Xslimmer
Xslimmer
1.9.4

4.2

Xslimmer free download for Mac

Xslimmer1.9.4

18 October 2013

Save hard drive space by reducing the size of applications.

Overview

Note: Xslimmer is no longer under development but can still be downloaded.

Xslimmer removes wasted space on your Mac's hard drive by removing the binary from either its PowerPC or Intel code (depending on the system architecture used). The result users report is that you can save 47% of your disk space.

For example, when running Xslimmer on Google Earth 4, it shrinks the size from 101MB to 52.8MB, which is a 47% reduction.

As the developer states, the driving goal of Xslimmer is to achieve size reduction without compromising functionality. As of version 1.2, the option to strip applications from unwanted language files and localizations is added. Version 1.2.7 improves Leopard support by automatically excluding Time Machine paths from the analysis process.

Additional features for safe use include a "blacklist" and a custom folder list (which is by default populated with key system locations). This prevents problems with applications (or the system itself) that will no longer work after size reduction.

With the "App Finder Genie", a user can list all size reducible applications on the hard disk and choose to slim them and save a considerable amount of hard disk space.

What's new in Xslimmer

Version 1.9.4:
  • Fixed a crash after the analysis phase completed

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113 Reviews of Xslimmer

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Gary30
15 November 2008
Version: 1.6.2

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I have been using this program for almost two years and had only one problem. I just replaced the slimmed file with a backup which was generated by the program. As with any software that utility that you know is going to poke through your files, you will want to make sure you have a current backup before running. You can use a program such as "Easyfind" to see if (or where) there are leftover "lproj" resources. You can also use a number of programs that are indiscriminate to varying degrees to remove all such files from all packages (except a language you want to keep). I think Xslimmer is a reasonably safe and convenient option.
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wilsonms
10 March 2020
Version: 1.9.4
Used this for several years, then out came Catalina and no longer works. Formerly 5 star.
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bmikeyd
13 March 2017
Version: 1.9.4
Two questions:

Will this work on Sierra 10.12.3?

Is there an alternative app that is actively being supported by its developer?

