Cocktail for Mac

Cocktail for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 40 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.8
  • Total Downloads:
    59,421
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 16, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (When unregistered, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.); $14.95 to buy (Buy it now)

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Excellent general utility"

January 30, 2011  |  By netrobbie

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Fast, simple

Cons

None that I can see

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3 stars

"Haven't used it yet."

January 28, 2011  |  By hugohunter--2008

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Good idea but not now needed

Cons

Surplus to needs now

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5 stars

"Indispensable tool."

January 27, 2011  |  By sfdyoung

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Does all the maintenance I need, and gives me some control without having to go into the Terminal.

Cons

I'm not smart enough to recognize any.

Summary

I use Cocktail frequently to keep my MacBook Pro running well, and it seems to work.

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5 stars

"very useful utility"

January 27, 2011  |  By stanhall

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

performs as it should

Cons

none that I am aware of

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4 stars

"Good program works as directed."

January 17, 2011  |  By veldugo

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Installs easily and is easy enough to use.

Cons

I have dound none yet during the trial period.

Summary

I would recommend this to anyone who felt that they needed it.

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4 stars

"Excellent set of utilities"

December 24, 2010  |  By DouglasHClements

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Wide range of easily available choices.

Cons

More explanation and clear list of the advantages and possible dangers of evoking each function would make this far more valuable.

Summary

A good choice, especially for those who understand the functions.

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3 stars

"Comprehensive but bewildering"

December 23, 2010

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

A packed assembly of functions

Cons

Confusing to sort wanted sheep from unnecessary goats

Summary

An extraordinary profusion of choices, whereas what I need is a considered selection of routine functions I can choose and thyen get on with other things. Therefore I prefer Onyx, where with one click I can get a complex repair process running.

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2 stars

"Almost good."

December 19, 2010  |  By argentoquick

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.8

Pros

Can't tell because I'm unable to complete maintenance.

Cons

Freezes on cleaning of internet cache using Snow Leopard. It has been doing this since Snow Leopard came out despite multiple upgrades of Cocktail.

Summary

Almost good. Freezes on cleaning of internet cache using Snow Leopard. It has been doing this since Snow Leopard came out despite multiple upgrades of Cocktail.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.8
It adds ability to delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files and addresses an issue in which Cocktail may fail to update the locate database. This version also fixes minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X 10.6.5.
General
Publisher Maintain
Publisher web site http://www.maintain.se
Release Date December 16, 2010
Date Added December 16, 2010
Version 4.8
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.47MB
File Name CocktailSLE.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 59,421
Downloads Last Week 14
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations When unregistered, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Price $14.95

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