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TinkerTool System is an application similar to System Preferences. It allows you to change advanced operating system settings and gives access to internal maintenance features built into OS X.

The following features are available in TinkerTool System:

  • Run the periodic system maintenance scripts by simply pressing a button
  • Reset the permission settings of OS X system files (*)
  • Repeat the installation step "Optimizing System Performance"
  • Clean up cache files of the Internet browsers Safari, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla, OmniWeb, Camino, Opera version 6, and iCab
  • more...

What's New

Version 3.4:
  • By request of many users, panes of TinkerTool 5 can now be integrated into the application (TinkerTool 5.3 or later is required). As a result, support for 32-bit computers had to be removed. Users of such systems should keep version 3.31.
  • Corrected a problem where information about the system enclosure was not displayed correctly as part of the system management overview.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Ephg Member IconReview+4
Ephg
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This is the best $15 I have spent. My Mac was slowing down to a crawl. It was so slow that it took a half hour to do 5 minutes worth of work. It would constantly crash and the Beach Ball of Death was my constant companion. Restarting the computer every so often, would help for a short time but never solve the problem. I tried to reload the OS sever times, I was buying "repair" programs left and right. Nothing really worked. So I bought Tinker Tool System since I was desperate. Then I finally found the "System Optimization" section in Maintenance and ran it. MIRACLE!!!! The computer starting to hum like new. It saved my sanity. This is the best system utility out there. If I had to chose one such program to keep ... it would be Tinker Tool System.

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Version 3.4
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
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An excellent application and tools for OSX in any version that has OS 10.6 . It is a versatile and handy tool. The emergency tool is great for 10.9 in single user mode.

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Version 3.4
GeoProf Member IconComment+883
GeoProf
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A quick but important question: Can the permissions for an installation of OS 10.7.5 on a portable USB or FireWire drive be accurately fixed by Apple’s Disk Utility from an OS 10.6.8 startup disk? In other words, are permissions OS-specific, or can one OS’s Disk Utility accurately fix the perms of a different OS?

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Version 3.31
Djefis Member IconReview+156
Djefis
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The best system tool I have ever used.

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Version 3.31
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3699
Jazzyguy
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It is the BEST system on OSX

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Version 3.31
MohsinJ1390 Member IconReview+1
MohsinJ1390
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kudos to the developer

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Version 3.2
Harv Member IconReview+340
Harv
+1

TTS is indeed one of my "must have" applications. Does what it says, rock solid, world-class support, and reasonably priced.

The only suggestion I have is that when enhancements/updates are posted, they include the location/pane of where the new feature can be found.

As it is, I find it awkward and inefficient in determining if I wish to enable or incorporate the change. And that all depends on my first locating the change, ergo my frustration.

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Version 3.2
Vitu
+5

I agree with your points, but to cut the developer some slack I've decided to take matters into my own hands (this time, at least):

• Added new feature to remove files and folders which no longer have a known owner.
• Under Clean Up > Orphaned Files

• Added new feature to remove all or selected Extended Attributes from files or a hierarchy of folders.
• Under Files > Extended Attr.

• Added new feature to control the standby feature and standby delay time of mobile computers which support this.
• Under Mobile Settings > Safe Sleep

• Added feature to optionally restart the Finder after the Launch Services databases has been rebuilt.
• After usage of the feature 'Rebuild Database' under User > Launch Services

• Added feature to authenticate as administrative user when opening protected log files.
• Wasn't able to use this feature, as protected logs opened from Info > Logs and Reports only stated 'You don't have permission to view the log messages.'

• Added feature to clean up the login item list of the current user when using the application uninstall assistant.
• After usage of Applications > Uninstallation Assistant

• Added feature to directly remove Access Control Lists from a hierarchy of folders.
• Under ACL Permissions > Show or Set Permissions

• When deactivating, cleaning, and reactivating personal caches, the cache areas of sandbox-protected applications will now also be processed. This applies both to the full application and to the standalone emergency tool.
• I trust Dr. Bresink on this

• When using the select button in path entry fields, the currently selected object is now preferred as default over the previously selected folder.
• Any selection dialog will certify this

• Enhanced handling of different character encodings when reviewing the contents of log files.
• I trust Dr. Bresink on this

• Enhanced presentation of detail info when reviewing entries of the Xprotect malware detection feature.
• True. Under Info > Malware Protection

• Enhanced performance when selecting users and groups in environments with thousands of accounts.
• I trust Dr. Bresink on this but I can't test it :)

• The feature to clean Mac App Store log files has been removed because it is no longer used by default in up-to-date operating systems.
• I trust Dr. Bresink on this

• The feature to clean resource forks has been removed because it has been superseded by the feature to remove Extended Attributes.
• Indeed

• Added preparations for future operating systems.
• Sounds like TTS will ride Mavericks' 20+ft waves easily

• The reference manual has been revised completely. Both the online help and the printable version also have new designs and layouts.
• Cleaner and updated. Big font size for those with tired eyes!

One more thing is that the user will be prompted to install a new version of the Standalone Utility (under Emergency Tool) after opening the updated version for the first time.

Cheers!

Fariborz
+1

Hello Vitu and thank you very much for your complete guidance. All the best.

Harv
+1

Vitu,

That was exactly what I had in mind. Indeed, all is again right with the world. And of course, many thanks. Bravo!

Radus Member IconReview+25
Radus
+1

trustworth, independent developer , useful tool (same as before)

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Version 3.2
Zo219 Member IconReview+506
Zo219
+2

There is no finer, more trustworthy developer than Marcel Bresink. Both TinkerToolSystem and Tinker Tool belong in every Mac user's toolkit. I've used them for many years. It's unfortunate all these new "utilities" and cleaners are, really, preying on those new to the Mac.

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Version 3.1
Fariborz Member IconReview+286
Fariborz
+4

I contacted the developer for my lost serial number and in no time received a courteous answer with my recovered key. This clearly shows the importance that the developer dedicates to his registered customers. Add this to the superb performance of TinkerTool System handling of every single issue of your Mac and you come up with the answer to why you should buy it without fail. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)

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Version 3.1
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pugu
Version 3.31
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Iconcls
Version 3.31
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g74
Version 3.31
user icon+0
Quisemarre
Version 3.31
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Cell0518
Version 3.31
user icon+13
Roes
Version 3.2
user icon+35
Wildfox
Version 3.2
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Version 3.1
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Thelordofthespeed
Version 3.1
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staggerdog
Version 3.1
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Downloads 145,862
Version Downloads 800
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 25 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $14.77
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