When it comes to making sure that your Mac runs as smoothly as possible, you’ll need to be sure that there are no problems with its structure. What this means is that you’ll need to perform certain maintenance tasks like keeping your Finder as organized as possible, making sure you don’t have a lot of applications that you don’t need which are taking up storage and system resources, and there are also tasks like resolving issues with OSX permissions, and removing all kinds of digital clutter.
No matter what anyone tells you, the truth is that your OSX already comes equipped with all the tools you need to resolve all those previously mentioned issues, and to make sure that your computer is running at its top speed. The problem with these tools is that some of them are hidden and inaccessible to an average home user, or they might seem a bit too complex for someone who has never worked with OSX maintenance tools. This is why you can find some 3rd party applications that will automate these tasks and make them as user friendly as possible.
In this article we’ll review an application named Washing Machine, made by Intego. This is an application that’s been around for a while, so it already has its own user base. Washing Machine allows you to do three basic things: to remove clutter from your hard drive, to find and remove duplicate files, and finally to organize parts of your system like Desktop and Dock. It’s priced at $30, and now let’s go through all of these features.
The first thing you’ll notice about Washing Machine is its nicely designed and polished interface. What I liked about it is the way it visually represents results, which can give you clear image on what type of files takes the most space on your hard drive. The first tool found in the top-positioned toolbar is named “Reclaim” and it helps you remove unwanted files like caches, downloads, language files, logs and trash. You can select which types you’d like to remove and also choose how aggressively these files need to be removed, which are all standard features for this application type.
Next, there’s “Duplicates” tab, which allows you to remove duplicate files. Once again, this is a standard tool that you can find in almost any system optimizer, and this one doesn’t bring anything new. The good news is that it’s nicely designed, so you can easily check which copy you’d like to keep on your computer.
Finally, there’s “Organize” tab which allows you to remove icons of unused applications from your Desktop and Dock, and to create Smart Folders as well.
To someone who is completely new to a world of OSX system optimizers, this application might look fantastic. It’s nicely designed and works well. The problem is that it doesn’t bring anything new with these standard tools, and yet it charges you $30 which is way too much. For example, you can find less expensive applications that offer the same functionality (like CleanMyMac 2). Or you can use CCleaner, which is completely free and comes with some amazing features. You can find reviews of all of these applications right here on MacReview.