Macaroni
Macaroni
2.1.1

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Macaroni free download for Mac

Macaroni2.1.1

08 January 2008

Performs OS X maintenance routines.

Overview

Note: Atomic Bird's Web site states, "Atomic Bird's Mac OS X titles have been discontinued and are now free. They may be downloaded and registered using information below. Note that this software is unsupported and may not work normally with the current version of Mac OS X." Users may use either the Download link or the Visit Developer's Site link to access the download, the registration name, and the serial number.

Macaroni is a tool which handles regular maintenance for Mac OS X's UNIX core. Normally these tasks run on a regular schedule, in the middle of the night. However if you don't leave your Mac on all night, they never run. Your Mac won't wake from sleep to handle this. Macaroni solves this problem. If a scheduled maintenance task is not run when it's normally scheduled, Macaroni automatically ensures that it's run at the next opportunity, whenever the Mac is on.

What's new in Macaroni

Version 2.1.1:
  • Minor bug fixes.

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73 Reviews of Macaroni

Rickey939
09 January 2008
Version: 2.1.1

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Yet another great update for this awesome application. I love how all the updates (even across OS upgrades) have been free. Best money I've spent! Thanks so much.
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5
Winco
22 June 2019
Version: 2.1.1
I'm now running High Sierra 10.13 and Macaroni still works after all these years and functions as it was designed to do in the background. It is now free. Download and use at your own discretion.
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artie505
10 November 2013
Version: 2.1.1
From Atomic Bird's Website: "Atomic Bird's Mac OS X titles have been discontinued and are now free. They may be downloaded and registered using information below. Note that this software is unsupported and may not work normally with the current version of Mac OS X."
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Harry Flashman
26 July 2012
Version: 2.1.1
It's still working in Mountain Lion by the looks of it but clearly this is unsupported software judging by the other comments and lack of updates, so I'm even wondering if it is wise to keep it installed at this point.
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lacwbo
10 October 2011
Version: 2.1.1
I have been using Macaroni for quite some time. I have sent two emails to the developer re: whether the current version is compatible with Lion but have received no answer. Can anyone answer that question for me? Don't know if I want to continue to use it if Atomic Bird does not respond to inquires. Are they still around?
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0.5
Smayer97
17 August 2011
Version: 2.1.1
I opened/installed Macaroni v2.1.1 a long time ago but immediately removed it when I saw that it offers little insight to what it is doing, unless you are a Unix person. But I just noticed in my Console the following 3 repeating entries: 08/17/11 4:17:18 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds 08/17/11 4:17:28 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool[23327]) posix_spawn("/Library/PreferencePanes/Macaroni.prefPane/Contents/MacOS/MacaroniTool", ...): No such file or directory 08/17/11 4:17:28 PM com.apple.launchd[1] (com.atomicbird.macaroniTool[23327]) Exited with exit code: 1 The repeat, over and over and over again, every 10 sec (per the log). Anyone know how to get rid of this?
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4.5
Jab47
17 February 2011
Version: 2.1.1
I always liked macaroni. My computer crashed and I lost a lot of stuff including macaroni. I have writing to them requesting my registration number but get no answer. Are they gone forever?
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.
09 December 2010
Version: 2.1.1
Appalling customer service. A month with no reply whatsoever, despite several reminders. Avoid them like the plague
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.
02 December 2010
Version: 2.1.1
Macupdate emailed them on 22nd November on my behalf. They ignored it. I've used their websites 'Contact Us' form for the second time just to send a duplicate.
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.
13 November 2010
Version: 2.1.1
I've tried to contact the developers three times (twice with email, once with their websites contact form) asking if I can get a replacement licence file. It's been two weeks and they have yet to reply. Anyone suggestions welcomed. Thanks
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5
Dnobel
05 July 2010
Version: 2.1.1
I have been using this preference pane successfully for at least 5 years and pre Panther. As opposed to other utilities I use which take a kitchen-sink approach, Macaroni has a tightly focused suite of jobs which it performs seamlessly and flawlessly in the background. I suppose this is a function of its being a maintenance utility as opposed to a troubleshooting utility. Macaroni automates the recommended housekeeping for OS X, plus adds some other benefits. After initial setup, it requires little or no follow-up or maintenance and has kept up with the evolution of the OS admirably. Set it a and forget it! I credit this little utility with allowing me to use my Mac over these past few years with extremely few issues. Stable, cheap, efficient, well designed,and truly useful: This seems to be a paragon of what a utility should be.
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5
Syzzygy
15 April 2010
Version: 2.1.1
I've been using Macaroni for years now. It's never let me down; it's ALWAYS performed reliably and dependably, does the important maintenance jobs regularly, without issues. Doesn't get any better than this! Two thumbs up and 5 stars! Would all developers adhere to such an impeccable standard of excellence.
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Mac007
11 November 2009
Version: 2.1.1
I can verify that the current version (2.1.1) works just fine under Snow Leopard (10.6.2).
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alas!
30 August 2009
Version: 2.1.1
Snow Leopard compatibility coming up? We'll see. I contacted the developer but he remains mum. It would be a crying shame if he drops the ball on updates. None since January of '08.
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5
Tofi
25 June 2009
Version: 2.1.1
this is still the best for scheduled routine maintenance. I wish it is still maintained.I use it exclusively.it is worth the money I spent and more.Onyx can not do what this one does. the nice thing about Macaroni, that it works, when I am not.
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Rickey939
09 January 2008
Version: 2.1.1
Yet another great update for this awesome application. I love how all the updates (even across OS upgrades) have been free. Best money I've spent! Thanks so much.
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Mr.Ash
08 January 2008
Version: 2.1.1
Why pay 10$ for this software while Onyx does the same job (and even much more) for free?
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Vze26wyc
08 January 2008
Version: 2.1.1
It seems that I have had ‘Macaroni' always in the system preferences do it's thing. I look at the logs and it does do everything it says it does. All the updates are free. Thanks for the very good product...
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Lee123
07 January 2008
Version: 2.1.1
I am more than willing to pay the meager $10 fee for a program that runs all my scripts in the background. The program also runs any custom script when the machine is awake and not busy. I use it to run my backup scripts.
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Mok-in-touch™
27 October 2007
Version: 2.1
Is this a free update from 2.0.8 paid user?
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Mousee
12 July 2007
Version: 2.0.8
Thank you so much for that little fix. That Adobe problem was stopping me to set the language process on full auto. Now I will even forget the Macaroni is installed ;-)
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5
Buzzyman
12 July 2007
Version: 2.0.8
I've been a happy user for almost two years without a single problem and you never have to do any work to keep things going smoothly. And I'm always amazed at how much space is recovered by removing the unused language files, often hundreds of MB's!
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Ticonderoga
12 July 2007
Version: 2.0.8
This would be a great product were it not for the fact that it quits without letting you know. I suspect it has something to do with restarting, but I contacted the developer, and found many similar complaints and his disregard of the issue. So, 0 stars out of however many you want because you cannot use it reliably.
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5
Digital-Dude
09 April 2007
Version: 2.0.7
This is an excerpt from one of my recent posts on the Apple Discussions Forum, while responding to a members' satisfaction with his MacBook Pro. ..."I purchased mine last March (week-12) and I haven't had so much as one hiccup! Then again, I'm quite conservative as to what I load into my machine. Being a portable, I found one utility that has definitely help with keeping my Mac in proper health; Atomic Bird's “Macaroni” Automated maintenance for Mac OSX. It simply invokes Apple's built-in maintenance algorithm. That, together with “Repairing Permissions” before and after installing anything, has truly kept me out of the Emergency Room. Re: http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=4375312#4375312 Regards,"
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4.5
Sidetracked
30 July 2006
Version: 2.0.7
Simple, effective, stable. Finds the time to run the maintanence scripts and repair permissions when the computer is on. If it isn't on at the 'normal' scheduled time, it simply waits until the next time the computer is up and running runs them then. So there's no need to have my mac on to meet any pre-set schedule, even my own. I set it once, and have never had to worry about it again. Also, the delocalizer function is easy to use and very effective at saving tons of disk space. It's not free, but it's not expensive either. It could do more, but what it does, it does simply and well. I've tried a lot of the utility and system maintanence programs, and find that this, Onyx and Preferential Treatment are the ones that have stayed part of my day to day use.
