Everything on a Mac looks so polished on the outside that it may become unclear how to fine-tune settings under the hood of its graphical interface. Cocktail for Mac allows you to access an impressive number of useful tweaks and enhancements without entering a single line of code.
Cocktail for Mac can manually trigger maintenance scripts, optimize inactive RAM manually or periodically, toggle Spotlight indexing for chosen drives, force special startup modes, and access a lot of the hidden Finder and core app settings, to name just a few options. By "hidden," we mean those settings that are not directly available through a graphical interface and are not listed under System Preferences. While these are generally modifiable via Terminal with "defaults write com.apple," sometimes you just wish there were a simpler way. Thanks to Cocktail, these tasks are now simple to perform. The app's interface is not shiny but is well laid out and does its job quite well, given the important number of functions available. The app functions as expected and is regularly updated to avoid any bad surprises.
Cocktail for Mac seems to be perfect for users willing to access under-the-hood settings of the Finder, file system, network, and more, but not willing to enter terminal commands to do so.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Cocktail for Mac 5.4.1.
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 (Lion Edition) requires OS X 10.7. Cocktail (Mountain Lion Edition) for OS X 10.8, Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.6 and Cocktail (Leopard Edition) for OS X 10.5 are available for download from our website.
What's new in this version:
- Improvements on the clear DNS cache procedure
- Addresses compatibility issues with Safari 6.0.5