We Mac users live in the Golden Age of applications.
Apps for the Mac are plentiful, very high quality compared to earlier Mac apps, often less expensive (Adobe’s Creative Cloud monthly subscription not withstanding), and easier to collect and not use, thanks to Apple’s Mac App Store and lower prices.
What that means is simple. We try out new apps. We collect apps we seldom use. And that means apps need to get discarded, thrown away, trashed, deleted, and uninstalled. How? Those crickets you hear are covering up the silence generated by Apple’s insistence that OS X does not need an official app uninstaller.
For years the uninstaller app I used and loved was CleanApp. It was the only uninstaller app I found that actually monitored where apps stored their files and preferences, so when it came time to delete an app CleanApp knew where to look and which files to remove. I used it for years.
Then along came CleanApp 4.x which was a horrible upgrade; slow, bug ridden, with a confusing interface, and loaded with features that only muddied the crystal clear waters of yesteryear’s versions.
Now there’s CleanApp 5. It works better than previous versions and looks better on OS X Yosemite.
Here’s what happens when you install an app on a Mac, try it out for awhile, then decide to delete it and move on.
On the Mac, apps install support files all over the place. Simply dragging an app to the Trash does not delete all the support files, settings, and preferences, and some are not easy to find and may stick around for years, taking up space you could use for other files.
CleanApp monitors where apps store their files. Other built-in tools help to track down files left behind. And, the app developer runs a CleanCommunity of CleanApp users which helps to build a database of app files and locations. Ipso facto and Voila! App files are found and easily deleted.
What files get removed? The app itself, support files, temporary files, log files, and, if you want, anything else in the Mac’s Trash. It just works. During the dark days of CleanApp’s wilderness journey I tried other Mac uninstallers and they’re good but occasionally miss some support files that are difficult to find. So, it’s good to see that CleanApp is back, working well, priced right, and with an affordable upgrade price tag.