DaisyDisk 2 Beta for Mac OS X Released

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[prMac.com] Kiev, Ukraine - DaisyDisk Team today released the first public beta of DaisyDisk 2.0, promising a major update to their award-winning hard disk visualization utility for Mac OS X. Disk contents are displayed as an interactive color-coded sunburst map, quickly revealing large files which may no longer be necessary. The map can be easily navigated to preview deeper levels of data. The version 2.0 features drag-and-drop file deletion built in the application, ability to scan several disks/folders at a time, brand new user interface based on Core Animation, and many other enhancements.

"The need to delete files from within the application has been an obvious gap that is finally filled," stated Co-Founder Oleg Krupnov. "We have also completely redesigned the UI which allowed more efficient ways of working with DaisyDisk, such as scanning many sources at a time, switching between scanned reports, and other things. The use of Core Animation has made the entire application feel faster and more powerful."

When the application is launched an overview of all mounted disks is displayed, with graphical indicators of how full each is. DaisyDisk supports all kinds of disks. 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%. Multiple disks can be scanned simultaneously. 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. Next, segments can be dragged out of the diagram and dropped into the special "collector" zone for further deletion. While the files remain in the collector, the user can cancel his decision to delete a particular file by dragging it out of the "collector". On each action, the diagram is updated instantly to reflect the changes. Finally, when all unneeded files have been collected and double-checked, the "collector" can be cleaned up with a single click.

Feature Highlights:
* Visualizes disk contents in a way that reveals large files which may no longer be needed
* Innovative infographics - animated, interactive, color-coded, sunburst map
* With drag and drop, allows collecting all unneeded files to the built-in "collector", then deleting all with one click
* While the files remain in the built-in "collector", their deletion can be canceled by dragging them out
* Robustly deletes all specified files, automatically switching to Administrator mode when necessary
* Supports all kinds of disks, displays informative overview of all mounted disks
* Highly optimized code performs scanning/mapping faster than most other apps
* Can scan multiple disks simultaneously
* In Administrator mode can scan all files without regard to permissions
* Built-in QuickLook preview of files content
* Runs as 64-bit application on Snow Leopard
* Free, fully-functional trial version available for download

Apple has recognized DaisyDisk as a Staff Pick, Macworld UK granted DaisyDisk five stars and "Editors' Choice" award, also DaisyDisk received an About.com Reader's Choice Award for 2010 in the System Utility category, and also it was nominated in the Ars Technica's Reader's Choice poll for 2010 Ars Design Awards Mac OS X in the Best Mac OS X User Experience category. In addition to other awards, the app has received consistent praise in more than 120 print and online reviews, published in a variety of languages.

Language support:
All localizations except English are temporarily excluded from the Beta version, but they are to be restored in versions following the final release. The previous version was localized in the following languages: 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 9.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
DaisyDisk 2.0 Beta is available for free download from DaisyDisk. The Beta will expire on December 31, 2010. Optionally, a registration key for the Beta version can be purchased for $19.95. This will entitle the customer for a free upgrade after the final release. For other existing customers the upgrade will cost $9.95 (USD), and the full price of the version 2.0 will be $19.95 (USD). 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.


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