Cocktail

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Description of App: 

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.

Use Cocktail to:
S.M.A.R.T. status of disks
Enable or disable journaling
Repair disk permissions
Reset home directory permissions and Access Control Lists
Set disk sleep (spindown) time
Enable or disable Sudden Motion Sensor
Run periodic maintenance scripts
Purge inactive memory and optimize virtual memory usage
Enabled or disable virtual memory swapping
Manage Spotlight indexing
Erase Spotlight indexes
Modify Time Machine settings
Rebuild Launch Services database
Change startup mode or set startup delay
Force empty the Trash
Disable startup sound
Disable Notification Center
Clear system caches
Clear user caches
Clear font caches
Clear virtual memory swap files
Clear temporary files
Clear Internet caches
Clear cookies, download lists, form values and history files
Clear Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies
Search for corrupted preference files
Delete unnecessary localization (language resources) files
Clear and manage (view, print and save) log files
Clear DNS cache
Delete invisible DS Store files
Delete locked or inaccessible items
Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards
Easily optimize network settings for common connection types
Modify IP configuration parameters
Configure the built-in (File Sharing) OS X file server
Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, login window and other system services
Modify hidden settings of Safari, Mail, iTunes and QuickTime

Version: 

6.4.8

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Version Of OS X App Was Tested On: 

10.7 and 10.8

Accessibility Comments: 

Fully accessible with voiceover!

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

Cocktail does so many things that I've only scratched the surface, even though I've used it for years. My favorite section is "pilot" which runs all maintenance scripts, clears all cashes and repairs permissions, and then the program closes itself when pilot is done!