Piriform Ltd has released a Mac version of its popular CCleaner system cleanup software. Previously only available for Windows, CCleaner for Mac is currently in beta, and therefore far from complete, but at this early stage it is already starting to show signs of promise; if the Windows version of the application is anything to go by, there should be a good deal to look forward to in the future.
The beta version of the app can clean up after OS X itself as well as a couple of popular web browsers. On the operating system front, you can free up disk space and maintain your privacy by emptying out the trash as well as clearing out the temporary folder and logs such as recent documents, applications and servers.
When it comes to cleaning up after your web browser, you are only in luck if you are using Firefox or Safari. In the case of both browsers, CCleaner can erase caches, browsing history, cookies and download history, while Firefox users can also wipe out the saved form information that has been stored. All of these options are controlled by check boxes, so if there’s anything you would rather keep – such as form data – simply leave this option unchecked.
Using CCleaner is a simple three step process. Start by using the check boxes to indicate which parts of your system you want to clean up, and then click the Analyze button to find out just how many files and how much space is involved. If you are happy to proceed, just click the Clean button and everything will be taken care of for you. Simple and effective, CCleaner helps to speed up a process that could be performed manually, but would be a lengthier task.
Future releases of the software will add more features and support for additional applications – while there are no standout features at the moment, this is still worth installing and keeping an eye on over the coming weeks and months. You can find our more and download a free copy of the application by paying a visit to the CCleaner for Mac review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk