CNET Editors' review
Cocktail is both useful and fun for inveterate Mac tinkerers and would-be power-users (that is, power users who aren't hard-core enough to use the command line). This multipurpose utility can help you keep your computer happy and healthy, giving you access to scores of tweaks and optimizations pulled together from various utilities, preferences, third-party hacks, and command-line tools.
Cocktail can help you with routine maintenance and customization across your disks, system, files, network, and interface. Cocktail is organized around these five areas, with highly customizable options for everything from clearing caches and repairing permissions to changing the appearance and behavior of the Finder and Dock--and Cocktail's Pilot feature lets you schedule regular maintenance.
Perhaps the best part of Cocktail is its extensive help files, cross-linked to articles on Wikipedia, Apple's site, and other Mac resources. These fall short in some spots (such as with optimizing network settings), but they can provide a valuable primer on how your Mac works. There are other cheaper--and even free--options out there, but with Cocktail, you get OS-specific stability, helpful documentation, and a well-organized interface. If you're not using Snow Leopard, check out the earlier editions of Cocktail.
Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.
The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.
Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) requires OS X 10.6. Cocktail (Lion Edition) for OS X 10.7 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from our website.
What's new in this version:
- Added ability to disable startup sound (System - Startup)
- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to scan preference files
- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to create a Keychain key
- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail may not be able to repair permissions on RAID sets
- Addresses an issue in which Cocktail could not force empty the Trash
- Addresses an issue in which the Firewall log may not be rotated
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All versions:4.0 stars
out of 40 votes
Current version:4.0 stars
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"Very good at what it does."
Version: Cocktail 5.1
This tool gives you one place to tweak the way your system acts, some of these tweaks could only be made from the terminal before and a lot of people are uncomfortable with that.
More online help would be nice, some of the options are not immediately apparent.
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