Do you try out new Mac apps? Me, too. Unfortunately, there are times when I try out more than my fair share of Mac apps and they need to be cleaned, removed, deleted, uninstalled. So, I set out to find out a few new app uninstallers and Mac cleanup apps.
While browsing the interwebs over the weekend I came across a cute Mac cleaner app called MacCare. Cute? What’s not to like about a little blue-eyed anime-like nurse icon? As an uninstaller and cleanup app, MacCare is priced right. Free (on the Mac App Store). You would think there would be reviews for an app that’s already at version 4.x, but, nope.
What do you get for free? A very professional user interface with plenty of options. System Junks. Privacy. Duplicates, Large & Old, Startup, and Uninstaller and Photo Cleaner.
What’s not to like for free? Look at all MacCare does.
- System Cleanup: Scans your system for the 8 different types of junk.
- Duplicates: Find identical files quickly and accurately. Smart algorithm is used to help users select unneeded duplicate files and remove them, meanwhile will making sure that at least one instance of each file will be kept safe.
- Uninstaller: Reclaim more disk space by using our Uninstaller to seek out and remove application related files instead of simply dragging an application to the Trash (.app files must be removed manually)
- Privacy: Clean temporary files of web page to protect personal privacy frequently. It can also free valuable disk space to speed up your browser.
- Photo Sweeper: Finding and grouping similars, providing different comparison methods.
- Large and Old: Find all those huge files you’d completely forgotten about and remove the ones you no longer need.
- Startup: Manage your startup items to optimize the OS X boot speed.
Fair enough, right? Especially considering the price tag. Or, lack of a price tag. What raised my eyebrow enough to dig a little deeper was the promotional language (above). Something wasn’t quite right.
Wait a minute. System Junks? Who says that?
After digging around I found the developer’s website. FMX is about as professional as you can get, and displays an encryption app, a photo browser app, another uninstaller app, and some kind of Mac system improvement app (With a hefty price tag, so it must be good, right? Right? No?).
FMX, the Prime Quality Apps Developer for You
We are continually studying customer demand to develop valuable and user-friendly apps against high criteria. Meanwhile, we are committed to improving present product performance and experience. We anticipate our apps to bring more convenience to your work and life.
Alright, to be fair, when website or promotional language falls out of line a few little red flags pop up. So, I decided to download and try a few of the other apps. Click the big download button and… insert drum roll here…
Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding!
Uh oh. Alright, I don’t want this to be a racist or nationalist rant. I clicked on another app on the website and the link took me to a foreign version of the Mac App Store page for the app which hadn’t been updated in a couple of years. The actual download link for the developer’s SimBooster performance enhancer app with the hefty price tag didn’t work, either.
The app developer’s website itself looks great and I applaud the attempt to manage multiple languages– 10 in total; from English to Chinese to Japanese to German to Italian and more. That’s commendable. The apps look good on the website.
- Simbooster (spelled Simbooter in the menu) improves a Mac’s performance (doesn’t say how)
- Uninstool – yeah, that’s the name, uninstalls apps, so I’m thinking ‘uninstaller tool.’
- Encrypter – encrypts files with AES-256 bit encryption (color me somewhat skeptical at this point).
- Pixy – a simple photo management app that looks great and is priced right; free. I tried it. Not bad. Won’t replace Photos.
The problem here is that competition among apps is such that you cannot leave such issues so visible, even on free apps. Yes, I know most of Apple’s products come from China and the company works diligently to ensure the supply chain and manufacturing do not leak information about upcoming products, and the hardware is of amazing quality. But when it comes to apps, differentiation is key. Apps need to wow; wow reviews, wow performance, even wow at the website, because that’s usually where the first impression arrives.
After all that, I passed.