For the iMac, it’s a widescreen iPad with an Apple logo on the bottom. How do you view the files on your Mac? If you said Finder and folders, you’re in the majority of Mac users. If you answered DaisyDisk interactive visual map, you’re in the tiny minority.
A Picture Of What?
Most Mac users know approximately where all their files and folders live. Photos go in the Pictures folder. Movies go in the Movies folder. Music goes in the Music folder.
What about documents? Yep, there’s a folder for that. The Documents folder. Everything else is more or less off limits or out of sight, including the Mac’s user Library folder.
What most of us do not know, and Apple doesn’t make it easy to find out, is how much storage is dedicated to what on the Mac.
How much storage is used for Documents, for Music, for System, for Photos, for Movies?
Wouldn’t it be comforting to know where files really are? And how large those files are becoming before we run out of storage?
DaisyDisk tells you all you need to know but in the strangest way ever. Here’s a picture worth about a thousand words, give or take.
DaisyDisk scans your Mac’s files and folders. All of them.
Then, it re-arranges graphics to match the files, and spits out a colorful image and legend so you’ll know all about those files you didn’t know anything about before DaisyDisk.
It also does a nice list view of all your storage and folders.
Did I mention interactive visual map?
That’s DaisyDisk’s claim to fame. Because it’s visual, it’s easy to spot where the largest block of files resides on your Mac.
That also means you can check out those files with just a click; view a description, and even remove unnecessary files and send them to the Mac’s Trash can.
DaisyDisk is visual, but interactive. It’s fast, but thorough. And it’s a very efficient way to find files on your Mac that take up space, but may not be needed.
It’s an odd utility that not every Mac user needs, but it gets well over 1,400 five star reviews on the Mac App Store for a reason. It’s useful eye candy.