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Cocktail for Mac

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Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 20 votes out of 1 votes

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  • 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)
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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," 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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3 stars

"Super program but can't use scheduler in some cases"

February 28, 2015  |  By jeffe01

2015-02-28 18:35:58  |  By jeffe01

 |  Version: Cocktail 5.6


One of the best utilities out there, and I've used it for over a decade. Makes a lot of clean-up and maintenance tasks fast and easy. I love it except...


One of the best parts about Cocktail is that you can schedule tasks to perform in the middle of the night. Out of sight-out of mind... done! But if, like me, you have characters in your computer name that aren't straight alpha-numeric (like, in my case, an apostrophe), you cannot use the scheduler. They've said for over a year that they know about it and will fix it "someday". But nothing.... bummer.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Maintain
Publisher web site
Release Date October 01, 2014
Date Added October 01, 2014
Version 5.6
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac/OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.07MB
File Name CocktailLionEdition.dmg
Total Downloads 44,874
Downloads Last Week 13
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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