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Upon first learning about MacMaid 2.1, I jumped for joy: the little utility purports to use rules you set to automatically clean your Desktop or any other folder.
“Finally,” I mused, “I can delete those aliases I mistakenly created, the hundreds of disk images, and inadvertent PDF downloads without picking through them one by one.”
MacMaid is, indeed, easy to use and has a clean interface. You just pick a folder to clean (in my case, the Desktop) and set some if-then rules based on a file’s name, extension, date created, date modified, or size. It’s similar to setting rules in Microsoft Entourage. Then you tell MacMaid how often to clean; the catch here is that once each hour is the least-frequent cleaning schedule.
The program’s limitations, therefore, make it only marginally useful. I found myself constantly rewriting the same rule because it’s impossible to create two If statements per Then criterion: for example, to put files with .JPG and .TIF extensions in a folder on your hard-drive called Images, you must create two rules.
It gets almost unbearably tedious if you’ve more than two or three criteria to process.
Rules are limited to certain criteria, so you can’t create a rule based on a file’s Kind, such as a Word document. MacMaid will do some cleaning for you, but not enough.