Spring Cleaning Sweeps Out Mac OS X -- Aladdin Systems recently released Spring Cleaning 4.0, which helps you throw out all that digital crud that accumulates on our hard disk: things like duplicate files, orphaned aliases, empty folders, orphaned preferences files, and so on. New features in Spring Cleaning 4.0 are MailCleaner for locating and removing unwanted email attachments, CookieEditor for deleting selected cookies, and two user modes for easier use. Plus, in Mac OS X, Spring Cleaning now provides QuickCompare for finding differences between duplicate files, and AccessMonitor for tracking accesses on files so you can later tell if they're important to keep. But what makes Spring Cleaning 4.0 interesting on Mac OS X is the simple fact that many people aren't yet comfortable navigating around the guts of the operating system, knowing where things go, and understanding what is and is not important. That working knowledge may come eventually, but for now, Spring Cleaning will be an easy way to clean up Mac OS X hard disks. System requirements are a PowerPC-based Macintosh running Mac OS 8.1 or later. Spring Cleaning 4.0 normally costs $50, with upgrades from previous versions at $20, but TidBITS readers can get it (and have Aladdin's Flashback revision control utility thrown in) for $30 by using the Digital River URL below. [ACE]
Fixing Save as Adobe PDF Crashes
There have been many reported instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF" workflow crashing regardless of application, but precious few workarounds or resolutions. In troubleshooting, I discovered that there were three instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF.action" in three different locations: /Library/Automator; ~/Library/Automator; and /System/Library/Automator. By eliminating all except the version in /System/Library/Automator, the workflow started behaving, and I was able to cut PDFs directly from the Print dialog.