Sep 11, 2013
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?
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):
We’ve just submitted DaisyDisk 3.0.1 with the following sandbox UI (actual screenshot):
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
Sep 7, 2013
Winter is coming… which means a new version of OS X is nearing its release date.
Here are a few tips on helping you get ready for the upcoming OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Mavericks doesn’t contain any radical changes in API, so most of your apps will likely work as before. Nevertheless we recommend checking if all of your applications are up to date. This is especially important for ones you purchased outside of the Mac App Store as some apps use undocumented APIs that could break after you upgrade your OS X. Good news: once you install Mavericks, it will keep your Mac App Store apps up to date automatically.
Run Disk Utility and ensure all your disks are in good health (Verify Disk command) and permissions are fixed. Damaged file system may cause enough trouble even if you’re using Time Machine backups (and you do, right? ;)). If necessary, use free Onyx app for basic maintenance, but stay away from any sorts of
tweakers and other
MessUpMyMac tools unless you’re looking for troubles.
Clean up a bit. While you don’t need hundreds of gigabytes for updating to OS X 10.9 having some extra disk space never hurts and DaisyDisk is your best friend here. So why not use the chance and get rid of the junk on your disks?
DaisyDisk is ready for Mavericks, are you?
Sep 7, 2013
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:
Download, enjoy and let us know what you think.
Taras @Software Ambience.
Jul 17, 2013
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.
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.
That’s all for today.
Taras Brizitsky, Software Ambience
Dec 25, 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.
Dec 26, 2011
2011 has been a great year for the team and the product. We’ve released DaisyDisk 2.0, a rewritten and redesigned version of the app, featuring tons of improvements and some unique features. We’ve rolled out 4 updates that made the app look even better, work faster and speak with our customers in their native language.
No wonder DaisyDisk 2 is featured in the Best of Mac App Store 2011 category of the Mac App Store and is a runner up in TUAW Best of 2011, the best Mac utility app vote. Not to mention lots of positive reviews and, most importantly, our users’ satisfaction.
Right now DaisyDisk sells with 50% discount and the good news is that we’re leaving it that way. That’s right: a fantastic, state of the art tool for less than $10. That includes free customer support and nonrestrictive licensing policy.
What’s next? We have a long, long list of possible improvements, features and just crazy ideas, so the development is not going to stall. We’re not fans of abandonware :) At the same time, we’ll try to move on with one on our next projects that have been frozen throughout the year.
Have great holidays, see you in 2012. Stay tuned.
Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.
Sep 14, 2011
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 22.214.171.124 (available on our support page) if you still rely on PPC/Leopard.
What’s new in 2.1
OS X Lion:
Other changes and improvements:
Other updates will follow during next months.
Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.
Jun 21, 2011
Hooray. We’ve just released DaisyDisk 2.0.7.
The list of changes is quite promising:
scan as administrator
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.
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.
Yours truly, DaisyDisk Team.
May 29, 2011
Features don’t matter, experience does. Who cares if the app promises to do everything but doesn’t do a single thing right?
It’s not enough to make the best app of its kind, one must try to build a perfect app (even though it’s impossible).
Make great design, then implement it in code, not the opposite. While thinking in code it’s easy to lose the scope and roll down to inferior solutions.
Ok, you have a great feature scheduled, but the final implementation is less than great. Postponing or even discarding the thing is likely the best idea.
Learn from others, try to understand why they’re doing things that way and only then lend the best patterns and integrate them into your app. Take a look at Zune or today’s iPad
competitors, they’re pitiful, don’t repeat their creators’ mistakes.
Merely working tools for just 39.95 are so Windows… Try to make premium quality software affordable.
When you’re small, don’t pretend being big. Be fast, be flexible.
You’ve made a great thing! You haven’t. Just throw it away and start it anew. Think. Add, remove, change, polish, repeat the process many times. Now compare your result with the original which doesn’t look any good at all…
You’ve messed up something? How unexpected… Now go and tell this. Your customers may forgive you, but don’t expect them to forget.
Don’t make anything unless it’s beautiful or useful. Try to stick with solutions that are elegant and needful.
May 18, 2011
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.