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0.7
15 May 2006

Strip unwanted code from Universal applications.

Mischivo
16 January 2006

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Cut about 8 megabytes off of iTunes. 59 to 51MB. It works--and so does iTunes--so far.
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Version 0.2

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Semioticmonkey
06 February 2008
good GUI on top of the trim command. simple, effective, no frills and free. One window, drag application, done. No buttons to push, no icons. You can't batch operations (as Xslimmer does), but it is not a real problem after all. start fast. maybe some preferences about the language to keep would be a good feature. if you want go the terminal route here is a good place to start http://lipidity.com/apple/cleaning-apps-mac-os-x/
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Version 0.7
Aziliz
03 August 2007
Un vrai jeu d'enfant (même en anglais !), et pas mal d'octets dégagés en un clin d'oeil
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Version 0.7
New-User
21 May 2007
It does one thing, it does it very well, it's under 1MB and it's free!!
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Version 0.7
Ben-marko
23 November 2006
Be careful of what you use this on...World of Warcraft had to be reinstalled after I used TrimTheFat on it (it wouldn't start up at all). That being said, it is pretty awesome - I saved over 1 GB!
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Version 0.7
St00pid-M0nk3y
20 November 2006
Erm...cuts the file size "of apps" by half or more. I can't type today.
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Version 0.7
St00pid-M0nk3y
20 November 2006
Works like a dream! Cuts the file size of by half or more.
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Version 0.7
Kublakhan
20 June 2006
I think I saved about a Gigabyte using this baby... I used it on every single app installed on my computer - even Apple programs (which had the most "fat"). My computer is still stable... and lean.
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Version 0.7
Gregw
16 May 2006
The blacklist has been updated to include Audio Hijack Pro 2 and Linotype Font Explorer X. Users can grab the latest version of the list by launching TTF, opening the preferences window and clicking the update button.
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Version 0.7
Shotgunweddings
15 May 2006
Although some app. don't like being trimmed for whatever reason, this Tool is GREAT! ¥ For rookies it creates a backup before trimming, cool! ¥ Simple interface, cool! And save lot's of disk space wasted on bloated applications! Very cool! Got back over 288 MB's in trimmings! Worked flawlessy with an eMac 384 MB's on Tiger 10.4.6 Keep up the great work!
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Version 0.7
Gregw
18 February 2006
"This is not a bug with Speed Download or TrimTheFat." I didn't mean to indicate that it was. A bug, in my book, is unintended behavior. As far as I can tell, Speed Download's behavior after trimming was quite intentional. "While some application work well; not all applications work well after they've been trimmed." In this case, the application apparently detects that the executable file (not code but file) has been modified and presents a message to the user asserting that it has been corrupted. There's no way eliminating code which is never even loaded into memory from the executable container should have any impact on the reliability of an app.
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Version 0.6
Gregw
30 January 2006
Update on the issue with Speed Download. I'm not posting this as a reply to the original message because I don't want it lost in the background. It appears to be Speed Download's fault. Not a problem with TTF or the command-line utility it wraps, but an intentional behavior of SD to detect that the executable has been modified and refuse to run if that's the case. There are several reasons a developer might choose to do that, boiling down to protecting the user from malware or more pragmatically shielding themselves from liability, but it has never been a supported practice on OS X given that under some circumstances even the OS may modify an executable. I've contacted SD's developer.
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Version 0.5
1 answer(s)
Yazsoft
Yazsoft
18 February 2006
This is not a bug with Speed Download or TrimTheFat. If you would like the PowerPC only version of Speed Download, it is available from our download page: http://www.yazsoft.com/download.html While some application work well; not all applications work well after they've been trimmed. Mark --- The Speed Download Team http://www.yazsoft.com info@yazsoft.com
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Version 0.6
Mcguffin
28 January 2006
great app, saved some space but unfotunatly it killed speed download 3. all i get is a corrupt exectutable warning when i try and run it. sseeing as this isnt a 1.0 release yet its not too bad but has anyone else had problems?
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Version 0.4
4 answer(s)
Mikeh
Mikeh
29 January 2006
Yes, same problem for Speed Download. But GraphicConverter, SpamSieve and iTunes all treated OK and trimmed. Mike
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Version 0.5
Commander-Lazenby
Commander-Lazenby
29 January 2006
You can actually get a PPC-only binary from the Downloads section of the Speed Download 3 site.
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Version 0.5
Gregw
Gregw
29 January 2006
I've confirmed the issue with Speed Download, but can't find anything else so far that behaves the same way. I'm not sure exactly what's causing it (I have a guess basd on a comment made by SD's developer, but nothing concrete) and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any way to predict it for any given file. The next release of TTF, though, will have and default to a "safe" mode that backs up the original item before trimming.
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Version 0.5
Gregw
Gregw
01 February 2006
The verdict is that TTF didn't corrupt Speed Download. Speed Download detected that its executable had been modified and refused to run other than putting up a dialog saying so.
