Yes, a few more features never hurt, and I’m fully cognizant of the need for a Mac app developer to make money for the effort of creating an app. We review plenty of good apps on Mac360 and that helps the Mac community; developer and user. What catches my hair on fire is the leap from free to downright expensive. Here’s the perfect example.
CCleaned Out By CCleaner
Until recently one of the more popular apps on the Mac App Store was CCleaner. It cleaned your Mac of caches and cookies and logs and the like with just a few clicks. Nice, right? CCleaner was free.
Free lasted awhile and the app was one of the most popular on the Mac App Store and with good reason. It cleaned up junk that some Mac users thought needed to be clean, and, you know, free. Then one day CCleaner disappeared from the Mac App Store, leaving previous users with no upgrade path. Then a new version debuted with a hefty, hefty price tag, a few more features, and a support option.
What CCleaner does is what many Mac users think they need. Clean caches. Clean cookies. Clean logs. I won’t argue the merits because, well, you know– different strokes for different folks. CCleaner couldn’t be much easier to use for the Mac neophyte (the user who will pay this kind of cash for what this kind of app does).
Select Cleaner in the Sidebar. Select the browsers you want to clean. Click Analyze to see what CCleaner finds. Then, click Run Cleaner to begin the cleaning process.
CCleaner Pro does a good job finding files you may not need or don’t want on your Mac, thereby saving you some storage space. For example, not only can it clean out cluttered history, cookie, and cache files for all the major Mac browsers, it can also be used to find and uninstall apps you may not be using anymore.
The free version still exists, but the latest version is called Professional and the app developer claims it’s the most popular of the two. It also adds a few features not found in the previous versions, including silent background updates, and priority support– which comes with a hefty price tag that surprised even me until I saw the price tag on the CCleaner for Windows PCs and networks. Plus, there’s CCleaner for Android, too.
If you’re in to tinkering and tweaking your Mac but prefer the tried and true point-and-click method, then check out Free: Deeper Hidden Features On A Mac. Because free can be a good thing.