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Emptying Trash on Mac OS X

We all like to regularly clean up our Mac. One fine day, we just start to remove everything we see, delete unnecessary applications, movies, images, photographs, and send all the files from the desktop to Trash, until it’s full, or your Mac begins to display error messages and tips on moving files to Trash.

The most common problem is that Trash emptying runs very slow, and constant messages pop up warning us that an application cannot be deleted, etc. Chances are you don’t know Macs can have more than one Trash bin, there may be several, it all depends on the applications installed on your Mac, and that can be an additional headache.

We’ll start from the beginning.

Let’s see what kinds of Trash emptying there are, and how to quickly remove the trash that you have accumulated.

Each operating system has two Trash emptying options:

– quick

– irreversible

What’s the difference?


What is quick Trash emptying?

Quick Trash emptying is performed almost instantly. The point is that the files in Trash do not get physically deleted, they are simply marked “deleted”, so, in theory, new files may be written over them. Consequently, these marked files are deleted only after they are overwritten with other files.

Here is the upside! As long as the file marked as deleted hasn’t been overwritten, it is possible to restore it with the help of special applications.

On the one hand, it is good that recovering lost files is possible, but that brings up the downside right away! Your privacy can be compromised, if there is open access to your Mac.


What is irreversible Trash emptying?

In fact, the principle of irreversible Trash emptying is identical to the quick one. The only difference is that on top of the deleted files your Mac writes empty data blocks, which makes recovery of deleted files impossible.

The downside is that this process can take a very, very long time, because all the deleted files need to be overwritten with empty files.

This action is a default option on Mac, but you can always change it to quick Trash emptying. This can be done as follows:

  • Open Finder
  • In the menu bar (top left corner) click on Finder again
  • In the drop-down menu, select Preferences
  • In the window that opens, select Advanced
  • Then you need to check or uncheck Empty Trash securely

From then on your Trash will be emptied in the way that you chose.

If there is a time when you need to empty Trash in a different way, just right-click on the Trash icon in Dock, and select the alternate option for Trash emptying.

Now let’s see how the same things can be done for those who like shortcuts!


Emptying Trash with hot keys

Hot keys or shortcuts can greatly simplify and speed up the user’s experience on Mac, but, as you know, not everyone chooses to use them. Perhaps, after you learn how to empty Trash with their help, you will see how handy it is and start using this method in the future. In any case, it won’t hurt to learn.

Shortcut Command + Delete deletes and sends the selected files to Trash. Deleting some of the files could affect applications’ performance. You will find out about it when you delete them.

Of course, you can recover the deleted files. Do this by using the same key combination Command + Delete, after going to Trash and selecting the files you want restored.

You can empty Trash by pressing the combination Shift + Command + Delete. The system will display warning that by agreeing to remove the deleted files from Trash (Empty Trash), you won’t be able to restore files, but it isn’t always the case.

There is another way to empty Trash by using hot keys: quick emptying. By pressing Shift + Option + Command + Delete you will immediately remove all the contents of Trash and remove all Trash from your Mac. But remember, it will be emptied without confirmation, so be careful when using this shortcut.

Let me tell you about another way of emptying Trash that is more practical.


Emptying Trash with CleanMyMac 3

Let’s start with the upside. At the beginning of this article, we talked about several Trash bins, remember? So, finding them can be a lot of work and take a long time. CleanMyMac 3 can empty all the existing Trash bins on your Mac without you knowing about it.

CleanMyMac 3 won’t be stopped by any errors that may appear when emptying Trash, all the trash will be removed in a moment.

Let’s see how this wonder app works!

Start by doing this:

  1. Download the application here: http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac
  2. Install it on Mac
  3. Run the app

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  1. Find the tab Trash Bins

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  1.     5. Click Scan

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The scanning of the system will commence.

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Afterwards, the scan’s results are displayed. I try to keep my Mac in order, so there is not much Trash here.

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  1. CleanMyMac 3 prompts you to check the files that it found before deleting, in case you see some important information and decide against removing one or more of the selected files.

