Really, Really, Really remove all the app's files

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  1. pgflmac macrumors member

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    I download an application (OmniGraffle) that comes with a trial period. I tried the app and decided to delete it. I must have not dragged it all the way to the trash because it was on my desktop. I clicked on it and was informed I still had 3 day left on the trial - that is correct. However, I am wondering where OmniGraffle keeps this information.

    I next deleted the application all the associated files I can find with the file name of content "omni group" and "omnigraffle" - including "system files." And then I emptied the trash

    I then re downloaded the trial .dmg and it still says three days left.

    How can I find out what file or mechanism OmniGraffle is using? I suspect it dropped a hidden file on my Mac. I would like it to go away.
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    There can be files in a number of places including (but not exclusive)
    • ~/Library/Preferences/
    • ~/Library/Application Support/AppName/
    • /Library/Receipts/
     
  3. pgflmac thread starter macrumors member

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    Sure it could be almost anywhere

    Sure it could be almost anywhere with any name. But that is not much help how does one find it. That is the question!!
     
  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Chances are it left an invisible file somewhere.

    You might try using Find Any File to find it. It's free and one of its specialties is finding invisible files in directories that Spotlight ignores.

    You might also try using mucommander. You'll be able to walk through your folders looking at each invisible file.

    mt
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Well most of them will include the name of the program. Most programs for Mac that say they uninstall all the files for an app don't actually get all the files. You can try AppCleaner, but the locations I gave you will let you find more files than it does.
     
  6. CPPMaster macrumors member

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    I had the impression that when you send the application to trash, all related files, (right mouse click, Show Package Contents, will be also sent to trash, one of the nice things about MAC, no dll, registry, etc, all that crap Windows stuff.
     
  7. pgflmac thread starter macrumors member

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    That is for sure a myth

    Applications can and do write files in other locations and they can be hidden. What I am looking for is a tool that "logs" files that are opened when you launch an application - I think. Or maybe someone that knows where Omni writes files.
     
  8. pgflmac thread starter macrumors member

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    AppCleaner = no help.

    AppCleaner = no help.
     
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