DisableTigerFeatures
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Have you ever to get rid of Dashboard, because you think it's annoying? Or is Spotlight a waste of disk space? Using DisableTigerFeatures, it's easy to get rid of those features! Having second thoughts? You can easily turn them back on, as well!
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PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, administrator access. Mac OS X 10.4.1 is highly recommended.



MacUpdate - DisableTigerFeatures



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Dalahast commented on 21 Dec 2006
like LACWBO said, if you don't like it don't use it. Ridiculous. Doesn't actually save disk space; that would be total removal of these components. A waste of time. Apple doesn't include nice features to be wasted.
[Version 1.0.3a]

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MisterKeeks replied on 23 Nov 2012
But those nice features bog down old computers.
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grumpytico reviewed on 05 Nov 2006
Thanks, I've had it with Spotlight and this is just what I was looking for. Muchas gracias!! :) (an Intel version would be great)
[Version 1.0.3a]


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lmjn13 commented on 01 Feb 2006
I disagrae. I dislike both spotlight and Dashboard. I'm glad there is now a way to remove them safely and conveniently.
[Version 1.0.3a]


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Lacwbo commented on 20 Dec 2005
This has to be one of the most stupid programs I've seen!

1. Widgets don't take up any space on your screen unless you choose. A little black circle on your dock is all that exists, unless you desire otherwise.

2. Spotlight can be very useful and, if you don't want to use it don't. What's a little blue circle on you menu bar hurt?

Tampering with system software is what gets most of us in to trouble, especially when updating to the latest Apple versions of their software or security upgrades.
[Version 1.0.3a]

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grumpytico replied on 05 Nov 2006
Spotlight's index can take lots of space. I personally hate spotlight, Windows search is probably less annoying.

As far as finding a program stupid because YOU do find any use for it - no comment.
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kiwiiano replied on 05 Jun 2007
I'm inclined to drop Spotlight because I keep getting negatives for items I know are there, stuff that is in plain view, even when I copy & paste the name into Spotlight. I can't trust it.

Whereas, EasyFind (for all it's limitations) has never missed yet.

I'd get rid of the blue dot simply because space on my 12" iBook's menubar is precious, only essential items are allowed there.

However, I do take your point about dicking around with OS items, especially when updates come thick and fast.
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MarkOh commented on 20 Dec 2005
This feature is also implemented in MainMenu 1.5

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/17111
[Version 1.0.3a]


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Julian Gonzalez (developer) commented on 19 Dec 2005
Sorry about the delay of posting a new release, a lot of stuff has happened, and I'm now only waiting for MacUpdate to re-associate me with this program so I can properly change the status of this program, since my old domain died.

(My email is invaderblue AT gmail DOT com)
[Version 1.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Nov 2005
WTF? account suspended ...

anyone have a working link for this?
[Version 1.0.3]

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Anonymous commented on 23 Nov 2005
Try this:
http://download.excite.it/lista.php?id=146&p=3
(in italian but easy to guess where to click)
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Julian Gonzalez (developer) replied on 19 Dec 2005
http://d-t-f.sourceforge.net/

Sorry about the delay, I'm just waiting until MacUpdate re-associates me with this program.
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jul 2005
I'd like to back to my old finder search too.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Jun 2005
So what is Tiger for if not interesting in Spotlight and Dashboard. Why not stick with Panther and download Quicktime 7 for Panther. Is the other minor features that make you switch to Tiger and you simply hate the main features of Spotlight and Dashboard? Appreciate if anybody could share why.
[Version 1.0.3]

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hobbestcat replied on 15 Jun 2005
Dashboard widgets have been shown to have memory leaks (see http://forums.macnn.com/showthread.php?t=258044). I have had kernel panics and crashes that seem to go away when I disable dashboard.

Other features of Tiger that I like: the new Mail.app's smart folders, savable searches, automator, RSS in Safari.

Being able to disable some features is a good thing. It helps with debugging and system tuning and performance.
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Anonymous commented on 16 Jun 2005
By "upgrading" OS X with some minor changes to the GUI, Apple forces developers and thus users to go to the next 10.x (aka built-in obsolesence: borrowed from Ford/GM long ago)

Dashboard appears to be another attempt at Sherlock -- ad placement, like cigarettes in movies. Marketers and advertising agencies are slimy no matter who they work for.

The 2nd law of business states -- maximize and smooth cash flows. This is called "building share holder value" = pumping share price. Enron forever!

The only thing I can do is skip a release: going from 10.4x to 10.6x.

