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Preference Manager allows you to trash, lock, backup and restore Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects preference files. These files contain user settings and preferences but can cause problems if they become corrupted. Trashing the files allows you to restore operability to your machine.

Preference Manager can also backup and restore not only preference files, but Final Cut Pro button bars, keyboard layouts, column layouts, window layouts, track layouts, custom settings and user plugins. Backups are stored in a single compressed file, allowing you to easily more...

What's New

Version 4.2.1:
  • Improved support for sharing Adobe profiles with other users or computers


  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Final Cut Studio, Final Cut Pro 3 or later
  • Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 or Compressor 4
  • Avid Media Composer 5.0 or later
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.0 or later
  • Adobe After Effects 10.0 (CS 5) or later

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Ean Member IconReview+223

Great tool and a great update. Now has Pro Tools support and improved Adobe support. No problems encountered yet. So handy and so free--five stars. I've never had to use the author's repair tools, but wouldn't hesitate to buy them should the need arise.

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Version 4.0
Sgginc Member IconComment+226

Download link downloads Pro_Maintenance not Preference Manager. Go to developer’s website for this.

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Version 3.2.4

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Sgginc. Pro Maintenance also includes Preference Manager which is why there was some confusion. I've updated the listing so that it now points directly to Preference Manager :)

Donmontalvo Member IconReview+1288

Does what it advertises to do (backup/delete/restore prefs).

However, the "Restoring the window layout" issue persists.

Only effects 10.6.8 users...does not effect Lion users.


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Version 3.2.1
Digital Rebellion Llc (Developer)

The window layout in FCPX is not stored in the preference files. Housekeeper in Pro Maintenance Tools can fix this:


Yes as I stated in my post over at the FCPX page, Apples solution does not work for our users. Does your tool delete the same folder? http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4169

Digital Rebellion Llc (Developer)

Yes, it uses the same method Apple recommends.


Thanks for confirming. Excellent tool, unfortunately this issue persists even after following standard troubleshooting steps, including additional steps recommended by Apple support. Apple asked us to open RADAR bug ticket, waiting for further steps.

Mac007 Member IconComment+198

It would be helpful if the developer renamed this product "Final Cut Preference Manager". The current name infers that it deals with all preference files on the Mac which is confusing.

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Version 2.1.2

Implies. You can infer something, but FCP can only imply.


I agree that this nice app should be renamed to something that includes the words “Final Cut” in some form, preferably at the beginning. As I have with similarly associated apps for iMovie, iPhoto and iTunes, unless this is renamed, I’ll either forget that it exists or get frustrated and never use it because I can’t remember its name!

And yes, I am aware that I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer.


Download it and rename it yourself. Fixed.

Rednail Member IconReview+22

Fantastic software. Does what it claims with out any bugs.
And free! Thanks so much.

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Version 1.0.7
morpe Member IconComment+28

huuuu great App!
You can also create a version for logic pro?

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Downloads 13,266
Version Downloads 135
License Free
Date 31 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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