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5
obergsson
14 April 2006
Version: 2.0.7
I've used this app for the last 3 years ... I'm convinced it's one of the reasons I have Never had an install problem or any other major issue. This is a must have, no brainer utility for trouble free computing ...
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Bbq-Allstar
09 March 2006
Version: 2.0.7
Hrmmm...I get errors when trying to install latest. I had Macaroni 2.07b4 installed...tried installing newest 2.07 and I get "There were errors when trying to install...please try again". I uninstalled the 2.07b4 and tried to re-install the newest, but ran into same problems... I have new Intel iMac running 10.4.5 Anyone else having errors installing?
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Hal2007
08 March 2006
Version: 2.0.7
Please Mr Developer, spend some money in icon design. This actual one is just plain ugly. Macaroni itself works just perfect. A must have utility.
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Fuellemann
08 March 2006
Version: 2.0.7
This the one of the few real helpful tools I recommend all my customers to install. Since most problems I encounter in my work as Mac OS supporter are based on corrupted permissions, Macaroni counters a lot of problems right in the beginning. Sounds silly, but I really sleep easier at night, if I know this tool is installed.
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5
Rwoodard
07 March 2006
Version: 2.0.7b4
I have been using Macaroni for over 3.5 years now and it has worked as advertized. I have not had any problems, strange behaviors, Nothing at all. I give this program a 5 star rating.
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Rwoodard
26 February 2006
Version: 2.0.7b4
I have been using Macaroni for over 5 years now and it has worked as advertized. I have not had any problems, strange behaviors, Nothing at all. I give this program a 5 star rating. Ralph Woodard
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neil-14
24 February 2006
Version: 2.0.7b4
I've been using Macaroni for about a year. It works great. I believe it is an invaluable preventive-maintenance tool for assisting in good overall system performance.
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8oo8
24 February 2006
Version: 2.0.7b4
I've been using Macaroni for about 8 months now, and have experienced absolutely no problems with it from day one. It makes the oh-so-important regular system maintenance a breeze. Just set it and forget it. Macaroni does exactly what it's supposed to do, without ever missing a beat. It's a real class act! It's worth every penny of the very modest $8.99 purchase price.
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5
Jeff-H-
26 June 2005
Version: 2.0.6
I bought this utility a while ago, but only used it for a very short (about 5 days) time because of a conflict (I think) with iBeezz. Buty since iBeezz is no more I reinstalled it 4 the heck of it. It's great! Runs silent in the background, and when I check the logs it does do the all the routines. Great utility!
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Anonymous
16 May 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Crappy Shareware.... Crashes on Launch on my New G5 with Tiger 10.4. You see on the Icon what youll get!
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Anonymous
22 April 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Great utility. I have three HD's and use it to clean up the permissions on all of them. I also use it to handle daily, weekly and monthly backups in the middle of the night. Wrote the scripts in Perl but they could have been done in Applescript.
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Anonymous
12 April 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Anacron (http://www.alastairs-place.net/anacron.html) can do many of the same things as Macaroni, but is free. If you don't mind using the Terminal, I suggest you look at anacron first.
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Anonymous
11 April 2005
Version: 2.0.6
Great utility! I've recommended it to many novice users who don't regularly perform basic maintenance. All of what Macaroni does really should be built in to OS X, but Apple's stupid sometimes. Thankfully there's Macaroni.
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HandyMac
02 March 2005
Version: 2.0.5
Many utilities will do these tasks (permissions repair, cron jobs, etc.) but only Macaroni will automate them, so the user doesn't have to remember to see to such routine chores. This should already be part of OS X, but until it is I buy Macaroni licenses by the dozen (quantity discount) and install it on every Mac I set up. I also install OnyX (also highly recommended) for manual maintenance and cleaning.
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Vitaly
