We’re entering the golden age of apps on the Mac. Apps are everywhere, competitively priced and more capable than ever.
Indeed, it seems as if prices for Mac apps actually are dropping thanks to the Mac App Store and the influence from iPhone and iPad apps.
What does that mean?
We try more apps, collect more apps, and– drum roll, please– we need to delete more apps. Back in the day, Mac apps merely needed to be dragged to the Trash to be deleted.
Even then, not all files were removed from the Mac, and Mac OS X makes it more difficult than ever. Apps leave files in the user library Preferences folder, in the library folder’s Application Support folder, and scattered hither an yon, who knows where.
How do you delete or completely remove apps from your Mac? With a dozen apps that claim to delete apps, there’s one secret ingredient that most don’t have. How does the app that deletes apps know where the deleted app’s files are located.
That’s why CleanApp is rated as one of the best Mac app deletion tools. It contains a background app that watches other apps and logs where those apps store their files and folders.
When it comes time to delete everything, CleanApp knows where everything is located and deletes accordingly.
Actually, delete probably isn’t the right term. CleanApp will find what needs to be deleted, avoid deleting the Mac’s system files, and simply place everything else in the Trash to be deleted at your leisure.
Without a similar app logging component, all those other app deleters are just guessing.
CleanApp has a few other safeguards which help to ensure that what gets deleted should be deleted. There’s the CleanCommunity feature which creates a dynamic database of all files deleted by CleanApp users. Anything you want to delete is compared to that anonymous user-supported database.
Considering all that CleanApp does, it’s remarkably straightforward to use. Drag and drop an app you want to delete, and CleanApp finds and lists all the files it recommends to be deleted.
CleanApp can also be set to recognize when you’ve dropped an app into the Trash. It springs into action, grabs other files which should be deleted, and lists them all for you.
Plus, it deletes not just apps, but Dashboard Widgets, Mac System Preference Panes, and plugins. There’s even an option to check your Mac’s disk drive storage to see which files are taking up the most space.
You can also archive files you want to delete because, well, you know– you might change your mind. CleanApp also deletes those pesky cache files and gives you a complete history of everything you’ve deleted on your Mac.
Through the course of a year of app reviews, my Mac may see a few hundred app installs that I don’t keep. CleanApp makes sure the apps are really, truly, deeply deleted.
If there’s an issue I’ve run into, it’s understanding something about files CleanApp recommends for deletion (as well as some which are not recommended).