Gela, Italy – March 20th, 2002


PrefsOverload 4.1.1 for Mac OS and Mac OS X which fixes various bugs of the
previous versions; see below for a complete list. Plus, the carbon version
was compiled with the latest version of REALbasic, 4.0.2.

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=8A

— 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

— Now PrefsOverload does not freeze on clicking “Enter Code” in the startup
shareware reminder. This bug was introduced with PO 4.1.
— If PrefsOverload doesn’t find the previously selected Preferences Folder
at startup, it warns the user and selects the default one. Before, you had
to update it manually to prevent crashes.

You can download PrefsOverload 4.1.1 here:

PrefsOverload is a $15 shareware product, you can buy it via Kagi here:

Best Regards,
Angelo Scicolone, a.k.a. “Zik”
MacOS and MacOS X Programmer
email: ascicolone@mac.com
Website: http://www.ziksw.com/