Thanks!
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JamesHarrisPhoto
03 January 2017
Version: 1.9.4
Per the developer's website, Xslimmer has been officially discontinued.
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Ptrix
22 March 2016
Version: 1.9.4
Feature Request: Please include the ability for xSlimmer to examine package contents. several apps include additional files within their contents that could be slimmed. i usually do this manually, but it would be great if xSlimmer did it as part of its standard routine to increase efficiency and space savings. :)
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Gregm
19 October 2015
Version: 1.9.4
One of my favorite utilities -- 'til it was broken by OSX10.11 El Capitan. Looks like it is trying, but reports back that there is no difference before/ after processing. I have filled a feedback to the developer.
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Max-G
22 October 2014
Version: 1.9.4
Does this work on Yosemite?
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Rsmacupdate
21 July 2014
Version: 1.9.4
I cannot tell front he documentation whether Xslimmer allows you to ask it to remove unwanted printer files. Can the developer respond to this question. If it doesn't can the developer add this capability to a future release? I would also like to chime in with BiJohnson's 2014-05-01 post and ask that the ability to select/choose the volumes or volumes to be slimmed to added as well. Thanks!
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Big Johnson
01 May 2014
Version: 1.9.4
Unfortunately it does not allow you to choose which volume to check - it will only check the one it's installed on. I have it on my main partition but wanted to run it on my repair partition. I don't want it installed on my repair partition but I'd still like to slim it since there's only 8 GB free space.
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5
Bento de Espinosa
20 February 2014
Version: 1.9.4
Very useful!
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4.5
Florent-de-Staël
20 October 2013
Version: 1.9.4
5 Stars Overall Rating when the Check update feature will work.
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Forn
18 October 2013
Version: 1.9.4
Why pay 15 $ if you can do it for free? Use for ex. Monolingual.
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Scoops98
17 October 2013
Version: 1.9.4
Works great in 1.9.4 now.
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Florent-de-Staël
17 October 2013
Version: 1.9.3
Version 1.9.3 crashes on genius scan
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3.5
Florent-de-Staël
17 October 2013
Version: 1.9.3
I Confirm. Since Version 1.9.3 Genious scan crashes. I have sent several emails to dev : no answer. I really suggest not to buy this application for the moment. It is such a shame, it was great… is latenitesoft really still working on this application ?
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Eric•Woehler
07 September 2013
Version: 1.9.3
Confirming 1.9.3 fixes the crash when using the Genie to scan apps. Many thanks to dev for prompt repairs!
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4.5
Whitebuck
07 September 2013
Version: 1.9.2
Thank you, LateNiteSoft, for the expeditious update 1.9.3. I use your application after every update on any of my software. With only one minor bug experience, during my years of use. An excellent application and would highly recommend to all.
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Eric•Woehler
04 September 2013
Version: 1.9.2
1.9.2 crashes immediately after scan of apps (cmd-g) I can't read crash logs, so I can't pinpoint the problem, but crash it does - and is repeatable. going back to 1.9.1 as this has been rock solid app and highly recommended - and worth the asking price. apps are updated regularly, so I run Xslimmer weekly.
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Akrobat
04 September 2013
Version: 1.9.2
This new version crashes while operating. Has happened 3 times since the update. I reinstalled the old version via Time Machine. Old version is still stable.
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Thinking-Differently
18 October 2012
Version: 1.9.1
On the right side of the Xslimmer window are two columns of icons. Some are worlds, some are 4 colored balls, some are chips with a question mark in them, etc. Where does is say what these mean? Is there some documentation that I have yet to find?
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3.5
Grinson
02 August 2012
Version: 1.9.1
It saves 4GB disk space for me, but I use other software (Magican) to clear my Lion, it saves me 13GB disk space. This app is very good, but it seems expensive. I hope this app can have a discount. Maybe $10.
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Kzx72
15 July 2012
Version: 1.9
For 15 bucks it's still worth it. 5 to 10 bucks would probably be ideal but how many other programs are like Xslimmer? I've been using it since 2007 and it's saved me god knows how many gigabytes over the years. One of my favorite apps that's easy to use and has the potential to free up a lot of space on the computer which is particularly handy if you're running low.
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iPoopStore
12 July 2012
Version: 1.9
Requirements above state "PPC / Intel, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later" That is no longer correct. Version 1.9 is Intel only and I very much doubt it will launch on 10.3.9.
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Unicorn
21 February 2012
Version: 1.8.2
Tis not worth $15 for certain, but I would love to see it for $5. Why? how often do people install apps? This is like a one-time use only, unless you need to re-install the OS. Also, this is strictly for apps only. Apps that people have paid who knows how much for. On average, this app deletes about 100mb of data for every Gig of apps. (more or less). If I already have tons of free space, why should I pay $15 for maybe 2G more? I could buy a flash drive with more space per gig. This app is nice, but not completely worth it.
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wickedsp1d3r
03 December 2011
Version: 1.8.2
Never had any problems with Xslimmer. It has saved so much disk space and thanks to it many of my apps have became faster and slimmer. Hope it's still under active development. Very nice application overall!
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0.5
