TinkerTool for Mac

TinkerTool for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.4
  • Total Downloads:
    96,624
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 15, 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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4 stars

"a good reliable tool"

December 23, 2010  |  By carlsfrog_dotmac

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.4

Pros

Tinkertool makes it easy to deal with the OS in a user friendly fashion. I've been using it for years!

Cons

none that I can think of

Summary

Very useful tool. It has served me well and faithfully through various iterations

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5 stars

"Love it and always have!!"

December 23, 2010  |  By kbritany

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.4

Pros

Easy to use and powerful

Cons

None really

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4 stars

"easy to use for changing system parameters"

December 18, 2010  |  By Sandy Fontiwt

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.4

Pros

esay to use

Cons

no problems

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2 stars

"I haven't had a chance to try it out yet"

December 16, 2010  |  By candyman13

 |  Version: TinkerTool 4.4

Pros

I haven't had chance to try it out yet.

Cons

None, haven't had a chance to try it out.

Summary

None at this time.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.4
  • To enhance compatibility with future versions of Mac OS X and with TinkerTool System Release 2, support for Mac OS X 10.4 has been moved to a separate application. Users of Mac OS X 10.4 should download TinkerTool (Tiger Edition), users of Mac OS X 10.1, 10.2, or 10.3 should download TinkerTool Classic from the official web site. The standard application is designed to be used with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
  • Launching the application and loading its panes has become faster.
General
Publisher Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme
Publisher web site http://www.bresink.com
Release Date December 15, 2010
Date Added December 15, 2010
Version 4.4
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel
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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