Color me crazy, or full of OCD symptoms, but I likes me Mac to be clean and tidy, files and folders where I can remember where they are. Yes, dear readers, I even use—Gasp!—Labels on my files and folders.
A recent weekend bout of Mac inspired OCD leads me to believe it’s better to have OCD and know what to do to keep your Mac tidy, than it is to have OCD, and be at the whims and mercy of app developers who sell apps that cater to OCD users who need Mac maintenance and optimization. Got that?
Alphabetized, As It Should Be
At the end of my Mac day, if the Desktop has even half a dozen files or folders that haven’t been tucked away where they belong, then I feel like I have to wash my hands, or take a shower, or go on a diet. CDO* has that effect on some Mac users (*OCD, but alphabetized, as it should be).
If you crave cleanliness, tidiness, and an always optimized Mac, then you’re in luck.
If you have money, there’s an expensive app for that. If you don’t have any money, there’s an app for that.
Whatever your financial situation, and whatever level of OCD you’re hosting at the moment, there are Mac apps which give you umpteen eleven options to clean, repair, and optimize your Mac.
Let’s start with expensive first.
Cocktail Cleans And Disinfects
A long time favorite of my psycho analyst is Cocktail. It’s a Mac app that’s loaded with features to tweak, clean, purge (and I mean that in a good way), customize, and improve your Mac—Disks, System, Files, Network, and Interface.
And it does all that with a sensible interface that even your mother would love.
My favorite setting is the Pilot tab, which lets you check off a bunch of items to soothe your savage frustrations with a click. Alas, Cocktail isn’t free, but it does plenty, and does it on Mac OS X Lion, too.
For the moneyless afflicted Mac user, there are three other apps, which, when combined, are still free.
Titanium Software’s Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper do much of what Cocktail does, but leaves you with money left over, yet somehow manages to make your Mac work better, work the way you want, and washes the OCD-induced clutter out of your mind.
What kinds of things do all these apps have in common? They tweak OS X settings, they clean caches, repair this and that, open up hidden configurations, reset what needs to be reset, and enables and disables other functions that Apple apparently doesn’t think you deserve.