Nerdnase
27 October 2011
Version: 1.8.2
Unfortunately, I used XSlimmer, ran into problems (over 7000 FILE SYNC ERRORS immediately after running XSlimmer), and contacted support for assistance. Their auto response was prompt, leading me to believe that customer service might be good. I was wrong. I heard back initially with a request for system info, and some other possibly related items. I provided the requested information, then nothing. That was early October. I've sent repeated requests for updates, and have received no response aside from the auto responses. Based on my experience with LateNiteSoft and XSlimmer, I say do not gamble with an unreliable company. The payback is not worth the potential of them ignoring requests to provide service for the product they sell. Because the after purchase service was nonexistent for me, I cannot rate any feature as acceptable because the product appears to have cause a large number of File Sync problems, all similar to iDisk/XSlimmer Backup/Google Earth.app.xs_bck/Contents/Resources. Be Warned.
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xati-ba
28 July 2011
Version: 1.8.2
This app cannot damage your apps in any way, right?
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Gregm
22 July 2011
Version: 1.8.1
Version 1.8.1 crashes due to a missing image (according to crash reporter. Developer notified. I reverted to Version 1.7.9 from my back-ups. (how'd I miss 1.8.0?)
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Flomet
22 July 2011
Version: 1.8
Be careful with this app as I have just used it on Lion and it crashed six times and there is nothing in the backup apart from the last five programs slimmed.
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Stronachab
16 July 2011
Version: 1.7.9
I bought this after it was reviewed in a computer magazine. They raved about it, and their step-by-step guide, plus their assurances that there were safety get-outs at several stages for anyone who was nervous about such radical overhauls of applications, reassured me that it was the right thing to do. Yes, I could probably have saved the $15 by stripping out surplus languages and binaries myself but (a) I'm not savvy or computer-confident enough to do that; (b) I don't have the time or interest, and (c) hey, it's $15. I suspect there are many people like me who just don't need the hassle. The bottom line? It stripped out 4.72GB of wasted space on a 500GB iMac with 261 applications. Most impressive were Final Cut Pro 7.0.3 going from 801MB to 183MB; MacFamilyTree dropping from 365MB to 117MB, and Aperture 3.1.3 going from 602MB to 379MB. Also, all the components of the iLife 09 suite slimmed to an average half of their previous size. I have tried all these applications intensively since the slimming, and I was especially nervous about the hit that Final Cut Pro might have taken having lost 77% of its size. The good news is that everything — even some of the most obscure commands and facilities — seems to be working perfectly. You could argue that $15 is a lot to pay for 4.72GB of space, but that was only partly why I bought xSlimmer. Subjectively, the heavily slimmed applications are zippier. Much zippier. I also like knowing that there is no padding or dead code on my computer; that it's as lean as it can be. In short, as a non-geek, all I can tell you is that it has worked beautifully and perfectly for me.
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Nooneknowme
20 February 2011
Version: 1.7.9
Great App
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Bigboysdad
25 August 2010
Version: 1.7.9
The GUI provides an ease of use which makes this application do its thing quicker and more conveniently than the free alternatives out there. Generally speaking, if your HD is small by today's standards and at least 70% full, saving disk space wherever possible is a necessary chore; using this application helps you to do that on a regular basis very quickly which will allow you to focus on other things. In that regard, the price is worth it.
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Wedderhoff
23 August 2010
Version: 1.7.9
I like Xslimmer but it damages AI CS5 and the Adobe Updater doesn't recognize the app.
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Mascarnhas
21 June 2010
Version: 1.7.8
I've used Report and although its great, I've had better luck with WheresTheFreeSpace. It is Modeled after a PC application that is very popular called Treesize (but its for Mac).
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Latenitesoft-Pedro
10 May 2010
Version: 1.7.7
Xslimmer is designed to understand and honor code signing requirements: signatures should not be invalidated when using it. Thus, the problems you described in the other thread should not be an issue with Xslimmer. Please, let us know if you observe otherwise. Thanks!
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Elegraphy
19 February 2010
Version: 1.7.7
I've been using this app for many years, and over all it works fast and stable. The only part I don't like is that it always have some leftovers due to its blacklist. I used to use Youpi Optimizer to clean up leftover localizations. Lately I use CleanApp to do the job.
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Maclover1-1
16 January 2010
Version: 1.7.6
Cleanmymac stills finds a lot of bits of languages left over after Xslimmer.. so I guess Cleanmymac is "cleaner"... also to answer a post below.. do NOT trim Adobe products... I had issues in the past doing this.
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Rubaiyat
19 December 2009
Version: 1.7.6
Is it safe to use this on the Adobe CS4 suite? I do not want to have to reinstall as it was a pain the last time.
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Trance
13 December 2009
Version: 1.7.6
continues to NOT slim a good portion of app's languages despite reporting success .... 'Skim' being an example but there are many, many more
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anonymous-tapir-4715
12 December 2009
Version: 1.7.6
My only criticism of this fine app is that the switch to clean language, PPC code or both should not be hidden in the preferences.
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Encro
25 September 2009
Version: 1.7.5
