Quickly & Easily Speed Up Your Mac!
Tidy Up by Hyperbolic Software has released what I consider to be the easiest-to-use and most intuitive duplicate file removal software currently available, exclusively for Mac users.
The difference between Tidy Up and other methods is that the entire process is easy, fast, and secure.
Take a look to see what I mean…
Posted: July 12th, 2011 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clean Up iPhoto, Clean Up Mail, Remove Double Files, Tidy Up iTunes | 1 Comment »
2011 is more than half-way complete, and in this time, Macintosh computers have seen a lot of changes. Namely, they’ve become more popular than ever. In effect this means there is more freeware, shareware, programs, and other installations that are being downloaded and ran than any time in the history of mac computers. This results in a lot of new options for a mac user if they need a particular type of software. Since this website deals with duplicate file cleaner software, that’s the software I always have in mind.
The best duplicate file finder for mac in 2011 should have the following characteristics:
- Easy to use
- Deletes all duplicates that the user selects
- Makes it easy to review all duplicate matches
- Ability to preview duplicate songs, photos, emails, and other files before deletion
- Makes back-ups a one click process
- Is quick to scan
- Has A Customer Service if any help is needed
- Does not charge any unnecessary fees or have recurring costs
- Speeds the computer up by a noticeable amount after completion
- Is cost-sensible
- Does not install any extras that the user does not know about or need
I’ve reviewed nearly a dozen different software packages this year, and no program has taken the top spot away from my pick, TidyUp
Posted: November 24th, 2010 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clean Up Mail, Remove Double Files, Tips and Tricks, Why Mac OS X Is Running Slow, Why Mac OS X Is Running Slow, Why Mac OS X Is Running Slow | No Comments »
It normally takes a really slow mac to finally look for reasons why OS X is running slowly. What was once a blazing fireball of speed is now a sluggish sloth. Multitasking big programs with ease is now watching a rainbow-colored beach ball spin for what seems like forever. So how did our Mac OS X get to be so slow, and what can we do to fix this slow mac? Let’s find out.
Reason #1: You have too many programs running at the same time.
A lot of Mac users like to leave several programs running at once. When it’s brand new, you won’t notice the lag, but after some time, this seemingly innocent preference will cause a big time slowdown. Simply put – if you’re not using the program in the next couple hours, then close it down.
Reason #2: Your Preference Files Are Corrupt
Strange things happen to preference files of the programs that you run. If your Apple computer is slow when you are running a particular program, then try deleting its preference file and relaunching the app. You may consider backing up the old preference file first.
Reason #3: You Have Too Many Dashboard Widgets
Is you dashboard cluttered with widgets? Each one of those innocent looking widgets uses memory. Keep it simple and uncluttered for best results.
Reason #4: Corrupt or Wrong Firmware
You should make sure that your firmware is up to date. It’s simple to do so, just click ‘Software Update’ in the Apple menu. You can also schedule that your computer updates automatically in your System Preferences folder.
Reason #5: Your Hard Drive is Nearly Full
Pretty straight forward… if you don’t have enough space for virtual memory, then your computer will perform extremely slowly. Make sure you have the extra space necessary for the programs that you run.
Reason #6: Animated Wallpapers
I know they look pretty, but they hog system resources. Keep your wallpaper static for best results.
Reason #7: Duplicate font files, music files, email messages, etc.
Duplicate files are a big, nasty reason for Mac slowdown that many people don’t realize. Simply removing duplicate files can make a huge difference in the speed of your mac.
If you want your mac fast again, then consider following the advice above. Most importantly of the 7 tips, you should review software that will help you quickly remove duplicate files. I recommend one program in particular, see if it’s right for you.
Posted: October 14th, 2010 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clean Up iPhoto, Clean Up Mail, Remove Double Files, Tidy Up iTunes, Tips and Tricks, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow?, Why is my MacBook running slow? | No Comments »
Your MacBook is running slow? This is a common issue once a computer has been used for more than a few months, and after enough programs have been installed. One quick fix is to upgrade your Apple computer’s RAM. Most models come with 512 mb of RAM, when you can upgrade all the way up to 2 GB. However, if you can’t afford the prices that Apple charges to upgrade (and they can be quite expensive) then consider some alternatives to speed up your mac.
The first common-sense solution is to close your open applications. I find that a lot of Apple computer users like to leave multiple applications open, including iTunes, your internet browser, your e-mail reader, your photo viewer, and many more programs. This can easily cause the slowdown you are experiencing. If you’re not using iTunes, shut it off, as it burns a lot of system resources while it’s open.
You should also restart your computer from time to time. It’s easy to just shut the lid of your laptop when you’re finished with it, but this means it has to load up your programs and preferences from memory each time you boot up. This can cause additional slowdown.
Keep your Macbook cool. A laptop that is overheated will perform in a strange manner, and will not run as fast as it should. This can happen if you are always using your laptop on the bed, or somewhere where the fans are not able to blow out air. The best place to use your laptop is on a flat surface, like a table.
Turn off unused applications. Some programs automatically run, whether or not you’re using them. You can adjust these settings in your System Preferences set-up. For example, if you don’t need bluetooth capabilities or speech recognition, then turn these features off.
Disable Widgets. If you’re not using them, don’t boot them up. They use system resources.
And predictably, remove duplicate files. Duplicate mp3s, photos, and program files will bloat your system quicker than any other offender. If you have moved from another laptop, or if you think you might have duplicates, you should run a program to get rid of duplicates.
Hope this helps!
Posted: May 11th, 2010 | Author: Simon | Filed under: Clean Up Mail, Delete Duplicate Emails, Delete Duplicate Emails, Tips and Tricks | No Comments »
One of the most irritating and productivity sapping problems is when your Apple Mail mailbox is loaded with duplicates. It’s a big pain in the butt to have to delete every duplicate message over and over again. There are AppleScripts which can be found, but these are slow and are not as user-friendly as the software that I use.
Ahh.. New, Empty Mailboxes
My problem with duplicates did not include Mail, as my issues were mainly with iPhoto and iTunes, however it’s pretty cool that Tidy Up! also takes care of a bloated mailbox.
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