Preferential Treatment
Preferential Treatment
1.1.8

4.3

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Preferential Treatment1.1.8

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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23 Reviews of Preferential Treatment

Roro01
01 March 2009
Version: 1.1.8

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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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info-293
21 April 2020
Version: 1.1.8
Incompatible with later MacOS versions. Not a 64 bit app so any MacOS installation past 10.14 will not run it!
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Anguka
12 August 2010
Version: 1.1.8
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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Roro01
01 March 2009
Version: 1.1.8
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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François-Pellerin
07 November 2007
Version: 1.1.8
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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Doc-Renaud
30 October 2006
Version: 1.1.7
And you think you could live without stuffit expander installed ? Good luck :-)
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Sidetracked
20 August 2006
Version: 1.1.6
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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Anonymous
24 August 2005
Version: 1.1.4
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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Anonymous
02 May 2005
Version: 1.1.3
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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Anonymous
07 October 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Great!!Thank you so much John!
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Joe Weaver
27 September 2004
Version: 1.0.2.1
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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Thezee
10 August 2004
Version: 1.0.1
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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Anonymous
25 May 2004
Version: 1.0.1
Note to the developer: this is a great app, that does what it says well, runs smoothly, and is obviously a great price! Thanks for developing something like this for those of us (and others I suppose), who know a little, but not enough to do some digging inside to find any potential problems. Again, my thanks to the developer!
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Anonymous
06 April 2004
Version: 1.0
Have you ever noticed how great support is from I am assuming relatively small developers. I basically do not have a standard setup. I run as a regular user, but I am in the sudoers file. All this means is that I can run AppleScript Studio products that require me to be there, but I have to authenticate for just about everything. The author and I emailed back and forth for about a half a day before he enhanced the product so that I could use it without being an administrator. All of this while getting paid the huge $0 for his time. Does what it says, and seems to work great and has great support. Is there a downside somewhere, because I can not see it.
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Anonymous
27 March 2004
Version: 1.6.9
To my supporters, thank you. Sincerely, To E5o: How do you give something that is free such a low value rating? For the record, this app does a lot more than just running that little bit of code. It parses the results, doesn't bother with valid files, and allows you do something constructive with the flagged files (trash them, view them, etc.)--and the code it does run is more robust in the first place, I'm tired of being bashed for making something for free. If you don't want to use it, fine, but why bash it when, for many people, it so obviously has value? I'm also tired of being bashed for releasing new versions of this software so quickly. If you don't want to upgrade, then don't. This is an incredibly popular piece of software with tens of thousands of downloads (not just from this site) and I feel an obligation to get it right. I really don't see the problem with that. To the bashers, thanks for proving the adage, "no good deed goes unpunished." JN
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Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 1.6.9
I'd like to add my voice of thanks to developers who make our lives easier when dealing with technical issues. I don't have the time or guts to deal with command line entry, so the previous comments to me are petty and misguided. Less "ha ha i can enter this in the terminal why can't you", arrogance and more helpfulness as displayed by this developer (free of charge) make this a better world. Why don't you find something positive to contribute to humanity instead of making shallow negative comments.
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Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 1.6.9
Yeah, or you could just pop open your Terminal and type [code] plutil -lint Library/Preferences/*.plist [/code]
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Leo of BORG
26 March 2004
Version: 1.6.9
To the previous anon poster: shaddup. Finally we get an author who has TIME to release and fix bugs and someone like you has to complain. Engineers with clue are hard to come by, don't scare this one off! To the author: Keep up the GREAT work, and keep the features coming. Between this and the (newly released) Panth Cache Cleaner, the (pref) deadwood is GONE. Thanks for making this program.
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Anonymous
20 March 2004
Version: 1.6.7
A release every day sofar..man are we your guinea pigs..how bout releasing this software once its actually ready.....
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Horatio
19 March 2004
Version: 1.6.5
the reminder blocks the application on quit. Nevertheless a smart little app ;-)
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Anonymous
17 March 2004
Version: 1.4.2
Excellent little App., something I have been looking for a long time. Have just downloaded it and on its first run it picked up a corrupt preference. I then tried to open this preference in both TextEdit and PropertyListEditor, which confirms that it was corrupted. Although it is really donationware rather then freeware.
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Anonymous
16 March 2004
Version: 1.4.2
'Zooks, that was *FAST*! Closing the Check Preference Files window properly quits the application now in version 1.4.2. WTG, Jon!! ::::applause::::
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Anonymous
16 March 2004
Version: 1.3.1
The app works fine here (on a 1 GHz G4 w/Panther 10.3.2), but when you're done, don't simply close the window to quit it - select Quit Check Preference Files from the app's menu, or hit command+q.
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Anonymous
15 March 2004
Version: 1.3.1
Check Preference Files 1.3.1 runs fine on both my Panther 3.2 machines (one is a G5), but it generates on finishing an Applescript error, Stack overflow (-2706) that comes up twice. Have no clues.
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