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Aladdin Desktop Tools

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Desktop_Tools_1.0_Installer.sit (1.07 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6
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ADT_1.0_-_1.0.1_Update.sit (446.93 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6
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ADT_1.0.1-1.0.2_Update.sit (79.82 KB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6
Guides on emulating older applications

Aladdin Desktop Tools is a suite of control panels that, similar to the venerable NOW Utilities, adds new functionality to the Finder. It originally retailed for $49.95, and contains the following:

Desktop SpeedBoost (formerly SpeedyFinder7)
Desktop Shortcut
Desktop Viewer
Desktop Printer
Desktop Makeover
Desktop Magic Tools (including Aladdin's "Magic Menu")
Desktop Secure Delete

One of the items most worth mentioning is "Desktop Viewer", which functions similarly to the modern "Quick Look" of Mac OS X/macOS, in that documents can be opened/previewed from the Finder without the need to launch their parent application. Unlike Quick Look however, items viewed in this way can have selections copied or, as in the case of text, even edited. In addition, the resource and data forks of applications and other files can also be inspected in this way. Desktop Viewer can be accessed from the "Magic Menu" as "Viewer", or by pressing Cmd-L.

DL 1: Aladdin Desktop Tools 1.0 Installer
2nd DL: ADT 1.0 to 1.0.1 Updater
3rd DL: ADT 1.0.1 to 1.0.2 Updater


A 1.0.3 updater was made available at some point by Aladdin, but can no longer be found. If anyone has this update, which makes ADT fully compatible with SSW 7.6, please upload it here!


An interesting review of ADT following its initial release, from TidBits:

Architecture: 68k

Aladdin recommends turning off Extensions before installing this software or applying any updates.

If you are applying the 1.0.1 Updater and already have StuffIt Deluxe 4.0 or greater installed, restart your computer with Extensions Off, and move the control panel "~Magic Menu" to the trash. It is an old version, and is replaced by the True Finder Integration control panel.

Certain modules before 1.0.3 are incompatible with SSW 7.5.5 and 7.6. For these modules, the 1.0.3 Updater is required.

s/n: ADTB-778-010000