DaisyDisk 1.5.2 for Mac OS X Scans Any Disk - Helps Find Unneeded Files

April 21, 2010 in Utility (E)

[prMac.com] Kiev, Ukraine - DaisyDisk Team today is pleased to announce the release of DaisyDisk 1.5.2, an update to their award-winning, scanning/mapping system utility for Mac OS X. Disk contents are displayed as an interactive sunburst map, quickly revealing large files which may no longer be necessary. The sunburst map provides a quick color-coded overview of disk usage, and can be simply navigated to preview deeper levels of data. Unlike some similar products, DaisyDisk facilitates the removal of a few very large files, rather than many small ones. The 1.5.2 update provides 64-bit support on Snow Leopard, improved scanning speed, and optimized memory footprint.

DaisyDisk supports all kinds of drives, including Time Machine volumes, network share drives, FTP drives, USB thumbsticks, FireWire drives, CD/DVD drives and images, FUSE drives, SATA drives, IDE/ATA drives and RAID drives. When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is. Choosing the Scan button next to any displayed disk begins the scanning procedure, which has been highly optimized, and according to DaisyDisk Team outperforms competitors by 10-50%. The resultant circular sunburst map, in contradistinction to the more frequently used rectangular tree map, consists of color-coded, concentric rings. Mousing over ring segments lists the category of files and folders and their total size (e.g. movies, 85.3 GB). Clicking any segment expands it into a full sunburst map revealing greater detail. The process can be repeated until the user has reached the level where individual files are listed.

Feature Highlights:
* Helps free disk space by identifying large files which may no longer be needed
* Innovative infographics - animated, interactive, color-coded, sunburst map
* Runs as 64-bit application on Snow Leopard
* Highly optimized code performs scanning/mapping faster than most other apps
* Super/root user can scan all files without regard to permissions
* Built-in QuickLook preview of files content
* Free, fully-functional trial version available for download

DaisyDisk also supports scanning in Super-User mode, as a root level user, with access to all files without regard to permissions. In this mode all folders within the home folder of other users' accounts, which would otherwise appear empty, can be analyzed.

Apple has recognized DaisyDisk as a Staff Pick, and it received an About.com Reader's Choice Award for 2010 in the System Utility category. In addition to other awards, the app has received consistent praise in more than 100 print and online reviews, published in a variety of languages.

"When we entered the market, it was already crowded with well-established competition, most of them being free apps," stated Co-Founder Oleg Krupnov. "But we took the risk, because we didn't like how all those other apps worked and looked, and had a few ideas how such an app could be greatly improved. So we built DaisyDisk as a disk tool to fulfill our own dream."

Language support:
* US English, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Thai

System Requirements:
* Mac with OS X 10.5 or later
* Application size 7.8 MB

Pricing and Availability:
DaisyDisk 1.5.2 for Mac OS X is available now for $19.95 (USD) from DaisyDisk. A free, fully-functional, unexpiring trial download is available. NFR licenses are available on request.

DaisyDisk Team is an independent software development startup, founded in 2009 by Taras Brizitsky of Sarov, Russia, and Oleg Krupnov of Kiev, Ukraine. Although various disk scanning applications were available free, the pair were motivated to create DaisyDisk for their personal use, and to explore the use of graphical representation of data and user interface design. Copyright (C) 2010 DaisyDisk. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, Macintosh, and Mac OS X are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.