When are the Apple folks going to run out of names of big cats? I think that Chimera would be a good one for 10.5
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Anonymous commented on 24 Jul 2005
The only-and I'm 100% serious here-reason I use Tiger instead of Panther now is because Tiger has built-in support for my DVD+/-RW.

I don't need or want the Dashboard (or Konfabulator for that matter), and while Spotlight is nifty, it's hardly a reason to upgrade from the most solid and stable OS Apple has released since 2001. But extended hardware support...well, that's a horse of a differen colour.
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Anonymous commented on 14 Sep 2005
You wanted to know why we would upgrade to Tiger if we didn't want Dashboard and Spotlight. Why wouldn't we just stay with Panther? Personally, I wouldn't have, and I didn't buy Tiger when it was first released. But I upgraded my computer from an older eMac to a new G5 iMac, which came with Tiger. Then it seemed silly to try and install Panther on a machine designed to run Tiger. I'm not even sure if it would be possible. So some of us didn't have a choice--it came with our computer--besides all of the othe valid reasons given. I'm anxious to see if this program works. I was given this link by someone on an Apple message board when I posted the question of how to disable Dashboard.
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Anonymous commented on 01 Oct 2005
I use command-F constantly as part of my daily workflow. Although I bought and own Panther, I find Spotlight so loathsome, so very very much slower andharder to use than the old Finder search in Tiger, that I have retained Tiger on my main machine. I've heard all the guff about how completely revolutionary the technology of Spotlight is. It's as if Steve Jobs had taken away my beautifully engineered 21-speed mountain bike and given me a very expensive SUV to replace it. Great for longdistance travel across the Mojave desert, but useless for getting quickly to the local shops and back thru heavy traffic. Since Tiger already does everything I need, including searches, my powerbook sticks with it. My new G5 Powermac HAS to use Panther, which is why this app interests me.
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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Jun 2005
You know if you disable it, you gonna loss some prossessor performance. Try those 2 configurations with X Bench application and you will see that I tell you.
[Version 1.0.3]

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Julian Gonzalez (developer) replied on 14 Jun 2005
Oh come on, I've seen those benchmarks. They're innacurate.
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Anonymous commented on 15 Jun 2005
What's the point of disable it. You can check from Activities Monitor, it clearly shown not much different by switch off Dashboard. the CPU usage and memory will increase when press F12 to call Dashboard app. After the Dashboard apps appear completely, the CPU usage and memory back to normal. So what's the point of disable it. Unless you try to prevent Dashboard disturb when you try to eject anything in your iBook. Even so, you still can disable F12 to launch Dashboard at system preference setting and leave Dashboard icon at dock to call or close.
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Julian Gonzalez (developer) replied on 17 Jun 2005
On older systems this use is incredibly high as well as the constant RAM usage.
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Fred3rik had trouble on 20 Jun 2005
Disabling Spotlight disabled my Finder search altogether. What I really want is to bring back the old Finder search with the speed of Spotlight. Seriously considering moving back to Panther.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Leoofborg had trouble on 24 May 2005
The developer is definitely on the right track here.. however, a -warning- for those disabling Spotlight with 1.01.

The author added the feature that deletes the /etc/hostconfig file.. if you use this, you -might- have this file deleted from your system without a new one placed in! when you reboot, you may not have any way to mount your hard drive!!

This happened to me, and I had to create my /etc/hostconfig from scratch. I've emailed the author about this.

I recommend you backup your hostconfig file before using 1.01, and be prepared to copy it back in single user mode (this will restore boot function if this happens to you.).

Before everyone overreacts, bear in mind that some of the other utils (like Applejack) had growing pains too. I hope InvaderBlue can debug this..
[Version 1.0.1]

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Julian Gonzalez (developer) replied on 24 May 2005
I really would like to fix the problem that Leo is talking about, but I was not able to reproduce it at all.
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Leoofborg commented on 24 May 2005
InvaderBlue, please check your email. For everyone else, the /etc hostconfig file is written back with the wrong permissions. This -can- cause problems (and did for me).

If you use Version 1.01, you -might- want to open a terminal and type the following command:

sudo chmod 744 /etc/hostconfig

then all is well. For the technically inclined, after running DTF 1.01, this is what you'd see in /etc:

THORIN:/etc leoofborg$ ls -la | grep host
---x--x--x 1 root wheel 247 May 24 07:50 hostconfig
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 247 May 24 07:49 hostconfig.bak

Note that root and wheel don't have read permission to the file. Ooops. config files are not executed, they are -read- as far as I know.

The point is that the hostconfig should have the same permissions as hostconfig.bak (the copy I made before running DTF 1.01). Running the chmod command should fix this.
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Type:Utilities : AppleScript
License:Free
Date:19 Dec 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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