Sep 11, 2013

DaisyDisk 3, Mac App Store upgrades and related issues

Since the release of DaisyDisk 3 many Mac App Store users complained about “lost” functionality and inability to scan the disks as they’re used to be. Here’s a short explanation about what’s going on and what we’re doing about this.

As you may already know, some time ago Apple introduced app sandboxing as an extra security measure. In theory, isolating applications prevents hackers from getting your private data or ruining your system, but in practice it has certain drawbacks for both users and developers. The main problem is that from now on all Mac App Store apps are isolated and can’t access most locations on your Mac without clearly receiving your permission. This permission can be provided through the familiar Open panel or by dragging and dropping a file, folder or disk to the app’s main window.

So, what could we do?

  1. Leave Mac App Store without updates. In this case App Store users would get a two year old version, which never gets updated. Some developers have already done this.
  2. Remove DaisyDisk from the Mac App Store entirely and only sell it from our site. Technically it’s the easiest solution, which could have saved us months of work.
  3. Adopt sandboxing for Mac App Store version and omit one for standalone version. This means having to do a lot of extra work just to release a free update to the existing app.

The easiest way to apply sandboxing could have been turning the app into a manually populated drop area where in order to view the disk’s capacity or even name one would have to add it first. For many it’s a solution, not for us.

Our problem is that we haven’t spent enough time on current implementation (it’s been finished in a rush) and haven’t tested it too good on real-world cases, so the result is quite confusing. The release version of DaisyDisk 3 is the 4th major iteration of the design, 3 previous ones have been rejected during review process and in fact we’ve spent much more time on app sandbox than we’d liked (we tried at least ten different versions of the UI):

Some of the early sandbox UI prototypes

We’ve just submitted DaisyDisk 3.0.1 with the following sandbox UI (actual screenshot):

DaisyDisk 3.0.1

DaisyDisk 3.0.1

Future updates will likely see even better design. What’s important is a fact that we cannot magically make all your disks just scan as before: DaisyDisk simply doesn’t have permission to access your disks. That’s the face we have to deal with, but we’ll do our best to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible.

What can you do right now? Drag and drop Macintosh HD to the DaisyDisk’s window to let the app scan all your disks and, if you ask it to, delete files. This is a one time action. Alternatively download and run DaisyDisk version from our site. It can work alongside with the one from Mac App Store, it’s not sandboxed and has more features which cannot be included into the Mac App Store edition. If you installed DaisyDisk 3 from the Mac App Store, standalone version will pick up registration information automatically, so you’ll always have all the features without paying extra, no matter where you purchased the application.

Thanks for your patience.

Taras @Software Ambience

Tags: Announce

Jul 17, 2013

DaisyDisk 3 beta, LilyView

It’s been a long time.
How have you been?

Greetings, DaisyDisk users.
It’s been a quiet summer, but we still have some news to share.

First of all, DaisyDisk 3 is slowly but surely approaching the release date.

The good news is that you can try the beta today and see what we’ve been working on during the past months. The beta will be updated until the final version is available. Better news: DaisyDisk 3 will be free for all DaisyDisk 2 users. It will be available in both Mac App Store and standalone edition and as usual we’ll offer free migration to standalone.

DaisyDisk 3

The list of changes includes a brand new design, full retina display support, a new engine and a huge amount of smaller, but useful features, updates and tweaks.

Once again, if you’re running OS X 10.7 or newer, there’re no reasons for not trying the beta of DaisyDisk 3, so get it right now.

LilyView_gestures

Our new app, lightweight image viewer LilyView  is out of beta and is available to every Mac user running OS X 10.7+. Try the demo or head straight to the Mac App Store.

That’s all for today.
Taras Brizitsky, Software Ambience

Tags: Announce, Updates

Dec 25, 2012

The year of 2012

My sincere apologies for being silent during the last months. There’s been quite a lot of work inside the company, but only a minor part of it is visible.

DaisyDisk Team is gone. Long live Software Ambience! It’s a company responsible for DaisyDisk and all our upcoming products. The staff has expanded, so we’ll be able to work on multiple products simultaneously.

Welcome Unclutter, a tiny utility that combines file storage, instant notepad and clipboard preview. Immediately accessible with a simple gesture or keystroke. Available right now on the Mac App Store near you.

DaisyDisk is alive and kicking. It got a brand new design with full retina display support, an improved future-proof engine and other interesting features you’ll soon be able to test yourself. This update will be freely available to all existing users of DaisyDisk in Q1 2013. Be patient, it’s worth the wait.

