Cocktail for Mac

Cocktail for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    November 15, 2012
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  • Operating Systems:
    Mac/OS X 10.6

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.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very good at what it does."

    August 05, 2013   |   By bobc47

    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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    Full Specifications

    What's new in version 5.1
    • 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
    • Addresses compatibility issues with USB flash drives
    • Fixed registration issues some users encountered when registering
    • Fixed compatibility issues with Google Chrome 23 and Firefox 16
    • Launch time optimization
    • Various improvements to the Pilot scheduler
    • Other minor bug fixes and improvements
    • Updated Automator actions
    • Updated Help
    Publisher Maintain
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    Release Date November 15, 2012
    Date Added November 15, 2012
    Version 5.1
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.47MB
    File Name CocktailSLE.dmg
    Total Downloads 59,557
    Downloads Last Week 65
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations When unregistered, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
    Price $14

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