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Table of Contents

  1. General
    1. "Dashed" checkbox - what does it mean?
    2. Creating and Restoring Save Points
    3. Feature Requests
    4. Removing Spacers From the Dock
    5. What are the gold badges next to features?
    6. Where is the documentation?
  2. Troubleshooting
    1. Known Issues
    2. Restore to Normal Boot Mode
    3. Startup Chime Not Muted


"Dashed" checkbox - what does it mean?

The dashed checkbox means the feature has not been configured, and is using the operating system default setting whichever that may be.

Creating and Restoring Save Points

Save Points allow you to create a list of saved settings in MacPilot. This can be useful to deploy a series of settings across multiple computers, on a new installation, or revert to an earlier state.

Create a Save Point

  1. Choose "Advanced Features" from the "Window" menu.
  2. Configure settings as desired.
  3. Press the "Create Save Point" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
  4. Drag the configured settings into the save point list.
  5. Press the "Save..." button.

Restoring to a Save Point

  1. Choose "Advanced Features" from the "Window" menu.
  2. Configure settings as desired.
  3. Press the "Load Save Point" button at the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
  4. Choose the Save Point file.
  5. Follow all on-screen prompts (if any).

Feature Requests


  1. Safari > Close download window on interval.
  2. Have the tabs in Safari at a set width. (Currently they resize themselves depending on how many tabs are open.)
  3. https://discussions.apple.com/message/12031107?messageID=12031107#12031107?messageID=12031107


  1. Change Dock font, font size, colors, transparency.
  2. Change the dock's indicator color.
  3. Remove Trash from Dock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Miwmapcrig
  4. defaults write com.apple.dock scroll-to-open -bool TRUE; killall Dock


  1. Set com.apple.mail.plist -> FlagNames (Dictionary)
  2. Set default Reply header to match the default Forward header and/or the ability to modify both Reply and Forward headers w/ fields chosen by the user. (Apple Mail Reply Headers). defaults write com.apple.mail UserHeaders '{"Reply-To" = "theemail@goes.here"; }'
  3. Use alternate folder for attachments: $ mv Library/Mail\ Downloads Downloads/; cd Library; ln -s ../Downloads/Mail\ Downloads Or alternatively, to make Mail downloads appear directly in the Downloads folder$ mV Library/Mail\ Downloads/* Downloads/; mv Library/Mail\ Downloads/.* Downloads/; cd Library; rmdir Mail\ Downloads; ln -s ../Downloads Mail\ Downloads
  4. There is a way to remove the really annoying swipe actions in Apple's Mail as detailed at: http://blog.timac.org/?p=1021&cpage=1#comment-3805


  1. Lion uMask https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3204865?start=0&tstart=0
  2. Change the background for Mission Control.
  3. Set system volume levels by decimal instead of a slider.
  4. Ability to set a preference or a group of preferences to be prevented from syncing in a MobileMe environment.
  5. Change SSH Port, FTP Port, SMB, HTTP Port.
  6. CGContextSetShouldSmoothFonts and/or CGContextSetShouldAntialias.
  7. Spotlight: list installed importers. Run and parse "mdimport -L".
  8. QuickLook: list of installed qlgenerators & their types. Run and parse "qlmanage -m".
  9. Set the default size of the Open and Save dialog boxes in all applications.
  10. Transparent login images: http://www.usingmac.com/2008/6/27/transparent-login-picture or http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20080328141726511
  11. System update scheduler automation. http://www.macworld.com/article/139860/2009/04/schedulesoftwareupdate.html
  12. Faster keyboard repeat rate: defaults write NSGlobalDomain KeyRepeat -int 0
  13. Set precise screensaver/wake from sleep password delay: defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPasswordDelay -int 1800
  14. Disable automatic mounting of file system.
  15. Set Login Window picture for 10.7 and later.
  16. Disable local Time Machine snapshots with: sudo tmutil disable local
  17. Option to stop the beep when you change the system volume.
  18. http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20070224105049800


  1. Add Size and other columns to search results (http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=2009083113534843)
  2. Reset Finder Sidebar.
  3. Increase the default width of the columns in column view (in Finder).
  4. Ability to set the default size of new Finder windows, plus the default column widths.
  5. Allow "Start Desktop Screensaver" after reboots (via a LaunchAgent or shell script).
  6. Desktop Screensaver support for multiple Spaces.
  7. Spaces: Set different wallpapers for each space.


