PrefsOverload for Mac OS and Mac OS X has been updated to version 4.1.1, which includes several bug fixes. And for those of you who keep tabs on such things, the Carbon version of the update was compiled with the latest version of REALbasic (4.0.2), the development environment from Real Software.
PrefsOverload is a tool for managing the Preferences Folder that contains your various preference Files.
“Preferences are important files, but sometimes they can turn out to be completely unnecessary,” Angelo Scicolone, author of PrefsOverload, said. “This can occur, for example, when their mother application doesn’t exist on your computer. Over time the Preferences Folder will slowly grow and may become filled with files created by trashed demo applications, or applications used for a short time only or not used at all. The trouble is that all these unused or unusable files still continue to take up valuable disk space.”
Another problem is that sometimes an application may fail to start-up because its preference file has become damaged. If this happens, you’ll need to delete the file, after which the application will create a fresh Preference File and, hopefully, run as it did before the problem occurred.
PrefsOverload was designed to resolve both problems. It can browse the Preferences Folder, allowing you to detect unnecessary preferences files, thanks to the information it gives you. Or it can display a list of damaged preference files, allowing you to delete them. Also PrefsOverload , lets you search for specific preference files by their type/creator, creation/modification date, etc.
PrefsOverload 4.1.1 is now available for download. Registration is US$15.