Since then I’ve used and collected more than my fair share of Mac utilities and tools to keep OS X maintained, optimized, and occasionally customized to match my workflow and work preferences. Here’s an app I continue to use but don’t really need.
It’s In The Mix
Cocktail bills itself as the Mac’s clean, repair, and optimize utility. It comes with dozens of tools that run scripts, delete caches, repair this or that, and configure a few features.
The reason I continue to use Cocktail is because I paid for it years ago, and, for the most part, it continues to work just fine, especially in the automatic mode.
I use Cocktail less than in years past because many similar utilities are free, including the trio of Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper which perform many of the same functions.
For a Mac user who doesn’t want to wade through three apps and a lengthy laundry list of options not easily understood, Cocktail could be the perfect mix.
Cocktail brings to one screen most of the maintenance and optimization tricks– including those Apple runs automatically in background but usually when your Mac is asleep or turned off.
The Toolbar is a breeze to master and displays options for Disks, System, Files, Network, Interface, and Pilot (as in autopilot).
If you’ve never used a third party utility to spruce up your Mac, Cocktail is a good way to start, and I recommend using the Interface tab first.
This is where you get treated to a number of configuration options not available in OS X, but which you can control via Cocktail’s simple interface.
Cocktail makes it easier to perform system cache cleaning, repairs disk permissions, and even checks the S.M.A.R.T. status on your Mac’s hard disk drive.
You’d be surprised at the lengthy list of functions that need to be run in the background on OS X, but these can be automated in Cocktail. It even clears cookies (Flash cookies, too).
You can find a handful of utilities that do many of the same maintenance, optimization, and customization functions for less (or free), but that requires multiple apps, and the learning curve can be steep. Cocktail merely makes it easier.