Preferential Treatment for Mac

Preferential Treatment for Mac

Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    3,350
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 28, 2004
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    499.92KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13
  • Platform:
    Mac

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Results 1–10 of 15

1 stars

"Still doesn't work for me under system 10.5"

July 23, 2011  |  By Rockwell11

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.8

Pros

small fast loader

Cons

crashes on startup

Summary

I've deleted it from my computer.

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2 stars

"Doesn't find bad preferences, only corrupted"

May 02, 2010  |  By MWPollard

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.8

Pros

Catches corrupted preference files.
The program doesn't crash itself or your computer.

Cons

Confusing, few directions.

The program doesn't find bad preferences, just corrupted files. Preferences can be problematic without actually being corrupted. Unless the file is actually invalid XML, this program will not catch it.

Summary

First, the program is confusing. There are no real directions. You drop the program icon on the icon for a Launch as Administrator script, since the program cannot do this itself. The script runs in a console session, which will be confusing for most Mac users, and requires your administrative password in that session.

More to the issues of this program, The program doesn't find bad preferences, just corrupted files. Preferences can be problematic without actually being corrupted. Unless the file is actually invalid XML, this program will not catch it.

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2 stars

"Not sure it really finds "bad" preference files."

January 16, 2010  |  By w t s

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.8

Pros

I reserve my opinion on the value/pros of this programme.

Cons

In a lightning speed review it came up with a problem but did not show that problem in the listing.

Summary

I am somewhat skeptical that this application works with late 2009 edition of Mac Intel's. I ran PT to check and it found no problems although there were. When I trashed what i was sure was a bad preference all was OK with the application.

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5 stars

"Great App!"

October 30, 2006  |  By JD_1

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.7

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This is a great little app that does exactly what it says it will do.

Part of my regular maintenance routine.

Thanks for keeping this app current and making it free!

Well worth donating a few $ to!

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5 stars

"Supurb customer support"

November 03, 2005  |  By mtcon

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Installed 1.1.5 & received an error msg when scanning user preferences. Had used V1.1.4 previously. e-mailed Jon Nathan & received an immediate reply saying he would check it out. About 2 hours lated received another e-mail stating an inadvertenterror was introduce in 1.1.5 & would be corrected in 1.1.6 in a couple hours. v1.1.6 did correct the problem. Talk about fast response & it's an excellent program as well. Highly recommended.

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5 stars

"1.1.4 works fine, both for system and user prefs."

May 11, 2005  |  By Edwin-schemer

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
If you click on the lock it prompts you for the administrator password, and then
does what it promises. Thnaks for the update!

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5 stars

"Put My Mind At Ease"

October 17, 2004  |  By big_banana_3

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.1.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Great and simple little package that really put my mind at ease. Highly recommended for users who have too many applications on their Powermac like me and never know what's going on with their preferences files. Get it now and sleep easier..........

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5 stars

"Support & App Simply Rock!"

August 20, 2004  |  By jreffner

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I had a warning pop up that the script had changed so I emailed Jon. Within minutes he emailed me back and told me what to do. I sent him more info and he immediately sent back an explanation (it was my fault as I suspected). I thanked him and sent some cash to further his cause. PT is a great app with even greater support. Support him too please if you use it.

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5 stars

"Elegant Donate-Ware with superb tech support"

August 20, 2004  |  By nnager

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.0.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I respect what the author has done to strengthen security on this elegant program and saw it evidenced when the updated version alerted me to a minor change I had made in the script in the previous version.

I did, however, leave the warning sit on my desktop while I attended to other things; too long because it timed out. I dropped a note to the author who responded a few minutes later:

"Sorry for any confusion this might have caused. Thanks for the notice about the timeout, I assumed people would just dismiss the dialog rather quickly. I'll add an error trap to catch a longer timeout for these dialogs."

Thank you very much, Mr. Nathan, for your superb responsiveness. You listen, really listen, to users of your donate-ware, as I've witnessed in the improvements you've made in your several versions.

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5 stars

"Have you ever noticed..."

April 06, 2004  |  By rmorton

 |  Version: Preferential Treatment 1.0

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Have you ever noticed how great support is from I am assuming relatively small developers. I basically do not have a standard setup. I run as a regular user, but I am in the sudoers file. All this means is that I can run AppleScript Studio products that require me to be there, but I have to authenticate for just about everything. The author and I emailed back and forth for about a half a day before he enhanced the product so that I could use it without being an administrator. All of this while getting paid the huge $0 for his time. Does what it says, and seems to work great and has great support. Is there a downside somewhere, because I can not see it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.1
  • Improved compatibility on some non-English systems.
  • Eliminated the ability to customize the script that is run to minimize security issues.
  • Eliminated the dependency on the BSD Subsystem.
  • Added the option to include every file checked (even files with no problems) to the results table (see preferences).
  • Improved progress bars.
  • Added the ability to cancel a scan in progress.
  • Added links to the plutil man page (see the Help menu).
  • Improved performance on 10.2.x systems with constrained RAM.
  • Minor interface tweaks.
  • Note: Some enhancements may result in slower file scans compared to earlier versions. For this reason, v1.0.2.1 is still available for download here.
General
Publisher JNSoftware
Publisher web site http://www.jonn8.com/
Release Date September 28, 2004
Date Added September 28, 2004
Version 1.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.3, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.2
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • Download Information
    File Size 499.92KB
    File Name pt.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 3,350
    Downloads Last Week 13
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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