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Guides on emulating older applications

FinderCleaner (not to be confused with Finder Cleaner) is an app that can be used to remove all the invisible files on FAT32/NTFS-formatted USB drives that can be a real headache on Non-Apple devices.

Removes .DS_Store files, File-Forks, Sherlock FBC files (from OS9) and Invisible Trash Folders. Best of all, if aliased to Finderpop (, you can simply right-click on a drive to eject it - removing all the crap in the process.

See Also: iClean

Architecture: PPC

OSX PPC 10.4


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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 12 - 6:31am

@lilliputian: Exactly. That was all I wanted him to do.

But maybe it's as well that he removed his v1.9 app, as on much closer inspection, FinderCleaner possess some risky behavior (and v1.6 is no less of a security threat).

Being a knowledgeable AppleScript user, MaxR would know that compiling an AppleScript as "run only" makes it non-editable in a script editor.

However: He should also be aware that anybody dumping that main.scpt into a hex editor after it was used and Finder modified by him; Displays in plain text, his Keychain login password. His login "User name" for the Mac he was on, The name of his Mac's HD (Water), the drive he was testing this script app with (Fire)... and he was giving that away to everyone here who had DL'd his now removed app...

The earlier "iClean" by the same author may be a safer bet, as it doesn't employ the user keychain in it's script.

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by lilliputian - 2018, July 12 - 4:38am

There is nothing wrong with salvaging software in a non-pristine state; we do it all the time! But it's good practice to label these items for what they are so that a user who stumbles on them will know precisely what they're getting.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, July 12 - 2:51am

And the friend who sent it to me had been using it long before he sent it to me (remember it was pulled from a working machine). It will show up as modified if it's ever used.

That's what I was saying about Applescript apps. As for the two or three-months it took the creator of the app to post it to, I guess we'll never know. But since this is such a bother, I'm removing the 1.9 and you all can just do without it unless you can somehow find a pristine version yourself. Do yourself a favor and learn a little about Applescript before accusing people of things - not a great way to find people willing to add worthwhile items. If I could have found the original install image, I sure as heck wouldn't have posted a request for it in the first place.

Enough Pharisaic Adjudication for one Evening.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 12 - 2:36am

Actually MaxR, that Macupdate link informs me that v1.9 was created 08 Jan 2006. The date you give is for v1.6 unmodified.

Your v1.9 "main.scpt" has creation and modification date and time stamps from the day it was posted to here.

Please also send up the version you claim to have received, unmodified. So we can all take a look at it.

I really don't care that the above v1.9's a facsimile. Anything that works will be good enough until it can be replaced by the genuine article, if it can at all be located.

I see that you've now placed a notice above that this is a user modification. Thank you for that. Tho' some of the wording I wouldn't have used as it reads as being a little peeved for having been pointed out the obvious.

We are entering a world of computer archeology.

This site has always been about computer archeology. We want to discover and preserve what has been lost and is unused by others. Genuine unmodified apps and games are always preferred (tho' not compulsory).

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, July 12 - 1:28am

Fair enough - not sure what you are looking at to see who compiled an app (Having developed Apps for going on 7 years) but you should know that Applescript script files modify EVERY TIME THEY ARE USED - to remember paths previously chosen). The creation date is October 24th 2005 (the disbursement date being right after according to Macupdate . Now if you want to put on the tin-foil hat and such, go ahead, but you should also be aware that you can right-click even a compiled Applescript and see a lot of what it's doing via TextEdit. Not sure about you, but I don't see any network activity there (which would have to be done via shell script curl/wget). We are entering a world of computer archeology. If you are going to demand md5 lineage on everything coming in, you won't be getting much new stuff, as the majority of it will be stuff, people happened to have installed already - as this is.

I checked it to make sure it worked as it appears to and am glad it does, but those unwilling to "Take the Chance" are free not to.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 12 - 1:14am

That is not the point. It's a facsimile app. It's not the genuine v1.9. If the main.scpt is from the actual v1.9 that was sent to you; Include what was sent to you, up in the page without modification. At least then we could all take a look at it and discern its differences.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, July 12 - 12:58am

I didn't compile it - that's strange that it says that :0) I tried to open the script, but it came back as read only (as does 1.6). All I know is that dates appear to check out for 1.9 and it works. Anyone wanting to go beyond that and put a disclaimer is certainly welcome to, but it appears this was mostly bug-fixes. It is unlikely the 1.9 installer will turn up as nobody seems to have it. Too bad, as this should really be standard kit for OSX (as should FinderPop).

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 12 - 12:53am

I hope that you can amend the description to reflect that this is not the genuine v1.9 that seems to be so elusive to find. One that perhaps can be used instead of the actual v1.9, or until the real version is located.

I can see much more than the checksum difference and file size discrepancy. I can also see that v1.6 "main.scpt" was compiled by Tim Goeree and the above v1.9 "main.scpt" was compiled by a Adam Malbrec (or persons using his Mac). There are a lot of similarities in the code and there are also several differences.

But it's not the genuine v1.9 by Tim Goeree. That hasn't been located to date, so we can't pass it off as being such.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, July 9 - 6:10am

MTT: a friend of mine had just the 1.9 app, but couldn't find the install image, so I added the ReadMe and so forth from the 1.6 version because it is largely used the same way.

Ran sample via Terminal on the code and it works somewhat differently in function calls, so is a different version - from what the remaining documentation shows, it appears to have better Keychain support for sudo used in the script and also a path variable was fixed to pass irregular characters better and avoid aliasing errors.

P.S. If you compare the checksums of the script executable it also will verify it is different than 1.6.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 9 - 2:51am

The FinderCleaner version 1.9 above appears to be sourced from version 1.6 - both have exactly the same contents and Creation and Modification date & time stamps throughout their respective archives.

Except the "main.scpt" in the package contents of FinderCleaner 1.9, has Creation & Modification date & time stamps of just before it was added to this page; "Thursday, 5th July, 2018 9.58 AM".

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by MacTouch - 2018, July 7 - 10:57pm

As you requested, this one is here now. Thanks to MadMac for it. Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, July 6 - 11:44pm

Quite right. The OS 8/9 FinderPop would be better to have it's own page here as its now a broken link on the official FinderPop site.

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by Maximum R.I.S.C. - 2018, July 6 - 11:35pm

Not sure why someone edited this to include a link to the OS8/9 version of FinderPop. Since this is ONLY for OSX, that's kinda not relevant here.