How best to uninstall OS X Software such as Final Cut Studio?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by markw10, Apr 2, 2007.

  1. markw10 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    I am relatively new to the mac and am a pc switcher.
    I am used to the uninstall/remove program option on Windows. Is there something like this on OS X? I don't see it and assume that it is as simple as dragging the program icon(s) to the trash can to delete. I installed the entire Final Cut Studio but then realized the only two sections of it I use are Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio. To free a lot of wasted space I decided to remove Livetype, Motion, and all the other sections but it didn't free up that space. Am I doing something wrong? What is the best way to remove this and other programs completely from OS X?
  2. iPhil macrumors 68040


    If the software use a "installer" then there's an"uninstaller" in the software pack..

    No on the 1st.. then drag the app to the trash and empty the trash can .. Uninstalled the app

    edit: drag the app from app folder to the trash n empty
  3. Steven1621 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2003
  4. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    Any Free Way?

    Added the Link
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Unlike MS Windows, on the Mac all the program files are in one place in the Applications folder. So dragging the app to the trash is all you need to do to remove the program. But the program likely made some data files when it ran. It the very least it needs to "remember" preferences you set. But really, these are so small (few kilobytes) that you shouldn't even care if they are left over.

    You can find special third party programs that know how to find and delete these files or yu can search for them using Spotlight and delete them your self or just figure it does not mater.

    On Windows there is this shared resource called "the registry" so to delete a program you need to modify the registry and botching that job screws up other programs. ANd then there is the problem of DLL versions. Mac OS simply does not have these issues. programs don't modify shared resorces so deleting a program is not rocket science
  6. coach z macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2007
    lol you post this at mac-forums? this looks extremely familiar ;)

    just trash the program and then do a spotlight search for any addition files contaiing its name, make sure you dont delete anything you might need and then empty your trash.

    also remember that if a program was installed with an actual installer, the best way to remove it is with the un-installer
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
  8. 2fives macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    Surrey BC
    New to OS X too I was overly concerned about removing every trace of any program I "uninstalled" My other MAC buddy said don't forget this ain't Windows. Just trash the program from the applications folder and call it done. After about dozen serching through spotlight to try to annaly uninstall every scrap of what ever program I was uninstalling I realized he was right.
  9. SSpiro macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA

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