Tidy Up 5

Clean up your Mac’s files

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Howard Oak­ley

From $28.99 From Hyper­bolic Soft­ware hy­per­bol­ic­soft­ware.com

Tidy Up 5 aims to keep your Mac clear of du­pli­cate and un­nec­es­sary files by finding such files and mak­ing them eas­ier to delete.

It does so from a gor­geous in­ter­face, with smoothly an­i­mated tran­si­tions, and even hon­est in­for­ma­tion about why a search is tak­ing time. There are two modes: Sim­ple and Ad­vanced. Sim­ple im­age search finds pic­tures that are iden­ti­cal; in Ad­vanced mode you can hone in on date, lo­ca­tion, even cam­era used.

Searches are quite quick. When done, Tidy Up pro­vides de­tailed sug­ges­tions for re­moval, showing the path to each file with pre­views.

The prob­lem with Tidy Up isn’t what it does, so much as the dam­age you could do with it. It doesn’t re­move du­pli­cate im­ages in Photos, but marks them for later re­moval. We still wouldn’t un­leash it on an im­por­tant Photos li­brary.

It will hap­pily re­move files from Time Ma­chine back­ups, which can make them per­ma­nently un­us­able, and it can wreak havoc on apps too.

the bot­tom line. A great house­keep­ing tool, but use with cau­tion! Tidy Up 5 Ex­cel­lent in­ter­face De­tailed re­sults Can break doc­u­ments No help man­ual Great

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