I still prefer having them on as it reminds me of alerts I need occasionally. What really would be nice would be to change the importance level of the alert system so it only bounces when serious work or options are required. It can be too frequent now.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 07:27 PM

I was hoping there was a way to limit the number of bounces, i.e. 3 bounces then stop.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:50 PM

I much prefer the bouncing icons to a popup panel that takes input focus away from what I'm doing at the moment. I hide my Dock, so they don't really bother me.
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Posted 22 January 2009 - 09:57 PM

This is a little small MINOR inconvenience, one that does not warrant such trouble. Just set Magnification to 0 in the sys preferences.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 08:57 AM

Maybe you're misunderstanding the issue, but magnification which can be turned off altogether, has nothing to do with bouncing icons.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:01 AM

Yes, this is not bounce on launch. This is "bounce to annoy the heck out of the user until they're forced to click on me just to get rid of the bouncing."
And as noted in the hint, despite my Dock being hidden, the bouncing icons would still reveal themselves at times.
But no longer :).
-rob.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 10:10 AM

WOW, awesome trick. I hate that double bounce. Adobe acrobat for instance does the double bounce for no apparent reason and its really annoying.
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Posted 23 January 2009 - 03:12 PM

Count on Mr. Griffiths to deliver on flippin' sweet OS tricks. Thanks! For the most part, I'm cool w/ app bounce alerts, but one of the most annoying to me is Mail: it's not smart enough to knock it off when you're already in the application. If there were a way to give that one some much needed IQ points, that'd be even sweeter still.

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{size:10px}maflynn wrote: Adobe acrobat for instance does the double bounce for no apparent reason and its really annoying.{size}

I'm kind of glad to hear that I'm not the only one w/ a schizoid copy of Acrobat. Mine does the same about a minute after I launch the app, every time. It's like a nervous little dog that has a ritual you have to go through to calm it down.
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Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:13 AM

I have a related but different issue with the bouncing icon. I keep my dock hidden and often my sound off, so I don't know when a message arrives on ichat if I don't have the ichat screen up front.
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:24 PM

Rob,

Thanks for this tip. Those bouncing apps drive me nuts.

I know nothing about working with Terminal files. I assume I have to save the file after entering the command lines. What is the naming protocol I should follow? Also, where should the file be saved?

Thanks,
Liz
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:32 PM

Nothing to save. Just open Terminal, and enter those two commands, pressing Return after each one.

-rob.
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 04:44 PM

That was easy! Thanks again.
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