Cocktail for Mac

Cocktail for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.6
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.6
  • Total Downloads:
    43,559
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 01, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (When unregistered, Cocktail (Lion Edition) runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.); $14.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    3.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    20
  • Platform:
    Mac

Editors' Review

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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.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Great tool... if you could get it"

February 06, 2012  |  By Tarantula--2008

 |  Version: Cocktail (Tiger Edition) 3.7.4

Pros

Has a ton of great features for Mac OS X. I've had it for ages. I have the authorization code for v. 3.4.9 I recently performed a clean install of Tiger in my MBP and I want my Cocktail back!!! Please!

Cons

CAN'T DOWNLOAD IT FROM CNET/Download. ***!!! I can find the description page for all previous versions, but if I click the download button it automatically downloads the NEWEST version. I DON'T WANT THE NEWEST VERSION! I want version 3.7.4 - compatible w/ Tiger. Why can't I download load it?!? Am I a complete idiot? Is the download button right in front of me? How can I get a previous version of Cocktail? C'MON!

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4 stars

"Totally Useful"

January 31, 2012  |  By DaedalusPrime

 |  Version: Cocktail 5.1.2

Pros

Does what it says it will do.

Cons

if you make a mistake, you're up the creek...

Summary

I recommend this to all my Maciacs

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5 stars

"A 'must have'"

December 07, 2011  |  By e8u35

 |  Version: Cocktail 5.1

Pros

Frequently updated; easily interface; and a necessary application to keep my Mac with JOY!

Cons

None that you don't set into motion, yourself

Summary

There are a few app's that I've had in my arsenal for years: Coctail; DiskWarrior; Disk Utility; and Applejack. I'm yet to find a situation I cannot resolve among these app's. Cocktail makes a streamlined Mac, easy.

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5 stars

"My favorite"

September 15, 2011  |  By pobannon

 |  Version: Cocktail 5.0.1

Pros

Cocktail like the OS specific versions. Using versions now for 10.4, 10.6 and 10.7. Having been using it for years and it has never caused a problem. Wide range of features and the easy to use Pilot.

Cons

None for me.

Summary

Makes Mac maintenance easy and safe.

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3 stars

"Fine program if you can get to it."

August 31, 2011  |  By jdd102553

 |  Version: Cocktail 5.0

Pros

MAny. Set it up and let it run under the Pilot settings

Cons

Not many however the author is rather late to the rodeo getting the program ready for Lion.

Summary

I do not utilize an Admin Password and you cannot now (under Lion 10.7.1) access the program w/o entering a Password. This is the only program I have ever encountered that will not allow you to do this. For me, I need a workaround to continue using the program and I'm a previously satisfied, registered user.Fix the Admin Password issue and I will return.

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1 stars

"Does not work on Mac OS 10.5.8"

March 29, 2011  |  By karabee

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Does not work on Mac OS 10.5.8

Cons

Does not work on Mac OS 10.5.8

Summary

Does not work on Mac OS 10.5.8

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3 stars

"Very good at what it does. Needs and update."

November 05, 2009  |  By pjdevitt

 |  Version: Not Found

Pros

Very slick interface. Helps get more control over the necessary system maintenance.

Cons

Still waiting for OS 10.6 compatability.

Summary

VIP utility. Needs and update.

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3 stars

"just another version"

June 26, 2009  |  By richard19223

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.3.1

Pros

It seems easy to use and fairly complete.

Cons

Don't see anything really wrong.

Summary

This seemed to me just another version of Spring Cleaning which I already have. Quite frankly, I don't find either program all that useful enough to pay for. (although I did bite the bullet and pay for SpringCleaning). MainMenu and AppCleaner do the same jobs for free. Plus, if you dig around, your Mac will also do it for you.

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1 stars

"Not Jaguar?"

June 25, 2009  |  By ratanchamber

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.3.1

Pros

I have not been able to use it.

Cons

I have not been able to use it.

Summary

I too was completely mislead by the description of this app. When something is just released and it lists the OS as the previous version, the assumption is that that would be the MINIMUM requirement, not the MAXIMUM. And to think it was recommended by...was it cNet? I dunno. Some online referral sent me to this never mentioning it was only for Tiger. Yet it was only added just this month? What's with that?.

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1 stars

"Download is only for Tiger, not usable on Leaopard."

June 24, 2009  |  By tcdrennen

 |  Version: Cocktail 4.3.1

Pros

Never got to try it

Cons

Works on Tiger 10.4 only

Summary

None of the description mentioned the app only works on Tiger (10.4) and won't install on Leopard (10.5) Misleading, and a waste of time and resources to download.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Maintain
Publisher web site http://www.maintain.se
Release Date October 01, 2014
Date Added October 01, 2014
Version 5.6
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.07MB
File Name CocktailLionEdition.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 43,559
Downloads Last Week 20
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations When unregistered, Cocktail (Lion Edition) runs in demo mode and will expire after the tenth launch.
Price $14

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