If space is a premium on your Mac and you hate the manual effort of finding files you don’t need and storing them elsewhere, then you’re a candidate for Clusters, which takes advantage of file compression technology already built-in to OS X Mountain Lion (and Lion, and Snow Leopard).
Squeeze Files And Apps
What I like about Clusters on my MacBook Air is that it’s mostly a set-it-and-forget-it utility. Install Clusters and it just works to compress files and apps to save space.
Clusters works in the background and compresses files– both files and apps– so your Mac will use and store smaller files.
Apps and files will, in most cases, load faster, too, and always take up less space on your Mac.
Clusters compresses specific files and folders of files and your Mac opens and reads them just like it always has.
A good way to get started using Clusters is to select some folders to compress. Clusters will compress them in background.
Start with the Applications folder, or the Documents folder. Add the folders you want to compress.
Clusters is smart enough to exclude some files and folders. Click the Exclusions button and add to the excluded list.
Note that Clusters also reveals how much space is being saved on your Mac.
General Settings are self explanatory.
Again, once you set it up, Clusters works in the background and needs little, if any, attention.
All that’s happening is that Clusters is compressing files in a way that the Mac can understand so when you open an app or a file, it opens properly.
That means you save space on your Mac without actually do much. Clusters will compress only those files or apps you tell it, and it ignores the Mac’s more sensitive and critical system files.
Remarkably, apps and files actually load faster when using Clusters. The Menubar can tell you how much space you’ve game, or open the System Preference Pane for more details.
It’s all drag and drop. Save space. Save time.