Every one in a while you need to clean your Mac, this usually helps keep you Mac in tip top shape and it enables you to get the most out of your Mac without doing very much work. Although there are hundreds of free tools which can do this sort of thing, I wanted to try CleanMyMac. It seems a well designed and stylish app which seemed to be getting some attention in the blogosphere. The app is designed to run through various files and folders and decided whether they should be kept, for instance it flags cache and language files you don’t need.
Clean Up As You Go Along
Like nearly all of the apps reviewed on this blog, this app is well designed. The interface alone is beautiful to use and everything is well laid out. The developers have taken the power of Cocoa to the extreme. Before I started using this program I was impressed by how it looked. Looks a side the app is split into two main sections. The left hand sidebar controls the various areas which can be flagged for removal. Caches, Logs, Language Files, Universal Binaries, Extensions. There are also two other options in the sidebar, Applications and Quick Erase. These two options are used to thoroughly clean applications from your system. It removes all of the extra files that apps create when they are run.
The main section of the application is used to analyze the various different files that have been picked up during a scan, scanning files takes a couple of minutes as it runs through your computer. It shows you all of the files that have been picked up, including the file size. For instance I have over 2Gb of files which can be removed, this can give me back both disk space, as well as speed up my computer since these files are not needed.
Once as you have checked all of the files and folders that are going to be deleted, you press remove. The app will then churn away as it deletes these files and you can reclaim your disk space. The demo only allows you to delete 200mb of files, but it is a good indication of how this application works. Once as the application is finished you are done. You can put it away for another time. This app is designed to be used once a week or month, depending on how you use your Mac. Its not an application that you use constantly but it is good for that occasionally spring clean.
Overall this is a good application. You can easily tune the settings to your tastes. It also has some good security settings so you don’t go deleting system files or folders. For the $30 asking price for this application I think it is worth it. If you want to get the best out of your Macintosh this application will go a long way to help. It could be a bit cheaper for the frequency in which you use it, but you can’t have everything. If you are tight for cash, I recommend you check out MainMenu, which is a similar sort of application, its free but you need to be a little more experience with using higher level commands.
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Yes, 200mb to delete.
Very nice looking, works very well.