What most Mac users don’t know is free maintenance apps are available and do a good job clearing cache files, running repair scripts, and come with tools to unlock hidden features in OS X.
The Fantastic Four
Other than the commercial apps, which look pretty but do much the same as the free apps, there are just a handful of Mac apps I can recommend to keep a Mac maintained.
First on my list today is a relative newcomer. It’s called MacMaintenance, and it works about the same as our trio of favorites (more on those in a moment).
This app is similar to others. It opens special functions in the Finder and Dock, clears Caches, runs scripts, repairs disk permissions, and enables a host of System functions that Apple turns off.
Not bad for free, right? MacMaintenance is a work horse with a simple mission. Add a little secret functionality, and keep your Mac maintained.
It does that with a familiar interface. Click the Finder icon to open up hidden functions, including displaying the hidden Library folder, and displaying hidden files.
One click toggles seven hidden Finder functions. Likewise, MacMaintenance toggles a few settings on the Dock, including transparent icons for apps, and removing the glass effect for a 2D style Dock.
Wait. There’s more!
Five additional functions are controlled from the Cache tab, including deleting caches, freeing memory, rebuilding the Spotlight index and more.
OS X has a number of scripts which are set to run late at night. If your Mac is asleep or turned off they many not run, but the System tab lets you run periodic scripts at will.
Finally, the Maintenance tab makes it even easier because it does most of the cleaning and maintenance work with a click.
MacMaintenance is decent, especially so considering the price tag, but there’s a trio of other Mac utilities you may like, Onyx, Maintenance, and Deeper. All are free to use.