PREFSOVERLOAD 3.5.1 FOR MACOS AND MACOS X RELEASED.
Gela, Italy — I released PrefsOverload 3.5.1, a maintenance upgrade to my
preferences management tool. This upgrade fixes some bugs and adds some
PrefsOverload is a full-featured tool for managing the Preferences Folder,
which contains your various “Preference Files”. Preference Files are those
files in which applications store their settings and other information.
After System 7, all these files have been enclosed in the “Preferences
Folder”. Preferences are important files, but sometimes they can turn out
to be completely unnecessary. This can occur, for example, when their
mother application doesn’t exist–or no longer exists–on your computer.
Over time the Preferences Folder will slowly grow and may become filled
with files created by trashed demo applications, or applications used for a
short time only or not used at all. The trouble is that all these unused or
unusable files still continue to take up valuable disk space!
Another problem is that sometimes an application may fail to start-up
because it happens to have a Preference File that has become damaged, or
“corrupted”. In such a case you will need to delete this file, after which
the application will create a fresh Preference File and will run as it did
before the problem occurred.
PrefsOverload was designed to resolve both problems. It can browse the
Preferences Folder, allowing you to detect unnecessary preferences files,
thanks to the information it gives you. Or it can display a list of
probably unnecessary or damaged Preference Files, allowing you to delete
them or to put them into the trash. Also PrefsOverload allows to search for
specific Preference Files, by their type/creator or their
creation/modification date and so on…
— Runs on MacOS Classic and MacOS X
— Accurate scanning, based on mother application, modification date and
internal preferences database.
— Not only displays if a file is possibly unnecessary, but also displays a
rating on the side.
— Finds damaged preference files
— VERY fast scanning
— Scans for non-standard Preferences folder, so you can scan Preferences
folders of all operating systems on your computer (including MacOS X) and of
all MacOS X users, logging in as root user.
— Full PDF help included
— Runs on PowerMacintosh and 68k machines
WHAT’S NEW IN VERSION 3.5.1
— Now folders are displayed correctly with a disclosure triangle after
— Now PrefsOverload asks before viewing contents of files larger than 1 MB.
You can download PrefsOverload 3.5.1 here:
PrefsOverload is a $15 shareware product, you can buy it via Kagi here:
Angelo Scicolone, a.k.a. “Zik”
MacOS and MacOS X Programmer