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MacPilot 6.0.4
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MacPilot can enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click of a button!

Pro user or not, you can now increase computer performance with only a few clicks of the mouse. Optimize your network for broadband connectivity, completely customize Apple File Sharing, perform essential maintenance without having to remember mind boggling acronyms, and much more. However, those are just a few of the many reasons why MacPilot is your choice over Cocktail, TinkerTool and Onyx.
What's New
Version 6.0.4:
  • New Feature: Can now select more than one row in the preferences cleanup area.
  • New Feature: Restored support for OS X 10.6.8 for the time being.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed crash when loading advanced network interfaces.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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ver. 6.x:
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Gary30 reviewed on 26 Feb 2014
This is a definite 5 star app except for the business issues. Looks to me like two strong minded people had a misunderstanding and neither saw it in their interest to back down. This is a real pity.

I think that Tinker Tool may offer as many tweaks, but am not sure. I do know that when I want to see if I can tweak something then MacPilot is my go-to app and I usually go no further. I also have Onyx, iTweaks and have used Secrets in the past but am not sure of the present support status.
[Version 6.0.4]


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Nova-Bossa reviewed on 20 Feb 2014
Very handy!
[Version 6.0.4]


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Jgalanter reviewed on 02 Feb 2014
I believe that users should be aware of bad business practices and I for one am a very unhappy customer of Koingo software. I would strongly discourage anyone from doing business with them. I don't think their software is bad, but they are a terrible company to do business with, they have poor customer service and they quite frankly refused to honor their contract with me even after I proved that they were in error. I purchased their Utility package on 8/17/2010 which their Web site described as: "free upgrades for the product's entire life at Koingo software" However they refused to provide updates - I do have the email chain to prove the details. I am sure that the expired licenses was no mistake and macupdate called them on it. Avoid this company.
[Version 6.0.4]

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Hermie replied on 02 Feb 2014
If you don't think their software is bad, then why on earth are you giving MacPilot a half a star rating?
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Mike--B replied on 26 Feb 2014
I had the same issue. I purchased the Utility package with free upgrades for life on 06/06/2009 from MacUpdate. When MacPilot 6 failed to register, Koingo support stated that 'We've never sold such a product.' Avoid this company!!!!
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Mike--B replied on 27 Feb 2014
Just to be fair. Koingo has now rectified the situation and fixed my account.
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Dellsuxx reviewed on 26 Jan 2014
I just got word that Koingo Software
is selling Macpilot 6 and MacCleanse 4 to a new company and Discontinuing these products for 2014 according to its new CEO Thomas Anthony in a newsletter sent to to me! So MacUpdate was correct all along to advise its customers not to do business with Koingo Software. I'm glad I didn't drink the the Macpilot 6 koolaid in late 2013 and waste more $$. I wish I could say the same for MacCleanse 4!
[Version 6.0.2]

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MacWalker.nl replied on 26 Jan 2014
I received the (same) message today and read that Koingo Software decided to focus on their flagship products: MacPilot, MacCleanse and Data Guardian and that the other products will be sold to a new Mac developer…
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Espiridion replied on 28 Jan 2014
I'll just add that selling/discontinuing products is nothing new. I remember when this happened to Contact Keeper and PTE many years ago. Other companies discontinue their products and don't even let their customers know.
When Koingo's File Sheriff was discontinued, IIRC I got a free update or upgrade from the new developer.
To me the most significant change mentioned in the email is the new ownership.
You obviously did not understand the following:
"To focus our full efforts on our flagship products: MacPilot, MacCleanse and Data Guardian, all other products will be sold to a new Mac developer." (Thanks MacWalker for pointing it out). Your rating -as is often the case these days on MacUpdate- is more reflective of your anger than of actual use of the software.
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Dellsuxx replied on 08 Mar 2014
Yes I apologize for overreacting with anger. If this post can be deleted please go ahead and do so or I will try and write more fair and balanced review soon.
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lurkingremlin commented on 20 Jan 2014
Today, Koingo Software updated my ticket regarding version 6.0.2 crashing under Snow Leopard:

[quote]

Hi,
Apologies for the frustration. Mac OS X 10.7 was released on July 20, 2011, and on January 1st, 2014 (2.5 years later) we discontinued support for Mac OS X 10.6 and earlier.

For older versions that will work with your system, please visit the product page (click Products at the top of our web site), and then click the "Older Versions" button on the grey navigation bar.

