Getting ready for Mavericks

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 fine-tuners, 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?

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.

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

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.

2011, retrospective

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.

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.

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.

10 basic principles behind DaisyDisk

Experience over features

Features don’t matter, experience does. Who cares if the app promises to do everything but doesn’t do a single thing right?

Being the best is not enough

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).

Design first

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.

Don’t do anything you can’t do right

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.

Follow patterns, don’t imitate

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.

Affordable premium

Merely working tools for just 39.95 are so Windows… Try to make premium quality software affordable.

Take advantages of your size

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…

Be honest

You’ve messed up something? How unexpected… Now go and tell this. Your customers may forgive you, but don’t expect them to forget.

Beautiful and useful

Don’t make anything unless it’s beautiful or useful. Try to stick with solutions that are elegant and needful.

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.

DaisyDisk Favorite Folders

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.

WANTED: The Designer

We are looking to hire a full-time or part-time graphic designer to help us create great products.

The Designer must:

  • Create great icons, product websites, bring to life UI sketches and mockups.
  • Take active part in development of each and every product.
  • Be a design nerd: a single misplaced pixel can spoil the whole thing. Good enough is not enough.

What you get:

  • Work from anywhere: home, pub or nearby lawn. Just stay online during certain hours so that there are no communications bottlenecks.
  • Once the work is done timely, we don’t mind if you have a day off in the middle of the week or shift your working hours.
  • Get proper attribution in About windows, website and so on. Being a team member, you’re free to show your works on Dribble or post screenshots on Flickr.
  • Take part in making state-of-the-art Mac and iOS applications.
  • Yearly month-long vacation.
  • Monthly paycheck.

How can you apply?

That’s simple. Send a letter to and try to impress us.

P.S.: once we find the Designer, this post will be removed.

Taras, DaisyDisk Team.