Does your Mac need periodic maintenance to keep it optimized for performance? Yes. And no. For the most part, your Mac can take care of itself. It cleans caches, checks the system on startup, and gives you a couple of options to repair permissions and repair minor storage issues.
Wait. There’s more! Mac users have a trio of apps that provide even more optimization and maintenance options, and gives you a list of additional options to enhance your day-to-day experience.
The apps OnyX, Maintenance, and Deeper from Joel Barriere are prime examples of a labor of love.
Onyx: This nifty utility gives you some options already available in OS X, and a bunch more configurations. For example, Onyx, like OS X’s Disk Utility, lets you verify the Mac’s startup disk, and check and repair the System files.
But it also opens up an even larger set of hidden parameters in Safari, the Finder, the Dock, QuickTime, Mail, iTunes and the Mac’s Login window.
Notice the OnyX tabs for Verify, Maintenance, Cleaning, Utilities and more. There’s even a log of OnyX actions.
All the changes are simply a click to invoke and allow for customization without worry. You’re not likely to break your Mac using OnyX.
Maintenance: This app is different; more of a system maintenance and cleaning tool that manually runs scripts to keep caches cleaned, reset Spotlight’s index, rebuilt the LaunchServices database and much more.
Of the trio of apps, Maintenance is the easiest to use, and the most focused. Choices within the configuration are nominal.
Deeper: This is the geekiest friend in the trio. Deeper opens even more hidden features in OS X, including other apps not touched by OnyX.
Not only can you do some of what you find in OnyX, Deeper goes more into additional configurations. Modifying settings for basic Mac apps is just a click away, but options are even more granular.
The whole point of this trio of free apps is that they give you options. Options to open hidden functions. Options to tweak basic Mac apps. Options to clean and enhance your Mac’s operation.
Not bad for free, huh?