Mactracker review

Want to know the full specifications of your machine? How much RAM you can put in it or which version of OS X is best? You can look online – notably Apple’s own tech spec database – but Mactracker brings you the same info in a convenient, easy-to-search desktop interface.

As inveterate spec spods, we were able to spend a happy evening browsing through the handy hierarchy of devices. The GUI splits into two panes; a categorised device list on the left with a big window full of juicy systems, software and devices on the right. Double-clicking on an item launches a dialog divided into tabbed sections. Each machine has a potted history attached, full technical specifications and even max specs for upgraders.

The list goes all the way back to the Macintosh 128k, running system one. It’s all-inclusive too, with sections on the iPod, iPhone and Apple software revisions. When you find your own device, you can add it to the My Machines section – filling in exclusive data such as serial number and owner’s name. Clicking the This Mac button gathers data about the machine you’re using. All the data’s offline – right there on your hard drive – so you don’t even need an internet connection. However, if you have a network you can share screens between machines using Mactracker’s one-click interface.

It’s a pity that the method for adding devices is so cumbersome. You have to search by keyword from a long list of devices or find another Add button tucked away in the notes screen for each device – an isolated interface issue in an otherwise slick product.

OUR VERDICT

If you’ve a few Apple items, you’ll enjoy investigating their innards. For system administrators Mactracker’s an easy way to keep a full record of machines on their Mac network, while technicians will value the ability to quickly look up technical info.

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