Please see my extensive comments on http://www.macupdate.com/trimmit as these dangers apply equally as well to Xslimmer. Use an application such as http://www.macupdate.com/codesign-checker to test if the application is signed before making changes. These apps can cause major problems for code signed applications that access the keychain and it is in your best interest to avoid using them to modify code signed binaries. Unsigned binaries are fine to experiment with for size reduction etc.
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Exegetejr
22 September 2009
Version: 1.7.5
I received Xslimmer as part of a MacUpdate Bundle purchase and continue to be very pleased with both the software and the developer's commitment to the product and support. For me Xslimmer has worked nearly flawlessly. The only issue I had was quite minor in regards to having Xslimmer save backups to a folder, which the developer was quick to respond and helpful. I give the product a 4.5 for clear and easy to use interface, good stable operation, effectiveness and developer commitment to the software and support. Xslimmer does what it says and does it well!
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Wedderhoff
16 September 2009
Version: 1.7.4
Apple should incorporate it into Snow Leopard. 1 to 6 GB is a great HD space difference.
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Walruscp
04 September 2009
Version: 1.7.2
This app has a great developer behind it. I was the one (or one of the ones) who discovered the blacklist bug fixed in 1.7.2, and throughout the process the developer was pleasant and responsive. As for Xslimmer itself, it has claimed untold MBs on my MacBook's hard disk, working as advertised. Occasionally you run across an application that gets screwy after slimming, but that's what the back-up and restore options are for. Most apps that will be troublesome when slimmed are on the blacklist. Overall, this is a very easy to use app that is a must-have for mac owners who need to squeeze as much memory as possible out of their hard drive. Highly recommend it!
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Jffs
31 August 2009
Version: 1.7
If you are using Snow Leopard don't be too hasty slimming. Removing PPC code is fine, but there are times that you will need the 32-bit Intel code if plugins don't work in 64-bit. Examples: Safari and Safari Adblock or Quicktime X and the AC3 codec/Perian. It would be nice to be able to just strip out the PPC code in the latest version until more third-party software has been updated to work in 64-bit.
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Rod76
20 July 2009
Version: 1.6.5
This app was just sitting unused in my Utilities folder until I bought an SSD. What a difference it has made since. Xslimmer has given me back valuable disk space and now I can't do without it. The exclude an application ability is what sets this app apart from its competitors. Every once in awhile I'll find an app that just doesn't like having its data slimmed and after a quick restore from back up I add it to the exclude list and it never gets slimmed again. Its a real sanity saver compared to the alternative slimming applications. The only complaint I have is that System Profiler displays some apps as universal or leaves the field completely blank that are in fact intel only. Viewing "Get Info" directly from the application itself reveals the correct information and no amount of refreshing System Profiler rectifies this. The afore mentioned quibble has no actual effect on application performance or the system itself (my MacBook Pro is just about trouble free). It's just a minor annoyance for someone viewing the application section in System Profiler and knows the information displayed there is wrong.
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Gary30
15 April 2009
Version: 1.6.3
I have used this application for over two years and never had a problem. Nevertheless, it would be foolhardy to use a produce like this without taking some elementary precautions. Xslimmer gives the option to back up the files it slims and produces a log. So if i ever have a problem I am confident I could restore the files with no problem. I also have Time machine and Super Duper. One thing that surprises me with 1.6.3 is that the Adobe CS4 applications are NOT blacklisted. Adobe has always been a problem and its bloatware is something i would definitely like to slim. For now, I have subtracted them from the Xslimmer list on my own machine. If anyone has had success slimming CS4 applications that information would be most welcome.
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Ricoblues
05 February 2009
Version: 1.6.3
Great software. I run it on all application of my MacBookPro. No problems and fast loading of apps. I'm very satisfied. Have a nice day, Riccardo.
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Castle
31 December 2008
Version: 1.6.2
I ran Xslimmer on all the apps in my app folder that weren't blacklisted. I'd say about half now won't launch and are having to be re-downloaded. Examples include LiquidCD, MacPAR Deluxe and Wallet.
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anonymous-snipe-166
13 December 2008
Version: 1.6.2
I tried DEMO - to SLEM "TecTool Pro4" and got the message- REQUIRED ADMIN PRIVILEGES WERE NOT GRANTED. The same with "Google earth". Need help.
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Simonm
17 November 2008
Version: 1.6.2
Some of the gains are amazing, especially on the Apple apps. Mail from 289 to 40 Mb, iChat, 115 to 17.4, iCal, 94 to 16 etc etc! The interface could use a little improvement, like being able to sort the list of apps prior to slimming based on potential saving and being able to export slimming log, but the guts of the program run fine! Saved over 4 Gb on my nearly full laptop drive.
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Gary30
15 November 2008
Version: 1.6.2
I have been using this program for almost two years and had only one problem. I just replaced the slimmed file with a backup which was generated by the program. As with any software that utility that you know is going to poke through your files, you will want to make sure you have a current backup before running. You can use a program such as "Easyfind" to see if (or where) there are leftover "lproj" resources. You can also use a number of programs that are indiscriminate to varying degrees to remove all such files from all packages (except a language you want to keep). I think Xslimmer is a reasonably safe and convenient option.
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Dana-Sutton
02 November 2008
Version: 1.6.1
I wouldn't touch a program like this. Mucking around with programs' code sounds like a great way of inviting trouble. And what's the benefit of shrinking programs' sizes in a day and age when disk space is so cheap and plentiful?
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Pmason
18 October 2008
Version: 1.5.3
Now Xslimmer has really done it. On a 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo machine, the application wrongly figured it was running on a Power PC processor and proceeded to merrily remove the wrong code from hundreds of applications. I sent the developer a screenshot showing the "About this Macintosh" Finder window and the About window from Xslimmer, side by side. The Finder reports "2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo", Xslimmer says "Running on PPC". These crippled applications will have to be reinstalled. These results are forcing me to conclude that Xslimmer is dangerous. Earlier this month the developer offered my money back. I said never mind. But as I wrote to him a few minutes ago, now I'm taking their offer. Patricio Mason Santiago, Chile
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Pmason
03 October 2008
Version: 1.5.3
Further to yesterday's comment, a check of applications that had unwanted language packs removed by Xslimmer shows that, in fact, these were removed from the first level only. While a Get Info on the application will show that only the desired language(s) remain(s), in fact hundreds of unwanted language packs still reside inside these applications, only at deeper levels. These will not show in a Get Info window. As such, you will not notice unless you check the application package contents, either manually or with a file finder utility. It therefore appears that Xslimmer doesn't work recursively, which means that the point of removing unnecessary material is being achieved only partially.
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Pmason
02 October 2008
Version: 1.5.3
Trouble in paradise. Running a fresh Leopard install on a PPC machine, Xslimmer 1.5.3 has just stripped Spanish language packages from some applications, although Spanish is selected as one of my two language preferences (after English) in the International panel of System Preferences. Most strange of all, I'm now finding that random components in the (expressly excluded) System and Library folders have also been stripped of Spanish language packages. I have two internal discs with identical Leopard installations, so comparison is easy and definitive. The more I compare, the more components with missing Spanish language packages I'm finding. Where this has happened, the component has been left with only an English language package, whereas the identical component on the other internal disc has both English and Spanish language packages. I normally run in English, so this is not an immediate disaster. But it does mean that my computer can no longer startup in Spanish. Given the circumstances, I won't even try. Getting my machine back to pre-Xslimmer state will require a complete reinstallation. I'm not amused.
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Dnem41
28 August 2008
Version: 1.5.3
This is a wonderful application that will pay for itself with just a few uses. Google Earth was reduced from 111 MB down to 61. Firefox went from 46 MB down to 28. MacJournal 32 to 20. The amount of space being saved is arguably negligible considering my 320 GB hard drive plus 160 external HD. But it is how much faster these apps are after getting rid of the universal binaries and other language packs. I love the change log which keeps track of all apps that you have been "slimmed" which allows me to 'remember' the numbers I just spit at you above. A first time user of course should be scared about slimming an application useless, so I started with free or open source apps (like Firefox, Google Earth, LiveQuartz, etc...) that you can easily re-download if something happens. But before that could even happen, Xslim provides a user-generated "blacklist" of apps known to have issues after being "slimmed". And of course you choose how frequently you want that list updated. If you come across an app that wasn't on the blacklist, you can report it for future users. And hopefully you have backups on, so you can easily refer to them and have the whole app back again. Very useful and smart application. I would give it 10 stars if I could. Anyone agree? Thanks developers!
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jonathan-dale
01 June 2008
Version: 1.5.3
After installing version 1.5.3 and running it, Terminal will start but not respond...
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Mazzboy
21 May 2008
Version: 1.5.2
I would like to give this 5 stars for everything, because it really has cleared up a lot of space on my hard drive, which I'm very pleased about. However, I've noticed programs crashing a lot now, when before they didn't.
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iTruth
21 April 2008
Version: 1.5.2
A great little app simply gets better with this new update. Now I can slim down Safari and other apps that are far too big due to language files that before were on the black list of apps that could not be slimmed in previous versions of Xslimmer. This app has saved me several gigabytes of disk space and apps tend to load faster since only one language file needs to be loaded, English! 
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Yuletide
07 April 2008
Version: 1.5.1
Great little app, and the price is right! Works as advertised... the self-updating blacklist and the "genie" which searches for updated applications (which then need to be re-slimmed) are also great!
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Laraine
26 March 2008
Version: 1.5.1
I thought I would try this software after reading the reviews for it. Hardly anyone had a bad word to say for it! It wasn't so much what the software is intended for (saving HD space) that attracted me as the comments on how much snappier it made applications feel. It is also reasonably priced in comparison with other software that does only one thing. Many cost as much as $20, some even more. I was very happy to pay $12 for this, especially if it helps the developer make the software even better. It's certainly very nice to use. I shaved about 1.5 GB off the contents of my 320 GB hard drive. While that might seem relatively small on a drive this size, I'm expecting the benefits to show when I back up because my back-up drive is only 80 GB.
