"Optimization" apps...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cosmoed, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. cosmoed macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2005
    I don't know if that is a fluffy term but are there any optimizing performance apps I can run?

    I bought an 2.0 iMac in May and I have noticed a slow down when opening apps, logging in and other things of that nature.

    Just curious on what you appleheads would do if you noticed a slow down.
  2. Kyan macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2004

    Tech Tools 4 is one program that performs optimization, but with a Mac it is not really necessary, unless you are moving huge files (movies or such). OSX automatically optimizes smaller files.
    There may be some other opinions, but that is my take on it.
    Good luck and I hope you are enjoying your Mac.
  3. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    System Optimizer X 4.7 is pretty good
    Panther Cache Cleaner and its various offspring are really good too
    Spring Cleaning is pretty good for longer term maintainance gets at the really useless stuff on your hard drive that is just taking up precious space...
  4. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    There are a lot of free optimization programs. They are basically really good uses of Apple's Apple Scripting language. I like Onyx and Mac Sweeper. There are number of action scripts and free optimization scripts out there with less elegant interfaces. There are also a number of optimizers that have the same functionality with a cost attached. What Tech Tools and the higher cost optimizers offer is defragmentation , which I don't find to be a problem. They also offer advanced file and disk repair, which is a bonus. Running them off the boot disk, allows deep repairs to system structures that might not be possible when running the app from the HD.

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