02 March 2005
Version: 2.0.5
one of the most useful, unobtrusive, and stable utils i have ever bought. developer is very responsive. when i discovered a conflict with acrobat 7, it was fixed within about a month. not bad
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Anonymous
02 March 2005
Version: 2.0.5
I believe onyX does the same thing and it's free.
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Anonymous
04 February 2005
Version: 2.0.4
I've sat back helplessly whilst OSX ate HD space on a weekly basis, so I downloaded Macaroni yesterday and put it to work. I left my iMac last evening with 1.93Gb of HD. This morning on reboot I have 3Gb. Undoubtedly the best value piece of software I have ever bought, and an absolute steal at this price. Every Mac needs this.
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Anonymous
17 January 2005
Version: 2.0.4
You need this app if you shut down your computer at night. Also one of the best things about it that a lot of people don't know is that it "Repairs Permissions" on a weekly basis. It's worth it for that alone!
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RSoldin
20 December 2004
Version: 2.0.4
Ever since I pruchased this I haven't had to run CRON scripts, except for when I do a permission check before system updates. Its great not having to think about this maintenance routine. I shut down my system every night so it Apples routines don't work for me in the early morning.
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Anonymous
17 December 2004
Version: 2.0.4
I bought Macaroni several months ago and have been running trouble free ever since. I can forget about running cron script maintenance using other utilities (or leaving the computer on 24/7 to let OS X.x.x do it at 3 am) since I installed Macaroni. How more "Mac-like" can you get (to paraphrase G-Man's comments.)
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Pslieber
05 April 2004
Version: 2.0.3
Viva La Macaroni! Talk about an intelligent piece of software. Worth every penny and then some.
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5
doneagle
13 March 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This is exactly what I needed (my forgeter works better than my rememberer). A very good app. for OS X, does a great job, keeps "panther" running smooth & fast! I don't really like the idea of leaving my computer on all night. Thank You.
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Anonymous
11 March 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This is why shareware was invented. A beautiful app that does what it should for a reasonable price. I had been using Onyx to run maintenance, but there was no way to schedule the scripts. Macaroni changed all that. Add the feature to remove language localizations and you have a truly brilliant program that is completely Mac and a bargain. This is truly one of my "toolbox" apps. First rate on all accounts.
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Ghm
04 March 2004
Version: 2.0.3
Tried it - liked it - bought it for my iMac and PowerBook! This app is a complete no-brainer. Running in the background; set-it-forget-it; what else could you ask for. A complete "Mac-ish" app from start to finish. Too bad MacUpdate only goes to 5 stars!!! (But,shhh... don't tell anybody... it's dirt cheap too!)
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Anonymous
02 March 2004
Version: 2.0.3
This is the single most important utility for any OSx user. As Ron Popiel likes to say "set it and forget it". That is maintenance the Mac way. I trust it, and it hasn't let me down.
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Erbey
25 February 2004
Version: 2.0.2
What can i say? I bought it ( along time ago) several of my friends bought it... Everybody is satisfied.. Simple, efficient... Thank you!
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5
Anonymous
11 February 2004
Version: 2.0.1
I've been using this on my G4 tower for the last 4 months. The machine has been on 24 hours a day for the whole time, with NO system crashes. My Mac has been up and running the whole time. I attribute this to Macaorni daily system checks and corrections. This software will be on every Mac I own. Jim
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Anonymous
09 February 2004
Version: 2.0.1
Far out. I turn my machine on in the morning, and by the time I am out of the shower it's all done. This is great for us UNIXtards. As much as I love the terminal, I was over that in the '80. Long live GUI.
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Anonymous
27 January 2004
Version: 2.0.1
This is great. As a system admin with years of experience I have no hesitation in recomending this to the more "terminal challenged".
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Anonymous
27 January 2004
Version: 2.0.1
I want to see more stars on this page instead of silly comments. This app is the best thing for the average user who doesn't want or need the complexity of Cocktail, Onyx etc.... which you have to remember to run manually. Just set it, and forget it. Fantastic!
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Anonymous
