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Cocktail for Mac

CNET Editors' review

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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  • 4.0 stars

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

    February 6, 2012  |   By Tarantula--2008

    Version: Cocktail 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "A 'must have'"

    December 7, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work on Mac OS 10.5.8"

    March 29, 2011  |   By karabee

    Version: Cocktail 5.0

    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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  • 3.0 stars

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

    November 5, 2009  |   By pjdevitt

    Version: Cocktail 5.0

    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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  • 3.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 1.0 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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