There are not many disk managment apps out there that have takenÂ any spotlight lately, probably because machines Apple shifts these days come with gigabytes of storage that not many users ever fill up. Of course, it was a whole different story back when Mac OS7 or 8 were around. Some of you may remember switching on virtual memory to enable processing of that large PSD file you were working on, SyQuest drives, optical disks…. Disk space was valuable then, not so much today. Maybe the time has come for us to once again begin managing the incredible amounts of data we are creating.
Say hello to DaisyDisk, a hard drive visualization software that uses innovative info graphic techniques to show what files are occupying your hard drive.
AppStorm has a really nice write up, so you should head over there and check it out. We’ll leave you with a few screens, which are gorgeous by themselves.
Features (from the site):
DaisyDisk uses sunburst visualization to display disk usage. It’s easier to read and navigate than rectangular treemaps used in other products.
Who said disk utilities have to be ugly and tangled? We strived to make DaisyDisk both easy to use and visually appealing.
Find, preview, delete
Locate a big file. Hit Space to preview its content. Right-click to reveal it in Finder. Delete the file. Done.
More than meets the eye
We took care of numerous details to make your experience with DaisyDisk as smooth as possible. And there’s more to come.
Cost: $19.95 (Demo available)
- Flow [Mac, Windows] Flow, currently in public Beta, is a Visual Workflow Manager developed by GridIron Software to keep creative professionals streamlined and informed about their project. Flow is one of those pieces of software that does not require anyÂ maintenance, re-adjustment in your methods of working or learning. Always running in the background, Flow creates associations between files you create or modify, elements you copy and paste and much more. When first installed, Flow takes a long time to scan all the files on your disk. This is not for the purpose of creating relations, as it doesn't know about them but rather what is going to happen from now on. It is very hard to see it's purpose until few weeks have passed and suddenly relationships are created between the files. This is why this post comes weeks after first install, because toÂ reallyÂ evaluate the app, one needs to allow it enough background scanning time. It has now been 3.5 weeks and flow has been running in the background ever since. The Flow cache (FlowData folder located in the root of your drive) has grown to 3.4GB. This is where all the references to your files are located as well as various versions. Each file you have worked on has some form ofÂ presenceÂ within Flow. Not necessarily linked to any other file if you have created it from scratch. If you used a template, or another file as a starting point, Flow will display those relationships. In the app's main interface,Â reminiscentÂ ofÂ Softimage and Apple's Shake node structure, you can see all your project files, how they're related to each other, and where they're locatedâ€”on a local drive, on a network volume, even on a DVD you burned a few months ago.Â This mapped view of your project gives you instant access to any file you needâ€”and any version of that file, even if you've overwritten it while making changes. Flow even alerts you if you try to modify or delete a file that you shouldn't. In addition, each file has time associated with it, ie time you spent working on that file. Flow is even clever enough to understand idle time, the time you spent with the file open but did not do any work on it. What is great about Flow is that it helps you be totally organized without organizing anything. Most of the time you may not feel like you need to use it but days will come when you may remember a file and an element within that file you need and using Flow to track it down can be really useful. Say for example you are working on a PSD file, you saved a web version and published it on the web. Few weeks later you know that the format and size of that PSD file is also ideally suited for another project. You find the file, use it again, create a new export and save it as. Flow will keep the track of all of this and if you would like to find out where and how that file was used you can always bring it up and see all the relationships. When it comes to projects, you can group files using FlowÂ accordingÂ to your workflow. Flow is also great whenÂ it comes to packaging your project.Â Flow gathers all your files, versions and fonts, regardless of the application and the workflow map shows how all of the pieces fit together. Flow is one of those tools that, you could say, should be system wide feature rather than aÂ separateÂ application. One can be sure that Apple is working on a similar concept. Spotlight search was the first step in this direction. Flow has picked up where Apple left of and taken the concept of filing many steps further. Seeing Flow in action makes you wonder whether the old days of folderÂ managementÂ are over. Are we going to see folders gone forever and system of project file relationships as a replacement? This remains to be seen. What is for sure is that Flow provides a very innovative way to think about files. The question about the price willÂ definitelyÂ spark some debate but in my opinion Flow is more of a $59.00 app than aÂ $249. Â Nevertheless,Â Flow isÂ definitelyÂ a great new andÂ gorgeousÂ way to think about your files. Features: â€¢ Workflow Maps â€¢Â Real-Time Asset Tracking â€¢Â Visual Versioning â€¢Â Visual Search â€¢Â Foolproof Packaging â€¢Â Time Tracking â€¢Â Custom Tags â€¢Â Tabs and Bookmarks The current download is for Mac only but a Windows version will arrive soon. We have also put together a little video guide of the app but you can find plenty more videos and guides on theÂ GridIron Software website. Platform: Mac/Windows (soon) Version:Â 1.0 (Public Beta) Cost:Â $249 Developer:Â GridIron Software Download […]
