Techtool Pro 16.0.2

Originally published at: Techtool Pro 16.0.2 - TidBITS

Major upgrade for hard drive repair and system maintenance tool introduces new Techtool Monitor. ($159.99 new, upgrade pricing available, macOS 10.11+)

I’d prefer hearing an honest evaluation of TechTool Pro 16 vs. an announcement that Micromat releases a “major” upgrade. The lack of any substantive assessment of this product makes you look more like a “salesman” for Micromat. Are you?

My only problem with TechTool was that is would only be guaranteed for the current OS and the moment you upgraded to the next whole number version, a disclaimer would come up saying it may not be safe to use. I upgraded one year and they changed the version with and I was not able to use it. Stopped using it in 2019, though I found it helpful, especially the eDrive.

I have other Drive repair applications, but my favorite one Disk Warrior, stopped working with the new drive formats. I eagerly await its update, though it is taking forever. I am not sure that Apple has revealed all the data they need to make sure it works.

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I suppose I should just let Agen speak for himself, but almost daily his role here has been to simply announce updates/upgrades to Mac software. I suspect he doesn’t actually own/use them all, so asking him to review each one seems unreasonable, IMHO.

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Mac, we’ve been doing Watchlist items like this for 13 years now. Our goal is for them to alert users of Mac apps we consider sufficiently interesting to new versions that they might have missed, and to inform those who don’t yet own an app of significant new features that might make it worth checking out.

They are not, have never been, and never will be evaluations of apps, much less of versions that shipped in the last few days. We encourage users of these apps to share their experiences for additional background.

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Adam,

Thanks for getting back. I understand. I was just searching for any recent legitimate review on TechTool Pro and thought I’d ask if you happened to know of a review somewhere. I thought it was really odd that I couldn’t find ANY real reviews on it… only very old user comments from quite 2007 or so.

Cheers,
Mac

No, I haven’t seen any reviews. It’s part of the problem with tech companies not supporting independent publications with advertising anymore—there simply isn’t budget to commission many reviews these days.