We like to think of our Macs as set it and forget it machines. Amazing, most machines need periodic maintenance and so does your Mac.
When was the last time you performed any system maintenance on your Mac? Apple does such a good job disguising the innards of OS X, that Mac users wouldn’t know where to look. Lurking inside your Mac are all kinds of hidden preferences and system maintenance routines. Here’s how to find them.
Three Apps. One Place. No Price.
This is a tale of three Mac apps that, on the surface, appear to have similar functions and features, yet each is different, unique, useful, powerful, necessary, and priced right.
Yes, Virginia, a Mac needs periodic system maintenance.
And, yes, Apple has hidden a few hundred preferences which can be turned on or off.
All you need is the right app and a little knowledge and you can keep your Mac’s system running well, and tinker around to bring previously hidden features to light.
System Exercises In Point And Click
You can buy any one of a dozen Mac apps that perform system maintenance functions, and unlock those aforementioned hidden features. Or, you can use these three apps to really dig into Mac OS X.
Onyx is tool that configures hidden Finder, Dock, and Mac app functions, and helps keep your Mac caches clean. Maintenance carries the system maintenance routines to a higher level to clean caches you never knew you had.
Deeper does what you expect. It opens up even more hidden features with a simple enable (disable works with a similar click). All three apps come from the same Mac programmer, Joel Barriere.
What can you do with these apps? First, save a lot of money.
Collectively, they perform most of the tasks of apps that come with a price tag.
Second, keep your Mac running in top shape. You can perform simple functions like change the background image in the Login window.
Or, rebuild various Mac internal databases, unlock features in the Dock, QuickTime, Safari, iTunes, and other Apple apps. This kind of tinkering is usually safe, reversible, and non-destructive since all you’re doing is enabling what Apple already built in to OS X.