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Secrets is a preference pane that lets you customize many Mac OS X settings that are hidden or incomplete.

Secrets is in beta development and many of these options can harm your system if used improperly.

What's New

Version 1.0.6:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Psychiatry Member IconReview+107
Psychiatry
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Unfortunately, this is 5 year old software. This software was created for Mac OS X 10.6.
But we are soon going to be at OS X 10.10. And less and less of this app work as time goes on.
Sad to say but it is time to let go. Alternatives include:
1. TinkerTool - free
2. Deeper (and its parent Onyx) - free
3. iTweax - free and 10.9 compatible, but whose developer is unknown, has no address, thus is suspicious.
4. MacPilot - not free - costs $30.

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Version 1.0.6
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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For those who want to access Secrets without using the app, just go here:

http://secrets.blacktree.com

Even if the app stops working at some point, the database of commands will still be there.

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Version 1.0.6
Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3667
Jazzyguy
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Secrets works in 10.8.2 .No Problems.

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Version 1.0.6
ZenMaster_Flash Member IconReview+15
ZenMaster_Flash
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"Orphan-ware" since 2009

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Version 1.0.6
Foulger
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Sometimes orphans make the best citizens.

Paul Cook Member IconComment+24
Paul Cook
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A great piece of software. Unfortunately, it seems not to be working lately. The problem appears to be that the Web site is now down. So, secrets can no longer get information.

The application gives an error message if "Update Error, Could not download latest data: The operation couldn't be completed. (HTTP Status error 500.)"

An attempt to visit the web site http:secrets.blacktree.com gives a Google error message of "303. That's an error. The requested URL / was not found on this server. That's all we know."

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Version 1.0.6
Paul Cook
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If anyone knows how to contact the developer and let him/her know, that would be appreciated. This is a very useful piece of software. Hopefully, this is a minor issue that can be fixed.

Paul Cook
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It looks like it may now be fixed. Thanks to whoever contacted the developer.

BigJohnson Member IconComment+171
BigJohnson
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I've been using MacPilot, but I'd check this out if it wasn't deadware - no updates in two years.

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Version 1.0.6
Trashie
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Mac pilot should make itself like this it is easier.

Formica
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Shame, that. Any reports on if/how it works in Lion? Since its last update was pre-10.7, I won't try it unless I hear it's safe, though I suppose lots of its capabilities could be moot for the new OS anyway.

nullptr
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It's not deadware. The binary (which by the way works on Lion) has not been updated for a while but the repositry with secrets is constanly updated, just click the update button and you have the latest ones.

Mathias-Rhein
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working properly under 10.7.2... no fails and all feats (as far as I tried them) worked as expected

BigJohnson
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It may still work, but no updates in 2 years = deadware to me. How could anyone know it works on newer OS versions when the requirements only state "Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility"?

People would be screaming if an app like Photoshop, Firefox or VLC hadn't been updated in 2 years.

nullptr
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You do realize that Secrets is a significantly less complicated app than Photoshop, Firefox and VLC? It doesn't really need updates that often. The secrets themselves are continuously updated out of band so you're not missing out on any new updates just because the binary isn't updated.

But let's say that it stops working anyway. It is open source, anyone can download the source code and work on it. As long as at least one person cares it will be updated if needed.

BigJohnson
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I didn't know it was open source, that's cool.
The apps I mentioned were only examples of popular apps, not comparisons.

I thought that any time a change was made to an app, that's a version change which equals an update. So if there have been several secrets updated in the past three years, seems to me the version # and date should have changed. How could anyone possibly know this is still being maintained when it looks like it hasn't been touched in ages? Normally when an app hasn't been updated in three years it's a good bet it's been abandoned, and this looks that way even if updates have occurred in the meantime.

I don't know where I got 2 years from, it's actually been 3 years since a version change.

I'm no programmer, just a Mac user, but this seems logical to me.

Paul Cook Member IconReview+24
Paul Cook
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For anyone wanting to customize or enable hidden OS-X features, this is absolutely a great piece of software. This is great for personal use. Or for customizing some settings on your "Golden Master" before deployment.

It is very feature rich. It works well. It has a built-in update feature. It has provisions for the user community to expand its features. And the price is great. (Free!!)

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Version 1.0.6
Trashie Member IconReview+256
Trashie
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This is clever I agree it is very like Mac pilot but free. This is a VERY good idea to put in system preferences as a preference pane as these really are preferences after all. Very conveniently integrated into the system. This may be the best hidden preference tool in the making. Hope development continues as it's a winner.

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Version 1.0.6
Philippe-Mac Member IconReview+17
Philippe-Mac
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Thank you for making this free !

It is Macpilot but much better.

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Version 1.0.6
Mrboma Member IconComment+16
Mrboma
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9/20/09: This version (1.0.6) says it is Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) compatible. It installed on my MBP running 10.6.1, but when I tried to open the Pref Pane, it froze my system, requiring a restart. Uninstalled and reinstalled, with the same result. Uninstalled for good.

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Version 1.0.6
Echorob
+1

Just installed it and it seems to be working fine here on 10.6.1

Gcoghill
+1

No probs here on 10.6.2

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Downloads 74,844
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Date 20 Sep 2009
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
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