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Version 0.5
Mischivo
23 January 2006
Not that it matters at this point, but allow me to suggest a different icon: a representation of Apple's Universal Binary Logo with the ying and yang separated by a small margin--or something akin to that. Also, what are the chances that it will render useless the programs it is supposed to work on?
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Version 0.4
2 answer(s)
Gregw
Gregw
23 January 2006
I'm fairly certain Apple would object, and they'd have a good case in doing so. I consider the chance of damage fairly low. TTF doesn't do the heavy lifting itself. It's just a convenience GUI wrapper around a command-line tool that Apple includes in the stock system installation expressly for this purpose and it doesn't even try to invoke that tool on anything that doesn't appear to the OS to be an executable file. It's probably slightly less likely to do damage than the tools we had during the transition to PPC that did the same kind of thing.
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Version 0.4
fahlman
fahlman
29 January 2006
Considering Apple doesn't own a trademark on the Ying & Yang symbol they can't object.
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Version 0.5
Jromney
19 January 2006
I tried it on the new iLife and iWork apps and it only trimmed a couple MB from each app.
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Version 0.3
3 answer(s)
Gregw
Gregw
19 January 2006
You'll probably want to try 0.4. It does a better job with packages. I just knocked about 9MB off iMovie and over 22MB from iWeb.
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Version 0.4
Mrhooks
Mrhooks
25 January 2006
I used this app on GarageBand, iPhoto, iWeb, and iWork, and trimmed over 100MB total. Great! But it acted a little weird when I used it on Witch. I dropped Witch, it trimmed a little, but Info still said Witch was a universal binary. I dropped it again, it trimmed some more (?!), and still said it was a universal binary. After that, it wouldn't trim any more from Witch. I wondered if it was a PrefPane thing, but I didn't experience any weirdness trimming other PrefPanes.
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Version 0.4
Gregw
Gregw
25 January 2006
Just tried it on Witch (Thanks for reminding me that exists, btw. I meant to try it when I first heard of it and forgot to grab it by the time I got back to my machine.) and it worked fine in one shot. There are two pieces of executable code in there: the prefPane proper and the code for the background app that actually does the work. TTF got them both and the next Get Info showed it as PPC-only. Not sure what might have made it miss anything in your case. Especially not sure why a second attempt would get further.
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Version 0.4
Jlaro
17 January 2006
I trimmed 19.41 MB (40%) from Graphic Converter 5.7.5 X UB. Very good. Keep up the good work! Before you release 1.0, can you do what many other developpers also neglect to do: remove unnecessary menus and menu items. They look like table leftovers.
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Version 0.3
1 answer(s)
Gregw
Gregw
17 January 2006
I think I can arrange that. I've been paring it down as I determine the specific items aren't going to be useful. Thanks for the feedback and encouragement.
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Version 0.3
Chakaranda
16 January 2006
OMG! It sure feels like being back in the "good" ol' PPC/68k days ;-) Makes me think 'bout what actually happened/improved since then? well not much! My mac can do just about the same tasks now as it could back then...only thing that improved slightly is the speed in some tasks! (but not definately not all) and the "resolution" meaning a bit better/higher quality on video & audio, and generally the computer is a bit faster.. Seems to me that these new OS'es is eating up most of all the extra CPU power we've got since back then? ..! back then stripping out the unwanted extra code would make apps load a lot faster...:-) now well erh stripping out a few MB of code when you've got GigaBytes's of RAM and min. 0.x TeraBytes HD space..does it make a difference?
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Version 0.3
3 answer(s)
Gregw
Gregw
16 January 2006
Granted hard drives are huge now, I think I'm not alone in resenting applications that take up space on my machine with content from which I cannot benefit. Imagine being able to reduce the footprint of your whole installed set of apps by 20%. It adds up to a fair amount of space that you can use for data or for other apps. A prior commenter, for example, noted that stripping one architecture out of iTunes saved about 8MB - or about 8 minutes worth of music. It might be especially of interest to notebook users, for whom internal expansion is quite limited (and for iBooks non-trivial) and external expansion inconvenient.
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Version 0.3
Chakaranda
Chakaranda
16 January 2006
You're absolutely right! I apologize if my comment seemed like turning your work down, that was in no way my intention. (nor to turn you down..) My comment was just a reflection over past and present...and how incredibly little we've actually gained from all this "fantastic" bigger, faster etc. hardware
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Version 0.3
Gregw
Gregw
17 January 2006
No problems; I didn't take it as a dig. It's a fair question that deserved a straight answer. Actually, we really do have much more powerful machines and systems in our hands. It's just that our expectations have grown at least as fast. Remember waiting a weekend for a ray tracer to render one 640x480 image - and remember that it "only" took a weekend to do it?
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Version 0.3
Vitalis
16 January 2006
Reminds me of the old application "ILoveNative!", which used to do the same kind of thing for PPC/68k Apps back in the system 6.x, 7.x days ^^
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Version 0.2
Mischivo
16 January 2006
Cut about 8 megabytes off of iTunes. 59 to 51MB. It works--and so does iTunes--so far.
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Version 0.2