August 10, 2013
by MacWorld’s Chris Barylick
Memory Clean: Get It for Free
Memory Clean runs in the background after you launch it, and a convenient menu bar interface shows how much RAM is available at any given time. Clicking on the menu bar opens the application and allows the memory to be purged on a whim. Right-click or control-click the menu bar interface or press Command-, to pull up a Preferences menu and configure settings as display options, application visibility in OS X, and when to automatically clean out the memory if RAM drops below a specified threshold level.
During testing, Memory Clean held its own, freeing up over 700MB of RAM after using applications such as Microsoft Word, iMovie, Left 4 Dead 2, and Adobe Photoshop CS6. To activate a memory purge, open Memory Clean, click Clean Memory and allow your Mac 30 to 60 seconds to free what RAM it can.
Right-clicking Memory Clean on the menu bar to open its preference settings isn’t an intuitive function and this could stand to be addressed in short order. Still, once you know about the function, the issue becomes moot.
Memory Clean is free, simple, effective and it does what it purports to do very well and with little hassle or addition to OS X’s overall system load. It’s nice to get several hundred megabytes of usable RAM back with a few mouse clicks.