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Of course, you will be the one who chooses to remove or keep the data. It’s very easy to do, just check or uncheck the box next to the file’s name.

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  1. Click Empty

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Next, all your Trash bins will be emptied, including software bins and bins on other disks.

I think you will agree with me that this method is much more convenient and reliable than those listed above.


June 3, 2016 by Mark Walker
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Getting iTunes in order

There are iPhone owners that have never synchronized their smartphone with a Mac and do not quite understand why it is necessary. Let’s find out.

Everyone nowadays uses iTunes to synchronize the information stored on your iPhone, iPad, or AppleTV with a Mac via Wi-Fi or USB.


What is iTunes?

iTunes is not just a media player that we can use to play music, videos, view photos, read books, etc. The developers have also opened access to an online store where we can buy everything from music and movies to applications. Of course, the most important function is to synchronize Apple devices using iTunes.


What’s synchronization?

Synchronization is a connection of two different devices to each other. It was invented to ensure that the information on one of the devices was completely identical to the information on the second one. It is very easy to use, especially handy if one of the gadgets is out of order, for example, after synchronization, so you can easily find the phone number you need (all the contacts are stored in the cloud that is accessible for you and with your devices only). You can also find any other information there.

Synchronization allows you to exchange data between devices to be able to view files (photos, videos, audios, games, podcasts, books, etc.) on your Mac, or vice versa on your iPhone or iPod. When you synchronize, your iTunes has the ability to check the contents of the latest updated information and determine what needs to be synchronized.

Synchronization is easy, because your devices are synchronized with each other, so when you make changes on one device, they will be automatically carried over to the second one. If the devices are not synchronized, you will need to make changes twice: separately on each one. The same happens when you delete files.

Synchronization is an indispensable tool when operating multiple devices simultaneously.

For ease of use, you can personally choose exactly which sections you want to sync and which you don’t.

There are two ways to synchronize: via a USB cable and via Wi-Fi.


Synchronizing with iTunes via a USB cable

Initially there was only one synchronization method: via USB.

It’s well regarded for its versatility; you only need to connect two devices with a cable, regardless of the software version installed on the Mac.

The only detail that you need to consider: do not disconnect the cable during synchronization, as it will fail and have to be started all over again.


Synchronizing with iTunes via Wi-Fi

To synchronize devices via Wi-Fi, you will have to do a little fiddling. First, you will need:

– Make sure that all the devices you want to synchronize have the latest version of iTunes installed

– Then connect your iPhone (or another device) via USB

– Find your device in iTunes and click on it

– Then choose to sync them over Wi-Fi

– Click Apply

– Disconnect the USB

After that the device will be synchronized automatically. The advantage of this synchronization method is that it doesn’t take too much time. The disadvantage is that it increases battery consumption and your devices can run out of juice faster.

Now it’s time to talk about cleaning iTunes.

Most of us clean it manually. We start by sorting all items by size, by date, arranging audio files by title, etc. I cannot say that this is not correct, rather, it is not all that needs to be cleaned, because iTunes stores music, as well as a lot of other files. In addition to music, it stores:

– Copies of the iOS apps on your disk

– Software updates for iOS

– Outdated backups

– Incomplete files left after a failed download

But how can we get rid of all these? How do we know where iTunes stores all the above-mentioned files? Our old friend CleanMyMac 3 will help us to find out.


Getting rid of junk in iTunes with CleanMyMac 3

As we have mentioned, in order to conduct an effective and reliable cleanup of iTunes, you have to use CleanMyMac 3. That’s how you do it:

  1. Download the application here http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac
  2. Install it on Mac
  3. Run it
  4. Find the iTunes Junk tab
  5. The application prompts us to scan iTunes, do it by clicking Scan

When CleanMyMac 3 starts to process the data, the iTunes cleaning module will know what to delete and what to keep automatically, just trust it.

