There are times when a writing and app review assignment is just too easy. Today is that day. As always, the objective is to find a Mac application of value. An app that does what it says it does. An app that’s affordable. One that’s also easy to use. And one that gets used frequently enough to be useful.
In the new age of the Mac App Store, those inexpensive apps are a dime a dozen. Or, in this case, absolutely free. But take this fair warning. It only does one thing.
The Invisibility Toggle Switch
When I first read the description of iShow Invisible, I thought this would be the coolest Mac security application ever. It’s not.
iShow Invisible is free. It’s a toggle switch along the lines of the popular Caffeine (also free).
What does it do? I displays and hides invisible files on your Mac. With a click. It’s a toggle switch. Maybe we could stretch it and say iShow Invisible does two things. It shows invisible files with a click. And it hides invisible files with a click.
That’s all it does.
I looked twice. That’s really all it does. You were expecting more? It’s free.
Why use iShow Invisible at all?
Your Mac is loaded with invisible files, mostly the kind you shouldn’t be messing around with in the first place. Delete the wrong invisible file and your Mac can go all wonky on you.
However, there are times when you need to look at specific invisible files, and the method Apple gives you takes longer to implement.
In a sense, iShow Invisible is simply an easier way to do that which is already easy (a dozen Mac apps will unlock that feature). Check out Free: The Best Mac Apps To Manage System Maintenance.
Or, the 2 Ways To Clean, Repair, Optimize Your Mac for a list of functions that go well beyond a single toggle switch for a one-trick-pony app like iShow Invisible.