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CleanMyMac

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I got CleanMyMac from Apple's downloads site. It's a program which helps you to free up disk space that is being taken up by surplus/temporary files. I used it for a bit and it was great. You can get the free version but you can only 'recover' a certain amount of data before you have to get the full version. However, the full paid-for version is great. There's many things you can clean using the program, as well as a feature that lets you uninstall programs safely. It's great and if you're looking for maintenance software it's a program you should consider.

 

What are your experiences with CleanMyMac?

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I have not personally used this app (http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac). I took a look and I like the design. It looks like it combines the functionality of some other apps. Onyx (http://www.titanium.free.fr/), Cocktail (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail/index.php), AppZapper (http://www.appzapper.com/), Monolingual (http://monolingual.sourceforge.net/), etc.

 

The two features I would caution people on are the removal of 'Architectures' (Binaries) and Languages. The concept the removal of architectures is to basically strip out the non-native parts of apps that are Universal binaries. For those who aren't aware, a Universal Binary app is one that contains code to allow it to run natively both on Apple's newer Intel based Macs and older Power PC based systems. This process does add "bloat" to some apps and if you remove the non-native code that isn't used on your platform you can save some disk space. Trouble is that in the past I have heard of this causing issues in some apps after you run a tool like Monolingual or (I would assume CleanMyMac). Your in a way "unbuilding" the app from the way the developer packaged and shipped it. You need to weigh the disk space savings vs. the potential risks. The same is true for languages. These "cleaning" apps have to go in and strategically remove these parts of the operating system after the fact. It is much easier (and safer in my opinion) to just not install the extra languages during the OS X install process.

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