As soon as the application scanned all of iTunes content, it displays the result. We see how much space is taken by unnecessary information stored in iTunes. We have two options:

5.1 Trust Smart clean and remove everything marked by CleanMyMac 3 without checking (you need to click Clean)

5.2 See the list of files to be removed and possibly leave some for future use. To do this, we click Review Files

  1. CleanMyMac 3 will display the contents of iTunes, namely:

– ITunes Broken Downloads

– IOS Software Updates

– IOS Device Backups

– IOS Applications

Now we can make decisions about removing applications, updates and anything else. To cancel the removal, unmark the item you want to keep.

  1. Once you have made your choices, click Clean, and the app delivers you from unnecessary files that clog up the Mac.
  2. At the end, CleanMyMac 3 displays the information about how much space has been freed after scanning.

If you have a large media library, like to read books, have a huge number of phone numbers and are constantly downloading new applications to keep up with the times, be sure to regularly use the iTunes Junk feature in CleanMyMac 3 to maintain order on all your devices.


May 31, 2016 by Mark Walker
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How to Remove duplicate photos from Mac

I wonder if anyone knows how many photos are stored on their Mac, let alone how many duplicate copies… Have you ever thought about it?

Now imagine how many photos can be stored in the memory of your Mac, if every time you copy a photo from your iPhone, for example, all unnecessary copies of pictures created by rotating, cropping or any other editing are saved. And we are only talking about the photos from your phone … And if you also have an iPad, the number of duplicate photos is unthinkable.

Your Mac stores a lot of photos that have been modified during the synchronization. Have you ever noticed that after you download the pictures, the Mac displays them in the right position? We never think about it, but copies of the rotated images are also stored on the Mac and clutter the memory.

We also love to edit photos before we post them online to show our friends how great our weekend was. We perform red-eye reduction, resize the image, play with effects, etc. And, again, we never know that when editing we create a copy of the original image.

Many users are still faced with the problem of having duplicates that are exactly the same files (two or more) that infest the file library, create difficulties with managing files, take up system resources and frazzle the user’s nerves.

After reading this, you are probably thinking how much extra memory is occupied by duplicate photos? In this article, we want to tell you how to free up disk space cluttered with duplicate photos.

When you don’t have so many images, there shouldn’t be any problems with duplicates, since you can just remove them manually and be done with them! But, if you are a photographer with an image library that contains gigabytes of edited copies of photos or you just like to take pictures of everything you see and share them on Instagram, manual removal is not very convenient or effective and will also take a long time. However, those who have tried to do this with a library containing at least several thousands of photos know that it’s a unenviable job. Of course, if the file archive is being carefully and meticulously maintained, and the user makes sure to process and archive all the photos, that’s another matter, but not in our case.

The easiest way to solve the problem of lack of hard disk space can be simple—buy an external drive or have an account in a great variety of popular cloud storages.

But carrying around an external drive is not very convenient (it’s rather bulky and takes up a lot of space), besides, it’s easy to lose or forget, which can be a headache. But there are also benefits! They have a large memory capacity, they have a fairly long working lifespan, and restoring the data is not too difficult, if something were to happen to it. But working with a hard disk is not quite convenient, because hard drive power consumption can contribute to a more rapid loss of power on your Mac (if you are not at home and forgot to charge your Mac, that can be unfortunate), it’s also a little noisy, which may annoy some people.

As for cloud storages, it is also not as simple as it seems, because you are given a limited number of GB, and to increase the capacity and not to lose data, you need to constantly spend money on purchasing additional space. You also need to regularly check for updates, etc. And it’s not even the worst thing that can happen. In the case of storing copies of photos on the cloud, access to them will be limited in the absence of the Internet connection, which is also unlikely to suit anyone. But there is also an upside! You will not be limited only to your Mac; knowing the username and password, you can use the files you want from any device (iPhone, iPod, etc.). When using a cloud storage, you must remember about an important point – your privacy. You can become a victim of computer crimes, and your pictures can be leaked into the World Wide Web.

