Our Weekly Utilities Update report is a list of all the updates for many Mac utilities that have been released in the past week. While utilities can be any tool that helps you perform a task (including image manipulation and synchronization), our main focus in this column is to bring you those that help in troubleshooting Mac hardware and software problems.
We previously mentioned we would cover which utilities have been specifically updated to work with Snow Leopard, but developers have not wasted time in getting their programs to function on the new OS. All the current updates are advertised as being Snow Leopard compatible, so in the future we will only flag those that are not compatible with the latest OS. Despite this, keep in mind that there may be some incompatibilities the developer has overlooked with the new software/OS combination, so we encourage you to check them out before relying on them.
Staff Pick: FileFinder
With Apple's Spotlight search engine, searching and indexing files has enabled the quick location of files through multiple means, but despite its benefits, Spotlight is rather simple and is also limited to files currently present to the system. Many times people would like to fine-tune their searches and manage them in ways not offered by Spotlight.
FileFinder offers another searching method that focuses on catalogs of search data. These catalogs are available for a disk even if it has been ejected, allowing for quick searching of external or optical media even if they are not present to the system. In addition, there are a variety of search options for narrowing down results.
The latest version is 1.4.9, and is available for free from the developer's website: http://macmagna.free.fr/FileFinder/
Other Recent Utility Updates:
- TechTool Deluxe 3.1.3 - For the AppleCare Protection Plan version.
- MainMenu 2.0.2 - Fix, clean, maintain and manage your system.
- MiniBatteryLogger 1.8.5 - Graph battery charge, cycles, capacity over time.
- MiniBatteryStatus Widget 2.6.10 - Shows color-coded battery status & charge.
- Cocoa Packet Analyzer 0.63 - Network protocol analyzer and packet sniffer.
- CleanMyMac 1.5.5 - Clean up your Mac & free up hard drive space with a few clicks.
- SMART Utility 2.1 - Checks hard drives' internal diagnostics systems.
- A Better Finder Rename 8.28 - Powerful file, photo, and MP3 batch renamer with advanced features.
- A Better Finder Attributes 4.37 - Change EXIF timestamp, file dates and other attributes.
- BetterZip 1.8.3 - Archive & compression tool: zip, tar, gzip, bzip2, rar, 7-zip, cpio, sit, hqx.
- Timbuktu Pro 8.8 - Remote control, file transfer and collaboration tool.
- Lab Tick 0.9.3 - Backlight control for PowerBooks/MacBook Pros/Airs.
- Cocktail 4.5 - (Snow Leopard Edition) general purpose system modify/repair utility.
- VirtualBox 3.0.6 - Virtualization package for Windows and Linux.
- Cache Cleaner 5.0.2 - System maintenance, optimization, antivirus.