I like a squeaky clean computer. Ever so often I will clean my caches get rid of old apps that I don’t need and generally make sure my computer works as I want it. Most of the hard tasks which I forget to do, take a while and are quite complex to complete. This is where a tool like MainMenu comes in. Its a menu bar application (which, again, I am sure I have reviewed, another case of dèjà vu) which you use to run daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Its not the sort of app you run all of the time, but its really useful.
The Daily Grind
As mentioned this app runs from the menu, this doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. Its split into six main sections (and one section to address the app specifically). Each covers a different section of your application from system to user. Each section has a variety of different options which will do something to your system.
There is quite a lot of options, as a new user you may be overwhelmed with what you can do, to summarise:
- Batch Tasks: Is used to set up batch tasks within MainMenu, allows you to run the tasks automatically.
- System: Repair disk permissions, activate cron scripts, clear caches, remove logs and temporary files, and rebuild various databases.
- Network: Clear DNS settings
- User: Clean caches (again) and do various system level stuff such as hiding and showing invisible Finder options.
- Applications: Allows you to quick restart and force quit apps.
- Disk Utility: Repair and Eject volumes.
There are quite a lot of different tasks, each do a different options. A lot are actually very useful. The app can also be used to access extra features on your system such as showing hidden files or relaunching the menu bar or dock.
When actually carrying out a task, such as clearing a cache, you do have to close all you program and restart your computer, which is slightly annoying. It does do a good job and if you are experiencing major slow downs this app may solve them for you.
Overall this is a good buy, it does a variety of tasks which you can automate to take the load off yourself. I don’t recommend you use every option everyday as it may have a detrimental effect on your Mac, however as a weekly or monthly run it is really useful. It does cost £15, which isn’t that bad. I’m not sure of the licensing conditions but it may be a good buy if you have a couple of Mac’s in the house, or your personally use your Mac alot and it has a lot of clutter.
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Yes 15 days
Mac OS X
Great for running background tasks. Simple to use
Could have more tools