How can you remove all the copies of a photo image? Selecting the images manually is not an option; that’s when special applications that search for duplicate images come to the user’s aid. There are many of that kind of applications, and they differ from each other by functional features as well as the price.

I do not want to take your precious time with stories about various methods of storing information and saving space on your Mac or listing all the specific applications that exist to deal with duplicates. We’ll proceed directly to the most effective and proven application: CleanMyMac 3.


Removing duplicate photos with CleanMyMac 3

In order to get rid of duplicates of your many photos, you need to:

  1. Download CleanMyMac 3 (it’s free for download)
  2. Install it on your Mac
  3. Run the app

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  1. Select Photo Junk in the app window.

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  1. Then we have two courses of action to choose from: we either click Change Library (to identify the folder you want to scan), or click Scan (CleanMyMac 3 will automatically scan your photos).

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Then, whatever the option, folders get scanned.

Then CleanMyMac 3 prompts us to clear a certain amount of disk space occupied by duplicates and shows exactly which files have been scanned.

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  1. Click Clean
  2. CleanMyMac 3 displays the result

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What do we get as a result? Saved time and resources and, of course, the duplicate problem sorted out with minimum effort! Just a few basic steps and your entire Mac is clear of clutter that we all love to accumulate.


May 27, 2016 by Mark Walker
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How to Remove old and useless files on Mac

We have repeatedly raised the topic of clearing junk from our Macs. Today, once again, we’ll talk about a scenario where you need to do  a deep cleaning of your Mac to free gigabytes of disk space.

We all love to do things that clutter our Mac. First, we save everything to the desktop (pictures, movies, work files, links, copies of documents, and more). As the desktop gets cluttered and there is no more space for further storage, we begin to create folders. When there is no more room for folders, we hide a folder in a folder, and on and on it goes. Although, not for too long. Sooner or later there is no more disk space left on your Mac, and you start to panic. Worst of all, it can cause your Mac to start running slowly and slow down your workflow, and no one needs that.

Now imagine how much necessary information can be located in an infinite number of folders, how often you use this information and, most importantly, how much extra space it can take up by its useless existence.


Finding old and large files

When the time comes, and your Mac will simply cease to store new data, because the hard drive is full, you will finally have to do a cleanup on your Mac.

We start by removing old and useless files. How? Manually. We set aside a day off when we begin to sort through all the old folders to check video files, find some movies downloaded 2 years ago …

Let us try to streamline all of these activities and organize them more productively.

We suggest you start with downloads and the desktop. There is no doubt that you will find unused old files there: applications, movies, downloaded music, etc, all of which you have long forgotten. They need to be removed from the Mac, as well as from Trash, so that they do not take up disk space. If you still do not want to part with old photos or music, there is a solution. We recommend that you record them on an external drive, then remove them from your Mac.

After that, we recommend to carefully review the entire list in Applications, preferably to sort them by date last opened, and delete the applications that you have not opened in the last 6 months, because why keep them?…

I doubt that there are many people among us who will sacrifice a weekend to dig into the bowels of their Mac and spend time reviewing old files to free up disk space.

If you do not want to waste time on nonsense and kill a weekend doing it, there is another option. Take an external drive and just copy all the data to it, and then remove everything from the Mac, and it will be ready to get cluttered again. You won’t have to sort through all the junk that your Mac stores. If necessary, you will simply take out the flash drive or external drive and look for the files you need there.

There are many applications that will simplify, as well as speed up the process.

Let’s take a look at one of the most effective ways of quick and thorough detection of old, useless, and large files with the help of our old friend, CleanMyMac 3.


Locating old data with CleanMyMac 3

Let’s begin!

We will start by telling you about processing large files—50 MB and up, that haven’t been opened in a long time. Before you mark them for deletion, CleanMyMac 3 will prompt you to view and mark the ones you want deleted. Let me tell you more about it.

We start by doing this:

  1. Download CleanMyMac 3 – http://macpaw.com/cleanmymac
  2. Install it on your Mac
  3. Run the app

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  1.  Find the Large & Old Files tab

How to Remove old and useless files on Mac

  1. CleanMyMac 3 has a scanning option. Click Add Folder to select the folder to scan.

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  1. Select a folder and click Open.

