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Tidy Up vs DupeZap

Tidy Up and DupeZap are definitely the best applications you can use to individuate duplicate files and remove them; I've tried several duplicate seeking softwares but none of them is as fast and effective. Tidy Up is a more complete version of DupeZap; the difference between them is that Tidy Up can be used for pretty much everything that includes research and is provided with a great number of criteria and features, allowing you to customize your search, while DupeZap is less featured but still very useful for simple searches. Take a look to see what I'm saying...

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Double your MacBook storage with TarDisk

The problem – “I’m out of MacBook storage space” has been solved. No need to lug around an external hard drive or take your MacBook to the Genius bar (where they’ll tell you that an upgrade is not possible).

TarDisk has just (September 2015) released TarDisk Pear -- the first-of-its-kind, HYBRID flash storage module for MacBooks. The release creates a new category of storage products designed to augment a laptop’s existing internal SSD.

Just plug TarDisk Pear into your MacBook, and with one click, your hard drive instantly doubles or triples seamlessly. TarDisk is the first and only company to offer Pear-enabled hardware.

Check out this handy tool on TarDisk

Find and delete duplicate photos in iPhoto

When I saw that my library was clogged with duplicates I tried using several applications to clean it up. The most complete application I found was Tidy Up. It provides lots of different types of search options for different tasks, such as cleaning the iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes and Mail libraries.

So now I will go through a search in iPhoto and show you a few of the many amazing features that Tidy Up has.

The first thing that I do is select the iPhoto library as the location in which to scan. As you can see you can select single events or albums to search in.


I use this great feature especially when I get pictures from other people: sometimes they mix up their pictures and when I import them I get copies of the same photos; I just run Tidy Up through the last event and in a few seconds it’s cleaned. You can also select other locations other than the library; you may find this helpful if you want to delete photos in your computer that have already been imported into iPhoto.

So now I’m ready to select the type of search; usually it’s recommended to use the “Content only” search; Tidy Up will check the content of the pictures and select all the ones that are exactly the same, no matter what their names or other attributes are. The difference between the Duplicate and Similar sections is that in the former Tidy Up will compare the items also by their content. In the Similar section, you may find useful the "All EXIF tag" search especially when you have lots of modified pictures, whose content is different but with the same tags — or the “Date taken” search, which will report all the shots in sequence that were taken in the same second.


You should always check the “Report missing photo” option, which will find all of the images whose original file is missing from the library.

If none of these searches satisfies your needs, you can build your own in the Advanced mode, where you will find lots of other criteria both for pictures and other files.

Once the search is performed, a new window will appear where you’ll be able to manage the duplicate files. Now comes the best part of the application; Tidy Up automatically gathers the duplicates in a smart basket depending upon your needs.

If you don’t care where the photos reside, you can directly trash the contents of the smart basket “All but one item of each duplicate group”. If, on the other hand, you want to use specific filters, you can create your own smart basket from the highlighted button.


For example you can decide to select all the pictures in a specific album or event, or to trash all the newest pictures; just remember to always select an option from the “For Each Duplicate Group” section: this way you’ll be sure that at least one item for each duplicate group will be kept.


If the files that you need to manage are few, you can create a manual basket and drag the items into it.


Now that you have created your basket you have several options to manage the items in it; you can trash the contents of the basket, move or copy the pictures to another folder or hard drive, export the file list or even burn a CD to backup the items and be certain that you don’t lose any important files!


Another useful search is to find all the photos in your computer that have not been imported into the iPhoto library yet; just select that search from the Miscellaneous collection and in the new window you’ll have all the pictures that are not contained in the iPhoto library.


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Quick Print Review

Browsing the internet for new utilities, I found Quick Print. It is an incredibly handy, very straightforward app that allows you to print the selected items in the Finder without having to open them.

It has all the default printing options and a few more added. I find it very useful because it makes the process of printing much faster without any loss of printing options.

It supports most common file types, such as PDFs, images, text files, fonts and also web browser files. A few kinds are not supported yet; however, when a non-supported file is selected, Quick Print shows the Quick Look preview, which is itself printable.

An interesting feature is that Quick Print has the ability to print the content of folders as a list: it is very useful if you use folders as archives.

In addition, this app is able to print the files recently opened by applications: you just need to select an application and, in the Quick Print window, click on the "Recents" button; this will show all the files recently opened by the selected application, easily printable with only one click.

With Quick Print, you can print any element you copied to the clipboard just by selecting the menu item "Print Clipboard".

I believe that Quick Print is a must-have application; for just a few dollars you can get a utility that simplifies your life!

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Check out the video review on my Youtube channel

Startup disc is full on your Mac? How to fix it

The startup disk is the hard drive where the operating system, your applications and home folders are installed on. For most users, it’s the Macintosh HD. The system notifies the user when the hard drive is almost full with this message.

Don't ignore it because, if your startup disk is full, you may experience issues with software applications running incorrectly or crashing and a remarkable slowing down of the system.

There are several steps you can take to make sure you free up enough space. Generally, to keep your Mac performance high, it's recommended to maintain at least 15% of your hard disk free.

