An update to the popular custom launcher ADW EX was released today, and it adds a feature many ADW users have been clamoring for: custom dock backgrounds. While it may sound trivial, some have used the lack of a custom dock option in ADW to declare Launcher Pro the superior app. ADW EX comes with 8 of its own custom docks, though you can use any image from your gallery as a dock background. The update also includes a few additional customization options (you can find the full changelog here).

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To get the custom docks, hit the Menu button while on a homescreen, select More, ADWSettings, UI Settings, Main Dock, Dock Background, Custom. Yeah - I thought it was a little convoluted, too.

One small caveat: whenever you switch dock backgrounds after the first time, you'll have to force close ADW to get the new dock background to register (at least on my N1 running CyanogenMod 7 you do). Also, if anyone else was experiencing "laggy" performance using ADW on CM7, that issue has apparently been fixed.

Have a cool custom dock background you've made or have otherwise acquired? Share it in the comments!