Tidy Up! removes duplicates and puts your Mac in order: In Depth

The other day we were talking about DaisyDisk, a program that told us visually where those Gigs of disk space we missed so much were. Today we’re going to look at a program that will help us, among other things, to make an analysis and clean up duplicate elements our Mac .

Using the analogy of cameras, Tidy Up! has a number of default “programs” as a basic option, including searching for duplicates in iPhoto , images, images by EXIF attributes, photos in Aperture , music files , music files by tag , iTunes songs , applications , other files and packages , and other items such as scripts, email attachments, etc.

Tidy Up! removes duplicates and puts your Mac in order: In Depth
Tidy Up! removes duplicates and puts your Mac in order: In Depth

The program is highly configurable , so we can make the desired option with the files, or simply create some work zones, called baskets , in which we can delete, move, mark by hand, etc. the objects we want. These baskets are configurable, allowing the creation of intelligent baskets that show or not certain elements, or for example that in the same ones all the duplicates appear except one (that is the one that we are going to save or leave in its place).

In my case, the default options in iPhoto have identified a very low number of duplicates, so if we really want the program to find all duplicates we should go to the advanced options and mess around with the configuration options. The good thing is that, if we don’t like the result, we can always close the window with the baskets, and change the configuration parameters until we find the desired configuration. The bad thing is that obviously is not a program that will solve “digital life” in one step .

To give you an idea, I have quite a few duplicate photos that share the same name, but that correspond to “reboot the camera”. As if that wasn’t enough, I also have duplicate photos with a suffix added to the name (foto0001.jpg, foto0001_2.jpg, foto0001_3.jpg). Well, thanks to the possibilities of advanced settings , it is possible to identify quite a few duplicates at once. To show or hide these options in the advanced option, we use a series of elements (Criteria Panes’ Visibility) that will reduce the options to be configured . It is also possible to mark some elements with flags (with the space bar), and then decide to delete or move only the marked elements, etc.

Tidy Up!

For the rest of the elements the operation is similar. The program is powerful , but, as Uncle Ben said, “with great power comes great responsibility”. Well, in this case, comes with a 73-page manual . I miss the ease of use that characterizes Mac applications , because I’m a “when all else fails, read the instructions” kind of guy. Not that I practice it anyway, no, I’m a staunch follower of it. An assistant, who would guide you through the setup and differentiation of the photos and who would be “smarter” and self-fill the options, would make this program a wonder. A 73-page manual that must be read in order to use it and to take advantage of it intimidates the most painted person.

The price of the program, 39 dollars , is suitable if we have the Mac with many duplicate elements and we want to leave it as a patch. But, apart from money for the license, we will have to have time first to make a backup , then to read the manual and finally use the program until we get good results. Before going to the checkout, download the program and use it in test mode to see if it works.

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