Best,
Josh

[end quote]

This means that the last version compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 will be 6.0.1, then.
Here's a recent article on muting the startup chime (thanks, David Price @ Macworld UK) using the keyboard w/o any third-pary software (settings won't stick, however):
http://www.macworld.co.uk/news/mac/mute-mac-startup-sounds-how-turn-wake-noises-mac-os-x-mavericks-3494172/
[Version 6.0.2]

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raugust replied on 21 Jan 2014
Seems a bit confusing... Under the "Older Versions" area it clearly states that 6.0.2 should be the final version to run on OS X 10.6. From the Koingo web page:

Older versions for legacy users

Version Minimum OS Date Size

MacPilot 6.0.2 Mac OS 10.6 (Intel) Jan 19, 2014 15.53 MB
The final version available for Mac OS X 10.6
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lurkingremlin replied on 21 Jan 2014
Wrong listing confirmed. I've contacted Koingo, awaiting their reply.
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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 26 Jan 2014
We contacted Koingo as well, but they refused to actually clarify the version discrepancy for us... So, until we have some other confirmation, we're leaving the minimum OS as 10.6.
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raugust replied on 27 Jan 2014
OK - Finally some possible clarification here... There appear to be two versions of MacPilot 6.0.2 on the Koingo site. The main MacPilot page downloads a disk image called macpilot_602.dmg with a MacPilot 6.0.2 version dated Jan 18 that does not run on 10.6. However, the version 6.0.2 link on the "Older Versions" page now downloads a disk image file called macpilot_602_intel_106.dmg with a version of MacPilot 6.0.2 dated Jan 20. This version DOES run on OS X 10.6!
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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 28 Jan 2014
Listing's all fixed up with proper requirements and versions. Thanks for all the help.
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raugust replied on 02 Feb 2014
Just received another update from Koingo Tech Support. They indicate, as follows, that they've changed their minds, and will be continuing to support MacPilot on Snow Leopard:

On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 6:24:38 PM Koingo wrote:
We've decided to support 10.6 for one more year. We'll be releasing an update today.
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raugust replied on 02 Feb 2014
I've confirmed that the just-released version of MacPilot, version 6.0.4 does launch and run on Snow Leopard. This is also indicated in the release notes.
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Espiridion reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
Interesting. MacUpdate bashes Koingo yet sells software by spammers and unethical companies (e.g., ondesoft, wondershare, etc.) via MUpromo.
I'm a customer of both MacUpdate and Koingo. Although both parties have been quite immature, this is NOT about taking sides. It's supposed to be a place to post real reviews of the actual software.
With all due respect to Peter and the people who agree with him, what does his 1.5-star review have to do with the actual use of the software?
I just checked the "awful and very confusing" licensing:

"...we occasionally charge upgrade fees for products. Upgrades are always free if you had purchased a retail copy of the previous version within the past six months. Also, if you own the Software CD or Utility Package Pro, upgrades are free. However, for everyone before the six month cut-off period or those with a promotional copy, a small upgrade fee is required.

In the entire history of Koingo Software, we have never charged for a program update more than once in any given year. Also, any upgrade licenses before 2006 have been converted into full licenses. Lastly, any users who purchased our products through special promotions before 2006 have been granted a free lifetime Utility Package Pro, as well as for users who had donated when we had links on our web site..."

Based on this, and history, people have been able to purchase a Koingo app and get free updates (not a major upgrade) even if the time period is longer than 6 months.
And licenses are valid for both Mac & PC.

That aside, on to the application itself. I have Tinker Tool and Tinker Tool System, as well as Cocktail and others. MacPilot gives me a wealth of information and options via a single application. Some of these options overlap with other software, but MacPilot saves me some time by having it all in one place.

As Ken420 mentioned below, MacPilot's price is $29.95 (For some reason posting accurate information resulted in frownies to Ken420). At this price it can be expensive if you don't use or need all of MacPilot's features and also if you have alternative applications.

I haven't had the need to use the advanced features. I'm sure some people will definitely find those useful.

I've rarely contacted Koingo for support, but they've always been great. The only downside has been perhaps their discontinued software, but it hasn't been a big deal. IIRC they had a periodic table of elements back in the days before OS X.
[Version 6.0.2]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 19 Jan 2014
MacUpdate's explanation for not recommending Koingo software is disingenuous. They rarely, if ever, actually recommend software. They leave that to the customers - us; that's the whole point of this blog. So they are not, technically at least, responsible for the quality of the software they list or the companies that use their services. Their reason for not recommending Koingo has nothing to do with the software they sell, but is due to a financial dispute and misunderstanding they have with Koingo. I think what they are really trying to do is intimidate other developers with whom they might have similar issues by setting up Koingo as an object lesson. In that regard, I think MacUpdate's behavior is unethical, if not unprofessional.

But Koingo has bigger problems than MacUpdate's semi-blackball of their products, problems of their own devising. Their licensing strategy is objectionable in its own right and likely to do their business at least as much harm as MacUpdate's disapproval. None of us knows the details of their dispute with MacUpdate, much less the right and wrong of it. But we do know that Koingo's licensing policies are off-putting, and that is the primary focus of the comments piling up on this blog. There are a few of us who like their software, MacPilot at least, in spite of their licensing policies, but the majority here are turning their backs on Koingo because they think the licensing terms are intolerable.

