Our utilities update report is a list of updates for Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. Though a utility can be any tool that helps you perform a routine task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our focus in this column is to bring you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are updates for several maintenance utilities, and one hardware utility for managing custom display applications.
This week MacPilot was updated with new options to disable the spotlight menu in Snow Leopard, along with a few tweaks to the options for managing unused preference files in the user and global libraries. In addition, the update fixes some UI elements, authentication problems including the use of special characters in passwords, and issues with setting the SMS for Battery. MacPilot is $19.95 after a 15-day trial.
The utility Maintenance has also been updated. This tool is by the same developers of OnyX but only includes the maintenance-based routines to make it more conveinent for people who perform these tasks regularly. The latest version improves the deletion of font caches, logs, and recent items, and it also corrects a few minor bugs. Maintenace is a free application.
OnyX has also been updated and in addition to the feature updates in Maintenance, the latest version adds the ability to lock dock icon sizes, toggle the iTunes mini player with the zoom button, and enable the dashboard ripple effect when adding new widgets. As with Maintenance, Onyx is a free utility.
If you use custom monitor setups or need special monitor outputs beside the defaults that are supported by the OS X drivers, SwitchResX is a good option for doing just that. The latest update adds more support for Applescript, handling display disabling, onscreen information reporting, and a few crashes, warnings, and odd behavior in Leopard and Snow Leopard. SwithcResX has a 10-day trial, but then costs 14 euros (about $18.65).