August 6th, 2006


When I first set up my PowerBook, I had perfectly reasonable visions of all the Swedish and Chinese people that might someday come over my house to use it, so naturally I made sure that Mac OS X 10.4 was installed with as many foreign languages as I could select.

Two years and 74.41 GB later, that particular multi-cultural vision of the future (which I now understand as “unlikely”) has still not come true for me, so yesterday I used Monolingual to strip all the unused foreign languages out of my Mac OS X system — and as a result, I reclaimed about 3 GB. Monolingual can even pull out unused chip architecture binaries at the same time, so if you have a new Intel Mac (lucky you!) you can use it to pull out the PowerPC code floating around in your apps that you will never, ever use. Along with judicial use of Omni’s excellent OmniDiskSweeper, Monolingual is one of the fastest and easiest ways to reclaim hard drive space you will find.


4 Responses to “monolingual”

  1. cubeXpert says:

    Hrrrmmm… Guess I can’t come over and edit my websites at your house then?

    John / Sweden

  2. Jeff says:

    For you I would reinstall Swedish.

  3. Jesse says:

    I love this functionality – I’ve been doing with Delocalizer ( from the most excellent Mike Bombich, who’s software makes my life better everyday.

    – Jesse

  4. Gene says:

    You can save FAR more space by eliminating the masses of templates and other stuff cluttering up the Library/Application Support folder, especially if you don’t use apps like Garageband and iDVD.