TinkerTool for Mac

TinkerTool for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 187 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3
  • Total Downloads:
    96,624
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 11, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.39MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    209
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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TinkerTool is a small, free app that lets you tinker with your user preferences, allowing access to options that you can't find through System Preferences. These "hidden" preferences--extras like adding scroll arrows to both ends of scroll bars--exist for a variety of reasons, but are usually invisible to users without the help of an app like TinkerTool.

TinkerTool's preferences are organized under 10 main headings: Finder (for options like showing hidden files or restricting the Finder), Dock, General (a lot of useful options, including control over scroll arrows and screenshot file formats), Applications, Snow Leopard (with options for Spotlight, Mail, and Spaces), Fonts, Font Smoothing, Login Items, Safari, and QuickTime X. Compared with some other "tinkering" apps, TinkerTool is a bit more limited in its options--but that limitation can also be reassuring, since TinkerTool doesn't add files, run background processes, or require any special permissions. If you get tired of TinkerTool, you can choose to reset your computer to its "pre-TinkerTool state" (or not) and simply trash the app. Recent builds have kept TinkerTool up to date with the most recent changes in the Mac OS and related apps, including the capability to disable the Ping and iTunes Store pull-down menus in iTunes 10, and disable all RSS features in Safari.

You can find similar apps with more potent features, but TinkerTool is a solid (and free) option that's worthwhile for anyone with limited preference-tweaking needs.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Way to kool for messing around."

November 11, 2010  |  By Dac1943

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.3

Pros

Fast easy to follow instruction and easy to click for any problem with explainations.

Cons

I did't find any that I can say.

Summary

Defult is not the best and this software gives a lot of options.

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4 stars

"Does what it says on the label."

October 12, 2010  |  By chissg

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.3

Pros

Simple interface to OS tweaks. Well laid-out and succinct. No observed undesirable side effects.

Cons

Might be nice to have a more detailed explanation of some tweaks or categories where appropriate, either with mouse-over or right-click, maybe.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.3
  • This version adds support for iTunes 10.0.1. Support for the interim version iTunes 10.0 has been removed.
  • Adds preference setting to disable the Ping / iTunes Store pull-down menus in iTunes 10.0.1.
  • iTunes options have now moved from the operating system-specific pane to their own pane. iTunes 8 options are now additionally available to users of Leopard. iTunes 9 options are now additionally available to users of Tiger. iTunes 10 options are now additionally available to users of Leopard.
General
Publisher Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme
Publisher web site http://www.bresink.com
Release Date October 11, 2010
Date Added October 11, 2010
Version 4.3
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.39MB
File Name download.php5
Popularity
Total Downloads 96,624
Downloads Last Week 209
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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