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I often find macOS's endlessly repeating "I want your attention" dock bounce animation irritating, so I disabled it with the command defaults write com.apple.dock no-bouncing -bool TRUE , followed by killall Dock.

I'd like to have a subtler visual cue when an app needs my attention. Can the bouncing animation be replaced with a repeating toggle between the normal and translucent appearances of an icon (or any other "flashing" animation)?

The translucent dock icon appearance applies when an app is hidden. It can be enabled with defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool TRUE.

I do not want an app to repeatedly change status from hidden to shown while the animation is playing.

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With regard to the ‘endlessly repeating’, you don't need to activate the app or otherwise deal with the issue being notified to you with the bounce.

Instead, move your mouse over the bouncing icon in the Dock. This will mute the app and stop the bouncing.

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