Product: AppZapper 2.0.1
Developers: Austin Sarner and Brian Ball
Date Reviewed: 4-22-11
Retail Price: $12.95
As elegant as Mac OS X is, its Achille’s Heel is there is no clean and intuitive method for deleting an application. Some applications come with an uninstaller, but many do not.
You could drag the application to the trash – but that’s only half the story. Most apps leave their support files and preference settings littered around your hard drive, leaving the user to manually sift through the debris.
What Apple is missing is a more Mac-like method of managing and deleting unwanted applications. Enter AppZapper, billed as “the uninstaller Apple forgot”.
I’ve been aware of AppZapper for a few years now. I believe I even owned version 1.0 of the app at some point. AppZapper is now at version 2.0 and, while the basics have remained the same, there are many new features worth mentioning.
When you first launch AppZapper, you see a very simple dialog box appear:
When you drag an application into the box, you will see the application and all its related support files. (You can optionally prevent AppZapper from removing them by unchecking the box next to the appropriate file.) Click the Zap! button, and ZAP! – the application and all its support files will be moved into the Trash.
With AppZapper, each application and support file you are about to “zap” is annotated with its file size, so you can see how much potential hard drive space you can reclaim.
This was how Version 1 worked for the most part. Version 2 includes even more features that will assist you in the uninstall process. For starters, when you click on the toggle switch located on the upper right hand corner of the AppZapper window, you are presented with all the application icons on your hard drive.
You can easily search for an app or modify the search criterion to further prune your application list. For example, if I wanted to look at all the apps I haven’t used in two months that are on my hard drive, I can do so with the convenient pull-down sliders located towards the top of the AppZapper window.
AppZapper 2.0’s preferences are pretty simple and straight-forward. For example, you can disable the “ZAP!” sound effect or hide all Apple applications to prevent their accidental deletion.
AppZapper 2.0 can do much more than just deleting apps. New in version 2.0 is the added ability to delete plug-ins, Widgets, and even preferencePanes, as the screen shots below indicate.
AppZapper 2.0 can also track the serial numbers for your apps. Simply drag your apps into the “My Apps” window and you’ll see your icons displayed.
Click on an app icon and you can get handy info like your purchase date and license info. I found this feature to be very useful and convenient.
An unlicensed copy of AppZapper 2.0 will let you zap up to 5 applications. This is probably good enough for the vast majority of regular Mac users. If you do a lot of frequent application testing, like I do, the licensed version is worth the investment. AppZapper 2.0.1 retails for $12.95 – it’s not for everyone – but if you spend a substantial time installing and deleting applications (like I do), you’ll be able to easily justify its price from the amount of time you will save in using this app.
It’s a two trick pony that does what it says it will do, with elegance and ease.
AppZapper 2.0 earns a rare 5 out of 5 Bob Weiners.