MacMaintenance
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With MacMaintenance, a beginner can tune-up a Mac like an OS X expert.

Clear caches, run repair scripts, and tweak Dock and Finder settings. Want to reduce your reliance on IT guys and tech-savvy friends? With MacMaintenance, you can optimize your Mac on your own.

Be your own tech support
  • It's all in the interface. MacMaintenance collects your Mac's most powerful optimization tools in a single interface. Why waste time searching?
  • Hello memory, goodbye resource hogs. Mac running slowly?
What's New
Version 3.3.5:
  • Fixed a permissions problem with "Free inactive memory“
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



MacUpdate - MacMaintenance







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    +1

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    +1
MacMaintenance User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Overall:
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burypromote
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 07 Jun 2013
I was going to make my comment directly to the developer, but there's no way to do so without creating an account to log in to - which I consider an invasion of privacy. So I'll post here instead.

On the whole this appears to be a good app, though it duplicates much of what has been done elsewhere. The biggest problem is that, unlike most such apps, there is no indication on the tab (task) bar which tab is selected. This is a significant usability issue and violates standard practice norms.

Also, on the lists of options, it's not easy to tell whether Yes or No is enabled. I suppose the developer chose this method of option selection to differentiate his app from the competition, but that's not a good enough reason for making it harder to use. The standard format is to have a column of check-boxes for Yes and one for No. You can tell which is selected for each item by which column is checked.

And, finally, the maintenance tab does not list the tasks it will perform, which is a significant oversight in my opinion.

For these reasons I cannot see this app as a viable alternative to TinkerTool, Onyx or Maintenance.

The one exception is the option it offers to restart from the Setup Assistant. This could be useful if you are cleaning up a Mac to transfer ownership and you want to create a new short user name at the same time you're setting up an Admin account for the new owner. Doing this manually is a tedious process (described by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt at http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-57559319-263/how-to-quickly-restore-a-missing-admin-account-in-os-x/). I don't know of any other utility that offers this function - and I may keep MacMaintenance around just for this.
[Version 3.2.1]

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burypromote
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+375
B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 08 Jun 2013
@ developer: Thanks for your prompt reply.

Re: Tabs - most other utilities, including Cocktail, TinkerTool, Onyx, Deeper, MacPilot, to name only a few, highlight tabs - primarily by making them appear as if they are depressed when selected. Whether you can deconstruct one of those apps to see how it's done I don't know. But somehow they manage it. It's a common enough feature to be a default standard, if not an official one. Because it is so common, it is expected behavior, so much so that its absence is remarkable - and an impediment to usability.

If you are looking to make your app stand out from the rest, the way to do that is through the features you implement, not by deviating from interface norms in a way that degrades usability. Not that some creativity is necessarily a bad thing, but the app's functionality should still be obvious.

In the maintenance tab I suggest a list of procedures rather than burying them in text. If you want to explain them - any that are not explained elsewhere in your app - that should not impede the readability of the list.

Anyway, that's my two cents, for what it's worth. If you want to continue this dialog in private, see my MacUpdate user profile - my e-mail address is on my web site.
burypromote
-10

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Wallybally reviewed on 03 Jun 2013
For most users this kind of software is completely unnecessary.
Just use Disk Utility to repair privileges. No need for this.
Completely obsolete.
This is just all those spam-ads on flash-heavy websites telling you you need something to repair stuff when in fact you don't.
[Version 3.2]

1 Reply

burypromote
+5

+6
sh4ggst3r replied on 03 Jun 2013
Nope I think you didn't read the notes tab in the application. It's not about "repairing stuff" but about changing preferences to let them become the way you like it. The only obsolete thing here is your comment. If you don't like an app, just don't use it!
burypromote
+2

+2

MustafaSenel7615 reviewed on 27 May 2013
Great work! Thx!
Saves me a lot of work. Like it :)
[Version 3.0.6]

1 Reply

burypromote
+1
- (developer) replied on 29 May 2013
Thanks for the feedback!
burypromote
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-4

Rmark reviewed on 23 May 2013
Frozen on launch (OS 10.8.3)
[Version 3.0.6]

7 Replies

burypromote

+6
sh4ggst3r replied on 23 May 2013
Strange. It shouldn't do that. I've tested it on all versions. How much time did you give it to launch?
burypromote

-4
Rmark replied on 23 May 2013
Waited several minutes. Will try again after next reboot.
burypromote
- (developer) replied on 23 May 2013
Yeah please let me know if it works for you then.
burypromote

-4
Rmark replied on 23 May 2013
Still hanging. Actually will not come to focus.
burypromote

-4
Rmark replied on 23 May 2013
Works on my MacBook Pro (same OS) but not my iMac.
I will try a different user account.
burypromote
-1

-4
Rmark replied on 23 May 2013
Worked from test account. I guess something is interfering.
burypromote
- (developer) replied on 23 May 2013
Alright, thank you for testing it again. Fortunately there doesn't seem to be an error with my application. I hope you can solve your problems.
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.


+6

sh4ggst3r rated on 10 Jun 2013

[Version 3.3]



+6

sh4ggst3r rated on 07 Jun 2013

[Version 3.2.1]



+6

sh4ggst3r rated on 03 Jun 2013

[Version 3.2]



+6

sh4ggst3r rated on 29 May 2013

[Version 3.1]



+6

sh4ggst3r rated on 23 May 2013

[Version 3.0.6]


Downloads:8,447
Version Downloads:3,212
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:25 Aug 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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