Xslimmer: legit?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rroback, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. rroback macrumors member

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    I just downloaded xslimmer, and tested it on my mba. I looked at the before, and after, and my available hd space went down. I'm guessing most people back up their applications, and then move the backup to a cd/dvd? Does xslimmer work as it's supposed to, and does it affect any programs? I understand that they blacklist, but it makes me nervous deleting code from programs. I used monolingual ( and did a clean instal), but i'm about to instal cs2 etc, and if I can run xslimmer, great.
     
  2. digitalfx macrumors 6502a

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    works as advertised, I have slimmed all of my apps.
     
  3. spyz88 macrumors regular

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    Works for me too. Great little program and worth the money...
     
  4. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    It worked great for me. iTunes is WAY too big. It made it a lot smaller :)

    The Stig
     
  5. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    XSlimmer is very good.

    However I think there is a free application which may be better.

    Monolingual originally removed any excess languages from your computer but now they have added similar features as XSlimmer and also keyboard inputs. I have not yet had two identical clean systems to test, it would be interesting to see the results of an XSlimmer strip compared to a monolingual architecture strip.
     
  6. hephem macrumors member

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    Hi to all,

    It would be great if someone could do it and share his conclusions. :)

    Hopping that someone will try this out before my investment on a MBA.
     
  7. psychofreak Retired

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    Great over here.
     
  8. Steve Jobs=God macrumors 6502

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    Are there any programs you would suggest not slimming? Such as the ultilities folder, terminal etc?
     
  9. R.Youden macrumors 68020

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    XSlimmer will automatically 'blacklist' applications that can not be stripped, not sure about monolingual
     
  10. psychofreak Retired

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    It has a blacklist for apps you shouldn't slim, and it doesn't slim them.
     
  11. rroback thread starter macrumors member

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    I used both apps on my mba earlier today. I had already not installed a bunch of printer drivers, and left off garage band, imovie, but left iweb. I also installed cs2, and the iwork set. Monolingual removes about 1.5 gigs of stuff (I removed all but 3 languages), and xslim removed about .5 gigs, once I took the backup and burned that to cd, and deleted it.
     
  12. twynne macrumors 6502a

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    I personally couldn't get Monolingual to run on my Air, but Trimmit is a free program that does the same as XSlimmer. I've had no issues with it whatsoever.
     
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    Just one more vote that I've used this (on a Mac Mini not an Air) and it was fantastic and did exactly what it should with no funny business.
     
  14. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    How do you remove additional languages from the OS itself using Trimmit?
     
  15. gelatin macrumors 6502

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    is there a free alternative to xslimmer?

    ive already used mono lingual to removed the languages ad stuff
    i just need xslimmer to slim my programs down.

    ive already used up the free trial :(

    or is there a way to get the full version free? ;)
     
  16. ubercool macrumors 6502a

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    As I already mentioned in another post, save your money. Xslimmer does not save enough to make it worthwhile and it can't "slim" the real hogs, like those Adobe apps. :rolleyes:
     
  17. fredrickyoon macrumors regular

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    Legit, I use it all the time and save countless space on my Air.
     
  18. psychofreak Retired

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    The 3GB its saved me has been worth it.
     
  19. fredrickyoon macrumors regular

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    Agreed. Even the slightest amount to slim down by, saves you space on the precious Air. :)
     
  20. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I used XSlimmer on my iMac and it led to me having to do a reinstall of the OS. Reason it took out a part of something that the MS Office Updater installer needed. The problem was not blacklisted at the time of slimming because the program wasn't installed at the time. It only saved about 700Mb of space from the 8Gb of applications I have installed. So in the end it was a waste for me and involved a lot more hassle for a pesky 700Mb.
     
  21. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    I've saved about 4Gb... things like Adobe and Final Cut Studio take up shedloads of space and def need stripping of its excess bulk... especially since I'm on a laptop.

    Anyway.. never had a problem well worth using. From what I've seen of whats being slimmed some apps often halve in size from having both PPC and Intel code next to each other.. one of them being completely unusable.
     
  22. krye macrumors 68000

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    xSlimmer works great. All your apps that are dual binary have code to run on a Power PC Mac and an Intel Mac. Since you're on an Intel machine, the Power PC code is wasted space. Also, the same applies to multiple languages. xSlimmer pulls out the Power PC code and the extra languages that you don't need.

    I've slimmed down all my apps on my Mac Pro, probably about 100, and everything works great. (There are some OS X protected apps that can't be slimmed.)

    Also note, you have to also re-slim after Apple applies any software updates.
     
  23. chkdg8 macrumors 6502

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    After reading the comments on here, I decided to run this program. I was seconds away from running Monolingual but after users posted some horror stories, I zapped it right away. My imac is fairly new but I've noticed some light sluggish performance lately. I noticed that Xslimmer has a Genie feature that scans just about every app on your machine which comes in very helpful.

    It's true that while most if not all Adobe files are blacklisted and some apps are just too slim to begin with, I also left in some Apple apps like iWeb and Garage Band. I'll never fully use those anyways. The slimming took less than 5 minutes and it trimmed 2.8gb. Not bad. The best part was when I restarted my machine. Now when I launch an app, it bounces no more than 2 times. Great response time. That's a great improvement overall.
     

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