21 January 2004
Version: 2.0
This is simply the easiest and most reliable way to run ALL of OS X's maintenance routines at a convienient time AND automatically. So good it should be part of the system! And now with delocalization built in for the same price or free to those already registered. Thanks Atomic Bird.
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
yeah, i was "jocking" as you say. but you gotta admit, you used a bad choice of words: "runs the 4 routines without you having to intervene, even if your computer is off at night."
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
Come on wazzamattaU!! It does not run when the computer is off. When you turn your computer on Macaroni simply checks if the tasks have been run at night and if they haven't because your computer was off, then Macaroni runs them for you. But you had figured that out and you were just jocking, were you not?
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
wow, an app that can run even when your computer is off! (off means powered-down, ya know??)
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
PLAIN WRONG Anonymous. Cocktail needs to be launched by users everytime it has to be run. And as we all know, we more than often forget to do it or have no time to run it right now,... Macaroni on the other hand is installed in the background of your system and runs the 4 routines without you having to intervene, even if your computer is off at night.
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
Have you heard of Coctail? That's free and does the same...
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Anonymous
22 August 2003
Version: 1.4.3
sigh... why don't you just use the disk utilty to repair permissions instead of paying 7 bucks for this garbage... yeah yeah you can do all the unix stuff to, just write an applescript to run all that junk and your done.
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Anonymous
21 August 2003
Version: 1.4.2
Nice try, "anonymous". Using update_prebinding isn't necessary since Jaguar came out. And you missed repair permissions, which Macaroni does for you.
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Anonymous
13 August 2003
Version: 1.4.2
I always find doing things yourself the best. So here are the Prebinding, and UNIX cron commands that can be entered into the Terminal: sudo -S /etc/daily, sudo -S /etc/weekly, sudo -S /ect/monthly, sudo -S update_prebinding root /. ~Mike
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Anonymous
11 July 2003
Version: 1.4.2
So easy to use.....Has really helped keep my system stable. Repair permissions is the greatest.
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Anonymous
08 April 2003
Version: 1.3.4
Great little program. Very easy, does all the work for you and is also very clever for administrators, because Macaroni can do the work for them and they do not have to come over to help their colleagues or family in my case... It does the job even if you're not in administrator-mode. And only works when my iBook is not on battery-power, really smart! This program is really worth the money!
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Anonymous
19 March 2003
Version: 1.3.4
I repeat, Macaroni is the only one you "Set and Forget". Well worth the small cost to never worry about these maintenance tasks again.Check it out once you've installed it in the system prefs and you'll see when it is doing its nice little duties faithfully.
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Anonymous
18 March 2003
Version: 1.3.4
So Repair shop and MacJanitor are doing all the things that Macaroni doesfor free.
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Anonymous
13 February 2003
Version: 1.3.3
MacJanitor does not run Mac OS X's "repair privileges" function, but Macaroni does.
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Anonymous
18 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
sounds like Macjanitor to me. The tasks are the same, when & how is different. And for that reason you pay.
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Anonymous
15 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
Macjanitor does not do the same thing for free. Macjanitor requires you to tell it when to run the maintenance tasks; Macaroni does it automatically, even if the Mac is not on when a scheduled job comes due. Macaroni notices that the job's overdue; Macjanitor doesn't pay any attention.
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Anonymous
12 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
Doesn't Mac Janitor do the same thing for free?
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Anonymous
03 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
Would not mount (1.3.1) or unstuff. Seeing how you can run 'diskutil repairpermissions' from terminal....?
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5
29 December 2002
Version: 1.3.1
Love It! This is the new "rebuild desktop" kind of app that will save many newbie users a lot of grief. Runs on its own and most importantly "repairs permissions."
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