TinkerTool System for Mac

TinkerTool System for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 20 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.31
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
November 06, 2013
Price:
Free to try; $14.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Total Downloads:
9,718
Downloads Last Week:
6
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

With its plethora of advanced options, TinkerTool System for Mac takes system optimization and customization to another level. This premium tool includes features ranging from the essential and system-saving to the highly specialized and obscure, all packed in a small app with an instantly familiar interface. It's a great app for geeks.

TinkerTool System for Mac asks for an administrator password prior to first launch, after which it lets you use either the full app five times (Evaluation Mode) or a limited version indefinitely (Demo Mode). Starting Evaluation Mode requires Internet connectivity. Once the app is up and running, you will be presented with an interface that is inspired by the Mac System Preferences app and that adjusts itself to only display settings, applicable to the hardware you're using. During our tests we were impressed by the "Emergency Tool," which adds a recovery mode to the operating system, triggered by holding down CMD+S during system startup. The automatic maintenance scripts, which let you choose between a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule to automatically delete temporary and unused files, thus reclaiming lost storage space, are also great. The entire process takes between ten seconds and a minute to complete.

TinkerTool System for Mac offers many features that power-users will find appealing. Whether you're setting up automatic maintenance or recovery mode on a Mac, or just like tweaking your system to its very core, this premium app's expansive features will grab your attention.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of TinkerTool System for Mac 3.31.

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  • 5 stars

    "love this little APP that packs a punch!"

    December 06, 2011   |   By pointer165-2009

    Version: TinkerTool System 2.85

    Pros

    I had trouble on my last iMac ,for the LIFE of that iMac..it now is punished and sits in a corner!..but I thought at a time, it was this software, I emailed and the guy who wrote it, emailed me and assured me that it was not his program..NOW, that alone is worth the price...very cool & I did apologize. Also catches stuff I don't understand, that Disk Utility does not.

    Cons

    none I see, been using it for over 2 years and

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  • 3 stars

    "Gives you access to many hidden features of the Mac"

    December 24, 2009   |   By Fastidious_Grimace

    Version: TinkerTool System 2.1

    Pros

    It allows you to change settings not normally editable (or even viewable), analyze log files and more.

    Cons

    Not for anybody who isn't tech-savvy. Using this application, you can easily shoot yourself in the foot.

    Summary

    To be honest, the my favorite feature was the ability to turn off the hideous startup sound.

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  • 5 stars

    "Best so far"

    July 04, 2008   |   By jjjazzz--2008

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.87

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I've used it for a year now and it has been trouble-free. It warns you if you're going to do something questionable, it has never froze, it really does empty caches, and it rebuilds the db before it restarts. Bravo. In the pipe 5 by 5.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent"

    June 17, 2008   |   By Smitty610

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.87

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I have used TTS and TT since it was started many years ago. An excellent piece of software that does its job and follows the Mac OS protocols. Excellent author support. It has always interested me how little attention it gets in reviews of this type of utility when for me it outshines them all. Thanks to the TTS team for a continuing great job :-)

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent"

    November 08, 2007   |   By Somebody

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.8

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Iâ??ve used TTS for a few years and consider it an essential part of my Mac. While some of its functionality is available in other programs for free, TTS integrates a lot of features in a well designed package and the price is fairly cheap.
    I donâ??t recall ever having a problem due to using TTS. I did contact the author once with a question and he provided a quick response. Overall Iâ??m very happy with TTS.

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  • 3 stars

    "Recant"

    July 08, 2007   |   By robogobo

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.71

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Actually, I'm recanting my review. After using Tinkertool System for a few months, I did weekly maintenance and ran all the recommended processes religiously. Two weeks ago, after doing the same thing I did before, I experienced constant kernel crashes and freezes immediately following a Tinkertool session. I spent a few days trying to troubleshoot. I'm a moderately experienced user, so I did all the standard stuff- Diskwarrior, fsck, memtest, etc. All found nothing. I do regular backups using CCC, and so I cut my losses, saved my client data and cloned my hard drive from the last backup before Timkertool tinkered too much. That was three days ago, and no more problems.

    Now, I'm sure Tinkertool is a good program, but the worst part came when I contacted the developer, Marcel Bresnik. He insisted kernel crashes are only caused by hardware problems, and called me a liar when I said my crashlogs were naturally reverted when I cloned from a backup, and would be of no use in troubleshooting. I asked for a refund, but then told him he could keep his $10 if it was too big a deal, to show him I wasn't lying to rip him off, and I would simply give honest feedback on Versiontracker. So there it is. And it's a shame, because it's probably a good program that needs improvement in a few areas, and the developer just happens to be a defensive ass. Oh well, back to Butler.

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  • 5 stars

    "Outstanding Utility"

    May 28, 2007   |   By jamiehurrell

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.7

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    This is an essential MAC OS X utility. Compared to similar applications (free & retail), TinkerTool System outperforms. Definitely worth it in cost:benefit ratio.

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  • 5 stars

    "Trust"

    April 22, 2006   |   By RAngol

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.51

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    There are similar applications to TinkerTool System but this is the one written by the author of TinkerTool which, as I recall, was the *first* useful freeware software of any kind for the then new Mac OSX.

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  • 5 stars

    "No Problems On My Mac"

    April 13, 2005   |   By VersionTrackerUserOpinion

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    As with previous versions, no problems at all. However, I have not tried every single feature, such as the Repair Help. I'm sure an email to the author, Dr. Bresink, will be quickly answered, as has been my experience.
    I'm using a G5 iMac / OS 10.3.8.

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  • 4 stars

    "Brilliant App -Best of breed"

    April 11, 2005   |   By robfol

    Version: TinkerTool System 1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Addition of font cache cleaning is excellent. Everything work as advertised AND every function has an explanation. Good value too

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