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Switcher Hangout The place for switchers to discuss their new machines, and how to work with OS X. General support can be had here for newbie stuff, like "How do I restart my new iMac?" :)

No reason to fear "trying out" apps, right?


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On Windows, I hate just "trying out" software, because I know when I uninstall it, it's almost always leaving crap behind in the registry. I know OS X has no registry, so is there any reason to worry about trying out trial software like iBank, MoneyDance, Checkbook? Once I remove them from my system, they don't leave any traces behind, right?

On a related note, I know that some apps might leave preferences files behind. Any way to locate those and remove them? One thing I like about Ubuntu Linux is if you do "apt-get remove neatosoftware" it will uninstall it, but if you do "apt-get --purge remove neatosoftware," it removes all related config/prefs files as well, very cool. I'm tellin' ya, if OS X adopted Ubuntu's package management system, it would be the greatest OS ever.
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I'm fairly certain that Mac programs won't leave any remnants behind after an uninstall.

If you want to find the preference files, you can always use spotlight if you know the names of the files.

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Removing prograns in OS X is very simple. Just click on the finder, file, find, and type in the name of the program. That will bring up a listing of everything related to that program. Simply trash the program and any preference files that appear.

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Or you could use somthing like appZapper

http://appzapper.com/
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Thanks for the replies.

AppZapper looks neat, but I wonder how it works. If it's just looking for files that match the name of your application, system wide, I can do that myself via Terminal.

Verify the files that exist:
find / -name '*AppI'mTrashing*' | more

Then wipe them out:
find / -name '*AppI'mTrashing*' -exec rm -rf {} \;

And that doesn't cost $12.95. But if AppZapper is doing more than that, then that's worth it. I just don't see how it can know what files are related to an app unless it monitors the application every time it runs.
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I just know it works for me. I'm yet to delve the depths of the Terminal. You get the first 25 zapps free I think
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If you want a free solution, check out AppDelete. Does the same thing AppZapper does, but for free :black:
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I tend to be wary of programs that have an installer package rather than just an icon, but I'm a lot happier trying things out on the Mac than I am under Windows. Windows programs often come back to haunt you...

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I just know it works for me. I'm yet to delve the depths of the Terminal. You get the first 25 zapps free I think
I'm a UNIX/Linux geek, so I'm no stranger to the shell.
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