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If you want, you can select more than one folder to be scanned. You can do it by repeating the selection with Add Folder.

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  1. Once you have selected the folders where you will look for outdated and useless information, click Scan.

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The app will start scanning the folders.

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After that CleanMyMac 3 informs us about the end of data processing and displays the result. Here is my result.

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My result is what it is, because, I cannot even imagine my work on Mac without CleanMyMac 3, and I regularly scan my Mac and delete all the junk.

If the application still discovers something, and it is sure to do so, you can go through the list of files found. All the data will be sorted by size, so you can select files that are bigger than 5 GB or between 500 MB and 1 GB, for example.

You might want to keep some of them. To do it, you just need to uncheck the box next to the file you want to keep. If you checked the provided list and realized that you have nothing to lose by deleting them all, just click Clean, and the app will remove all the files forever and give you a few gigabytes of free disk space to use.

The conclusion offers itself. CleanMyMac 3 provides the feature that can help us detect large files that are stored on the hard disk and tell us when was the last time we used that file or application. In the case where the file was last opened over 6 months ago, we suggest that you consider whether you need it at all, because it can take a lot of space on your SSD drive. The application can also easily find large files on external drives.

Once you try it, you will not be able to stop using CleanMyMac 3 and, as in my case, your Mac will always be in perfect order.


May 24, 2016 by Mark Walker
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Gemini 2: Updated Version

Gemini 2: Updated Version

We have great news for the Gemini application fans! An updated version, Gemini 2, has been released!

For those of you who have not heard about it, this application can detect duplicate files that take up megabytes and gigabytes of memory and clutter your Mac. It can also help to quickly remove them and free up valuable disk space.

Gemini 2 is useful for bloggers, office workers, and regular users to help maintain order on your favorite Mac.

The application is a must have for both photography enthusiasts as well as for pros, because, as you know, a large number of copies can build up when processing photos.

So, back to our news! The Gemini developers have presented us with a new, improved version of the application. Read below about its new features.


What’s new on Gemini 2?

For those of you who are in the know, it is not news that the application can detect all the duplicate files you’ve ever accidentally or deliberately created. Whether it is a copy of an image downloaded from the Internet, or a favorite song, or a duplicate of an application that you have downloaded a few times, or something else.

The main difference in the new Gemini 2 is that the application can do so much more than just detect copies of files! Now Gemini 2 can easily find even the files that are just similar! This applies to images, applications, and all that is stored on your Mac. It often happens that when selecting a filter for a photo, you save multiple copies of it, then choose one, and the others are sentenced to useless existence.Moreover, these unnecessary files build up over time, take up space and clutter your Mac.

We cannot but notice the interface! It became more reserved, uncluttered, and balanced.

Let’s take a closer look at the updated Gemini 2 and see what it can do.


Using the new Gemini 2

At first glance, the interface is not different from the original version, but keep looking and you will see for yourself.

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To get started, click “+”. The application prompts us to choose a folder to scan (it seems the same as in the previous version). In this case, select Downloads and click Open.

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Next, Gemini 2 prompts us to start scanning the selected folder. I would like to mention that just as before, we can select multiple folders to scan, but, if we choose the wrong folder, we can immediately remove it from the selection. In the first version of Gemini you had to do the selecting all over again.

To remove the files you don’t need, simply hover the cursor over the folder and click on the cross located in the top left corner of the selected folder.

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Once you are done selecting, press the green Scan for Duplicates button (notice that the application itself gives you this tip; in the earlier version of Gemini, we could only trust our intuition. As you probably noticed, the help tips are great for beginners).

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Now let’s begin scanning. As you can see, if necessary, it can be stopped by clicking Stop.

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After the application processes the data, we’ll see a color coded bar that displays the amount of disk space occupied by folders with images, applications, etc. You will see this information if you hover the cursor over the particular color section of interest.