That’s not all. Our third app, @LilyViewapp is nearing open beta.

Sounds interesting? Stay tuned and follow us on Twitter. The year of 2013 is going to be really great for us all.

Taras Brizitsky, Software Ambience.

Tags: Announce, History

Sep 14, 2011

DaisyDisk 2.1 is out

Standalone version is available for immediate download and the app store one has just been submitted to Apple for approval.

DaisyDisk 2.1 features two localizations (folks from Germany and Russia, rejoice) and greatly improved support for OS X Lion. Sooth to say even previous versions of DaisyDisk have been “Lion ready”, but even minor glitches are annoying, so we’re getting rid of them. As well as trying to take advantage of new technologies :)

Starting from version 2.1 DaisyDisk is no longer Leopard compatible, you’ll need to use version 2.0.7.1 (available on our support page) if you still rely on PPC/Leopard.

What’s new in 2.1

OS X Lion:

  • Fullscreen mode
  • Window state resume
  • Volumes encrypted with FileVault 2 are clearly marked as such, support parallel scan

Other changes and improvements:

  • Disk usage gauge and sidebar scale up according to the window’s size
  • Removed main window’s bottom bar: less vertical screen space, looks better on Lion
  • New navigation for returning to the list of disks and folders
  • Updated all buttons and controls with more polished graphics
  • Fixed some minor graphic glitches on OS X Lion
  • Updated third-party frameworks to the most recent versions
  • Help file updated to reflect most recent changes
  • Localization program is back: DaisyDisk now speaks Russian and German, more languages to come soon
  • Tons of smaller fixes and tweaks

Other updates will follow during next months.

Stay tuned.
Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.

Tags: Announce, Updates

Jun 21, 2011

DaisyDisk 2.0.7 is out

Hooray. We’ve just released DaisyDisk 2.0.7.

The list of changes is quite promising:

  • Starred (favorite) folders
  • Hidden disk space detector (stand-alone version only), a nice complement to “scan as administrator”
  • Brand new logic for scanning multiple volumes simultaneously (reduces hardware load, increases scan speed)
  • Volumes of the same disk are now visually grouped together
  • Improved disk/volume descriptions
  • Eject volumes, not disks
  • Fixed UI lag on directories with tens of thousand files
  • 3-finger swipe up/down gesture for switching between disks/map
  • For terabyte disks, free and used space is displayed in GB
  • Updated list of locations that cannot be deleted
  • Updated help file
  • Lots of smaller tweaks and fixes

Not bad for a minor release :)

The App Store version has been submitted to Apple for approval and should be available… well, when Apple decides to approve it :)

For those curious: yes, DaisyDisk 2.0.7 works on Lion, but once 10.7 goes final, we’ll make an update to ensure full compatibility.

What’s next?
First of all, we’re re-opening the localization program, so if you want to see DaisyDisk on your own language and wish to contribute — drop us a line.
The next minor release would be dedicated to Lion compatibility. We’re also thinking about dropping support for PPC/10.5 in favor of providing better experience for Lion (and Snow Leopard) users.

Stay tuned.
Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.

Tags: Announce, Updates

May 18, 2011

Upcoming changes

Greetings, guys.

Here’s a portion of fresh news.

First of all, we’re pleased to announce the upcoming update to DaisyDisk, version 2.0.7.

The first feature you’ll likely notice is favorite folders. Mark a folder as favorite and it will remain pinned to your list of sources forever. Not a big deal for occasional scans, but a real time saver for control freaks.

Scanning multiple volumes is now faster than ever thanks to the recent engine changes: DaisyDisk successively scans multiple volumes of the same hard drive, so the hardware load gets reduced and scan speed increases. This thing works automatically, you don’t even need to be aware of it.

The third interesting feature is related to the stand-alone version of DaisyDisk. Now, after the scan is complete, the application tells you if there’re significant amounts of disk space hidden in restricted folders i.e. taken by files and folders you are not normally allowed to access.

And finally, we’ve made a few tweaks and optimizations to DaisyDisk’s engine, so it handles folders with huge (no, *huge*) numbers of files without any hickups.

We hope to roll out this version in a week or two once we finish polishing all the stuff.

What’s next? There’re a few interesting things we have in a pipeline: I don’t want to reveal all the details right now, but we’ll keep you informed :)

One more thing. Starting from today we’ll try a more aggressive and flexible price model, so you should be able to get a premium quality product with a significant discount. We’re also considering separating Mac App Store and stand-alone versions of DaisyDisk by making certain (advanced) features only available in a stand-alone edition.

