MacPilot for Mac

MacPilot for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 37 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.7
  • Total Downloads:
    55,593
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 14, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (15-day trial); $19.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    15.57MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    91
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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MacPilot is another good option for fiddling around with your Mac, optimizing it to run better and unlocking the hidden potential of OS X and many applications--all without having to use the command line. MacPilot's graphic interface and file browser give you access to an almost staggering number of customizations, commands, key combos, and more, all organized around specific applications (include Apple and some third-party apps) as well as categories like Disks, Startup, Logs, Tools, and Power. You can do everything from changing the boot mode (64-bit or 32-bit) to tweaking the behavior of the Finder and Dock to activating hundreds of "secret features" in many apps (whether you want to, say, disable inline attachment viewing in Mail or automatically grammar check your Web forms in Safari). You can also search for features within a given app or category using a search bar, and browse through popular or favorite features.

There are other cheap--and even free--options out there with similar functionality, so try out a few just to make sure you're getting the features you want. Fortunately, MacPilot comes with a no-limits 15-day trial.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 37

3 stars

"Not for newbies"

January 05, 2014  |  By e8u35

 |  Version: MacPilot 6.0.1

Pros

Outstanding and comprehensive for uncovering and tweaking the many features (hidden and not hidden) in Mac OS.

Cons

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.

Summary

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.

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3 stars

"It says "can't be opened" on my Mountain Lion."

February 06, 2013  |  By johnprtl

 |  Version: MacPilot 5.0.4

Pros

I bet it's good, I can't tell.

Cons

I can't open it.

Summary

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.

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4 stars

"Good prog. Very intuitive"

March 03, 2011  |  By BrianJ17

 |  Version: MacPilot 4.1.8

Pros

Good prog. Very intuitive

Cons

remember to clear cache

Summary

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.

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4 stars

"Comprehensive and powerful"

October 24, 2010  |  By sarahdox

 |  Version: MacPilot 4.0.8

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Summary

Comprehensive, powerful - more so than the competition. Better big-picture info to supplement the individual item summaries would be most helpful.

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4 stars

"When I need it I need it!"

October 08, 2010  |  By JerryWilcox

 |  Version: MacPilot 4.0.8

Pros

The ability to perform many tasks which I could do on terminal but don't do often enough to recall all the syntax and options.

Cons

You need a modicum of system knowledge OR the good sense to not do things you don't undersstand.

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4 stars

"Worthwhile functions. Needs good tech knowledge"

October 07, 2010  |  By ricklib

 |  Version: MacPilot 4.0.8

Pros

Makes many utilities easily available. Great way to fine tune your Mac. Can definitely improve computer function.

Cons

Requires some technical knowledge. Number of tasks performed is daunting at first. Documentation could be better.

Summary

I like it. I use it frequently. Has never caused any problems.

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5 stars

"Great product."

July 08, 2010  |  By hearududes

 |  Version: MacPilot 4.0.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Nuff said.........

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4 stars

"Provides very easy GUI access to many program settings."

January 05, 2010  |  By Saklad78231

 |  Version: MacPilot 3.5.1

Pros

Rapidly updated and easy to use.

Cons

A more detailed explanation of what each setting does and showing examples would make it more approachable.

Summary

This is something that everyone that is an Intermediate or better Mac OS X user should have in their toolbox.

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4 stars

"very useful to me"

January 03, 2010  |  By stanhall

 |  Version: MacPilot 3.5.1

Pros

Options to change almost everything

Cons

Options to change almost everything. can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing

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4 stars

"Great way to access some well-hidden features"

December 18, 2009  |  By ricklib

 |  Version: MacPilot 3.5

Pros

simple interface

Cons

explanation of functions is often unclear or too brief

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.7
  • New Feature: iTunes 10 high contrast mode.
  • New Feature: iTunes 10 window controls horizontal.
  • Bug Fix: Numerous UI tweaks.
  • General
    Publisher Koingo Software
    Publisher web site http://www.koingosw.com/
    Release Date September 14, 2010
    Date Added September 14, 2010
    Version 4.0.7
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory System Utilities
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh
    Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6
  • Download Information
    File Size 15.57MB
    File Name macpilot.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 55,593
    Downloads Last Week 91
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    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 15-day trial
    Price $19.95

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