Cock­tail To­talFin­der Nerd­tool

Mac Format - - POWER UP YOSEMITE! -

Cock­tail ($29 – about £19, main­tain.se) is a gen­er­alpur­pose op­ti­mi­sa­tion util­ity for OS X that runs main­te­nance scripts. Many of its fea­tures are sim­i­lar to OnyX, but it has a much friend­lier in­ter­face. It has a mode called Pi­lot that en­ables you to sched­ule when main­te­nance scripts run. Net­work ad­min­is­tra­tors can use it to tweak net­work per­for­mance, in­clud­ing cap­ping the speed at which in­ter­faces connect. Cock­tail also en­ables one-click fixes of data­bases used by Spot­light, Mail and Time Ma­chine, mak­ing it a quick way to over­come prob­lems you might en­counter with those fea­tures. If you miss the coloured fold­ers from ear­lier edi­tions of OS X then check out To­talFin­der ($18 – about £12, to­talfin­der.bi­na­ryage. com). Yosemite’s coloured tags ap­pear as small cir­cles. To­talFin­der en­ables you to change the colour of a whole folder, which is great for high­light­ing im­por­tant items. It also adds a split-pane view and makes a Finder win­dow only ever a key press away. Nerd­tool (free, mu­ta­ble­code. com) en­ables you to dis­play in­for­ma­tion on your desk­top. You can over­lay the desk­top with cal­en­dar in­for­ma­tion, quotes, map data, weather in­for­ma­tion, web pages and in­for­ma­tion about the sta­tus of your Mac. The app en­ables you to choose which font is used, and the size and colour in which things are dis­played. It can be quite a com­plex ex­pe­ri­ence for new­com­ers, but fol­low this tu­to­rial at MakeUseOf to get the hang of things: bit.ly/nerd­tooltuto­rial.

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