Around the office I’m known as something of a Mac app hound. My Mac is loaded with more apps, tools, and utilities than anyone else except the folks in IT. Every Mac user has a list of favorite apps, including all important third party (which I loosely define as non-Apple, non-Adobe, non-Microsoft apps) apps which varies greatly between users.
For example, I use Menubar Arranger to keep my Mac’s Menubar clean, tidy, and organized. No one else in the office uses it. My Mac has HiddenMe installed to hide all the Desktop icons with a click (good for doing screen capture videos without the clutter). No one else I know uses that one, either.
On the other end of the scale there are a number of Mac apps which I don’t use and can’t really understand why they exist at all, let alone get raving reviews. One such app is DaisyDisk, a utility which helps you to recover disk space by finding and removing files you don’t need.
As of this writing DaisyDisk’s latest version has nearly 200 five star reviews. All the one, two, and three star reviews could be counted on one hand with a finger left over. That means Mac users like DaisyDisk. My question is, “Why?”
DaisyDisk scans your Mac’s storage devices and lists them in a professional looking dark charcoal app window so you can see the total amount of storage used on each.
Another click gets you this interesting wheel graphic which depicts the files on each device (hence the daisy in DaisyDisk). It’s colorful eye candy, yes, but not all that helpful if you’re trying to see which exactly files are taking up the most space, and which can safely be removed (which seems to me to be important).
Finding and deleting larger files you may not need is still a manual process fraught with more than a little danger. Maybe it’s all psychological in nature, where there’s a certain pleasure that comes with deleting files with a click, then watching as the free space indicator grows.
Yet, half a dozen Mac users in the office where I work have DaisyDisk and they each say the same thing. “It’s good. I use it.” So be it. A few hundred Mac users know something about DaisyDisk that I can’t fathom as easily. At least, not at that price.
For me, back in 2008 I wrote about free tools which find and display as list files on a Mac. The one I liked the most back then is what I still use today. It’s OmniDiskSweeper. It’s free. As with most utilities that find and list the files on your Mac’s storage devices, OmniDiskSweeper makes it easy to delete the ones you don’t want to keep, but it’s still a manual process.
My not being able to figure out the advantages of DaisyDisk saved me $10.