Both are the norm for Windows and Linux. The Mac? Not so much.
Under the Mac’s glossy exterior is a complicated Unix beast, just waiting for you to try your hand at tinkering. Apple builds in many dozens of features which are hidden from the average Mac user, but waiting for just the right Mac user to unlock.
You can run out and buy half a dozen Mac apps that claim to clean, prune, empty, enhance, all in an effort to make your Mac work better.
Or, you can try TinkerTool System and get all those tools in one app with an interface even your sister could handle.
There’s more going on with TinkerTool System than meets the eye.
The app displays four basic areas on your Mac which you can, well, tinker around on.
- System Maintenance
- File Operations
- System Settings
- User Settings
All the Mac’s built-in maintenance functions are merely a click away. The Mac’s Finder handles file operations, but Apple hides many others; made visible by TinkerTool System, including options not visible in System Preferences.
All the basic and popular hidden functions are there. Open hidden preferences, clean caches, make visible files which are invisible, manage Safari’s cookies, remove unused language files, uninstall applications, and much more.
There’s also a Single User Mode so you can troubleshoot a problematic Mac.
The latest version of TinkerTool System works with OS X Mountain Lion, and adds more privacy controls for other browsers. I don’t know of a single Mac app that does more than TinkerTool System, including the popular MacKeeper (glossy controls, minimal usefulness).
Lest you worry about mucking around on your Mac, TinkerTool System comes with the most detailed reference manual available for any Mac utility. Check out the details here before you try it. Apple’s restrictive policies prevent this app from being featured on the Mac App Store, and the developer is proud of that.