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Chapter 13. Utilities > The Ultimate Extensions Manager

The Ultimate Extensions Manager

For several years, Apple has offered a free program to manage the stuff in your System Folder—Extensions Manager. Based on a freeware utility, Extensions Manager can toggle on or off control panels, extensions, startup items, and items that are loose System Folder components. You can also create startup sets in case the items required to run one program influence the way another program works. The Mac OS–specific sets (Base and All) can isolate conflicts by restricting your startup programs to Apple's. You can even get basic information about what a strangely named extension does and then decide whether you need it.

Conflict Catcher.

This product from Casady & Greene (www.casadyg.com; $79.95) does a whole lot more than the Extensions Manager. Designed by programmer Jeffrey Robbin, Conflict Catcher is a tour de force (Figure 13.7). It builds upon the basic capabilities of Extensions Manager and can toggle the items in the Apple Menu Items, Contextual Menu Items, Control Strip Modules, and Fonts folders. You can also check the Internet Search Sites folder (used for Apple's Sherlock search tool) and the Location Manager Items folder. Conflict Catcher is smart enough to disable a program it knows will conflict with another because they perform the same function. So if you're using FWB's CD-ROM ToolKit to run your Mac's CD drive, Conflict Catcher will turn off Apple's CD driver. I'm just going to list a few of its greatest features; if I seem to go on interminably, it's because Conflict Catcher is a marvelous piece of work. I recommend downloading the limited-time trial copy from Casady & Greene's Web site—then see for yourself if you want to buy a copy. Even though there seems no need for such a program under Mac OS X, it can still work quite well in the Classic environment (just be sure to get the 8.0.9 update to avoid seeing a serial number prompt each time Classic launches).


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