Bringing the Best of Windows to Mac OS X

  Arbi Karamians       September 19, 2007      Tutorials Mac Apps


I was a Windows user for nearly nine years of my life. Throughout that period of time, I had countless issues with my Windows PC and Windows as an operating system. In fact, there are specific issues that were so inconceivable, I actually remember the countless hours I spent resolving them. These issues eventually led me to enlightenment, i.e., a MacBook Pro. However, having been a Windows user for such a long period of time, I’m left missing specific Windows features. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s very much the truth – our counterparts do have some features worth mentioning.

Two specific features top my chart of “Things I Miss.” Actually, it’s safe to say my “Things I Miss” chart is limited to two features: Defrag and Add or Remove Programs. For the sake of saving time and maintaining my low blood pressure, I’ll refrain from jotting down a “Things I Don’t Miss” chart.

These two tools (Defrag and Add or Remove Programs) are, at their core, tools to allow the reorganization of data. One of the tools, Defrag, is a systematic protocol developed to automatically reorganize and rearrange fragmented program files. The second allows for a manual addition or removal of programs which are no longer needed, or unnecessary or problematic. Personally, I run a tight ship, so these programs came in handy quite often during my naïve and ignorant Windows PC days.

The first thing I sought out when making the switch from Windows to Mac was software that would enable me to keep my Mac free of the riff raff Windows users face constantly. Through a little bit of research on the Internet I found myself at two websites that would forever change my Mac experience.

Santa Software have developed a bit of software that works wonders on Macs. Main Menu, their flagship title, will actually perform all of your batch file tasks depending on your personal preferences. Main Menu has several options, and although it does not perform the specific tasks of its counterpart, defrag, it does reorganize data to ensure a more efficient performance.

The Main Menu application for Mac

First and foremost, “Maintenance Scripts” allow you to specify dates and times you’d wish your batch tasks to be executed, which is a handy feature if you’ve got a complicated schedule.

For more information about your Mac’s maintenance scripts, see this Macinstruct article.

Other Main Menu features include:

Main Menu creates a queue of tasks and executes them to make a faster and more efficient Mac. I think we can all agree that that’s something we’ve come to expect from our Macs. Main Menu will keep your Mac in tip-top shape!

The Main Menu application for Mac

AppZapper

AppZapper is a program developed by Austin Sarner and Brian Ball that allows you to easily uninstall programs and applications from your Mac. In fact, they claim that their program is “the uninstaller Apple forgot.” They emphasize its ease of use, and after using it for a couple weeks now, I can reiterate that sentiment.

The AppZapper application for Mac

Just as easily as you drag and drop an application into your Application folder to install it, you can drag and drop that application into AppZapper and it will uninstall all of its related components. Anyone who has spent the time scouring through Read Me files and Spotlight trying to find all the components you’ll need to delete to “uninstall” an application will immediately appreciate AppZapper. The $12.95 you’ll have to pay for the license will pay for itself the first time you save yourself 45 minutes trying to uninstall a program you just wanted to test out.

AppDelete provides the same functionality as AppZapper and is free of charge.

The AppZapper application for Mac

Put these two programs to work and you’ll have your Mac running smoother in minutes. I optimize my MacBook Pro weekly using these two programs and my Mac is as good as new after a year of use. Try them out. Heck, if you don’t like them, you have 5 free zaps on AppZapper to get rid of them!

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