Stay tuned.

Tags: Announce

Mar 22, 2011

Sharing knowledge: win one of 12 great books

Hi.

There’re some great news we’d liked to share.

We are giving away 3 promo codes to DaisyDisk. Nah… Boring…
We are giving away 5 $10 iTunes cards… so you can download some annoying tunes…
Seen this stuff a million times, no cool. Let’s try something different.

This week we are celebrating the successful start of DaisyDisk 2 by giving away 12 great great books. Most of these have already become live classics and well worth reading by just any person interested in design, data visualization and building software. Almost $500 for us — priceless knowledge for you.

Let’s see what’s in:

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations by Edward Tufte. The best design books ever. Period.

Now You See It by Stephen Few and “The Wall Street Journal” Guide to Information Graphics by Dona Wong. While not as mind-blowing as Tufte’s books these are worth reading for any person interested in information visualization.

About Face 3 and Designing for the Digital Age by Alan Cooper and Kim Goodwin — essential reading for every interaction designer or software developer.

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge, one the most inspiring books we’ve ever read. Great stories behind cult products like Mac, computer mouse or PalmPilot.

Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things by Norman. The name is quite self-explanatory. What we can add is that it seriously affects the way you’ll start looking at things after reading it.

Rework and Getting Real by 37signals, an icy shower for startupers and beginning software developers. Two of the few books about business that won’t make you asleep.

Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps. An essential book for iOS developers.

Not bad, huh?

Any of these books can be yours, no matter if you are in New York, Munich or Moscow. Refer to this article on MacStories for details.

Why are we doing this? We’re surely promoting our software, DaisyDisk, but that’s not all.
We believe we can make the world a better place by sharing books we’ve learned a lot from. So, if you happen to win one, improve your design skills and contribute back by creating a great website or application, that would be the best investment for us. Spending the same resources on buying ADs is merely useful for anyone ;)

Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.

Tags: Announce

Feb 28, 2011

DaisyDisk 2, the final

Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta, we’re releasing on time…
…almost.
(XXI century, author unknown)

We’ve done it. After being in development for more than a year, DaisyDisk 2 is finally released and is available for everyone.

Version 2 is a major improvement over DaisyDisk 1 which many of you know and love: all main parts of the application have been re-written, refactored and improved:

  • In-app file deletion (yes, finally…)
  • Brand new look, the UI is rewritten on Core Animation
  • Ability to scan multiple disks simultaneously
  • Scan results are remembered while the application is running, can be “forgotten” to free memory
  • More informative disk descriptions, icon overlay for read-only volumes and folders
  • Redesigned Disk usage gauge
  • New scan progress indicator for the Dock icon
  • Scanned folders are added to the list of sources
  • New logic for scanning as Administrator (was Super-User): now you can only scan local volumes and folders
  • FileVault support
  • Support for multi-touch gestures (refer to manual for the complete list)
  • New error handling logic (yep, built-in dialogs suck)
  • New registration system (DaisyDisk 1.x keys will not unlock 2.x)
  • Redesigned About, Feedback, Crash Reporter windows
  • Twitter integration (quite useless, but fun :)
  • Major under the hood changes and tons of tweaks you’ll unlikely ever need to know about :)
  • Localization is temporarily dropped (we’re not accepting localizations for some time, sorry…)

Not bad, huh…

DaisyDisk 2 is available in two versions: stand-alone (classic shareware) and Mac App Store. You can read more about them in this document.

Our upgrade policy remains unchanged: free upgrade if you purchased a license before October, 15 2009 or after September 1, 2010. $9.95 otherwise.

Ok, but how do you know if your license can be upgrade freely or not? The easiest way to do so is ask DaisyDisk itself. Just download and run the application and it will guide you through the rest of the process.

Now a small FAQ:

  • DaisyDisk 1.5.3 is the final version of DaisyDisk 1.x; we still provide support for it, but don’t expect future updates.
  • DaisyDisk 2.x will continue to evolve, we plan some very promising improvements. And no, it won’t make coffee.
  • We do not offer refunds or redeem codes for users willing to migrate to the Mac App Store for free.
  • In the future “stand-alone” versions of DaisyDisk may have extra features, not available in the App Store as Apple’s review policy prevents us from adding certain functionality.
  • The final release of DaisyDisk 2 “stand-alone” is not unlocked with DaisyDisk 1.x keys, they must be upgraded online. Contact support if you have any upgrade-related issues.

