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Speed Up Your Mac for a Better Use of AlphA All in One Film Budgeting Software


Few rules to Properly Use and Accelerate Your Mac

  1. Update OSX from the Apple menu "Update Software".

  2. At least 10% of available space (ctrl i on the hard drive icon will tell you how much left you have)

  1. Accelerate computer on startup

  2. Clean the folder "Startus items" in the System Preferences / Users and Groups / Opening files by manually deleting applications that open at startup, most are useless. Be careful not to delete those that are for your antivirus software

  1. Use

  2. -Restart your computer at least once a day (it purges memory)

  3. -The desktop should be as empty as possible. Store files to a folder on the desktop or in "Home" (better) and make shortcuts in the Dock or Finder window.

  4. -If possible, do not leave openned currently unused applications

  5. -Disabling temporarily Antivirus can significantly accelerate some processes

  6. -Disable Bluetooth, Airport, voice recognition (System Preferences) and other tasks if they are not used.

  7. -Use the Activity Monitor to monitor the RAM consumption of openned applications in Applications / Utilities. In the memory system, the circle must have the most green and blue possible.

  8. -Clean the folder User / Librairy / Preferences (remove unused applications preferences but do not touch ... preferences). Same for the User folder / Librairy / PreferencePanes the user folder (for Mountain Lion (or later) users, this file is accessible with Finder menu Go and simulatneously clicking on Alt). Also those of the file system, but with caution. These preferences are reconstructed at each re-opennig of the application.

  1. Maintenance

  2. Use regularly the free program Onyx to perform maintenance operations and regular cleanings. Very useful.

  1. Make free space on your hard drive

  2. -Empty the trash regularly (Menu Finder) in normal mode or safe (files will be non longer recoverable but better)

  3. -Clean the corrupt fonts. Open Font Book in Applications. Select the collection "All Fonts", select one and press "command-A" to select all, then activate the menu File / Validate Fonts. Manually delete corrupt fonts.

  4. -Clean the hard drive of unnecessary large files. Use Disk Inventory X (free) or What Size to get a complete view of the disk based on the file size.

  5. -Delete unnecessary language packs with Monolingual (free). Warning, this manipulation is recognized as hazardous.

  1. Preferences Setting

  2. Set system preferences to remove any unnecessary function or effect (effects of dock, animation ...). For elaborated preferences, use Onyx.

  1. Accelerate Safari

  2. -Reset Safari from the Safari menu (except cookies and text forms)

  3. -Choose the option Open DNS in the Preferences / Network / Advanced / DNS (see, unless your server is already fast.

  4. -Remove unnecessary extensions and plugins (File Hard Drive / Library / Internet Plug)

  1. Accelerate other applications

  2. -On an Intel Mac, avoid the use of old applications that are not "universal binary" (with Monolingual).

  3. -Accelerate iphoto rebuilding its database. Press Option and Command keys at startup of iphoto.

  4. -Dashboard: reduce the number of widgets (and delete unnecessary)

  1. If this did not work

  2. -Re-install completely with formatting the root

  3. -Increase the RAM

  4. -Change computer