pacifist

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Description of App: 

This, actually, is a pretty cool little app. Let's say that you've accidentally through an app that came preinstalled with the OS in your trash, and before you realized you'd done so, you empty your trash. Yeah, I know, yikes! Delete Safari while you're at it! LOL! NO, I'm just kidding. Seriously though, what this app will let you do, is put your OSX DVD in the drive. It then gives you the option of scanning an actual .pkg file, or scanning the entire DVD drive. What it then does, is, it basically extracts all the .app files from the .pkg installer package, in this example, your install mac OSX pkg file, then presents you a table you can interact with, and check the .app files it found, and have it recopy them and all their .plist preference libraries etc. back over to your applications directory, the library directory, etc. This way, it's as if you never uninstalled/deleted it to begin with. O, K. You might lose your settings from before depending on how extreme you were in the first place with removing components of the app, but hey! at least you get the app back. Another good example is, say you originally didn't install any optional components when installing the OS, then later down the road decide you need some or all of them installed. I'm not talking about the components you find in the additional installs folder on the DVD. I mean things like printer drivers, or say other language support, etc. etc. pacifist can also help you with that.

Free or Paid: 

Free

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.5, 10.6&7.

Accessibility Comments: 

Be aware that once you tell it to scan your OSX DVD, it's going to feel like an eternity! This is regardless the speed of your CD drive of choice. It's unfortunately just the nature of the beast, so don't pannick when it takes a while. That's normal.

Usability: 

There are some accessibility issues with this app, but it can still be used if you are willing to tolerate these issues and learn how to work around them.

Other Comments: 

The minor accessibility issues are just that mentioned above about the slow dvd scanning. interface wize, it's 100% accessible, so if you can tollerate it taking a bit to scan, then you're good to go.