Oops, I did it again

AppZapper Zapper!

There’s an interesting new class of apps emerging that help you successfully uninstall applications on the Mac. You wouldn’t think that this would be such a difficult matter (just drag them from you Applications folder to the trash, right?) but indeed it is — and apps that you install and run even once can leave a host of breadcrumbs behind to clutter your system.

It’s hard to tell which apps are in the “me too” category or whether it’s just the collective unconscious at work again, but head and shoulders above the rest is a simple app called AppZapper — who’s simple, intuitive and amusing interface just works. Also love the site design and the fact you get 5 “zaps” before you have to register. (Use coupon code “pomcast” for $3 off!).

Similar in appearance to AppZapper, you’ve got Yank — “an all-purpose uninstaller for Mac OS X.” With Yank, you create Uninstaller “yankfiles” during app installation to make uninstallation easier. Definitely for the forward thinking and thick of wallet — as it retails for $20. Bonus: YankFiles filesharing… didn’t have Yank when you installed that app? Maybe someone else did and uploaded their yankfile for it!

In the also-ran category, we’ve got SuperPop with a much heavier interface that first scans all your applications and allows you to pick from a list and CleanApp — much maligned for seemingly stealing AppZapper’s UI, it’s a mere $2.95 cheaper and allows you five free uninstalls as well.

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In other news, Flock’s released 0.5.15, folding in security updates from Firefox 1.5.0.3.

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Author: Chris Messina

Product guy, friend to startups, inventor of the hashtag, proponent of bots and conversational apps; Xoogler and X Uber.

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