NVMUG October 2016 Meeting Report
Northern Vermont Macintosh Users Group
There was a presentation, by Geof, around cleaning up files, applications, and associated files.
Duplicate Finder 1.1 (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/49266/duplicate-finder) is a way to find duplicate files on your computer. Just make sure that the files are what you want to remove, as you may have named them the same. But placed them in different locations on your computer. Bruce asked about Spring Cleaning. That application is over 6 years old and may not fully find files under the file system implemented in OS 10.7. It has a cost of $39.99, where Duplicate Finder 1.1 is free and has been optimized for the Mac OS up to 10.11.6 (El Capitan). It is expected to work with 10.12.x (Sierra) shortly. dupeGuru is another free application that can be used, but only with 10.7 (Lion) or newer Mac OSs. There is a version for the earlier OSs.
Grand Perspectiv (https://sourceforge.net/projects/grandperspectiv/) was next discussed. This application will allow you to see a map of your hard drive, showing large blocks. By control-clicking on the block you are interested in, you can select to see the location in the Finder and from there you have the option to delete, that file or application. However for the complete removal of all application related files check the next segment. Grand Perspective has powerful filtering abilities that can be used in the sidebar, when the sidebar is opened.
Removal of data files is straight forward. Drag to the trash or use the Command – Delete keys to move the file to the trash. Applications are a bit trickier. Applications are not a single file, but a folder that contains many folders and files that interact to make the application work. The applications also place files in places like the system or user libraries. In order to remove these associated files, you will need to know where they are and use the command line in terminal or an application.
Three applications were discussed AppCleaner, App Cleaner, and App trap (Please note the space between the second application names if you are interested in that application).
AppCleaner (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25276/appcleaner) – is pretty straight forward. After the application window is opened, one simply drags the application from the application location and a list of the apps and the associated files it finds will appear. Simply use the delete button in the application to delete. If you are not approved to remove apps in your account, you will be prompted to enter an administrator name and password for authorization.
App Cleaner (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/25276/appcleaner) – runs pretty much the same way, but offers options to find orphaned folders or files from previous applications you removed and others. Stephen Farber recommends this application because it offers these options.
App Trap (http://onnati.net/apptrap/) – is actually a preference placed in your System Preferences control panel. It requests some user interaction when an application is dragged to the trash or an application is placed in the trash when being updated. If one chooses to delete associated files, when asked, valuable settings and passwords can be lost. It is not for the faint of heart.
Some associated files may remain on your computer, but most are small and will not harm your computer or slow down the operation.
EntreCheck (https://etrecheck.com/#about) – is an application that checks your computer for a number of things and will provide a comprehensive report of many things about your computer. It will raise some flags about issues it finds. It can be run just to check your computer on a regular basis or when there are specific issues you are looking for.
Tinkertool (https://www.bresink.com/osx/TinkerTool.html) – is an application that will allow you change some Finder settings on your computer in the Dock, Safari, desktop, default fonts, iTunes, Quicktime, and others. If you get to a point you want to go back to the defaults, it’s a simple click of the mouse to reset.
OnyX (http://www.titanium.free.fr/) – is an application that offers other options. It will check your operating system to see if there are issues with it, as well as run a number of utilities, like Repair Permissions, Run Crons, clear caches, and other options that can be selected. If you need to see the invisible files on your computer (and you are uncomfortable using the terminal command), you select a setting and the finder will relaunch the finder so they are viewable and then change it back. Just remember not to select to clear your browser history, if you depend on it for URLs you have visited. Make sure you get the correct version for the operating system you are running on your computer.
The next meeting will be on October 15 in room 224 at The Northeast Regional Hospital. The meeting runs from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.