Sadly, I don't think the folks at Koingo are taking these protests seriously. So they are unlikely to fix the problem before their business goes under. They are convinced their policies are the right ones despite what their customers, ex-customers and no longer potential customers are saying. This attitude is self-destructive, not to say suicidal. But they have the right to destroy their own business if they choose. Maybe others will learn from their mistakes.
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lurkingremlin commented on 19 Jan 2014
Version 6.0.2 crashes at launch under Snow Leopard on my system, but runs fine under Mavericks. Am I the only one with this issue under Snowy?
[Version 6.0.2]

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raugust replied on 19 Jan 2014
No, 6.0.2 crashes for me under SL as well. We will need an update to 6.0.2 that is SL compatible.
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Holypoly replied on 20 Jan 2014
Crash confirmed on second Mac running Snow Leopard. I've mailed Koingo Software and got opened a ticket on that.
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Holypoly replied on 20 Jan 2014
Sorry, that must have been third Mac at least ;)
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lurkingremlin replied on 21 Jan 2014
Koingo Software just confirmed that version 6.0.2 is for 10.7 Lion and higher only.
MU - please update ;)
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Peter_Van_Den_Einde reviewed on 01 Jan 2014
Awful and very confusing license scheme is keeping me away from buying this.
[Version 6.0.1]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 02 Jan 2014
The licensing scheme is explained better than it used to be. And not getting Koingo products in MacUpdate bundles will actually make things easier going forward.

If you like MacPilot, in my opinion you should not let the license process get in your way. If you do you are punishing Koingo but you are also punishing yourself and the author(s) of the software, who are doing good work despite Koingo's lousy marketing strategies.

There are two license options: Annual subscription and software purchase. The annual subscription costs less initially and includes all updates/upgrades for a year. However, if you don't renew your subscription, the app stops working. Purchasing an app entitles you to updates for only six months but it is a perpetual license with no app termination date.

I decided MacPilot was worth the license hassle, but only you can make that determination for yourself.

Koingo is no longer as far outside the mainstream as they once were. Since Adobe has moved to a subscription model for most of their apps it makes Koingo look like a trend-setter. Adobe's policies are even more harsh than Koingo's. Not only do their Creative Cloud apps expire if you don't renew your subscription, but they no longer make a perpetual license available for the latest versions of their software. At least Koingo still sells a standalone license to their upgraded products. Their remaining weakness is that such a license is only good for six months of updates. There's an obnoxious element of coercion in this policy that I think is counterproductive. They expect it to promote subscriptions but it will turn off at least as many potential customers as it encourages.

They really should mellow out and let the perpetual license cover updates for at least a year. Many more thoughtful developers still provide incremental updates without restrictions. They only charge for major upgrades. Charging for maintenance updates is pernicious and just plain bad business. Offending your customers is never a good policy - to borrow a phrase, it's penny wise and pound foolish.
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sjhain replied on 19 Jan 2014
Me too. i bought MacPilot 5 in 2013 November and now i would have to pay for Version 6 another $19,95. There seems to be no upgrade-price. So Koingos Software is for me history
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 19 Jan 2014
@ S.j.hain: Their licensing policies are designed to steer people away from a perpetual, non-upgradabe license toward annual subscriptions, on which they no doubt make more money - theoretically, at least. What they obviously fail to understand is how offensive that policy is to many people and how it has damaged their reputation. One could hope that if they lose enough business over this they would wise up and adopt more customer friendly policies.

Their current strategy is driving people away from perfectly good software, thereby harming the developers they are supposed to be serving. Koingo attracted developers by providing marketing services. But they are no longer fulfilling their primary objective, which is to expand sales for individual developers. Their licensing scheme undermines that objective, thus destroying the only justification for their existence. They are in serious need of a new business model. But I don't think they're smart enough to see their mistakes, let alone learn from them.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 31 Dec 2013
To be fair to the author(s) on MacPilot, if not to Koingo, I took a look at version 6 on Koingo's web site and the app has indeed been rewritten and reorganized. The reorganization is an improvement, in my opinion, and was made necessary because of the even wider range of features and services MP now provides. It is easily the most comprehensive utility of its kind. That doesn't necessarily mean I need it, or am willing to pay for the upgrade - though version 6 is probably worth it.

It may be hard to separate our feelings about Koingo from the software they distribute (it certainly is for me). But I think it's appropriate to do so in order to give credit where credit is due - in this case, to the more or less anonymous software developers working behind the scenes on the products Koingo distributes.

Whether drawing such distinctions will enable you to hold your nose and buy an app like MacPilot from Koingo is a matter of personal discretion.

