Hazel for Mac

Hazel for Mac

Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 10 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.3.6
File Size:
8.03MB
Date Added:
April 01, 2010
Price:
Update; $21.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC/.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel
Total Downloads:
7,737
Downloads Last Week:
32
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Hazel is a flexible utility designed to help you tidy up files and folders--especially in your Downloads, Desktop, and Trash--and keep them organized with rules that you specify. You access Hazel through a System Preferences pane, where you can create Mail-style rules to execute a wide variety of actions. For example, Hazel's built-in sample rules include options for cleaning up your Downloads folder, such as automatically moving images and music into your Pictures and Music folders respectively. These sample rules only hint at Hazel's capabilities, though, and you can set the app to automatically import into iTunes and iPhoto, add comments, copy, rename, and sort files, and more. You can even have Hazel run an AppleScript or Automator based on any criteria that you set--and Hazel can use any Spotlight attribute in its rules (so, for example, you could even apply rules to images based on shutter speed).

Hazel can also keep an eye on your Trash, by deleting files after a certain amount of time or by never letting the Trash get over a certain size. A new App Sweep feature lets Hazel double as an uninstaller: whenever you drag an app to the Trash, Hazel will move its support files along with it. Once you set up your rules, Hazel runs quietly in the background--or you can have it notify you of certain actions using Growl. More casual users won't want to spend money on a file cleanup utility, but Hazel is an excellent time-saving app if you're willing to invest some effort in setting up personalized rules for your particular workflow.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 10 votes

    • 5 star: 5
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
  • Current Version:

    2.5

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 5 stars

    "A Great Way To Keep Your Mac Clean"

    November 10, 2011   |   By Slor

    Version: Hazel 2.3.10

    Pros

    1. Automatically eliminates all program components related to an app when the app is thrown away
    2. Requires no intervention on the part of the User
    3. Inexpensive
    4. Simple
    5. Worth its weight in bloated system folders that are stuffed with old stubs of long-gone apps

    Cons

    1. I can honestly say I haven't found a single issue with Hazel

    Summary

    This is an application I suggest that all new Users get in order to keep their System Folder from becoming clogged with lots of little application-remnants from apps you threw away long ago.

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