Gela, Italy – April 3rd, 2002


PrefsOverload 4.1.2 for Mac OS and Mac OS X is out. This upgrade fixes a
few minor bugs and allows to quit the application using the main window’s
close box. See below for detailed informations.

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

— Main window close box has been enabled. Now you can quit PrefsOverload
using it.
— Fixed bug that caused crashing if an item that was in the application
exclusion list hadn’t been found.
— Now icons in the files exclusion list of the preferences dialog appear
correctly relating to the “Use Real Icons” activity.
— Holding down option key opening the preferences dialog, automatically
turns off “Use Real Icons” option.

You can download PrefsOverload 4.1.2 here:

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

Best Regards,
Angelo Scicolone, a.k.a. “Zik”
Mac OS and Mac OS X Developer