TinkerTool System Release 2 is a collection of system utilities assisting you in performing advanced administration tasks on Apple Macintosh computers. All functions can be controlled from one single program which acts as general toolbox and First Aid assistant. This includes
TinkerTool System knows OS X very well. It makes use of a self-adapting user interface which automatically adjusts to the computer model and to the version of OS X you are running. All options available in the current situation are accessible via “panes”, very similar to the techniques you already know from the System Preferences application.
The program is a “real” OS X application and does not make use of unsafe scripting mechanisms. TinkerTool System follows Apple’s latest security guidelines for OS X. The graphical user interface is strictly separated from the operational core which is capable of performing privileged system operations. This core is monitored by OS X’s security subsystem which is responsible for allowing or denying each single operation and to ask the user for authentication if necessary. TinkerTool System itself never asks for user passwords, making sure that your credentials cannot be intercepted by malicious user programs. Administrators of large system installations can fine-tune the security policy of TinkerTool System, for example by giving different classes of administrator groups different permissions to perform certain operations. In order to do this, TinkerTool System integrates seamlessly into the authorization database of OS X.
When resolving typical system problems, TinkerTool System attempts to follow Apple’s official support guidelines, e.g. the Troubleshooting and Procedures documents (formerly known as Apple Knowledge Base), as well as Apple Technical Notes and Apple Technical Questions and Answers. This does not mean that TinkerTool System will execute a certain troubleshooting procedure word by word. For example, the program will not simulate the entry of terminal commands if Apple lists them in step-by-step troubleshooting instructions. However, TinkerTool System will execute direct internal commands which will have the exact same effects. Users can press a special help button in TinkerTool System to check whether Apple offers official documents about certain system problems in their database. If such documentation is available, the user can click one or more Internet links to open up-to-the-minute information about the problem in question.
The features of TinkerTool System are divided into four separate areas:
If you are using the sister application TinkerTool in addition to TinkerTool System, you will be free to integrate the panes of TinkerTool directly into the control window of TinkerTool System. This way you can have the functionality of both applications under one single roof and you no longer need to start the two programs separately. (Both applications must remain present for this to work, however.) TinkerTool’s panes will also appear in the section User Settings.
To use TinkerTool System Release 2, you need an Apple computer with 64-bit processor which has one of the following operating systems installed:
To operate TinkerTool System Release 2 with Mac OS X Snow Leopard on an Apple computer with 32-bit processor, please use version 3.31 of the application.
TinkerTool System Release 2 has been designed for the operating systems called Mac OS X, as well as for OS X. Both designations are used interchangeably in this manual, except when the context requires otherwise.
In the remainder of this manual, we will use the designation “TinkerTool System” for simplicity, omitting the “Release 2”. However, there are in fact three different product generations with slightly different application names.
These variants constitute completely separate product lines with different licenses, registrations, and icons.