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PrefEdit

June 24, 2022:
We are releasing PrefEdit version 5.1:

  • Changed the standard scrolling behavior of macOS when deleting or searching entries in property lists. The application now tries to position the current edit location vertically centered in the window.
  • The user interface for licensing and product activation was slightly revised.

PrefEdit is an application to manage nearly all aspects of the preference system contained in every macOS installation. The program consists of two components which are tightly integrated with each other: (1) An entry point to the preferences database of macOS, with access to all settings which are effective for your user account, (2) a browser and editor for macOS property list files (plists).

Apple Software Update

April 24, 2022:
Apple releases software via macOS Software Update:

  • Allow List for Macintosh firmware security checks (“EFI Check”), version 129 (Update Product ID: 002-95279)

Security-related packages do not appear in the Software Update section of System Preferences (or App Store in older versions of the operating system). macOS is updating the software automatically in the background if you have granted the system permission to download system data files and security-related files.

Apple Software Update

June 21, 2022:
Apple releases new software via macOS Software Update:

  • Safari Technology Preview version 147 (Update Product ID: 012-30325)

This update to Safari Technology Preview includes the latest WebKit enhancements.

Apple Software Update

June 16, 2022:
Apple releases new software via macOS Software Update:

  • Apple XProtect Payloads version 62 (Update Product ID: 002-08994)

XProtect is part of the built-in antivirus software of macOS. The package does not appear in the Software Update section of System Preferences (or App Store in older versions of the operating system). macOS is updating the software automatically in the background if you have granted the system permission to download system data files and security-related files.

TinkerTool 8

June 15, 2022:
We are releasing TinkerTool version 8.5:

  • Added preliminary support for future versions of macOS.
  • Added new option to enable the dialog for fast application switching on all displays, not only on the Dock screen.

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into macOS. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

Apple Software Update

June 14, 2022:
Apple releases new software via macOS Software Update:

  • Mobile Device Software (Product ID: 012-08531)
  • Device Support Update (Product ID: 012-08532)

The additional updates ensure proper updating and restoring for iOS and iPadOS devices with a Mac.

TinkerTool System 7
June 14, 2022:

We are releasing TinkerTool System 7 version 7.88:

  • Added preliminary support for future versions of macOS.
  • Added new feature to resolve a known issue with the software update feature of macOS Big Sur. It is now possible to reset Apple’s software updater in cases where the user interface of System Preferences shows an endless wait status when the user tries to search for the latest security updates.
  • Added new feature to automatically update the volume exclusion tables when a volume of a secondary installation of macOS was listed, but an update of that operating system replaced the previous system volume by a new one. After user confirmation, updated volume IDs will be added and previous ones removed.
  • Added new preference setting for switching between panes via arrow keys or buttons. Users of TinkerTool System can now select whether the arrows should navigate between adjacent panes (previous behavior) or within the selection history (matching the behavior of System Preferences).
  • The pane to support additional hardware settings of portable Macs with “always-on” architecture can now also be used on the 8th and 9th generation of Intel-based MacBook Air models.
  • Fixed a problem with the selection of control panes when pane navigation via menu was used within the same runtime session in which TinkerTool was embedded.
  • Fixed an issue with the layout of embedded TinkerTool panes or switching between panes of very different heights.

TinkerTool System 7 is a collection of system utility features helping you in performing advanced administration tasks on Apple Macintosh computers.

Apple Software Update

June 9, 2022:
Apple releases new software via macOS Software Update:

  • macOS 11.6.7 Big Sur (Update Product ID: 012-22320)
  • Apple XProtect Configuration Data version 2160 (Update Product ID: 012-06867)
  • Apple XProtect Configuration Data, for macOS Mojave, version 2160 (Update Product ID: 012-06868)

XProtect is part of the built-in antivirus software of macOS. The package does not appear in the Software Update section of System Preferences (or App Store in older versions of the operating system). macOS is updating the software automatically in the background if you have granted the system permission to download system data files and security-related files.

NFS Manager

June 9, 2022:
We are releasing NFS Manager version 5.5:

  • Added preliminary support for future versions of macOS.
  • Added support for the general mount option not to follow symbolic links at an NFS mount point.
  • Added new button in the overview of active NFS connections to show selected mount points in the Finder.
  • The user interface for licensing and product activation was slightly revised.

NFS Manager is an application to control the NFS features built into macOS via a comfortable graphical user interface. The application uses Apple’s technologies like Bonjour or Open Directory to make management as easy as possible. When using directory services, NFS Manager can configure NFS features not only for a single computer but for a whole network of thousands of Macintosh systems, with a few mouse clicks only.

Backup Server Control

June 9, 2022:
We are releasing Backup Server Control version 2.7:

  • Added preliminary support for future operating systems.
  • Added more user guidance when it is necessary to modify the privacy settings of the SMB server.
  • The user interface for licensing and product activation was slightly revised.
  • Revised user guidance for privacy settings.
  • Corrected an issue where an AFP service option could be selected with macOS 11 or later.

Backup Server Control provides a graphical user interface to setup and administer a server for network-based Time Machine® backups with a few mouse clicks on a Macintosh®. Other Macs running macOS Sierra or later can perform backups on the Time Machine server. The current status of network backups can be reviewed any time.

TinkerTool System 6

June 8, 2022:
We are releasing TinkerTool System 6 version 6.995:

  • Added new feature to resolve a known issue with the software update feature of macOS. It is now possible to reset Apple’s software updater in cases where the user interface of System Preferences shows an endless wait status when the user tries to search for the latest security updates.

TinkerTool System 6 is a collection of system utility features helping you in performing advanced administration tasks on Apple Macintosh computers. It is designed for use with the older operating systems macOS 10.14 Mojave and macOS 10.15 Catalina.

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