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Baseline tells you what files on your Mac are taking up the most hard drive space.

Unlike other Disk sizing apps, Baseline can also tell you what has changed since you last scanned your disk, and show you only those items that have changed.

You can view your files in a Finder like list or browser view, or graphically, as a TreeMap.

Baseline can also search for duplicate files on your hard disk, to save even more space.

You can delete, compress and archive files directly from Baseline, making tidying up your disk a snap.

What's New

Version 1.5.3:
  • much improved AppleScript support
  • new shortcuts
  • improved Tiger compatibility

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

*Previously available here

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Tbrizitsky Member IconComment+41
Tbrizitsky
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OK, it looks like the project is completely dead :|

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Version 1.5.3
Thyx
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Argh… It worked most of my Snow Leopard time until some months ago.

Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492
Bigboysdad
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Oops - forgot to rate it (see below).

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Version 1.5.3
Bigboysdad Member IconComment+492
Bigboysdad
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Baseline's 'tree map' view is terrible. However, its the option to identify duplicate files, delete or compress same and identify files that have been added to your HD since Baseline's last scan (all of which is done through it's 'Finder') that demonstrates this application's power and differentiates it from the free alternatives out there. Generally speaking, if your HD is small by today's standards and at least 70% full, saving disk space wherever possible is a necessary chore. In that regard, this application is a necessary and justified purchase.

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Version 1.5.3
 Andreas Member IconComment+87
Andreas
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The Developer seems to have either died or just collects money for registration and nothing else.

I posted a question in the Baseline Forum on Apr 1, i.e. 3 wks ago, concerning a problem I was having. There was a message to say that my post would have to be checked before being displayed. It has not yet appeared. While in the forum I saw -- to my astonishment -- that there had been a reply to a previous post I had made in June ‘09. The gap between that post and the Developer's reply, in December '09, had been SIX MONTHS. If you find that unbelievable see http://forums.mildmanneredindustries.com/showthread.php?t=1665

I was one of the first to pay for this app when it first appeared, and I praised it repeatedly in several forums. I have myself resolved the problem I reported on Apr 1 (and, no, it wasn't a joke!). I am DISGUSTED.

Note that I am not complaining about the app. I am warning folk not to expect any service from the "Developer" in exchange for registering.

Andreas

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Version 1.5.3
Bowlerboy_jmb
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If you go to the developer's website, you get a message saying that "MildMannered Industries is currently closed for maintenance. Back on November 1st." It is now Christmas, and the message still appears.

While it is undeniably true that the developer has not responded to requests for tech support since mid-2009, one hopes that nothing dire has happened to him, although there seems to be no way to know for sure.

Potential buyers should take note that, in order to register the app beyond the 14-day trial period, you have to connect to a server, which, like the developer's web site, is also out of service. It is possible that the developer's website and the server completing the registration process is one and the same thing. If you can't register the product, you don't get the prime competitive advantage of this product, which is its ability to let you compare your latest scan with the most previous scan.

One of the weaknesses of the application in its current incarnation is that it does not give you the option to compare your most current scan with any other scans prior to the most previous scan. That "snapshot" comparison feature is something that an app like FileBuddy can give you, but Baseline cannot, at least not yet. When I wrote to the developer to ask that that feature get implemented, I, like everyone else who contacted him in the last 18 months, got no reply.

Let's hope he's in good health and able to develop the product further. It does have value and shows great potential that merits the support to be developed further.

Bowlerboy_jmb
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For the sake of clarification, let me amend my earlier statement, for it is misleading and inaccurate.

As presently designed, a registered version of Baseline will let you compare the latest baseline with any of the other previous baselines. But it will not let you compare any of those previous baselines with any other previous baseline. That is the additional power I, and others, I believe, were requesting from the developer.

FileBuddy is a multi-faceted application that does much more than take snapshots of the files and folders on your hard drive. It lets you compare any individual snapshot with any other snapshot, so that you can see which files were added, which files were changed, which files were replaced or deleted, etc. I figured that, if FileBuddy could provide us with the ability to compare any individual portrait of the hard drive with any other, then perhaps Baseline could do the same, within its architecture.

Corpsecorps Member IconComment+761
Corpsecorps
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Haven't tried it enough for a full review, but i'm really liking the baseline idea and the duplicate finder.

On the downside, most treemaps are ugly and this one is just horrible despite the highlighter and info box. The lack of coloration and orderly horizontal and vertical divisions reduces it to visual clutter. I certainly wouldn't recommend the modes of other apps, either.

$20 is a bit steep when you can get *most* of the functionality for free.

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Version 1.5.3
Don Morris Member IconComment+46
Don Morris
+1

Incredibly fast scan. I'm not a fan of tree maps, though, and this one is much more difficult to read -- at least for me -- than those produced by GrandPerspective and DIsk Inventory X. I prefer the charts used by WhatSize and DaisyDisk.

The list view fortunately can show items sorted by size, because the column view doesn't. No, excuse me: there's a bug -- or at least a poor UI decision. Column view sorts by the sort setting for list view. There are no sort controls in column view, so it's not immediately apparent how to change the sort for column view.

The UI otherwise beats the two free apps I mentioned; that, along with its additional features (baselines, duplicate finding) may justify its price.

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Version 1.5.3
Don Morris
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"Find duplicates" is not the feature I was looking for or commenting upon. It is completely inappropriate for you, as the developer of GrupaDupa, to be spamming this website with comments promoting your product (11 comments today alone, word-for-word identical).

Mildmannered Software (Developer) Member IconDev+6
Mildmannered Software (Developer)
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I know it's taken a long time in coming, but Baseline 1.5 now supports selecting and deleting multiple files or folders. Undo support is present as well (until you empty the wastebasket or rescan the volume), in case you accidentially delete the wrong stuff.

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Version 1.5
Mildmannered Software (Developer) Member IconDev+6
Mildmannered Software (Developer)
+2

Hi Xplicit

A new version of Baseline that addresses the issues with deletion and useability is coming soon.

We've already got most of the requested changes in place, but are still polishing and debugging.

cheers,
Martin

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Version 1.4.1
Xplicit Member IconReview+806
Xplicit
+2

The app runs stable and scans disks quite fast. On the contrary working with it in a fast and productive manner is not possible:
-> No shortcut for deleting files
-> Command-Backspace empties the trash (not like the finder)
-> multiple selection of files is not possible
-> every deletion (of a single file) must be confirmed, this behaviour cannot be changed
-> no live updating of changes by external apps (by the finder for example)

20 bucks is too much for such a tool, especially if it's limited in its usability like this one.

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Version 1.3.6
Xplicit Member IconComment+806
Xplicit
+1

Certainly there has to be done some work on the usability of this app. Instead of moving files to the trash "Command-Backspace" empties the trash. A shortcut for deleting files is missing completely. Dear developer, why would you do that?

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Version 1.3.6
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Downloads 11,721
Version Downloads 1,428
License Shareware
Date 06 Aug 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $20.00