A Mac app I’ve used infrequently in the past has a new upgrade with more features and an upgrade price. It’s called MacCleanse and it’s one of many Mac utilities which purport to clean your Mac.
Clean? You know, free up disk space by getting rid of various and sundry files the Mac no longer needs or which apps have left behind; caches, histories, logs, downloads, unneeded languages, unused binaries, and the like.
MacCleanse looks good, works well, and is easy to setup and use. Open it up and select from the tabs in the toolbar at the top.
In Cleanup mode, MacCleanse scans your Mac for files that can be deleted, and then displays how much disk space can be reclaimed with a thorough cleaning.
Click the Apps mode button and get more options for the apps taking up space on your Mac, including a way to uninstall those apps you don’t need, get rid of various languages you’re likely never to use, and more.
Already you can see that there’s a little more going on in MacCleanse than simple options to empty the cache, delete a few logs here and there. The app also looks for duplicate files and gives you a few options to customize the Login, erase files you probably don’t need to keep around, and a scheduler to let MacCleanse do its deeds when you’re not around.
So, useful? Or, not?
It depends. MacCleanse can reclaim some precious disk space, but cleaning out logs and caches doesn’t do much for overall performance. Uninstalling unused apps is worthwhile, though, as is claiming more disk space from unused language files.
What intrigues me, though, is why there’s no such need to clean up iPhones and iPads the same way as a bunch of third party utilities do on the Mac.