So, what’s next? First of all, we’d liked to take a small break and finish some stuff.
We’ll also start working on a side project (no details right now, sorry…) along with preparing DaisyDisk 2 updates. There’re lots of things we have to do, especially with an emergence of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion which plans to be a very interesting OS.

Stay tuned.

Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.

Tags: Announce, Updates

Jan 6, 2011

DaisyDisk 2 debuts in Mac App Store

DaisyDisk 2 debuts in Mac App Store and is available for purchase right now (direct link).

Now a small FAQ:

– When the “stand-alone” version of DaisyDisk 2 becomes available?

We hope to finish everything in a few weeks. There’s still some work to be done.

– I own a license for DaisyDisk 1, but it is not shown in the Mac App Store

The Mac App Store has its own mechanism of registration and updates for apps, so it does not recognize the previously bought DaisyDisk licenses. The only way to make DaisyDisk managed by the App Store is to buy it again via the App Store.

Note: DaisyDisk may appear “Installed” in the Mac App Store, but the app will still not be managed by the App Store (updates, sharing the license across your Macs) unless the app was bought via the Mac App Store.

– I own a license for DaisyDisk 1, how can I get the discounted upgrade?

The discounted upgrade will be available only as a stand-alone app and not as a Mac App Store app. You’ll be able to upgrade to DaisyDisk 2 once it’s available on our site. The upgrade policy remains the same: $9,95 unless your license key was issued before October 15, 2009 or after September 1, 2010. Otherwise free of charge.

– Can I upgrade from a license for DaisyDisk 1 to version 2 for the Mac App Store?

The only way to do it is to buy the app via the Mac App Store at the full price. You cannot get a discounted upgrade from your DaisyDisk 1 to Mac App Store version 2, it’s technically impossible.

– What’s the difference between the MAS and “stand-alone” versions?

The App Store version does not support scanning as administrator: the feature was removed to comply with Apple’s app submission policy. The MAS version does not support OS X 10.5 (no luck for PPC users) and update/registration mechanisms are changed to ones provided by Apple. Future versions may differ even more, a lot depends on Apple.

– If I buy the App Store version of DaisyDisk right now, will I be able to exchange it for the “stand-alone” version later?

Very likely. We can probably just create a new stand-alone license for you. Note that the reverse exchange is not technically possible.

Tags: Announce, Updates

Dec 22, 2010

DaisyDisk state of the union

First of all, we’d like to thank all those people who supported us throughout the year. Users, bloggers, testers, contributors… You really helped us make a better product.

This year we’ve got a significant increase of our user base. It’s been interesting to learn that DaisyDisk is popular among photographers, designers, system administrators and Apple staff. Some people are even using it for taming multi-terabate data storages.

At the beginning of the year we released DaisyDisk 1.5, a significant update with lots of changes. Many of these improvements have been inherited from the early version of DaisyDisk 2 engine we’ve been working on then. DaisyDisk 1.5.3 is fast and rock solid. It’s also the last release of DaisyDisk 1.x: we need to move on and concentrate our efforts on DaisyDisk 2.

DaisyDisk 2 has been in development for a year and is now available for public beta testing. The “beta” is a release quality product which mostly lacks registration and some stuff tied to upgrade/purchase infrastructure. Once this work is finished, DaisyDisk 2 will be available for download to all users.

The Mac App Store version of DaisyDisk 2 has recently been submitted to Apple for review and if everything goes as expected, it should be available in early 2011.

With the success DaisyDisk has, there’s no wonder it’s been actively ripped off (these folks even copy portions of our site :)): The first DaisyDisk’s “version” is designed for Windows and emerged this summer. The second knock-off, by a Belarusian plagiarist, has just entered beta. Bear in mind we’re not affiliated with any of these “products” and not responsible for their inferior “quality” (i.e. the lack of it).

So, what’s next? In the beginning of 2011 we are to release DaisyDisk 2.0 and start working on updates which you’ll really love. Our basic principle “quality over quantity and user experience over features” has not changed, but rest assured we have some great ideas.

We also plan to expand our product line. Our next application will work on iOS devices (spoiler: this won’t be DaisyDisk for iPhone/iPad/iwhateverelse…) and it is a… well… we’ll let you known details when the time is right :)

Thanks for your patience and have good holidays!

Stay tuned.

Yours truly DaisyDisk Team members.

Tags: Announce, History