Preferential Treatment
Preferential Treatment
1.1.8

4.5

Preferential Treatment free download for Mac

Preferential Treatment

1.1.8
06 November 2007

Scans for corrupt preference files.

Overview

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 in Preferential Treatment

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

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22 Preferential Treatment Reviews

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Roro01
01 March 2009

Most helpful

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
Anguka
12 August 2010
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
3 answer(s)
artie505
artie505
20 August 2011
The first step of Disk Warrior's "Check All Files & Folders" functionality duplicates PT's functionality.
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Rsmacupdate
Rsmacupdate
02 June 2013
I believe Intech's SpeedTools Utilities PRO also does this.
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RogerKatz
RogerKatz
09 May 2016
I had no problem being accepted as an Administrator and accessing System Prefs. It ran fine for me (MacOS 10.11.4)
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Roro01
01 March 2009
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.
Like (2)
Version 1.1.8
François-Pellerin
07 November 2007
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
30 October 2006
And you think you could live without stuffit expander installed ? Good luck :-)
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Version 1.1.7
Sidetracked
20 August 2006
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
Anonymous
24 August 2005
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
5 answer(s)
Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan
20 October 2005
This file is available in a compressed dmg format:
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Version 1.1.4
Jonathan Nathan
Jonathan Nathan
20 October 2005
http://homepage.mac.com/jonn8/as/dist/pt.dmg (Not sure why this wasn't included in the previous comment.)
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Version 1.1.4
Anonymous
Anonymous
02 November 2005
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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Version 1.1.5
Anonymous
Anonymous
03 November 2005
A file compressed in .sit format becomes smaller than the same file compressed as .zip. Especially if the format is .sitx
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Version 1.1.6
Swordfish
Swordfish
11 May 2006
yes but .sit gets corrupted easier and Stuffit is bad software :P
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Version 1.1.6
Anonymous
02 May 2005
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
2 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
22 May 2005
Version 1.1.4 is compatible with Tiger...
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Version 1.1.4
Richard104
Richard104
03 November 2005
Pseudo is shareware $15. I suspect that the latest version of PT is, in fact, Tiger-compatible. Check it out.
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Version 1.1.6
Anonymous
07 October 2004
Great!!Thank you so much John!
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Version 1.1.1
Joe Weaver
27 September 2004
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
10 August 2004
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