For many long time OS X users, TinkerTool has been a handy freeware app that allows you to quickly and easily select and deselect additional hidden preferences already built in to Mac OS X. Yes that’s right, for those of you new Mac users or those that simply didn’t realize, there are a number of hidden preferences that have been hidden simply because they are considered to be obsolete features for current users or just not important for the average user. Hiding these preferences also obviously allows Apple to avoid unsightly, hard to manage checklists in preference panes. The good news is that hiding them rather than getting rid of them allows more advanced users to access them if need be. Luckily, for those who are interested in taking advantage of these hidden features but would rather not do so manually, TinkerTool provides a quick and easy way of accessing them.
Normally, a user would only be able to access these features and preferences of Mac OS X by calling them up with the code in the Terminal window. This is obviously something that is a little bit too advanced for some users that would still be able get some use out of them if they knew how. TinkerTool is an application that allows you to select these preferences in a preference pane type window with a native Mac OS X look and feel. Not only will this allow you to access these preferences without use of the terminal, its also great for advanced terminal users sick of having to manage their preferences through Terminal. While TinkerTool has been around for a while with support for OS X 10.4 and 10.5, the latest release, version 4, provides full support for Snow Leopard and also adds a few new features and preferences.
The amount of features and hidden preferences offered through TinkerTool is quite incredible. Click here to see the full list of features and preference settings.