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waryuser
25 February 2008
Version: 1.5.1
Xslimmer is amazing. The constantly updated blacklist of applications that blow up if slimmed adds so much to the value of Xslimmer. I wouldn't trust anything else to slim my computer. 87% of statistics are made up, so I don't trust anyone who's said "x% speed increase!" but I do know that Xslimmer has saved me many gigabytes which is essential on my iBook's 60GB hard drive.
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Mac-Adam
21 February 2008
Version: 1.5
MonoLingual do same… and free ( but not nice as )
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Renesis
12 February 2008
Version: 1.5
I found out about Application slimming apps, after users were complaining about disk space on the MBA. So I googled the recommended Xslimmer, and users were also reporting that their applications were opening up faster, so I had to give it a try. I am glad I did, it has a nice UI, lots of options, some apps got a speed boost, and it lets you know what apps are blacklisted. Overall I give it 5 stars.
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Impish500
03 February 2008
Version: 1.5
Just ran the update version of Xslimmer, it keeps getting better and better with every update. Apps launch much faster (even Turbo CAD v. 3 for the Mac). My hats off to the developer...
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pcp
03 February 2008
Version: 1.2.8
Just ran the app and my macbook is much snappier. Great interface and no issues so far. As a power user the benefits justify the expense and I am happy to support the Mac shareware community when they create exceptional software.
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Hatemail
08 January 2008
Version: 1.2.8
Had a problem with the demo (which disappeared on it's own), and the developers were extremely helpful. I bought the software and so far it's pretty much done what it says. A couple things could maybe be streamlined, but it's a solid app.
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Yesuaini99
12 December 2007
Version: 1.2.8
Hardware: MBP 2.4G, 15", 3G Ram, 160GB HD Bought Xslimmer in the MU bundle just a few hours ago. Ran it but crashed when the Marine Aquarium screen saver (bought at the same time) engaged after i walked away and my MBP became idle. So I ran slimmer again but saw many apps already got backed up (even though not showing in the Xslimmer history) in the User folder. So now, the second time, I deactivated the screen saver and it ran successfully, except I noticed I am now short almost 5GB of space than before I used Xslimmer. (it didn't get slimmer, it got fatter.) I know I can remove the backed up apps in the User folder, but since it crashed the first time, I now have many duplicate app files in the user folder ([App_name] and App_name-1 duplicates). I don't know which one I can remove to keep the very original app safe. I did notice some apps started faster (such as Google Earth). Maybe they can have built-in disable screen saver so it doesn't crash like it happened to me. I am waiting for Xslimmer to contact me and let me know what to do with the 5GB of Apps + App duplicates...
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Kemo"
11 December 2007
Version: 1.2.8
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/25557 Xstrimmer (PPC only) It's better to me...and free...
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Brettd
08 December 2007
Version: 1.2.8
To the author: Monolingual 1.3.5 (released a year ago, long since superceded) fixed the Rosetta problem. It also detects the current architecture by de-selecting it. Same thing it does for in-use languages. Monolingual also has version checking built-in. I don't know if you're ignorant of Monolingual's features (you should know of what you speak), or feigning it to have an excuse for frightening people into using your product. Either way, MU users deserve to know there's a no-cost, open-source alternative. With the most expensive laptop drives running about 60 cents per GB and desktop drives about 20 cents per GB, the wisdom of stripping architectures to save a few GB is pretty foolish. If users don't understand how to use either tool, they have no business stripping architectures and languages from their system *anyway*.
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Latenitesoft-Pedro
07 December 2007
Version: 1.2.8
@Brettd I don't like to comment on other developers' work, but I believe that Xslimmer and Monolingual are quite different. Monolingual could have a greater appeal for some users, and while that's of course perfectly fine, it doesn't mean it's a better (or a worse) product. Xslimmer will allow you to select which applications you want to slim, and will not deal with system libraries, frameworks or components. According to Monolingual's comments thread here in MacUpdate, Monolingual is essentially a batch tool and you have to be careful not to remove essential files in your system (Rosetta can be destroyed, for example, making it impossible to run PowerPC applications). Monolingual requires the user to select from a list what architectures should be preserved, while Xslimmer automatically uses the best one for the machine it is running on. Some users may find Monolingual's architecture list (which includes more than a dozen entries) informative, but we believe others might think it's too much detail. We consciously chose not to force the user to understand the implications of selecting which architectures to preserve. Xslimmer employs a dynamic downloadable blacklist of troublesome applications, instead of the static one used by Monolingual. Xslimmer is also able to backup your apps before slimming. Xslimmer is being actively developed and maintained. It supports Panther (like Monolingual), Tiger and Leopard - new code-signed binaries, for example, are handled correctly by the latest version of Xslimmer. Our blacklist is updated constantly using the feedback we get from our users. I think Xslimmer offers a lot of value for users looking for a pleasing, reliable and user-friendly way to save some space. It is easier to use, more informative and clearer. It is also smart enough to detect the architecture it is running on and act accordingly. It provides you with detailed information about what applications can be slimmed, how much space will you save, or if an application is known to cause problems after being slimmed down. Monolingual may be all you need, and that's great. We have made a huge effort to create interesting and compelling features, and we are extremely grateful to the many users that have come to appreciate Xslimmer's added value.
