Uninstalling Applications on the Mac - The Easy Way

Since I started using a MacBook Air, which by the way I really love the Air form factor, I am a little space challenged since the Air only comes with an 85GB hard drive. I am waiting for third party upgrades to come out that have more capacity, however in the interim I am space challenged on the HDD. I download and try and install tons of apps, often times just to review the app. These constant download means I have to continuously clean up unwanted programs to free up space for the programs I do want to keep and use. For instance the latest rev of the iPhone SDK has a download size of 1.15GB......with app sizes like this coupled with music, pictures,etc...space runs out very quickly.

So I have turned to using a handy little program which is billed as "the installer Apple forgot" called AppZapper. Now any self respecting Mac Geek will not agree with on the need of an application like this, but for the rest of us it can very handy and a time saver.

Although the Mac has a nifty package install, it does not do anything to help with the uninstall. Apps installed on the Mac leave their debris scattered about in the form of package receipts, preferences, caches, and other support files that you are not aware of. Enter...AppZapper.

Just drag the application icon of the program you want to uninstall onto the AppZapper pallet, and it will show you all the dependencies ...and if it looks good to you click th Zap button and there you go....btw let me know if you like the sound effects!

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