The number of options available in the Mac OS and its applications can be difficult to manage for all but expert users. With MacPilot for Mac, users can track and change settings in a number of areas from one program.
The free trial version of MacPilot for Mac comes with a 15-day usage limit, while the full program requires a payment of $19.95 to activate. The program's native installer set the program up quickly, but a lengthy user agreement must be accepted to use the program. Upon startup, the user is prompted to purchase the full version or continue with the limited trial, but this dismisses quickly. No instructions were apparent, which would have been helpful since the sheer number of options and their potential system effects make using this program difficult for novices. The interface's graphics are well designed, and the top row of buttons divides the system options by category. Each menu has a slightly different design due to the varying options and some of them are not easy to figure out. The changes do take effect when selected and it is easy to revert back if the user does not like the new choices.
While functional, MacPilot for Mac's cluttered interface and lack of instructions make it a poor choice for beginning Mac users, while those with experience may find it useful.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of MacPilot for Mac 5.0.8.
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Scared of the terminal or can't be bothered to remember those commands to customize your system the way you want? MacPilot is your digital savior. Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click of a button! Pro user or not, you can now increase computer performance with only a few clicks of the mouse. Optimize your network for broadband connectivity, completely customize Apple File Sharing, perform essential maintenance without having to remember mind boggling acronyms, and much more. However, those are just a few of the many reasons why MacPilot is your choice over Cocktail, TinkerTool and Onyx! Disable the translucent menubar in Leopard, disable menu items for security, disable icon caches, set history limits, erase recently used files, prevent your dock from being modified, turn off all system animations, increase the speed at which windows resize, change which format screenshots are taken in, set a default name and location for screenshots, disable a secondary processor, disable the startup chime, and even change the login window picture! We welcome you to put MacPilot to the test against our competitors. Features, stability and interface say it all - but why don't you be the judge? Download your free fifteen day limitless evaluation now.
Outstanding and comprehensive for uncovering and tweaking the many features (hidden and not hidden) in Mac OS.
This program is not for a novice as you can inadvertently create major headaches, ending up having to wipe your HD and re-install everything, go through all the updates since for every app, and really mess up your Mac.
For the informed user (at least moderate to advanced knowledge), this program is very good. For an expert user: Excellent. For those without much more than minimal computing skills: avoid. It is a good program overall when those factors are put into the equation but the developers do not tell you that in their marketing. Thus, only 3 stars. Be very careful as this is a very powerful program, know what you are doing. The developers need to 'dummy down' and clearly explain all it can do, make it very clear what changes are to occur and how they will have effect on your computer based on your use of the program.
I've tried several downloads. It always says"MacPilot.app" is damaged, and can't be opened. It sounds like a really good app to me, but I can't open it on my Mountain Lion machine. I wish I could skip putting stars on the review, because I don't want to add noise to the review stats.
Updated on Feb 6, 2013
I went to the developer's home page, and downloaded version 5.05. It opened fine, and looks to be a really useful utility. I have been bothered by the "accidental click" feature on my trackpad not working correctly. I quickly found the option to fix it on MacPilot, a great start. I fully expect to pay for this and use it beyond the trial period.
Re MacPilot: I installed the program and was adjusting this and that, back and forth, seeing the effects of what I was doing and then after doing that I tried to use Word, Excel, and Safari. None of these would work. I was freaking out. But then I remembered the old Empty the Cache routine. I did this, with MacPilot, under the maintenance section but Word would still not work. Then I did a restart, and all's well. Yay. It's a good program, but do remember to do the above. By the way it runs really fast now. I guess I was getting bogged down with cache files for some time now.
Covers many elements of system management, most of which you should be aware, and many of which you should exercise some control. Covers more system admin areas than the competition.
In an ideal world there would be a better overview of the system admin tasks/elements, how they interact, and pros/cons of making any changes. I'd enjoy the bigger picture(s) as well as the item summaries.
Comprehensive, powerful - more so than the competition. Better big-picture info to supplement the individual item summaries would be most helpful.