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 on bringing you those tools that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems. This week there are updates for two maintenance utilities and one system tool for managing OS X "launchd" configuration files.
Two popular utilities for running general maintenance routines in OS X are Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner and MacCleanse. This week Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner has been updated to version 5.0.14. There is little information regarding the changes, but the update does officially support the latest OS X 10.6.6 release. Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner is $9.99 after the free trial.
MacCleanse has been updated to fix a few bugs with window management when bringing the program to the front and when resizing the window. It also re-enables sound options and stops the application window persisting when using the automatic shutdown and quit feature. MacCleanse is $19.95 after the 15-day free trial.
In system maintenance utilities, the launchd configuration management tool Lingon has been updated. Lingon provides an easy way to configure launchd property lists for automatically running tasks in OS X, doing so on schedules, on demand, or in response to various system cues. For those who have used "cron" and other scheduling tasks in Linux and other operating systems, launchd is similar and more configurable. The latest version of Lingon brings Snow Leopard support and a number of bug fixes and optimizations. The program is $4.99.