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“What else is new here?”, you might ask. If you take a look at the right side of the interface, you will notice that Gemini 2 tells us how many and what kinds of files should be removed after scanning.

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Gemini 2 right away offers us two options to delete the found duplicates:

– Manually (Review Results)

– Automatically (Smart Cleanup)

Smart Cleanup Options were not available in the previous version of Gemini.


Removing duplicate files with Review Results

Let’s continue reviewing the new improved features.

First, let’s take a look at the manual method of removing duplicates. Do it by clicking Review Results.

The application opens the interface with three conditional fields:

  1. In the first field, we see all the scanned and processed folders that are divided by the kinds of duplicate files (Exact Duplicates):

– All Duplicates

– Applications

– Archives

– Folders

– Images

– Other

and those that store similar files (Similar Files):

– All Similars

– Images

  1. In the center field, you can see all the files and folders that have a duplicate, as well as the number of twins (numbers on the right of the file name).
  1. In the right field, we can see just the file you selected.

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We can still sort files by Size, Name, Count and Selected Count and select the viewing style: grid or list.

We can also see the total size of the data to be deleted.

Gemini 2 gives us the option not to select files manually. Copies are automatically marked for deletion, and to remove them, we just need to click Remove. This feature was not available in the first version of Gemini.

Once you have clicked Remove, the removal process begins.

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Then we can see how much disk space has been freed.

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Gemini 2, like its predecessor, offers to once again see the list of remote duplicates with the possibility to recover all or some. This can be done by clicking Put Back (if it is a single file) or Put All Back (and the app will restore all of them).

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That’s the way we can free our Mac from duplicates and make sure that we have free disk space.


Removing duplicates with the new Smart Cleanup feature

Let’s take a look at the new Smart Cleanup feature and how it works. I think it’s obvious that after we have decided what folders to scan, we select Smart Cleanup.

In this case, Gemini 2 will not prompt you to select a particular folder or file to delete or give you a full list of the duplicates discovered. Gemini 2 automatically scans the selected data and provides you with information on what files need to be deleted, similar to the one that appears in the manual mode.

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You will also be able to leave some or remove all duplicates, but you will not need to spend extra time on it, because Gemini 2 will do it for you.


Revolutionary innovation from Gemini 2

Working with similar documents

People who are familiar with Gemini must have been interested from the beginning of the article about the command Similar Files that appears after scanning. Yes! You got it right, Gemini 2 can recognize similar files. You can see them by simply clicking All Similars.

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After Gemini 2 displays the whole list, we will be able to view each similar file. Here we can also see the folder where a similar document is stored by clicking on the image of a flag; the date and time of creation – by clicking on the calendar; the size the amount of disk space on the scale bar.

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If desired, you can remove similar files. Do this by simply checking a box next to the file you want removed. In the upper right corner you will see the number of selected and detected files.

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Then click Remove, and the application removes the clutter or simply helps you find a similar file for later reference.


Playing with Gemini 2

In this version, the MacPaw developers added a motivation system to make users’ day. In the upper right corner of the interface, you can see a star; click on it and you will see Your Rank Apprentice.

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With this feature, we have the opportunity to use other applications from MacPaw. After each scan, a user gets more points added as a percentage. You can also receive an opportunity to get the key to other applications from MacPaw. For example, you can become the owner of one of the applications from the developers by simply placing a link to the information about the application on your FaceBook or Twitter page. That’s how you can receive free access to using applications that are very helpful or even vital for the functioning of your Mac. For example, Hider 2, CleanMyDrive 2, Encrypto, et al.

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Every egg has a number on it; it adds points to the user after he or she completes an assignment.

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What happens after you collect 100%?! We’ll keep the suspense and let you find out for yourself!!!

What can be said in conclusion? Gemini 2 has exceeded all expectations and been more than a pleasant surprise. New features and motivation only add fuel to the fire and promote learning about other equally useful applications from MacPaw.

 

 


May 23, 2016 by Mark Walker
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