Have Mac, will tweak. That’s my motto. Tweak? Because Apple, in their Steve Jobsian wisdom as the keep of classy geekdom, embed all kinds of little hidden features in OS X which can be turned on or turned off or changed.
If you have the right app to do the deed. Fortunately, Mac users may choose from about a dozen apps that unlock those hidden features with a click. Here’s another one.
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iTweax is yet another Unlock The Hidden Features In Your Mac app. As with most (but not all) of the others, there’s a long, long list of tweaks you can make. And, iTweax, as are most of the competitor’s apps, is free.
What do you get? A straightforward Mac app with a long list of options in a no-brainer interface.
In other words, it’s easy to use, and easy to figure out how to use. You’d better. There’s no manual to consult but you can figure it out.
iTweax starts off with a nice pop up window, centered on your Mac’s screen. Click the Tweaks tab and you’re confronted with tweaks for everything from Finder to Dock, Safari to Mail, System and more.
Tweaking couldn’t be easier. Either click to enable or disable a particular function. Then click the Apply button.
Some of the functions also show up in various app Preferences, such as Safari and Mail. QuickTime has a few nice hidden features, too—for example, auto play, always show controller, hide the title bar.
The System tab also matches functionality from your Mac’s System Preferences, but adds a few more.
Some of the iTweax tweaks help to secure your Mac.
You can disable the console after login, hide administrator users (or, conversely, local users), even disable the restart button.
Some of my favorites include adding the Eject button to the Menubar, and disabling Time Machine’s annoying habit of asking to use an external disk every time I plug on in.
Should you be tweaking your Mac at all?
Generally speaking, most of these Mac hidden tweak apps simply turn on or off settings that Apple already provides in Mac OS X. That’s what iTweax does. Not bad for free, huh? There are versions available for Lion, Snow Leopard, and Leopard users.