Tweaking tools are easy to find for Windows, but there tend to be fewer available for OS X. TinkerTool is a system customisation tool which enables you to tinker with hidden settings to help configure your Mac more to your liking.

While a large number of customisations can be put in place using the Preferences built into OS X, but TinkerTool enables you to delve a little deeper. You are placed in complete control of settings such as font smoothing, and anti-aliasing, as well as controlling the positioning of desktop wallpaper.

You can customise the appearance and functionality of Finder and disable the dashboard if required. Any changes made in the program only affect the current user, so in a multi-user environment, everyone can apply their own preferred settings. It also means that administrator privileges are not required and safeguards are in place that make it possible to roll back settings to their defaults, or the settings that were in use before TinkerTool was installed.

This is a great tweaking tool which is useful in the way it provides easy access to a wide range of built in settings, but also thanks to the fact that it makes it possible to change settings that you would otherwise not be able to.

What's new in 5.0?

- Added new feature to import and export settings to file, making it possible to transfer them between different users or computers.
- Added settings to control the default fonts of Safari 7 which become active when no fonts are set within a particular web document.
- Font settings different from defaults are now emphasized by a color marker.
- Added setting to control whether screenshots should have date and time in their file names.
- TinkerTool can now track live if settings are modified by other applications.
- Many small enhancements and layout optimizations in the user interface.

Verdict

A great way to customise the appearance, performance and feel of your Mac.