- Caffeine [Mac] There are times when watching your mac go to sleep can be very irritating. For example, you may be working beside your computer doing things non-computer related but when you want to see something your mac, your realise it has gone to sleep. The same applies to the screensavers. Yes, we love them, but at times we want our mac with us all the times. On another hand, we know how important Energy Saving settings are but going into your System Settings every time to turn it off and on can be aÂ lengthyÂ task. This is where Caffeine comes in. Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menu bar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu. Simple, yet incredibly useful. Download it here. Platform: Mac Version: 1.0.3 Cost: Free Developer: Lighthead Download [xrr […]
- Wakoopa [WebApp] Wakoopa is an online service that offers ability to track your app usage, share it and get updates from your friends about the apps they use. This is done by the little piece of software that sits on your computer, monitors your usage and sends this info to your online profile. The software is available for Mac, Windows and soon for Linux. There are three things that make wakoopa very appealing. The first one is that wakoopa is a great way to monitor your productivity, evaluating how much time you spend using particular "productivity" apps and how much time you spend on social sites and just goofing about. The second thing is that wakoopa is a great tool to keep the track of interesting apps. Watch the recommendations, download them and try the apps yourself. Last but least, is the ability to share your apps with your friends, see what they use and what apps they have discovered. Of course, wakoopa offers privacy functionality so if you prefer to keep you usage private you can do that. There is also a widget available that you can integrate on your own site and of course, a facebook plugin. Just recently, FriendFeed has integrated Wakoopa support and there are new goodies added all the time. If you like Wakoopa, be sure to nominate it for a Best International Crunchies award. Platform: WebApp, Mac, Windows Cost: Free Developer: Wakoopa […]
- Gephi [Mac, Windows, Linux] Gephi is an open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs. Gephi uses a 3D render engine to display graphs in real-time and speed up the exploration.Â Use Gephi to explore, analyze, spatialize, filter, cluterize, manipulate and export all types of graphs. I have always enjoyed visualization projects, moving from the tradition excel sheets to a more creative and innovative way to display data. Whilst some may *disagree* with this concept, it's important to note that not all visualized data must be comprehended at first sight. What is exciting to see that most of these and these and these projects engage viewers to go beyond the obvious. At times, data can reveal inner patterns that can only be reached through various visual analysis, graphic schematics and interaction. We learn about data by visualizing it. Gephi isnâ€™t a standard graph visualization software. It allows to explore the network that is currently displayed. You can move and zoom in/out inside the 3d representation but thatâ€™s not all. You can also visualize what is really going on in the network,Â by exploring the topology as well as the data associated to the network. Gephi is based on a visualize-and-manipulate (i.e. Direct Manipuation) interactive methodology for networks analysis. It has been proved that this method, combined with a more classical approach based on statistics, gives the best understanding of networks (in particular scale-free networks). Gephi is aÂ free/libre software distributed under theÂ GPL 3 (â€GNU General Public Licenseâ€) You can find out more, getÂ Tutorials andÂ Downloads onÂ Gephi'sÂ website. Gephi - Dynamic demo from gephi on Vimeo. How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer - Part 3 from gephi on […]
- Looks Del.icio.us [Scripts] Created byÂ Kunal Anand,Â Looks Delicious is a collection of visualizations for different Delicious users displaying their tagging behaviour. The looks del.icio.us project is my first attempt to combine graphics design with programming. The concept is to see how users develop and sustain their tagging methodologies on del.icio.us. Looks Del.icio.us was created inÂ python with a customÂ layout engine andÂ graphics library. Although stylised / post processed they are nevertheless a wonderful collection. looks del.icio.us Kunal worked at Grockit, MySpace, and NASA. Before all that, I graduated from Babson College and attended courses at Stanford, Harvard, LSE, and Olin. I enjoy visualizing data, writing music, obsessing over the Superman universe, and creating mixed media pieces. […]