For what it's worth, I suspect the root of the dispute between Koingo and MacUpdate is that Koingo's own licensing policies, which include packages of their own, are so complex that they don't mesh well with MacUpdate's packaging program. This has led to misunderstandings between the two businesses that no one involved seems to have the skill or patience to resolve. The petty public bickering that's shown up on this blog reflects badly on both parties. Be that as it may, Koingo, and specifically the people writing the software they sell, has the most to lose here. That they have let this dispute go on so long suggest to me that the company is in need of new leadership. Those currently managing the business are, for the sake of their own pride, running it into the ground. Whether they will wake up to their peril before Koingo is no more is anyone's guess.
[Version 6.0]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 31 Dec 2013
P.S.: Well, I bit the bullet and paid $15.95 for an upgrade to MacPilot 6. It is a substantial upgrade and, for what it's worth, I think the price is justified if you like the app - which I do.

There are now two main windows in MacPilot (available under the Window menu): Standard Features (which opens by default when you launch the app), that includes the basics and an expanded menu of tools and of reverences - Error Codes, Fonts, Key Combos, Manuals [Man files] and System Profile - and the Advanced Features, which includes settings for two score applications (on my system, OS X 10.7.5).

Koingo has now made it clear when you purchase an app or an upgrade what the differences are between a subscription and a purchase and gives you a choice between the two - though subscription is checked by default so you will have to be careful to check "purchase" if you don't want the subscription. A part of this reflects Koingo's anal approach to software licensing: If you purchase an app it only entitles you to six months of updates, rather the the one year you get with a subscription. So even if you buy an app they leave a bad taste in your mouth. Koingo policy makers are in serious need of an attitude adjustment. Right now they're just mean, in every sense of the word, including stingy, spiteful and poor in spirit.

Despite Koingo's stupid licensing policies, however, MacPilot is an excellent utility. There is no other that comes close to providing the range of tools and services MacPilot does.
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Harv commented on 31 Dec 2013
While I have been a satisfied MacPilot user for years, this will be my last year. I have already created a "reminder" to cancel my subscription upon expiration.

Like Higherterrain said, this seems more of a downgrade rather than the reverse, especially with regard to third party apps.

I already have TinkerTool, TinkerTool System, Cocktail and Onyx, and so for me, there are few, if any, features of MacPilot that I don't already have.

Alas, I have been foolish and subscribed. I can but suggest that you DO NOT follow my example.
[Version 6.0]


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L-G-S had trouble on 20 Dec 2010
Rebuild Launch Services Database isn't working in my intel Mac with 10.6.5.

I got always this error:
ThrottleProcessIO: throttling disk i/o
[Version 4.1.5]


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Fishboy had trouble on 18 Nov 2010
Attempted updating from licensed version 4.1 but receive error:
"Update Error - The update is improperly signed"
[Version 4.1.1]

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Polsen replied on 18 Nov 2010
I got the same message.
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Luis Joel replied on 18 Nov 2010
Same here...
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Wstevens replied on 18 Nov 2010
Same here.
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Koingo-Software replied on 18 Nov 2010
Not sure what's going on here, but for now, please download manually from our web site instead of using the built-in updater.
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Koingo-Software replied on 18 Nov 2010
Found the bug, unfortunately, everyone who downloaded 4.1.1 will have to redownload manually w/o the built-in updater. Version 4.1.2 is now posted.
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George Baron had trouble on 28 Apr 2010
I updated my Pilot to 4.0 and now did this update. Now when I do a "Perform a rebuild the Locate Database", I get a separate window telling me "Rebuilding the Launch Database requires elevated permissions. Terminal will be launched after this message is dismissed and may prompt for administrative password. Input it and hit enter." BTW I am the administrator and my permissions show they are OK for this Pilot. I have never had this happen with Mac Pilot before. In addition, when the terminal window does launch it does not let me enter my admin password. Any answers? iMac 6,1, Intel Core 2 duo OS 10.6.3 (intel).
[Version 4.0.1]


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nowheredense had trouble on 06 May 2008
One feature claimed to work for Safari DOES NOT work. Try "Use circular progress indicator." Even after relaunching Safari, the progress indicator stays the same as default 'bar.'
[Version 3.0.3]

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Koingo Software, Inc. (developer) replied on 06 May 2008
Please read the help tag that goes along with that feature. It only works in Safari 3.0, not 3.1 or anything below 3.0. Apple has removed it.
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nowheredense commented on 06 May 2008
Thank you so much for the reply. I appreciate your pointing me to the Help Tab, which I did not know.
That's too bad that it no longer works...

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IroniMAC rated on 08 Mar 2014

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[Version 6.0]



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[Version 5.1.1]



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[Version 5.1.1]


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