Apple continues to tell us the Mac is doing great, particularly with switchers from Windows. Mac users know we don’t need much in the way of maintenance utilities or anti-virus apps, but switchers may not.
Windows users are, well, used to having such tools. Mac users, not so much. But if you must have an app that does the whole clean, repair, and optimize routine, Cocktail is a good one. It’s packed with features, regularly updated, and easy to use.
Clean. Repair. Optimize.
Cocktail has been around for years and is popular. How popular? The developer says it is installed on more than 250,000 Macs around the world and is used by individuals, education, newspapers, and large companies. We use it on a few Macs at the school here in Chicago where my husband and I work as IT system administrators.
As you would expect with a Mac app that has been around a few years, Cocktail is loaded with features to tweak your Mac.
The app has five basic sections which are easy to navigate to, but each is a bit different in utility. My favorite is Pilot. Just select when you want Cocktail to do its optimization thing, check the Scheduler button for an automated run, or, click Run to start right away.
The other sections include Disks, Mac System, Mac Files, your Network, and macOS Interface tweaks.
The Interface section has additional tab buttons for General settings, Finder, Dock, Safari, Login, and Miscellaneous options. These options can be useful to customize your macOS workflow.
For example, the slider bar determines the Too Tip delay. You can also disable or enable the built-in spell checker, prevent the Help Viewer window from always staying on top of other apps (annoying), and add a default name, or remove the timestamp from screen captures. Oh, and change the location.
Other options in Cocktail can be more geeky in nature.
For example, the Network tab has options for Optimization and File Sharing. The latter is downright useful, while the former is not always for the faint of heart. Cocktail is a popular and well-regarded Mac utility with plenty of features. So is Onyx, which is one of a trio of free utilities that give you access to similar functionality.