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Interesting little app for Mac users

I just recently found this cool app at http://www.xslimmer.com/

The looks at each app (the ones you point it at) and deletes the unnecessary code, language support, etc that you don't need. For example on an Intel Mac it will delete all the Power PC code and on a PPC machine it will delete all the Intel code.

They claim you'll save tons of disk space and your apps might even launch faster since they do not need to look at all the junk code that they will never use anyways.

From their site:

Xslimmer the friendly way to right-size your apps without losing functionality.

Xslimmer determines which code your machine needs and removes the rest. This is achieved by removing the code inside the Universal Binaries that does not fit with your machine's architecture, a code that never gets executed and just wastes your disk space. In addition, Xslimmer eliminates unwanted application localizations. Normally you only use 1 or 2 of the languages in any app. Keep those and let Xslimmer eliminate the rest, recovering your precious disk space.

Here are some example savings seen by our users:

* Audio Hijack Pro 2.6.7, from 12.7Mb to 9.6Mb (3.1Mb, 24%)
* BBEdit 8.5, from 33.6Mb to 23.5Mb (10.1Mb, 30%)
* Google Earth 4, from 101Mb to 52.8Mb (48.2Mb, 47%)
* Photoshop CS3 Beta, from 246Mb to 144Mb (102Mb, 41%)

Xslimmer not only frees space wasted by unused code, it can even increase your Mac's performance. Some of our users have reported applications loading in almost half the time, because OS X does not need to analyze Xslimmed applications in search for the most suitable version of the code.

Here are my results from trying it on my MacBookPro laptop

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