Secrets
Secrets 1.0.6
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Secrets is a preference pane that lets you customize many Mac OS X settings that are hidden or incomplete.

Secrets is in beta development and many of these options can harm your system if used improperly.
What's New
Version 1.0.6:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Secrets User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Negritude commented on 19 Mar 2013
For those who want to access Secrets without using the app, just go here:

http://secrets.blacktree.com

Even if the app stops working at some point, the database of commands will still be there.
[Version 1.0.6]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 26 Dec 2012
Secrets works in 10.8.2 .No Problems.
[Version 1.0.6]


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ZenMaster_Flash reviewed on 19 Nov 2012
"Orphan-ware" since 2009
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Foulger replied on 01 Jan 2013
Sometimes orphans make the best citizens.
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Paul Cook commented on 01 Apr 2012
A great piece of software. Unfortunately, it seems not to be working lately. The problem appears to be that the Web site is now down. So, secrets can no longer get information.

The application gives an error message if "Update Error, Could not download latest data: The operation couldn't be completed. (HTTP Status error 500.)"

An attempt to visit the web site http:secrets.blacktree.com gives a Google error message of "303. That's an error. The requested URL / was not found on this server. That's all we know."
[Version 1.0.6]

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Paul Cook replied on 01 Apr 2012
If anyone knows how to contact the developer and let him/her know, that would be appreciated. This is a very useful piece of software. Hopefully, this is a minor issue that can be fixed.
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Paul Cook replied on 13 Apr 2012
It looks like it may now be fixed. Thanks to whoever contacted the developer.
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BigJohnson commented on 22 Sep 2011
I've been using MacPilot, but I'd check this out if it wasn't deadware - no updates in two years.
[Version 1.0.6]

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Trashie replied on 08 Oct 2011
Mac pilot should make itself like this it is easier.
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Formica replied on 09 Oct 2011
Shame, that. Any reports on if/how it works in Lion? Since its last update was pre-10.7, I won't try it unless I hear it's safe, though I suppose lots of its capabilities could be moot for the new OS anyway.
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nullptr replied on 21 Nov 2011
It's not deadware. The binary (which by the way works on Lion) has not been updated for a while but the repositry with secrets is constanly updated, just click the update button and you have the latest ones.
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Mathias-Rhein replied on 06 May 2012
working properly under 10.7.2... no fails and all feats (as far as I tried them) worked as expected
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BigJohnson replied on 20 Oct 2012
It may still work, but no updates in 2 years = deadware to me. How could anyone know it works on newer OS versions when the requirements only state "Mac OS X 10.6 compatibility"?

People would be screaming if an app like Photoshop, Firefox or VLC hadn't been updated in 2 years.
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nullptr replied on 20 Oct 2012
You do realize that Secrets is a significantly less complicated app than Photoshop, Firefox and VLC? It doesn't really need updates that often. The secrets themselves are continuously updated out of band so you're not missing out on any new updates just because the binary isn't updated.

But let's say that it stops working anyway. It is open source, anyone can download the source code and work on it. As long as at least one person cares it will be updated if needed.
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BigJohnson replied on 20 Oct 2012
I didn't know it was open source, that's cool.
The apps I mentioned were only examples of popular apps, not comparisons.

I thought that any time a change was made to an app, that's a version change which equals an update. So if there have been several secrets updated in the past three years, seems to me the version # and date should have changed. How could anyone possibly know this is still being maintained when it looks like it hasn't been touched in ages? Normally when an app hasn't been updated in three years it's a good bet it's been abandoned, and this looks that way even if updates have occurred in the meantime.

I don't know where I got 2 years from, it's actually been 3 years since a version change.

I'm no programmer, just a Mac user, but this seems logical to me.
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Paul Cook reviewed on 28 Mar 2011
For anyone wanting to customize or enable hidden OS-X features, this is absolutely a great piece of software. This is great for personal use. Or for customizing some settings on your "Golden Master" before deployment.

It is very feature rich. It works well. It has a built-in update feature. It has provisions for the user community to expand its features. And the price is great. (Free!!)
[Version 1.0.6]


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Trashie reviewed on 26 Mar 2011
This is clever I agree it is very like Mac pilot but free. This is a VERY good idea to put in system preferences as a preference pane as these really are preferences after all. Very conveniently integrated into the system. This may be the best hidden preference tool in the making. Hope development continues as it's a winner.
[Version 1.0.6]


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Philippe-Mac reviewed on 29 Nov 2009
Thank you for making this free !

It is Macpilot but much better.
[Version 1.0.6]


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Mrboma commented on 21 Sep 2009
9/20/09: This version (1.0.6) says it is Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) compatible. It installed on my MBP running 10.6.1, but when I tried to open the Pref Pane, it froze my system, requiring a restart. Uninstalled and reinstalled, with the same result. Uninstalled for good.
[Version 1.0.6]

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Echorob replied on 21 Sep 2009
Just installed it and it seems to be working fine here on 10.6.1
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Gcoghill replied on 02 Mar 2010
No probs here on 10.6.2
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Xenophile reviewed on 27 Nov 2008
Secrets rocks! As many reviewers have noted, Secrets is comparable to MacPilot in functionality, but they are worlds apart in usability. Secrets is instantly accessible as a preference pane, and it's organized like iTunes, with display preference groups in the left pane, and individual preference details in the right pane. As a non-developer, I like the "more info" button that opens a web page with an explanation of any preference. Documentation is further provided by a link to Secrets' home page, and a somewhat vague question mark button which links to a nearly useless Secrets Wiki page. Presumably the Wiki will improve as the Secrets user base grows.

My favorite feature also will improve as Secrets' user base grows; users can add new "secrets," which after a three day period of review open to all users, are reviewed by the developer and added to the Secrets database. The "Update Secrets" button in the preference pane downloads any new secrets, which are immediately accessible in the "new secrets" grouping. This community secrets database is by no means limited to bad-a55 haXX0r5; adding a new secret requires some technical knowledge, but with a little study most Mac OS X users who would be interested in Secrets would be able to add a new secret.

I'd like to see a version number somewhere on the preference pane, and it's not clear if the "Update Now" button checks for preference pane updates or only downloads new secrets. Nitpicking aside, this is a fantastic app, and my most often used system utility after Maintenance. There's a whole mess of shareware utilities that can access hidden OS X settings, but Secrets demonstrates why several specialized utilities are sometimes preferable to a single utility that can do it all, but does none well.
[Version 1.0.5]


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+15
Jonsi had trouble on 09 Mar 2008
I get "Could not download latest data: can't connect to host"
[Version 1.0]


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+15
dennismoriarty had trouble on 04 Mar 2008
Can you use the iTunes point to library rather than store option exclusively while leaving all else without any change at all? I have my Leopard dock completely transparent and do not want that to be overridden by Secrets. Thanks.
[Version 1.0b18]



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Mountabe rated on 25 Nov 2013

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RONIN427 rated on 20 Sep 2013

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Roes rated on 01 Aug 2013

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Sos-Ufo rated on 20 Jan 2013

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Majme rated on 29 Jun 2012

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widethtripp rated on 01 May 2012

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Tot54 rated on 10 Dec 2011

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karabee rated on 05 Nov 2011

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Ezaura rated on 03 Nov 2011

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OSX-FTW! rated on 28 Jun 2011

[Version 1.0.6]


Downloads:72,867
Version Downloads:55,161
Type:Utilities : Optimizers
License:Free
Date:20 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Secrets is a preference pane that lets you customize many Mac OS X settings that are hidden or incomplete.

Secrets is in beta development and many of these options can harm your system if used improperly.


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