Mac apps and utilities serve nearly every purpose or function you can think of. If there’s a problem to be solved, there’s an app for that. Some app categories have intense competition, including browsers (where’s the money), word processors and notes apps (humans like to write), photo enhancement apps (we take more photos now than ever in history), and apps that promise to clean and optimize your Mac.
Most Mac utilities that clean junk files, free up disk space or RAM, and perform maintenance items (many of which OS X does automatically anyway) are free or cost just a few dollars. That makes them almost throwaway items. On the list is yet another utility which aims to clean, free, and boost your Mac. It’s called Mechanism8, an inexpensive utility with at least nine features.
Open Mechanism8, select a few options, then click the giant Scan button.
What you get are cleaner caches, including various and sundry app and utility logs, removed browser data, cleaner Mail downloads, an empty Trash can, obsolete originals in iPhoto, and removal of those pesky .DS_Store folders which OS X puts into nearly every Mac folder.
Settings in Mechanism8 are simple and straightforward, and though you won’t use the utility every day, when you use it the app can delete enough cache files to reclaim a few gigabytes of storage.
Even better, you get to see how much space will be saved before performing the cleanup. How does Mechanism8 compare to the few dozen other Mac cleaner optimizer apps? It’s about in the middle; each one has one or two features the others do not, and most are priced from free to a few dollars at most. Mechanism8 as a futuristic and professional design but it still does the same things as most others– clean caches and logs, many of which OS X will do automatically, but not always when you want.
Back to the original question. “How did Macs become such dirty devices that they need dozens of cleaner apps?” The answer is, ‘They didn’t.’ OS X usually takes care of itself, and has since inception. As the Mac has become more popular among the masses of formerly Windows PC users who expect such utilities, app developers have found a way to market apps that perform what seems to need to be done without actually having to justify the need.