Your Mac has hidden files. The Finder only displays your files one of four ways (icon, list, column, cover flow). What you need to show your friends and neighbors that you’re really a smart Mac user is an app that displays what’s on your Mac in a way that makes no sense whatsoever.
Disk Usage Graphic For Geeks
My MacBook Air is running out of disk space so I’ve been shopping around for an app to help me find files I can delete without deleting files I want to keep.
Along the way, I found GrandPerspective. It’s a Mac app that only a geek would love (and I’m not totally sure the geeks who made this app aren’t pulling one over on us).
What this app does is display your Mac’s file usage and structure in what is known as a visualization tree map.
Every file on the Mac is displayed as a rectangle. The rectangle is proportionate to the file’s size. If a file is in the same folder with other files, they’ll appear together and be colored the same.
Otherwise, the graphic tree map makes no visual sense whatsoever.
Looking at GrandPerspective’s results (after it scans your Mac’s disk drive) is like trying to figure out how Bullwinkle pulled a lion out of a hat.
I mean, come on. The lion is bigger than the hat. Bullwinkle couldn’t possibly…
Anyway, GrandPerspective may have a practical use. That’s especially true if you like digital masochism and want to figure out something that’s really just not easy to do, let alone comprehend.
Regardless, the visual tree map does display files and folders on your Mac in a way that’s sure to impress your friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
All you have to do is open it up, have it scan your Mac, then tell everyone who will listen without rolling their eyes back into their throats that a visual tree map is all the rage, and only displays a Mac’s file structure in a way that intelligent people can understand.
It’s also the best app I’ve seen yet to help you practice lying with a straight face.