Free is good but sometimes something with a free price comes with a cost. That’s not the case with two free utilities that are easy to recommend to friends, family, or co-workers (knowing what kind of support comes with a recommendation). Every Mac user needs to delete an app or two. And every Mac user needs to check on news and website updates the right way.
First, AppCleaner. This free utility helps you find files associated with an app– Application Support files, Preference files, and the like– and delete them. It’s that simple. Drag and drop. Drag the app you want to delete onto AppCleaner and it finds the extra files created by the app and sends them to the Trash.
That’s it. Free, simple to setup and use, and mostly effective. It’s mostly because some apps scatter files hither and yon over your Mac’s folder system which makes them difficult to find. If you don’t mind spending some money there’s a slightly better way to rid your Mac of apps and files you don’t want. It’s called CleanApp. I use both CleanApp and AppCleaner. The former is more thorough but has a price tag. The latter is fast and easy. And it’s free.
The second app on my free list* today is called RSS Follower which takes a slightly different view of how an RSS newsreader should display website headlines and summaries. It features a standalone RSS reader so you don’t need to have another app just to track your RSS subscriptions. It handles both RSS and ATOM feeds and has a built-in website browser.
The sidebar view lets you control, store, filter, and sort all your website subscriptions and articles. The news browser displays the headlines and summaries for each subscription article, with a summary and full story view, and it comes in both light and dark versions.
*not quite free. RSS Follower’s free version has a limit to the number of RSS subscriptions you can add to the app. 99-cents gets you unlimited subscriptions. But try the free version if you’ve never used an RSS reader before (there’s no faster, easier way to scan through dozens of websites each day).