- WebTrendMap [WebApp] Inspired by the very popular web trends inforgraphic which circulated many graphic and art websites including reaching even techcrunch, WebTrendMap is a new service currently in private beta that allows you to create you own maps of your twitter followers and monitor their updates, links and developing "trends". We got a beta invite and had a little play. Whilst understanding WebTrends as an infographic excercise is one thing, building a webapp is totally different. WebTrendMap app is aÂ product of collaboration between Oliver ReichensteinÂ iA Inc. (@iA) (original creator) andÂ Craig Mod (@craigmod) in Tokyo. The team have done a terrific job and whilst still in beta and even just playing with the front page you can understand the potential. Here is how it works: When you first sign up you are asked for your twitter details also. This is so the app can scan your friends to make the mapping as easy as possible. You can create your own lists using a number of different layouts whether these by geographical or cartographic. By clicking anywhere on your newly created map you can add a friend by typing their name. The app will scan through your latest 300 friends and maybe find the person your are looking for. If the result is not shown, you can type the full name and the app will find the person. Once you have saved the map you can rollover each user and see the links they posted or for example video's they faved or flickr pictures they uploaded. In your sidebar, trending topics will appear. If a link repeats amongst the user it will rate high up your list. All the maps you create are public. You can share them with your friends or just use them as a way of reading latest tweets from your favourite friends. Some maps get featured, others remain private. Currently featured include "All Things Typographical", "New York Designers" and few more mainstream others. I had a play and created "Creative Code", listing few people I could remember working with Processing/Flash and openFrameworks where you can see things they post or topics they discuss. I have also started working on "iPhone Developers", ie people we admire and love stuff they create. Of course, note this is CAN's maps and they may not include people YOU follow. I have few more ideas for maps including art/tech/game "Press" and others. It will be interesting to see whether you could copy other people's maps and modify them. For not this feature is not included so if you wish to create a similar map you will need to start from scratch. Adding users can take a very long time especially when you follow many. I had to load my Twitter "following" list in another window and go through pages trying to remember all. Not a fun task at all but once you have loaded a few and over time add few more you should end up with a comprehensive topic related map. For me, WebTrendMap is definitely evolving into a very powerful tool. Being able to quickly jump from map to map and see what everyone is up to is a great way to navigate twitter quickly. Considering I regularly scan through people's past tweets to see if I have by any chance missed anything, WebTrendMap should make this process a lot more enjoyable. Laid out using a beautiful almost pixel art retro interface, dragging and dropping users around the map is a lot of fun. For now, no word when the app will be made public but soon I hope. I can already see many maps created and shared on Twitter discussing various topics. Wonderful stuff indeed. First round of accounts (86 left) is available for $49. Alternatively, if you purchase the amazing A0 poster you will receive the account free. Features with the account: First Round supporters keep your account for the life of the site Create and publish your own, custom maps Access to drag and drop map editor Archive of your visited links List views of latest links posted on your maps: Current trending links from your maps Latest links from your maps Verified user listing on your link overview page For more information […]
- Pastiche [Mac] Created byÂ Ivan Safrin & Christian Marc Schmidt, Pastiche is a dynamic data visualization app for Mac OSX that maps keywords from blog articles to the New York neighborhoods they are written in reference to, geographically positioned in a navigable, spatial view. Keywords are assigned based on relevance and recency, surrounding their corresponding neighborhoods. The result is a dynamically changing description of the city, formed around individual experiences and perspectives. The city is a composite of impressions. Beyond the built environment, it is a constantly changing pastiche of associations and experiencesâ€”not just of the people who inhabit it, but of the larger community. New York City, in particular, has two realities: the reality of the physical environment, and the reality of the ideaâ€”of what the city and its diverse neighborhoods signify. Inseparably intertwined, these two realities constantly continue to inform each other.Â Read more. You can download the app here. Platform: Mac OSX Version: 1.0a Cost: Free Developer:Â Christian Marc […]
- Moodstats [Mac, Windows] Released in 2003 and built using Director,Â Moodstats is an application that allows you to quickly record & rate how your day has been in six different categories. UsingÂ multi-colored graphs & statistics you can see how exactly your moods have been over the last week, month, two months, six months or year. It is a form of aÂ personal diary or journal, with an added bonus of being able to synchronize your data with the globalÂ MoodstatsÂ server (and thereby invite others to see how your moods have been). You can also pull down data from other Moodstats users and compare yourself with the mood of your friends, lovers or complete strangers. The app has not been updated for a very long time but iPhone/AppStore seems to be a great opportunity to move the app forward. Similar to Gratitude, a sweet little app to record how you day has been, Moodstats could appeal to a more techy and grumpy kind (myself included) :)Â If you like the idea, you should download it and try it out. Please note thought that theÂ gorgeousÂ stat interface ofÂ Moodstats comes at a cost -Â $15Â (includes free future upgrades). We do hope to see an iPhone version in the future. Platform: Mac/Windows Version: 1.22 Cost: $15.00 Developer: Cuban Council Moodstats [xrr […]
Posted on: 01/07/2009
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