Multiple applications and their stray files may present problems when you're trying to clear a computer. Offering a rather simple interface and operation, AppDelete for Mac cleans unwanted applications from your Mac with ease.
AppDelete for Mac is available as a free trial version with a limit of five deletions; access to the full version of requires a payment of $7.99. While small, the program takes a long time to download and there is no native installer, but it does start up cleanly and quickly. There are no instructions and support does not appear to be present, but the program's simple purpose and intuitive interface make it easy to use. A small window opens allowing the user to drag unwanted applications into the program. After a short analysis, AppDelete displays the application selected for deletion and any stray files. This allows the user to confirm the files to be deleted. Once they're selected, the program performs the delete operation quickly. Less intuitive operations, including manual selection, can be accessed by pressing small buttons at the top of the program box. Better labeling here by the developers would have been helpful. One of the more helpful additional features allows the user to search the computer for unused applications and files that may have been part of an incomplete uninstall. Beyond this, there are few features to the program, which is a disappointment since it is not freeware. It does perform its stated operations well.
For those users who install multiple applications on their Mac, AppDelete for Mac performs complete uninstalls easily with a simple interface.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of AppDelete for Mac 4.0.6.
AppDelete is an uninstaller for Macs that will remove not only Applications but also Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins and Screensavers along with their associated files. Without AppDelete these associated items will be left behind to take up space and potentially cause issues. For a proper uninstall don't just delete but be sure to AppDelete. You can drag any item that can be uninstalled onto AppDelete: Applications, Widgets, Preference Panes, Plugins, Screensavers, etc. You can also activate AppDelete in many ways: dragging items onto main window, onto dock icon, selecting in menu, right-clicking using AppDelete workflow, and throwing items in the trash. When the preview screen appears you can uncheck any items you would like to exclude. You also have several choices: delete the items, log only the items, or archive (copy) the items to a .zip file for safekeeping or reinstall at a later date. The items you delete will be moved to the trash and arranged in a folder so that you can see exactly what was deleted and you know exactly where it came from. The items will not be removed from your computer until you empty them from your trash. You can also undo the last delete if you choose. There are various options to make your AppDelete experience complete: Quick search filters to help choose items for deletion, Force Empty Trash, an Orphans feature to search and delete orphaned files, Install from Archive even for another Mac, various options in Preferences.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed a bug in the updater where it could ask for a password by mistake
- Resolved issue where preference files might be cached after deleting in Mavericks
- Improved search algorithm for finding more files than ever before
- Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements