How to Tweak Mac OS X

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There are arguments claiming that Mac OS X is not configurable, and that Windows is a Power-Users’ dream come true. That could have been the case way back before OS X. However, Macs have been “tweakable” for years.

My favorite website for finding Mac OS X tweaks is Mac OS X Hints. Every day they post things that all Power Users love. I admit, some of it goes over my head. However, much of it is a lot of help to me. This site is one you would send to Windows users when they claim that OS X is not configurable. I want to share a few of my favorite Mac tweaks with you now.

MainMenu is full of powerful maintenance tools to keep your Mac running like new, within a slick, simple interface. Rebuilding your Spotlight library for faster searching, repairing permissions, cleaning caches to improve application performance, and even more advanced settings – such as enabling and disabling the Dashboard – are no more than two clicks away.

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system. The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don’t need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

MacPilot is your digital savior. Easily enable and disable hidden features in Mac OS X, optimize and repair your system, and perform numerous routine maintenance operations with the click of a button! Optimize your network for broadband connectivity, completely customize Apple File Sharing, perform essential maintenance without having to remember mind boggling acronyms, and much more.

What are your favorite tweaks and customizations for your Mac? Leave a follow-up comment on this video, or email them to me at [email protected]


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