updated 08:15 pm EST, Wed December 8, 2010
In-app file deletion, new UI among changes
The team behind DaisyDisk, a disk-visualization utility, are offering a sneak peek at the next major version by offering a free public beta (expires on December 31st) of version 2.0, which bring file deletion capabilities, a new UI designed in Core Animation, the ability to scan multiple drives and folders simultaneously and other enhancements. In addition, the beta features better disk descriptions and a redesigned disk usage gauge.
DaisyDisk v2, which uses a color-coded sunburst-style map that can be easily navigated, now launches with an overview of all mounted disks, and the developers claim it has been optimized to run up to 50 percent faster than competing products. Unwanted files can be deleted within the app either by individual deletions or by putting selected files in a "collector" that will only delete them when the user chooses. The diagram is updated automatically after each user action.
The program can also be run in the limited User mode, and will ask for Administrator credentials as needed. Information about files can be obtained by mousing over their place on the map. Clicking any categories of files brings up a sunburst map of just that category with additional details. QuickLook can also be used to preview supported file types.
DaisyDisk requires Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (runs in 64-bit on Snow Leopard) and costs $20. Existing users can upgrade for $10 (users who purchased after September 1st qualify for a free upgrade). The new version, once final, will require a new key. A trial version of the current non-beta edition is also available.