The rest of my Mac’s files– Movies, Music, Pictures– I keep in their respective iLife apps, and there’s a bit of clutter here and there, but not much. Ditto for my Mac’s Desktop, where files and folders have a bit of an ebb and flow; but no worse than a real desktop.
So, why would a relatively organized Mac user find value in a Mac utility– and an expensive one at that– that finds duplicate files and tidies up the Mac? With Tidy Up it’s what’s included in the app beyond the find file function.
It’s a duplicate finder and a tidiness utility.
Tidy Up scans your Mac for duplicate files and folders and then gives you options to, well, tidy things up.
That’s not exactly a utility you’ll use every day. Or, every week. But Tidy Up has a few more useful options that make the file search more powerful. Not only can you focus the search, the Basic mode has 90 built-in presets make all kinds of searches possible (without the need to configure anything).
For example, search your massive MP3 and AAC song collection by tag, duration, and other metadata. Search photos in iPhoto based upon EXIF metadata. Search email messages for specific content.
Tidy Up multi-tasks so it’s a very fast search and the results window is visual so you’ll quickly see what’s duplicated or what files match the search criteria.
Most files can be viewed (or, heard) using OS X’s built-in Quick Look in the Finder. Duplicate items are easily moved to the Trash, but there’s a built-in security system to make sure there’s always at least one file, among the duplicates, still stored on your Mac.
There’s a lot more going on in Tidy Up than simply finding duplicate files. Not every Mac user needs this kind of search capability, but if your Mac has anywhere around one-million total files, there’s a good chance it’s also cluttered with duplicates, so Tidy Up might save you the price of a larger disk drive, but also help to keep your Mac’s files easily available.