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Preferential Treatment was built from a discussion at www.macintouch.com, this application will check your preference files (both in your user's preference folder and the system's preference folder) for corruption by using the "plutil" command line tool.

If it finds suspect files, it will list the files and allow you to reveal them in the Finder or move them to the trash. You may also double-click on a file in the found files table to open it in the application of your choice (you can designate the default application from the preferences). There is also an option to save the results of a scan to a text file.

What's New

Version 1.1.8:
  • Fixed a minor Mac OS X 10.5 incompatibility that prevented the application from recognizing administrative user accounts.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.2 or later

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Anguka Member IconComment+9
Anguka
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Has worked well for years, simple, straightforward and useful. Now under OS x 10.6.4 it will not accept me as administrator so I cannot access System prefs.
Developer has been informed - I hope it can be fixed as there is nothing else similar in the field.

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Version 1.1.8
artie505
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The first step of Disk Warrior's "Check All Files & Folders" functionality duplicates PT's functionality.

Rsmacupdate
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I believe Intech's SpeedTools Utilities PRO also does this.

Roro01 Member IconComment+0
Roro01
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What we really need is an application which detect preference files which are not associated with any application, i.e files of applications where we have deleted the applications but forgot to delete their preference files.

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Version 1.1.8
François Pellerin Member IconComment+0
François Pellerin
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Grat product! Thanks.

The developper could write a ReadMeFirst file to tell the dummies like myself exactly what to do with the files included in the upgrade...

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Version 1.1.8
Doc-Renaud Member IconComment+135
Doc-Renaud
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And you think you could live without stuffit expander installed ? Good luck :-)

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Version 1.1.7
sidetracked Member IconReview+4
sidetracked
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Works just fine for me in Tiger.

A very simple, straightforward way to check for problems in preference files. Already was able to head off a couple of problems before they became real problems. I sent a donation.

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Version 1.1.6
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Anonymous
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Nice utility, but the developer should allow download of the application in .zip or .dmg archive instead of .sit, so that Tiger users aren't forced to download Stuffit.

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Version 1.1.4
Jonathan Nathan (Developer)
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This file is available in a compressed dmg format:

Jonathan Nathan (Developer)
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http://homepage.mac.com/jonn8/as/dist/pt.dmg

(Not sure why this wasn't included in the previous comment.)

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Anonymous
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Tiger users will need Stuffit Exp. anyway. There are far too much archives in sit-format around. And if Apple would have adopted the zip-format a long time ago we wouldn't have the sit-format now.

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Anonymous
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A file compressed in .sit format becomes smaller than the same file compressed as .zip.
Especially if the format is .sitx

Swordfish
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yes but .sit gets corrupted easier and Stuffit is bad software :P

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Anonymous
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PT doesn't work with OS X 10.4 Tiger. Authentication to check System prefs is broken.

A workaround is to run the program as root either in the terminal or get the freeware program Pseudo. Just drop PT onto the Pseudo window and it runs as root, problem solved.

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Version 1.1.3
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Anonymous
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Version 1.1.4 is compatible with Tiger...

Richard104
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Pseudo is shareware $15.
I suspect that the latest version of PT is, in fact, Tiger-compatible. Check it out.

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Anonymous
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Great!!Thank you so much John!

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Version 1.1.1
Joe Weaver Member IconComment+0
Joe Weaver
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Jonathan is a great developer and a good man. I released a program similar to his (I didn't know his existed), he downloaded it, and e-mailed me with some suggestions to improve it! I couldn't believe it, the "competition" is helping me! Truly a good man.
I'm in the Navy and and programming is totally new to me. I have only been scripting and programming for 4 days so he is helping me along. I can't believe it!
Thanks again Jonathan.

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Version 1.0.2.1
Thezee Member IconComment+0
Thezee
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I click to open app. Window appears asking for a donation. Click to later or donate. Nothing happens. App disappears. Does anyone know what gives? Have downloaded app 3 times from here and Johnathan's website with same result. Is there a preference file that I need to trash?

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Version 1.0.1
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Wolfak
Version 1.1.8
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Date 06 Nov 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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