I have a beautiful Apple iMac, large screen, big memory and it is cool. We have been going along fine. Until recently, when I found Mac was getting a little slow. The coloured wheel (which indicates that the system is running slow) that appears to a user’s frustration, was spending too much time on my screen.
The bank balance says a new Mac is not on the horizon anytime soon. So what to do, what to do? I started by looking at my Mac memory. Wow! I have almost used up 1Tb of memory. That is a lot of memory especially as my Mac is used primarily for word processing. Okay, confession, I surf the net. Even so that does not use memory from the Hard Drive.
This called for an investigation into where has all the Mac memory gone. Low memory is probably the reason for slow response. I started with iTunes, and wondered why I am holding material in iTunes that I have listened to and am unlikely to use for months (perhaps years). It is a big job and I started deleting songs, podcasts and books. There is no need to hold them in iTunes, that is the reason we should all have a good external hard drive storage system. Time consuming and tedious, I remembered that I have an app that will clean up duplicate files and highlight those not in a playlist. This app would now come into its own if only I could remember its name.
As I hunt through more than 300 hundred apps. I can advise of three things:
- Don’t waste money on apps that you probably won’t use, even when they sound good. The money, it all adds up, is better in a bank account. Fewer apps enhances the performance of Mac.
- When you do buy an app keep a reminder of what that app does. Some apps are necessary but infrequently used like AppZapper which is discussed next.
- Buy the CleanMyMac and/or AppZapper app. Drag and drop installation is great but it does not work for removal of apps. Some apps, when up dating also require uninstallation. When you drag and drop an app to the trash, left behind are some of the app files. Either of these two apps will speedily and completely remove all traces of the unwanted app.
I have both apps. Let me explain! I use CleanMyMac regularly to remove the trash and to keep the system clear of junk. However, at 56MB CleanMyMac is a larger app than AppZapper at 3.2MB. As apps go 56MB is not a big app, but it takes longer to load that the much smaller AppZapper. When I don’t want to make use of the many good functions that come with CleanMyMac, I use the simple and quick AppZapper.
I am still looking for the app to clean and tidy up my iTunes. I will keep you posted.