I don’t have an answer for that other than ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ and it’s likely that as much as some app developers need to design, build, and publish an app that Mac users want, sometimes I think they do it merely to make a buck.
That said, if you have a buck, here’s a useful Mac utility to look at.
The Healthy Mac Diet
In the early days of hard disk drives storage was expensive and we had to undertake space saving measures like compressing files, pruning files, and so on. Then hard disk drives became cheap and storage increased so we got into the habit of never throwing away any file, and pruning, and compressing or archiving files was a distant memory.
Along came Macs with expensive but fast flash storage and we’re back to caring about how much storage space is available, and that means utilities which check disk space, remove unnecessary files, and free up space are part of a growing utility industry.
Enter Disk Health, one of many Mac utilities which scour and scan the Mac’s storage (HDD; hard disk drive, or, SSD: solid state flash drive) to find duplicate files, remove various and sundry caches, empty the Trash, remove Mail and Download files, and even delete unneeded iOS updates.
How? Click the Clean button.
Simply run Disk Health and it will display the results in a handy, graphical dashboard of sorts which displays the amount of free space on the Mac, total amount of storage used, and how much additional disk space you get if it cleans all the checked items.
Most of this type of cleaning will not do anything to speed up your Mac. It’s a disk storage grabbing and saving utility which empties App Caches, Logs, Browser caches, Mail and Downloads folders, outdated iOS updates, and other old and large files that it finds to be conspicuous. For large files health Disk scans and locates the files so you can preview what’s there before sending them off to the Trash.
What’s all that worth to you?
Health Disk’s previous price tag was $9.99 on the Mac App Store. When I wrote this over the weekend it was sale priced at 99-cents. That’s chump change and makes it an easy purchase.