The first thing you should do, is to empty the Trash; users who rarely empty their trash can have GB of useless clutter taking up their disk space. Make sure the items contained are not needed and then proceed.

Another thing you can do is to clean up the download folder and the desktop. There might be old files that you don't need anymore. The same thing should be done with the movie folder: lots of apps write to this folder and there could be numerous files that you simply don’t need.

Even after you take these steps, it probably won't be enough. The most space is usually taken by the thousands of useless duplicates in your computer, which have to be eliminated. The application I use for this purpose is Tidy Up. It's the most complete and featured duplicate file finder and it's also easy to use. You can check out its characteristics clicking here.

After you delete all the duplicates, you may want to gain additional space. Tidy Up offers a range of different searches that help you quickly find the useless items, such as old cache files, old log files, old preference files, empty files and folders, and many others in the Advanced Mode. These files may not occupy a large space, but they still contribute to the slowing down of the computer.

If you want to free up additional space you can search for the large items, and delete or move them to an external hard drive. For this task, I still use Tidy Up. In the Advanced Mode it is possible to search for files of a specific kind that are greater than the chosen size. This way, you can analyze all the large files in your computer and decide what you wanna do with them. Tidy Up even allows you to burn a CD with those items: doing so, will allow you to store files that you seldom use without the need of buying a new hard disk.

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Speed up your Mac!

After using your Mac for a while, you may notice its performance isn't as good as it used to be when it was new. This is a normal process and it is due to the usage of the computer. The more you use it, the more files you create and these can eventually slow down your computer and worsen its performance.

The main issue is that lots of the files in your hard drive are in fact files you don't need, such as unused applications, old cache, unused preference and, most of all, duplicate files. What can you do to clean up your Mac and speed it up?

You have to get rid of the unwanted files. You might think that it would be a timing process and you would need several softwares. Well, you are wrong! I had the same problem: my MacBook was running pretty slow and it always had its memory filled just after a couple years I had bought it. I wanted some piece of software that would do all the work I needed, without having to spend too much on multiple softwares.

I was completely satisfied when I found out Tidy Up. This software is unbelievably featured and can really perform any kind of search you want, even the more specific ones! I was able to go through all my computer and clean it up from all the useless files I had.

In just one hour, my Mac was completely cleaned up and its great performance was restored. If you want the thing done, Tidy Up is a must!

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Remove duplicates from your computer

The more you use your computer, the more files get stored in your hard drive. Every time you perform an action, such as downloading, moving, copying, modyfing, you create new files that, after a while, can fill up your hard disk.

Often people don't realize that there's no need of buying a new external disk. They can free up space and improve their iMac performance simply by deleting the thousands of duplicates in their computer. Indeed, even when you think you're paying attention not to create any duplicate, there are some actions that you can't avoid.

Obviously, you can't even take into consideration going through your entire hard disk to find the duplicate elements because it would take centuries. There are several softwares that claim to do this work for you, but in fact there's only a few that actually work.

The software I suggest using is called Tidy Up. Tidy Up is extremely effective and is definitely the most featured duplicate file software you can find:

  • Very user-friendly and easy to use
  • Extremely fast research
  • Can search for every kind of file
  • Can search for folders by content
  • Can search through the entire hard disk or only specific folders
  • Can also search in external networks
  • Can search and synchronize the deletions in Mail, Aperture, iTunes and iPhoto's libraries
  • Customizable search criteria
  • Can search by content, name, date created/modified, size and lots more
  • Can search based on label visibility, empty folders, unused preferences, old cache and many more
  • Runs on every OSX system: Panther, Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard
  • Can save the search result for a later use
  • Can trash, move, copy, export the list, burn a CD/DVD, substitute with aliases the found items
  • Is provided with a safe deletion system that allows to restore the deleted items even after the restart of the computer
  • Many more

Whether you want to solve your synchronization issues, utilize fast indexing, back up your drive data, or simply manage the files, such an application is worth a trial.

You can see for yourself for free how many duplicates are clogging your Mac!

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Remove duplicates in iTunes

When dealing with a library of thousands of songs, it is normal to create several duplicates, especially because, every time you import songs, you don't want to go through your library to check if you already have them. I am the same way and I never really worry about it. That's because I have a software that can easily and quickly find and erase those duplicates.

The software is Tidy Up. Not only is it very fast, but it is also equipped with lots of different features. It can search for dead tracks and delete them. It has the ability to search only in the desired playlists, or in the entire library and, once the searched is performed, you have several options to delete the dupes. Tidy Up allows you to keep all the songs contained in a specific playlist or all the higher quality ones.

A great feature is that it synchronizes the deletions with iTunes, avoiding the creation of dead tracks.

So, if you're tired of seeing duplicates in your library...

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Find duplicates that slow down your Mac

Hey there! The website was born to help you speed up your computer by cleaning it up from duplicate files, with the best softwares in their category. I know that, unfortunately, most of the times it's the apple softwares themselves, such as iPhoto and iTunes, that create duplicates. Importing data to their libraries can easily slow down your computer even when it's new. Check out the posts and feel free to contact me for any question or comment!

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