Tweaks generally refer to making performance modifications to software or hardware. The purpose of tweaking software is all about making it function better or perform according to one’s needs or desires. Software tweaks can be done on the level of programmable code by the author to improve a program’s performance, or they can be done by the end-user by changing default options to improve functionality. A Mac tweaking technology provides easy access to those features OS X has hidden beneath the surface.
Macintosh software tweaks technologies simply run Terminal (shell) commands in the background. Very few of these software do any “magic” of their own; instead, they provide a graphical user interface (GUI) for Mac OS X features and settings that ensures that your apps work faster and smoother. Tweaks can automatically delete virtual memory swap files and preferences files, and mung low-level network settings. So be wary of the options you choose to click. Here are just some of the Macintosh software that run more efficiently after tweaks
1. Safari: Tweak this Macintosh software to limit the AutoFill list, clean out any saved user names and passwords that you don’t need any more. Forget your history, clear your Favicons and reset Safari to delete your caches, history, AutoFill entries, and cookies, but not your Favicon or Java caches. The lesser memory taken up by Safari, the faster it runs.
2. Microsoft Office: Turn off iDisk Syncing – Office takes longer to display and update your files stored on other servers. Repairing permissions can correct certain Office performance problems, fix damaged fonts in the Office cache and rebuild the Entourage database. Tweaks help this Macintosh software run faster.
3. iTunes: Tweaks help configure iTunes to display and open files faster. Disabling Live Updating option for your playlists and using smart playlists help iTunes run faster. Disabling plug-ins temporarily may make this Macintosh software respond faster.
You can tweak almost any Macintosh software that you use to better its performance and to run more efficiently. However, keep in mind while selecting options in Macintosh software that you are tweaking, that choosing the option, just to find what they do, is a dangerous error of judgment on your part, which could make your Mac function very differently. You can find third party technology to tweak Macintosh features. For those of you who are new to tweaking, you can find many forums and sites that offer tips and ways to use tweaks correctly.