Here’s another little trick for all you Mac modders out there who hate being default. I’ve been reading about the new BETA of Microsoft Office Mac 2011 and from what I’ve read it looks like it’ll finally bring a real Outlook client. And frankly I think it’s about time we caught up a little when it comes to Office. Even if you live and breath Mac Mail or Thunderbird, you can’t deny there’s a lot of Outlook users out there and as an enterprise mail client it’s come a long way. But I think when I actually start using it I won’t be accepting their default dock icon with its oddly glowing new mail notification badge. It goes against everything I stand for. So I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to do when it comes out and I’ve come up with a cute way to change things up a little.
I do feel that the new Office suite default icons are a step in the right direction for Microsoft but I can’t be caught using defaults so I will surly be running some custom ones when it finally rolls out this Fall. I’ve been looking around in preparation for its release for a good set of replacement dock icons because it’s on my dock a lot and its day-glow yellow is going to clash badly with my whole minimalist look. Well today I stumbled on an interesting replacement icon for Outlook. I found Vintage Apples by Steph Vallieres on InterfaceLIFT and immediately thought the old vintage Macintosh would be a great look for my mail program.
But I’ve noticed in all the reviews that the Entourage new mail notification badge will be back for Outlook and the vintage icon is going to look pretty odd with that new mail badge overlapping it. So to fix this I came up with a new mail badge image that should fit pretty well with the vintage Apple replacement icon. Here’s how it will look together with the new Vintage Macintosh icon when you get a new email notification. Your happy blue Hello screen will be subtly replaced with a new mail graphic that fits within the screen area. Isn’t that cute? And it’s a simple mod to make. You too can make this change or even go a little nuts with Photoshop and IconBox and do your own thing. Here is how this mod will look in action when Outlook comes out.
If you are trying out the new Office suite BETA with your MSDN subscription or just getting ready for the “full release” next month, then here’s how you too can change up your “Out look”.
That’s it. Run Outlook and see if it doesn’t feel much friendlier. This is just a simple little tweak to the upcoming Office release that turns your garish yellow default Outlook dock icon into a neat little vintage Apple with a subtle and interactive new mail badge. Give it a try and see if you don’t feel much better about having to keep Outlook on your dock all day.