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by John F. Braun

A Knife You're Allowed to Play With
September 27th, 1999

Mac Army Knife 1.4 ($15 Shareware)
Chaotic Software, Ltd.

Mac Army Knife contains a diverse set of utilities that concern process management, disks and files, device information, and other miscellaneous functions. Rather than having a bunch of tiny utilities scattered about, all of these program are contained in one handy utility.

The Process "blade" can provide a list of all processes, both application and background, that are running on your machine. If you click on a specific process, you can either get more info about it, or kill it. You can also launch an application, as well as kill applications in various ways.

The File and Disk blade offers a rebuild desktop option, a file path converter and a file attribute editor. There is a Resource Miner which can extract picture and sound resources from a group of files, and a Resource Stripper, which can remove resources of a particular type. Be careful, since these can permanently alter your files. Work with a copy!

The Miscellaneous blade features a picture viewer, a URL QuickSuck feature, and a System Lock feature which can password protect access to your machine while you're away.

The Devices blade can reset the ADB bus, show you all ADB devices, record a sound if you have sound input hardware, and dump the Name Registry, which shows all devices installed on you Mac.

Mac Army Knife is a good compilation of both commonly used and unique utilities which can find a place in your Mac toolbox.

Useful Link

Mac Army Knife Home Page

Discover ALL the Processes Running on Your System

Detailed Process Information

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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