  1. Add a setting to enable/disable auto-quitting X11 when X11 child apps quit.
  2. More chax features: http://ksuther.com/chax/
  3. defaults write com.barebones.bbedit Color:Invisibles:Spaces -string "rgb(x,y,z)"
  4. defaults write com.barebones.textwrangler Color:Invisibles:Spaces -string "rgb(x,y,z)"
  5. defaults write com.barebones.bbedit Color:Invisibles:Other -string "rgb(x,y,z)"
  6. defaults write com.barebones.textwrangler Color:Invisibles:Other -string "rgb(x,y,z)"

Other Apple Apps

  1. Make iCal alarm sounds play a preview when selected.

Major Tools/Managers

  1. Swap/VM Manager (hide container/ support non-IDE, drive, and max. init time):http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20001215021440138
  2. Disk cloning (source, destination, exclusions, optimization, bootable, replace existing, log).
  3. Create ASR (source, destination, exclusions, read only/compressed, reset setup assistant, remove users).
  4. Relocalize folders.
  5. launchctl Manager.
  6. /etc/hosts Manager.
  7. Internet Config Manager on Mac OS X to change the default handler for file types.
  8. Cron manager.
  9. Firewall Manager.
  10. Web Sharing Manager.
  11. Manage virtual hosts (Apache) http://jonathan.tron.name/2008/01/05/hosts-aliases-in-leopard
  12. Edit CoreUI Images.
  13. Pixel Test.


  1. File Browser should allow properly editing modern Tags (multi-values/custom names)
  2. Automatically open in Advanced mode as an option
  3. Drag and drop to favorites.
  4. Character Map should localize keystroke combos for non-US layouts.
  5. Edit multiple files at once in File Browser.
  6. Edit custom terminal commands.
  7. Automate tasks by dragging and dropping (ie. cron).
  8. Preference/option to require password for MacPilot prior to launching.
  9. Collapsible panes for standard procedures to replace the current progress window.
  10. MacPilot Log that shows all modifications made by MacPilot.
  11. Show current/default values for reference.
  12. Tools->Locate->Search progress bar/wheel/something.
  13. Tools->Manuals->man [commandname] direct.
  14. Save Points Manager should be much nicer.
  15. Drag & Drop Login Items.
  16. Selectable command text in help bar of main window.
  17. Hide features for VERSIONS of apps that aren't installed.
  18. "Show Library Playlist" feature "cannot be used in this version of MacPilot" for some reason.
  19. "Simple" saved-states for main window only that will "snapshot" current settings and allow resorting at a later date.
  20. Drag & drop multiple save points instead of just one.

Removing Spacers From the Dock

Spacers can be removed by dragging them out of the Dock as you would an application or file icon, or by right/control-clicking on the spacer and selecting "Remove from Dock."

What are the gold badges next to features?

These gold badges indicate the logged-in user must be an administrator to change this feature.

Where is the documentation?

Aside from this documentation, many of the features have help tags associated with them. In the main list, the blue-grey bar to the right describes the currently highlighted feature. In other areas, moving the mouse over a control and pausing will show a tooltip. At this time, these are the only help features we offer. For additional assistance, please Contact Support.


Known Issues
  1. Changing the AFP and SSH port do not work on Leopard.
  2. Cannot sort login items like in previous versions.
  3. LoginHooks have been depreciated in Yosemite (10.10) and therefore, startup volume/unmute is not restored!
  4. Perhaps the download warning is not being removed properly (need to verify this).
  5. Opening/closing the admin progress window result text multiple times, results in duplicate text.

Restore to Normal Boot Mode

After using Single User Mode or Debug Mode you can restore to normal boot behaviour by following these steps:

  1. Turn the computer off.
  2. Hold down Command-S and tap the power button on the computer.
  3. Wait until you are taken to a black and white command prompt.
  4. Type this and hit enter: sudo nvram boot-args=""
  5. Type this and hit enter: sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.Boot "Kernel Flags" -string ""
  6. Type this and hit enter: reboot

Startup Chime Not Muted

Occasionally, it will appear that the startup chime is not being muted. And, in functionality, this may be correct. However, in technicality it has been. Sound like techno babel? Perhaps a bit. To explain this, we need to go into a bit of detail. The feature does work perfectly if the system configuration does not change. MacPilot looks at the current volume for the current output channel (speakers, headphones, internal speaker, etc.). Then, on shutdown, it saves the system volume level for that output level and mutes the system. If the audio output source changes between shutdown and boot, the chime will be muted for the wrong source. For instance, if you shutdown while headphones were plugged in and then booted with speakers plugged in, the system would notice the headphones were no longer plugged in and revert to the volume settings for the speakers instead of being muted. Unfortunately, as it currently stands, there is no easy workaround for this as it is just how Mac OS X is programmed. Each output source will always have its own unique volume settings. Since MacPilot is not running while your computer is off or while it is starting up, there is no way for the program to determine the correct source of action if the volume output location has been modified.