Do things to your OS X you never knew you could do with Cocktail 5
One of my favourite “tweaking” tools has recently been updated to a new major version, which mainly brings Lion compatibility: Cocktail. I’m using this app for a long time. Mainly because this app is not just one of those apps who “clean” your system (which you don’t really have to do1)
Cocktail does, for me, things like:
- Reset view options of specific folders to their defaults. (Delete .DS_Store files)
- Rebuild Launch Services database, in case your “Open With” menu goes bonkers.
- Rebuild Spotlight index.
- Force empty cache. If you really ever need to.
- Find corrupted preference files.
- Save a couple of Gigabytes of disk space by deleting unnecessary language packs from apps. (I never spoke Klingon very fluently.)
- Change Network settings very precisely. On some network connections it might become necessary to tweak MTU, TCP and UDP settings, Cocktail gives you a nice interface to change these.
- Change interface settings:
- Change settings for “When application crash” to, e.g., “Never annoy me when an app crashes.”.
- Use expanded dialogs by default.
- Change “Help Viewer” to not be on always on top.
- Change default screenshot file format.
- Show invisible files.
- More Finder settings.
- Automate cleanup tasks the system usually does late at night.
That plus a couple more things made me buy a lifetime license. (A lifetime license upgrade is a measly €3.5 ($5) upgrade)
If you’re switching from Windows this is the hardest thing to get used to. There’s no “defrag regularly” on a Mac. You just not doing it. Period. ↩