DaisyDisk 4

DaisyDisk 4

Thanks to the technological advancements over the last few years, we have seen some tremendous progress in the areas of digital media. With new devices and gadgets hitting the market every day, the file sizes today are only rising. Full HD or 4K videos, high-resolution photos, along with a wide range of apps and games with multiple files installed on our systems are only increasing in numbers. All these files slowly continue to build up on your system and one day, you realize that you’re out of storage. This is especially true if you have one of the newer Macs that ship with smaller SSDs instead of older, larger Hard Disk drives. At times like this, DaisyDisk helps you find out exactly what is eating up all that storage space. With the launch of DaisyDisk 4 today, it’s time to revisit this app which has been one of our favorites for a long time.

DaisyDisk is a phenomenally helpful utility app for Mac that scans the drives on your Mac and gives you a detailed analysis of which files and folders are using up your space, where they are located, how much space they are occupying and also gives you an easy way to get rid of those. These files may either be your photos, videos, songs or can also be leftover files from apps that you have since deleted. DaisyDisk does a great job of visualizing this data for you. All your data is represented via a colorful and interactive chart, so that you can dig down into it and know exactly what and where your storage is being used. This is a really fascinating way to take a look at all the files and folders residing on your Mac.

With today’s release, DaisyDisk 4 brings along some great new improvements over Version 3, which was released exactly two years ago. The biggest update in DaisyDisk 4 is to its interface, which has been revamped to match the aesthetics of OS X Yosemite and even OS X El Capitan, which is scheduled to come our later this month. The devs have also remarkably improved its speed, so your scans are much faster, especially if you’re scanning on newer Macs with SSDs.

DaisyDisk 4 is a Free Update to all existing users and if you haven’t already grabbed it, it’s available for just $9.99 from the Mac App Store as well as from their own website (standalone edition). The standalone edition from their own website offers some additional features since it is not bound by Apple’s sandboxing rules. Here’s what the developers explain:

The standalone edition is not sandboxed (it uses Developer ID signature instead), allows you to scan disks as administrator, delete stuck files and reveal “hidden” disk space. These features cannot be delivered to the App Store due to Apple’s strict submission guidelines.

But we treat all our customers equally, so the App Store buyers can use all standalone benefits free of charge, by simply downloading the standalone edition, which will automatically identify the Mac App Store purchase and unlock all features.

Preshit Deorukhkar is the former Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Pixels. He is now a Freelance Consultant, Principal at iXyr Media & SharpShutter Media. You can reach him on Twitter @preshit