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Brettd
05 December 2007
Version: 1.2.8
Why waste $12 when Monolingual (and other free programs) do exactly the same thing..for free? Monolingual even offers exacting control over which architectures you remove.
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Thirrouard
07 September 2007
Version: 1.2.5
Wonderful software! It does the job nicely, it look sweet ^_^, it does a backup of your application, just in case it would screw anything, etc. The only bad thing is that the process is a little slow, but considering the job done, I don't think it's an optimisation issue... just big job ^_^... the first time ;) A chance we don't have do to it all the time... I was very tight in my 150Go, so this gave me a lot of help... more than 1Go, considering I already removed most languages with monolingual before ;) I've read that the new version of monolingual can remove the PPC/Intel code from an app too, but didn't try, Monolingual is more cold and not as coutious as this software ;)
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johnny-thompson
26 August 2007
Version: 1.2.5
While this is "just" a front-end for the command-line utility "lipo"* it does it with the ease and style that we're accustomed to on the Mac platform; and even if you ARE the kind of masochist user who wouldn't mind using "lipo" on your own you'll still benefit greatly from Xslimmer's blacklist feature, which prevents slimming applications that would cease to work afterwards. At $11.95 you can't go wrong; I give this program 5 out of 5, it's essential on any Mac! * See, Apple has humor, "fat binaries", "lipo", get it? :-) Other essential applications in the system cleaning category: * Monolingual (free), removes language packs that you don't need. * CleanApp ($10), my uninstaller of choice, it monitors file system actions taken by all installed programs so that when you're ready to delete them it finds every file the program has ever used. It is MUCH more thorough than the previous king, AppZapper (which is now behind times). * Disk Inventory X (free), scans through your selected hard drives/folders and gives you a breakdown of what is actually stealing all that disk space; I've reclaimed tens of gigabytes with this program by finding large, old files that I didn't know I still had hidden around the disk.
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Latenitesoft-Pedro
14 August 2007
Version: 1.2.4
We could finally solve PROGRAMHAPPY's issue when he contacted us from a different email account. I thought this was worth mentioning, because unfortunately this is not the first time we've had a hard time trying to get our emails through. - Our licenses are processed and sent automatically, so they should reach you minutes after your purchase. - If you don't receive your license soon, you can try to use the form at http://www.xslimmer.com/Registration/LostLicense/ and enter the email address associated to your PayPal account. - If that does not work either, please email us providing an alternative email account whenever possible. Include also your original address or your transaction ID, so that we can identify you. Our business relies on customer satisfaction and word of mouth, so we try to answer all the emails sent to us. When we notice that our messages are not reaching their destination, we try several options: we resend from different accounts; we remove or zip attachments; sometimes we even had to open a direct telnet connection to the destination mail server to see what's going on. So, if you don't receive what you expect, please try to provide a different account where we can try to reach you. Thanks!
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Programhappy
11 August 2007
Version: 1.2.4
I paid on August 8, via my PayPal balance, so I was supposed to receive my license "immediately." (That is precisely WHY I used my PayPal balance.) Well, it's three days later, and I have received neither my product nor any contact whatsoever from the developer (despite using the developer's contact form, as requested on his FAQ page)! And no, my SPAM filter is not involved. I have a custom email server that purposely has no SPAM filter. Plus, all email sent to that email address gets cc'd to both a Gmail account and a Hotmail account. The license email is not in any of those THREE email accounts, which is irrefutable proof that the developer never emailed my license. I will wait 48 hours before taking further action.
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Latenitesoft-Pedro
03 June 2007
Version: 1.2.4
Hello, Thanks everybody for your positive reviews, we are proud you find Xslimmer useful! @Bob - Among other safety measures, Xslimmer has a downloadable blacklist with some applications that do not work properly after being slimmed down due to integrity checks that they perform on themselves. Skype has been there for several weeks, so Xslimmer should have warned you. Could you please contact us at support@xslimmer.com so that we can analyze your case in depth? Also, the "detailed information" drawer will display any side-effects that may happen with certain apps, such as the need to reauthorize them to grant them access to the keychain again (this happens because Keychain will detect that the application has been modified). Finally, Xslimmer sports a backup feature, so if everything else fails, you can use that to restore your original app instead of having to install it anew. Thanks again for your comments!
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Ron-Bell
20 May 2007
Version: 1.2.4
This software saved nearly four gigabytes of space on my PowerBook G4 and has performed flawlessly every time I have updated it. Slimmed applications work well, take up less space, and seem snappier and more responsive. Recommended.
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Ben-marko
19 May 2007
Version: 1.2.4
Trim the Fat is free. If this was a bit cheaper the price still wouldn't be justified as it still doesn't give warnings to many apps before slimming when it should. I used it on skype and skype has to be reinstalled afterwards.
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O5220803
19 May 2007
Version: 1.2.4
