Pref Setter
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Pref Setter is an application used to edit plist (Property LIST) files, geared towards viewing / editing Mac OS X's preference files. Very useful for setting those "hidden" preference settings that aren't available directly in an application. While the emphasis is on editing preferences, Pref Setter is a general plist editor.

Pref Setter makes accessing your preferences easy with the "Open Domain Quickly" window, listing your preference files and those in the /Library/Preferences domain.

Preferences are also easily searchable, with the Find panel that will search all
What's New
Version 2.0:

 New Features:

  • Pref Setter now uses the authorization frameworks to enable editing of system level plist files.
  • New tool bar item and menu items in the contextual menus for the "Open Domain Quickly" window and Find panel which will allow you to launch or quit the application a property list belongs to.
  • Data items are now editable, in a separate hex editor window.
  • If a value is too long to be shown entirely while editing, a separate window will now open to allow easier editing.
  • You can now use regular expressions when searching.
  • Added the Sparkle framework, for automatic updates.

 Changed Features:

  • Changed display of dates to show a formatted date string rather than the raw date.
  • If you copy/drag an item from a non-writable file, the "defaults write…" string generated will now have sudo written before it.
  • Can now display dictionaries and arrays in a preference document in bold.
  • "Open Domain Quickly" window now shows icons.
  • Font for the items in the "Open Domain Quickly" window is now separately set from the document font.
  • You can now change a class to a Data type (though you can't change a Data type to another class).
  • Updated Preference pane.
  • Updated Find panel.
  • Updated Get Info window.
  • Updated Help documentation.
  • Pref Setter now requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

 Bug Fixes:

  • Leopard compatibility fixes.
  • Fixed a bug where pasting or dragging a "defaults write…" string with a boolean type would always default to true.
  • Fixed a bug where pasting or dragging a "defaults write…" string of either the -array-add or -dict-add type would replace the entire array or dictionary with the new value rather than adding the new value.
  • Fixed a bug that could lead to a crash when changing the class to a Boolean, Integer, Float, or Date class.
  • "Open Domain Quickly" window no longer allows you to delete the preferences of a running application, which could lead to that application crashing.
Version 2.0:

 New Features:

  • Pref Setter now uses the authorization frameworks to enable editing of system level plist files.
  • New tool bar item and menu items in the contextual menus for the "Open Domain Quickly" window and Find panel which will allow you to launch or quit the application a property list belongs to.
  • Data items are now editable, in a separate hex more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



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Pref Setter User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Tempel commented on 08 Jan 2014
This tool doesn't see the current prefs of an application in 10.8 and later right while or after the application is running, as OS X caches the prefs for a while before it updates the plist file. If this causes trouble for you, check out "Prefs Editor", which doesn't edit ordinary plist files like this tool, but instead talks to the OS X's prefs system directly, thereby always being in sync with an apps prefs file
[Version 2.0]


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Mextex reviewed on 26 Nov 2012
Works with 10.8.2 Mountain Lion. Makes it a lot easier to find, identify and edit plist files. And it 's free. Perfect.
[Version 2.0]


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GeoProf commented on 29 Apr 2012
How well does this work in OS 10.6.8 Snow Leo? Any issues?
[Version 2.0]


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Thresher-The-Shark commented on 29 Feb 2012
There doesn't seem to be any way to manually reorder keys. Unless I'm missing something?
[Version 2.0]


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glinner reviewed on 03 Oct 2011
This is amaze-balls. Free and works a treat. Full marks for interface. Makes editing *.plist files a hell of a lot less scary.
[Version 2.0]


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+6

Hdms reviewed on 08 Apr 2011
I needed to find a quick way to change a plist setting (customer needed to change MS Office name), without having to install developer tools etc. This app did the job in a simple, straightforward manner. The developer is to be applauded.
[Version 2.0]


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+1

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TomasHastings reviewed on 20 Oct 2007
I was annoyed by the bluetooth file exchange app in mac os x for saving received files in ~/Documents, so I set out to find the preferences for it, turned out to be: /Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist

I tried opening that file in a text editor but it wasn't plain text (quite obviously), so I searched macupdate for plist and found this handy little program, I looked for the setting I wanted to change, changed it and saved.

These little free apps really make my day, hooray for no nonsense straight-to-the-point software.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Nov 2005
Sweet & Simple, does its job well. Gracias!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Jan 2005
PrefSetter is really useful to me! a good and fast way to tidy up your preference files.

one suggestion: a 'find as you type' box on top of the 'Open Domain Quickly' window that jumps to the first occurrence of the search term (in the file name).
[Version 1.0.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 20 Jan 2005
Wow, having the app's ICON shown as the app's screenshot was soooooo informative to me. I now have a COMPLETE understanding of what this app does and can make an informed decision on if I should make the effort to even download this. Thanks, Dev...You rooooooock.
[Version 1.0.5]

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Anonymous commented on 20 Jan 2005
LOL.

I mean... Yes. The developer should actually take a screen shot of a representative interface element instead of the icon. You know, like an open window in the application, perhaps showing menu options - editing tools...

Yeah. That's what I meant to say.
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Anonymous commented on 21 Jan 2005
Hmm, I didn't mean to do that, to tell the truth. Chalk it up to me submitting the stuff while half asleep.

Had I been paying attention, I would have skipped on it - there's nothing really visually stunning about the app, and a screen shot of it in action wouldn't really contribute anything.
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Anonymous commented on 23 Jan 2005
Sarcasm---the David Spade of intelligent conversation.
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Anonymous commented on 23 Jan 2005
Wow. You complain about the icon?!? You have some serious problems, dude.
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Anonymous commented on 28 Mar 2005
yeah; 73% of the US prison population are icon complainers
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+26
Foulger replied on 20 Nov 2005
Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit
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+1
Anonymous commented on 21 Nov 2005
Actually, I've always been told that puns are the lowest form of humor.
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Runtime rated on 22 Oct 2013

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Widber rated on 02 Apr 2013

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Doca Cola rated on 13 Apr 2012

[Version 2.0]



+80

Weaselboy rated on 29 Jan 2011

[Version 2.0]


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Version Downloads:33,335
Type:Development : Editors
License:Free
Date:28 Jul 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Pref Setter is an application used to edit plist (Property LIST) files, geared towards viewing / editing Mac OS X's preference files. Very useful for setting those "hidden" preference settings that aren't available directly in an application. While the emphasis is on editing preferences, Pref Setter is a general plist editor.

Pref Setter makes accessing your preferences easy with the "Open Domain Quickly" window, listing your preference files and those in the /Library/Preferences domain.

Preferences are also easily searchable, with the Find panel that will search all your preference files for a term, or search individual plist files for a term with the search bar in the document windows.

Pref Setter also has comprehensive copy & paste / drag & drop support. You can paste / drag an XML string (in property list format) onto a document window to create or change a value. And now, you can paste / drag a "defaults write...." string into Pref Setter and have it take care of writing that for you. No need to take a trip to the terminal!


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