Need to quickly reclaim disk space? CleanMyMac 3 offers to make it so
£34.95 (£17.50 upgrade) Developer MacPaw, macpaw.com
Requires OS X 10.8 or higher
The third iteration of MacPaw’s Mac cleaner is here and includes several much-needed improvements and new features.
There’s a new menu bar icon to offer convenient access to the main program, as well as a quick summary of drive space, memory and Trash. The main interface also gains an optional dashboard view with a detailed breakdown of key stats.
The program includes six cleaning tools and five utilities – four of which are new to version 3 (Mail Attachments, iTunes Junk, Maintenance and Privacy). There’s little ground-breaking here, although we like the new Maintenance tool’s promise to fix application errors and optimise your disk and search index.
One criticism of past versions is the fact it’s too easy to scan and clean up with the two-click Smart Cleanup module. It’s a risky approach that may result in you accidentally deleting a critical file or setting. While CleanMyMac 3 does a better job of providing explanatory notes for each cleaning tool, it still doesn’t make it mandatory that you review what it’s found before going further. This is especially important considering no fail-safe mechanisms are provided.
CleanMyMac 3 is a slick, fast app that will clean your Mac. But the lack of an undo tool or backup protection makes it hard to recommend to the very people it’s targeted at: less experienced users who want a simple, quick and safe cleanup tool. Nick Peers
CleanMyMac is slick, efficient and gets the job done – sadly, though, in many ways it’s too efficient.
Modules add cleaning power
UI clearly displays key stats
No built-in fail-safes
Free tools available elsewhere
The Smart Cleanup module makes it easy – too easy – to scrub your hard drive.