An excellent application! It's well designed and easy to use. I estimate I gained a 10% speed increase in both FX and TB with XS! Besides, I gained combined total of approximately 40MEGS by eliminating PPC code in FX and TB with XS. XS is well worth its nominal shareware fee. It represents an excellent value! Worth every star I give it!
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Celestialwarrior
20 March 2007
Version: 1.2.2
This is by far one of my most valuable applications. In total, I've saved at least 3 gigabytes with Xslimmer. Every time I install or update an app, more space is wasted on my machine. This app gives me that space back. I have never made a better purchase in my life.
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5
anonymous-orca-5213
26 February 2007
Version: 1.2.2
Perfect tool with a lot of patches that introduce new features etc. - very well :)
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Stanley-Jr
24 February 2007
Version: 1.2.2
5 Stars
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Stanley-Jr
24 February 2007
Version: 1.2.2
genial, great program !!!! Thanks
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Mochant
14 February 2007
Version: 1.2
I consider this to be a must-have utility on all of the Macs I manage. I have a lot of applications on my systems and I've saved as much as 6GB with the new ability to trim unneeded localization code. The blacklist and backup features are well worth the nominal investment for such a nicely designed utility.
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Noraa
14 February 2007
Version: 1.2.0
Excellent product, truly wonderful. I saved nearly 2gb of data - rather impressive. The blacklist is a wonderful function, and am really glad it is there - as there were a few applications I have that are on it. Finally, it Xslimmer can even trim itself! How cool is that :)
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Meatmcguffin
14 February 2007
Version: 1.2.0
This needs a MUCH tighter check on whether a language can be deleted or not. I have my default system language as UK English and xslimmer will allow me to delete all language packs that are not UK English, which includes regular English. If I had hit slim when i first scanned, instead of looking at xslimmer's preferences, my system would be useless now. To test this i used xslimmer itself and it stripped *every* language leaving it useless and unlaunchable. You really should disallow slimming on apps that only have one language remaining.
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Pheres
22 January 2007
Version: 1.1.8
I used to use Trim the Fat, which is very nice. However, this application definitely has the nice features to justify the nominal price. I also love the developers - they are extremely responsive to both feedback and bug fixes. Gets a 5 stars for me.
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Sstanhill
19 January 2007
Version: 1.1.7
Use Trim the Fat - it's free.
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Elegraphy
30 December 2006
Version: 1.1.6
I brought this program after trying for two seconds. It really slim down the space in my hard drive! Excellent program!
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Flash1296
24 December 2006
Version: 1.1.5
In a word ... “Awesomeositous” Perfectly designed. I once “slimmed” my Intel Mac and tossed what was referred to as “PPC Architecture” That was an error, hosing my system.
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Damino
09 December 2006
Version: 1.1.3
Excellent : efficient, nice design, easy to use.
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HandyMac
06 December 2006
Version: 1.1.3
As noted, there are no-cost ways to do this, and the authors of TrimTheFat and Monlingual are to be praised for their services to the Mac community. However, XSlimmer does it more elegantly, and safely (the Blacklist -- which prevents slimming apps which might no run if altered -- is an inspired feature), and is an excellent example of well-crafted Macintosh software. I look forward to seeing what these folks will come up with next. The new version works fine on my iBook with 10.3.9; thanks, guys. Andrew
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fahlman
05 December 2006
Version: 1.1.3
While you can do this for free as you suggest, for less than $10, XSlimmer saves a back-up of the slimmed application so that you can verify taht it runs properly after slimming and is easy to restore if it doesn't. It also contains a blacklist of applications that don't operate properly, for one reason or another, after slimming that it will not slim. Not to mention it'll slim a whole folder of application a lot faster than manually clicking on each application one at a time. I think the guys are offering a discount of $3 if you buy before 12/10/06.
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Vitalis
04 December 2006
Version: 1.1.2
There are a bunch of 'free' ways to do this (personally i've set up a right-click command trough OMCEdit), though I bet non look as nice as Xslimmer
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Ced@tokyo
30 November 2006
Version: 1.1.2
I tried this one on my macbook, and it worked perfectly. After slimming 50 Meg with the trial version, I decided to buy it. I almost saved 400 Meg of unncecessary PPC stuff... No problem with applications after slimming. Great soft !!
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Enduser
27 November 2006
Version: 1.1.2
I just love simple and elegant mac apps. This one does exactly what it promises. And although the job it's doing is rather technical - the user interface makes working with Xslimmer a real pleasure. Thanks for the update. Makes a great app even better!
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Cakey
25 November 2006
Version: 1.1.1
Very nice little program. Seems to work well and does same some resources.
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Jorge-Xslimmer
19 November 2006
Version: 1.1.1
Xslimmer 1.1.1 solves the /Applications/AppleScript folder bug, introduced recently and discovered after launch of Xslimmer 1.1 that caused Xslimmer to crash. The new version is already available for download. (11/19/2006, Version: 1.1.1)
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Hauslendale
19 November 2006
Version: 1.1
If you include "/Applications/AppleScript/" folder the application will crash. This has been tested on both Intel and PPC.
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