Preferential Treatment
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Scans for corrupt preference files.   Free
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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
What's New
Version 1.1.8:
  • Fixed a minor Mac OS X 10.5 incompatibility that prevented the application from recognizing administrative user accounts.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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Anguka commented on 12 Aug 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.
[Version 1.1.8]

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artie505 replied on 19 Aug 2011
The first step of Disk Warrior's "Check All Files & Folders" functionality duplicates PT's functionality.
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Rsmacupdate replied on 02 Jun 2013
I believe Intech's SpeedTools Utilities PRO also does this.
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Roro01 commented on 28 Feb 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.
[Version 1.1.8]


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François Pellerin commented on 07 Nov 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...
[Version 1.1.8]


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Doc-Renaud commented on 30 Oct 2006
And you think you could live without stuffit expander installed ? Good luck :-)
[Version 1.1.7]


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sidetracked reviewed on 20 Aug 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.
[Version 1.1.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 Aug 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.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Anonymous commented on 02 Nov 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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Anonymous commented on 03 Nov 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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Swordfish replied on 10 May 2006
yes but .sit gets corrupted easier and Stuffit is bad software :P
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Anonymous reviewed on 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.
[Version 1.1.3]

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Anonymous commented on 22 May 2005
Version 1.1.4 is compatible with Tiger...
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Richard104 replied on 03 Nov 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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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Oct 2004
Great!!Thank you so much John!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 25 May 2004
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!
[Version 1.0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Apr 2004
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.
[Version 1.0]


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Thezee had trouble on 10 Aug 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?
[Version 1.0.1]


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horatio had trouble on 19 Mar 2004
the reminder blocks the application on quit. Nevertheless a smart little app ;-)
[Version 1.6.5]



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Wolfak rated on 25 Feb 2012

[Version 1.1.8]


Downloads:58,056
Version Downloads:23,190
Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Free
Date:06 Nov 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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