TinkerTool
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TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the
What's New
Version 5.2:
  • This version adds support for OS X 10.9.2.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.9 or later





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TinkerTool User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 5.x:
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Djefis reviewed on 28 Feb 2014
This developer is really responsible. I believe that he develops the most efficient utility. TinkerTool System also gives me the same impression of solidity and security.
[Version 5.2]


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Jazzyguy commented on 23 Feb 2014
The BEST got BETTER!
[Version 5.1]


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iTonyD reviewed on 18 Jan 2014
Always stable useful and efficient. Does what it says and says what it does in a simple to understand user interface.
[Version 5.1]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
An outstanding version. Still no fix to put Tinker Tool in Tinkertool System But still an invaluable tool.
[Version 5.1]


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Harrybo reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
Very good app.

Need to be able to change the login screen.

Happy Xmas!
[Version 5.1]


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OSX-FTW! reviewed on 28 Oct 2013
This just fixed an annoying issue I had after upgrading to Mavericks. Under the General tab in my System Preferences I had truncated text in the dialogs.

Launched TinkerTool, hit the "Fonts" button and TinkerTool had the offending "fixed-point" font highlighted! Hit the "Set to default" button and problem, solved!

Thanks for such a neat utility!
[Version 5.0]

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Endymion0000 replied on 19 Dec 2013
Thanks. That fixed the same issue I'd noticed. I don't recall ever changing that font in the first place.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 25 Oct 2013
The compatibility information above for TinkerTool 5 is incorrect. TT 5 is for OS X 10.9 Mavericks only. The changes listed for TT 5 include font settings for Safari 7, which is also OS X 10.9 only. The latest Safari update for earlier versions of OS X is 6.0.5.

As for Safari specific settings in earlier versions of TT, they don't exist. There are font settings for various system elements. And there are some settings options for other OS X applications, including Mail, Disk Utility and QuickLook, among others. In Safari itself, there has always been an option in Universal Access in the Advanced tab in Safari preferences to set a minimum font size.

MacUpdate is usually a good source for application compatibility information, but occasionally it will not be updated for the latest version of an app. The available information may then be contradictory, as in this instance. In such a case the developer's web site is usually a better source of information, but even this is not always true - caveat emptor.
[Version 5.0]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 25 Oct 2013
Sorry for the confusion. The minimum OS X version for 5.0 is indeed 10.9; the listing has been updated to reflect this correct information.

Additionally, there's now a secondary download link for version 4.96, which runs on OS X 10.6 or later.
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Fyreflye commented on 23 Oct 2013
If like me you've been fretting about your inability to change fonts and font size in recent versions of Safari you can do it now by clicking on the Safari icon in the TinkerTool menu.
[Version 5.0]

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Zincker replied on 24 Oct 2013
I have no Safari icon with TT 4.96 for ML. Looks like a Mavericks/Safari 7 feature only?
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Fyreflye replied on 24 Oct 2013
There's been a section for Safari options in every version of TT that I've owned. It's possible that the option to change fonts is a feature only in the current version.
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Oak reviewed on 12 Dec 2012
I went to Dr. Bresink's site to download this app. The first try netted me a dmg of 2.6MB. I trashed that and tried again. The second try netted me a dmg of 3.0MB. I trashed that one also. The third attempt finally netted me a dmg of 4.1MB as shown on this page. ????????? Hmmmmmm...
[Version 4.95]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 12 Dec 2012
This version and TinkertoolSystem make a GREAT combination of tools that are unsurpassed. This utility is great!
[Version 4.95]

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ZenMaster_Flash replied on 12 Dec 2012
In what way is needed to have BOTH ?
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Jazzyguy replied on 12 Dec 2012
TinkerTool System adds a lot more features including a recovery feature called tts which is used in single user mode, in addition you can repair permissions inside the app and do the necessary cron duties,weekly daily and monthly. It is a Swiss knife of all purposes.
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sjk replied on 12 Dec 2012
@ZenMaster_Flash:

You can find more info under the "What is the difference between TinkerTool and TinkerTool System?" sidebar on this page:

TinkerTool: Details
http://www.bresink.com/osx/0TinkerTool/details.html

I think the recovery feature in TinkerTool System that Jazzyguy mentioned is what's more fully described under "Features of the Included Standalone Utility" on this page:

TinkerTool System Release 2: Details
http://www.bresink.com/osx/300321023/details.html
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Tubo had trouble on 24 Oct 2013
Version 5.0 is only for OS 10.9
Version 4.96 ... for 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
[Version 5.0]


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Shock-J had trouble on 17 Apr 2012
I think there might be a small bug in lastest version regarding quarantine warning for downloaded files. I have this feature on so I do not get warnings. But what I have recently discovered is that a handful of downloaded apps are not having the quarantine attribute properly removed (presumably because I'm bypassing the quarantine warning) and thus the application will not open. I'm having to manually remove the quarantine file attribute via the terminal is order to "free" the application for use. Obviously, if TinkerTool is going to bypass the warning, the IT needs to remove the quarantine attribute from the application so that it will launch. I've seen this on at least four different apps I've downloaded.
[Version 4.8]


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Torgobob had trouble on 22 Feb 2010
I see the listing for:

Added preference for Snow Leopard to let QuickLook inspect folders by showing them with transparent covers.

However, when I check this off & use QuickLook on a folder, nothing looks different. Either I'm not understanding what this is describing or its seemingly not working on my system...
[Version 4.0]

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Apikoros replied on 24 Feb 2010
I also see no change when that QuickLook feature is invoked. Moreover, the feature to prevent the quarantine message for newly-downloaded apps ("… are you sure you want to open…" [etc.]) doesn't work. I still get that annoying message. This is on a first-generation (early 2006) 32-bit Intel Core Duo iMac running OS 10.6.2.
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DevTools-Inc. commented on 22 Mar 2010
You need to restart the Finder to activate QuickLook-related stuff (logout/login is the safest method). If you want to change something related to quarantine-information, you have to restart your Mac (a kernel extension handles the quarantine information).
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Torgobob had trouble on 22 Feb 2010
I see the listing for:

Added preference for Snow Leopard to let QuickLook inspect folders by showing them with transparent covers.

However, when I check this off & use QuickLook on a folder, nothing looks different. Either I'm not understanding what this is describing or its seemingly not working on my system...
[Version 4.0]


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Kalunlau had trouble on 22 Feb 2010
All text in TinkerTool's main window looks kinda funky. Font smoothing is either turned off or not working properly within TinkerTool. Apart from that everything seems to work fine.
[Version 4.0]

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Dorkypants replied on 22 Feb 2010
I concur about the jaggedy font.
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Dorkypants replied on 22 Feb 2010
I should add: Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on MBP 13" with all Apple Software Updates applied.

creo318 rated on 17 Mar 2014

[Version 5.2]



Jan-ツ rated on 03 Mar 2014

[Version 5.2]



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OSX-FTW! rated on 24 Dec 2013

[Version 5.1]



Tobias Marks rated on 20 Dec 2013

[Version 5.1]



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Roes rated on 15 Dec 2013

[Version 5.0]



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idlebonez rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 5.0]



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RONIN427 rated on 24 Oct 2013

[Version 5.0]



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piquadratpi2 rated on 23 Oct 2013

[Version 5.0]



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RONIN427 rated on 27 Sep 2013

[Version 4.95]



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Roes rated on 01 Aug 2013

[Version 4.95]


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Date:25 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation. You may send bug reports here.


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