TinkerTool System
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Change advanced OS X settings and more.   Shareware ($14.00)
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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,
What's New
Version 3.31:
  • This update resolves several issues with the user interface when preparing applications for code thinning under OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • The application now uses more detailed error messages for combinations of operating system and tool versions where integration of panes from TinkerTool is not possible.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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TinkerTool System User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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GeoProf commented on 20 Mar 2014
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?
[Version 3.31]


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Djefis reviewed on 28 Feb 2014
The best system tool I have ever used.
[Version 3.31]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
It is the BEST system on OSX
[Version 3.31]


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MohsinJ1390 reviewed on 02 Sep 2013
kudos to the developer
[Version 3.2]


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Harv reviewed on 12 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 3.2]

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Vitu replied on 12 Jul 2013
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!
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Fariborz replied on 12 Jul 2013
Hello Vitu and thank you very much for your complete guidance. All the best.
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Harv replied on 13 Jul 2013
Vitu,

That was exactly what I had in mind. Indeed, all is again right with the world. And of course, many thanks. Bravo!
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Radus reviewed on 12 Jul 2013
trustworth, independent developer , useful tool (same as before)
[Version 3.2]


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Zo219 reviewed on 10 Jul 2013
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.
[Version 3.1]


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Fariborz reviewed on 23 Dec 2012
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)
[Version 3.1]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 23 Nov 2012
Another great version of the best utility on OSX. I am glad it is here.
[Version 3.1]


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laetizia reviewed on 22 Nov 2012
I have no other words than my predecessors:
that is still the very best. developer with profound knowledge, very professional update policy, software that keeps the system running and clean
thanks !
[Version 3.1]


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Mrhooks had trouble on 23 Dec 2011
Not sure what's going on, but I get a message at launch saying the permissions settings or other part of the security component has been damaged, and it must repair itself. But it never does, and I keep getting that message at every launch. Repairing permissions doesn't fix it.

In the short time it took for the component to get damaged, I didn't run many apps, so maybe I'll be able to figure out which one is the culprit.
[Version 2.85]

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Mrhooks replied on 23 Dec 2011
Forgot to mention, I'm running 10.7.2. I wouldn't be surprised if it's doing something weird. Lion is really buggy.
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larrymcj had trouble on 20 Feb 2011
Just tried this for the first time and one of its features is "supposed" to be activating hidden preference panes. I activated the preference pane for the Apple Archiver but it doesn't appear under Preferences/Other. It shows in TinkerTool System as being activated.
[Version 2.6]


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macman8 had trouble on 24 Jun 2008
I use both TinkerTool and TinkerTool System, and appreciate the efforts that have gone into developing these fine programs. With this new update, something "odd" has surfaced. When I attempt to clean caches, the Safari button is "grayed-out" and it will not allow me to select Safari. I'm using the latest Safari (3.1.1) and wondered if that affects it. Any ideas here? Why am I unable to select Safari? FYI, Shiira is "grayed-out" as well, but I was allowed to select all other browsers. Still, I use TinkerTool System each day at shutdown, and love the application.
[Version 1.87]

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chriscosta commented on 25 Feb 2009
From their changelog...

"Support for cleaning the Internet browser caches of Safari 3 and Shiira 2 (or later) has been removed. Those browsers have their own powerful cache cleaning features already integrated. Previous versions of Safari and Shiira are still supported for cleaning."

:)
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MidwestGeek replied on 17 Jun 2009
What is the difference between TinkerTool and TinkerTool System?

pugu rated on 12 Apr 2014

[Version 3.31]



Iconcls rated on 14 Jan 2014

[Version 3.31]



g74 rated on 28 Dec 2013

[Version 3.31]



Quisemarre rated on 21 Nov 2013

[Version 3.31]



Cell0518 rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 3.31]



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Roes rated on 01 Aug 2013

[Version 3.2]



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Wildfox rated on 27 Jul 2013

[Version 3.2]



YuriySmagorinski1231 rated on 30 May 2013

[Version 3.1]



Thelordofthespeed rated on 02 Apr 2013

[Version 3.1]



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staggerdog rated on 08 Mar 2013

[Version 3.1]


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Version Downloads:14,100
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:06 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.00
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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
  • Clean up cache files for the current user
  • Clean up cache files for the whole system
  • Remove archived copies of system log files
  • Remove Finder information files (.DS_Store files)
  • Remove resource fork emulation files ("dot underscore;#34; files)
  • Force-delete single files or empty folders
  • Enforce emptying of the Trash if the Finder is unable to do this
  • Restore the localization settings for your private home folder in case you have updated from OS X 10.1 or have deleted, then recreated some folders
  • Restore the alias for accessing the Desktop of Classic from OS X
  • Set the energy saver options for hard disks to specified values
  • Tune the network options, including MTU size for each network interface, TCP and UDP receive window sizes, and TCP transmit window size
  • Enable Quartz Extreme for a wider range of graphics cards
  • Enable or disable file system journaling for OS X Extended volumes
  • Enforce diagnostic or safe startup mode for the operating system
  • Make the system use only one processor or a limited amount of memory for diagnostic purposes
  • Let the system log kernel panic messages directly to screen in case the automatic panic log recovery doesn't work
  • Change the base system language effective during startup and login without having to reinstall the system (*)
TinkerTool System is fully compliant with Apple's security guidelines for Mac OS X. It does not need an installer and does not require special system packages to be installed. To launch the tool, no administrator password is needed.

The features marked with an asterisk (*) are available without any restrictions even if TinkerTool System runs in demo mode. In evaluation mode, all features are available.


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