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Diablotin is a preference pane that helps you manage various installed bits of OS X. If you're having trouble with something, for instance, and you suspect that a certain preference pane or menu extra might be causing it, Diablotin will let you disable just that item. The interface is clean and easy to use, as seen at left (full-size version).

The left-hand side contains a list of categories, including Contextual Menu items, internet plug-ins, preference panes, QuickTime plug-ins, and even screen savers and sounds. On the right, you'll see either a description of the category, or (when you select an item in that category) a display showing the item's name, it's status, and it's version. To disable an item, authenticate and then just uncheck its box. Although some changes may take place immediately, you'll probably want to reboot to make sure everything gets reset (especially with Preference Panes, for instance). You can even optionally enable System Library items for individual deactivation. This is not really a feature you should take advantage of unless you really know what you're doing -- if you're not careful, you could easily wind up with a machine that may not work well at all.

I haven't had to use Diablotin very often since installing it, but it's nice knowing that I have fine-grain control over various elements of the system if I need it at some point in the future. Note that Diablotin works in both 10.3 and 10.4.
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Diablotin - Manage various system-level components
Authored by: mcroft on May 09, '05 03:57:14PM

I'm a big fan of this app. I used it to turn off Classic on my Tiger server.

It's distributed as a package or as source. My "when I get around to it" project is to see if I can't add dashboard widgets to it.



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Diablotin - Manage various system-level components
Authored by: gteague on May 09, '05 07:58:41PM

that would be great! i saw some sort of 'widget manager' appear on vt today and it's really needed. since i use diablotin anyway it would be nice to add widget control right in there.

/guy

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Diablotin - Manage various system-level components
Authored by: mcroft on May 10, '05 07:08:01AM

I emailed the developer, and she says she already has plans to work on this next week. I took a shot at it, and, as she told me, the hardest part would be getting the various localizations.

I built it just fine with XCode 2.0, but I'm waiting on her official release since the source is slightly out of date on the website.



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Diablotin - Manage various system-level components
Authored by: lolopb on May 11, '05 04:55:50PM

She is a He, his name is Stephane, not Stephanie ;-)

But he made a very great job by the way, that's true...



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Diablotin - Manage various system-level components
Authored by: mcroft on May 11, '05 05:04:00PM

oops. My apologies to Stephane. Darn pattern-matching brain!



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Diablotin - leave system fonts enabled
Authored by: audioaquatic on May 10, '05 03:07:06PM

Note : To optimize an older Mac with 10.3, I would disable all complex fonts with Diablotin, but with Tiger removing system fonts (X) seems to upset the finder, even if they are already turned off in Font Book.



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