DaisyDisk 4.0b5 – 4.0b7 Beta Updates

Another weekly beta (4.0b7) just released: Download.

Change log here.

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DaisyDisk 4.0b4 Beta Update, Stunning Speed Boost

Finally, a new DaisyDisk 4 beta release! We’ve made some major rewrites under the hood, which dramatically boosted DaisyDisk’s scanning speed. In our benchmarks, scanning an SSD is now up to 15x faster! It means you can scan your Macbook’s disk in only 3-6 seconds – almost in no time. A real no-brainer when your disk gets full.

This is the fastest and most efficient DaisyDisk you have ever used. Your beta-testing and feedbacks are welcome: Download DaisyDisk 4 Beta (OS X Yosemite required)

Our benchmarks:
Macbook Pro 250GB SSD: ~6-7 sec (previously 120 sec)
iMac 5K 1TB Fusion: ~5-18 sec (previously 70 sec)
2011 iMac 1TB HDD: ~40 sec (previously 79 sec)

In the following few weeks we’ll be tweaking the beta and submitting the official release to the Mac App Store. A brand new website is also in the pipeline.

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DaisyDisk 4 Progress

DaisyDisk 4 has been in public beta testing for a while already. In the meantime we decided to make this major update even more valuable by adding another important new feature. Of course, this should take us back to development for another few weeks, but we’re sure it’s totally worth it. Stay tuned!

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DaisyDisk 3.0.2 is out

Good news, friends. DaisyDisk 3.0.2 is out.

It adds a workaround for yet-another-Mavericks-bug (sorry for inconvenience) and speaks German, French, Italian, Russian and Swedish.

Download, enjoy and let us know what you think.

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DaisyDisk 3 is released

We’re glad to inform you that DaisyDisk 3 has finally been released.
Both Mac App Store and standalone version users, check for updates and get a newer, better and Retina friendly version of the app. It is a free update for all DaisyDisk 2 users, so there’re no reasons to skip it.

Oh, yes, the release notes:

  • New design and application icon.
  • Full support of Retina displays.
  • New 64-bit only engine (requires OS X 10.7+).
  • Folder rescanning without having to rescan the whole disk.
  • Contents of file bundles can now be inspected.
  • Updated list of system files that should not be deleted.
  • Thunderbolt disks are now correctly recognized.
  • Uses Notification Center on OS X 10.8+, Growl 2 on OS X 10.7.
  • Added menu command to launch Disk Utility, might be helpful for disk troubleshooting.
  • Slightly tweaked keyboard shortcuts/trackpad gestures.
  • Lots of smaller tweaks, fine-tunes and fixes.

Download, enjoy and let us know what you think.

Taras @Software Ambience.

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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.


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

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 (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

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

DaisyDisk 2, the final

Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And we’re out of beta, we’re releasing on time…
(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

DaisyDisk 2.0.5 Beta

A new, better beta of DaisyDisk 2 is available for testing. Download and enjoy while we’re working on the final release.

What’s new:

  • Expiration date shifted to March 1
  • added Help (yep, finally…)
  • navigation history is no longer reset after using in-app deletion
  • Blu-ray discs should now be detected correctly
  • fixed bug with showing keyboard focus on some Macs
  • fixed bug with missing visual feedback for drag and drop on some machines
  • lots of tweaks and fixes

The Mac App Store version of DaisyDisk 2.05 has been submitted to Apple for approval.

Tags: Updates