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Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.
There are plenty of apps out there that claim to clean your computer and get rid of the junk, but the latest release of CleanMyMac does that in a quick, attractive looking package.
The new version, released today, sports an attractive user interface and has been optimized for OS X Yosemite.
CleanMyMac targets the useless stuff that piles up on your computer, like old log files, unused language files, iTunes backups, outdated caches and other items to help free space and tidy up broken files.
You can either run single scans, like ‘iPhoto junk’, or run a scan across everything supported by the app. Once it’s completed, you’ll get a list of how much space can be saved if you move forward, or you can drill down into further options to be a little more selective.
On the very first run for my Mac, which I’ve had for about a year, CleanMyMac picked up just over 30GB of space I could save. Another machine I tried it on had over 50GB to clean. It wasn’t monumental, but it’s a decent chunk of space, particularly on machines with smaller hard disks.
One handy feature is the “large and old files” scan which looks for files that haven’t been accessed for a long time or are taking significant amounts of space and helps surface files you’ve long forgotten about.
There are also a number of smaller utilities onboard, such as an uninstaller that removes caches and other files often left behind, a maintenance scan that looks for system issues and an extensions browser that surfaces add-ons that you might not know are still around.
CleanMyMac 3 usually costs $39.99 but is available for a discount for a limited time during launch at $19.99, which is worth it if you don’t want to spend time hunting around your computer to save some space.
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