WhatSize utility app revamped

WhatSize utility app revamped

Summary: Yes, there's Unix under the hood of Mac OS X. But plenty of Mac users prefer useful, friendly GUI utilities. This is certainly true of WhatSize, a program that lets users find what's what and how much on their drives.

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Yes, there's Unix under the hood of Mac OS X. But plenty of Mac users prefer useful, friendly GUI utilities. This is certainly true of WhatSize, a program that lets users find what's what and how much on their drives.

The formerly freeware application was given a major overhaul with the release of Version 4.0 and graduated to shareware status last Friday.

The new $12.99 paid version lets you measure the files for all the users on a machine, which would be very useful in a environment with shared machines.

In addition, Version 4.0 provides a more accurate calculation of file and folder sizes, according to the author, Clyde Deda, who writes under his ID-Design company banner.

WhatSize utility app revamped

Of course, I like this little app since I always prefer GUI over command line. I'm sure that I could pound the du command into the Terminal and I might get similar results, but WhatSize is just as quick.

Even better, WhatSize puts different colors on differently-sized folders and subfolders, including invisible ones. And you can get the pathname easily and copy it with a click. There is goodness in GUI, believe it, Sys Admins.

Some folks online are giving the author a bit of flack over the transition to shareware. Come on!

The new capability is significant and the author says that the rewritten architecture will provide hooks for new features. Support our Mac community programmers.

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  • They didn't tell us the update would be crippled unless you pay

    I'm currently looking for another drive measurement tool. I
    used to use WhatSize 4.1 and loved it, the only thing was
    the nag screens which didn't bother me much. The thing
    that REALLY got to me though is that when WhatSize
    reported an update, I updated it, but what it failed to tell
    me that it was only going to measure up to 20GB unless
    you paid for it. WhatSize is definitely worth paying for, but
    I'm not giving my money to a company who thinks they can
    pull that kind of crap on their users.

    "Oh hey, you like our free utility? Well let's give you a free
    update and fix it up for you..."

    "Oops, we forgot to tell you that we put limits on it until
    you pay for it."

    >:(
    angelsfreeek
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