OS X 10.6.6 or later
Age Rating: 4+
The big names in Mac maintenance are independently produced tools. Budget tool Cocktail and the free OnyX are the best known names. These tweaking tools give you a point and click interface for common terminal tasks. Mac Pilot is similar, unlocking hidden preference settings or little known features of your Mac and bringing them all into one place. The big difference is, MacPilot is developed by a Canadian software house Koingo – a developer with a whole stable of Mac software to its credit.
As a result MacPilot 5 easily trounces close rivals with its range of features, ease of use and solid, attractive interface. If anything, the huge number of features may be a little overwhelming – a point we noted the last time we reviewed the software. Since then, there’s been an interface overhaul that makes things much easier to find. It also hides less common features.
Looking at the basics, MacPilot gives you control over ten categories of preference tasks – from the networking to through disks and log files to files. Another pane down the left of the main window enables you to target specific programs. These include built-in tools like Mission Control, Mail and Address Book – but there are also features targeting popular programs like Cyberduck and Adium.
If you’re a fan of tweaking your Mac, you could spend a happy afternoon or two trawling through these features – or you could just go straight to one of the main categories and instantly fix an issue or two that’s been niggling you. Optimise your network for broadband, for example or set Time Machine preferences. Or change your desktop settings or add extra information to Finder’s disk info… It goes on.
Macworld Australia‘s buying advice
OnyX is a great choice if you’re on a very tight budget – but if you can afford the $20.99 that MacPilot currently costs, you’ll get much more control over your Mac.