DriveGauge
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Gives your HD icons a fullness indicator.   Free
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DriveGauge is a simple yet powerful, highly customizable utility designed to give you visual feedback on how full your hard drives are directly on each drive's icon. The Drive List lists all your volumes, including their name, location, current icon, and percent used. Highlighting a volume shows a live preview without altering the actual icon and you can choose which drives to add gauges to or which icons to restore or delete. DriveGauge also allows you to choose one of six default icons (Backup, Hard Drive, FireWire, iPod, iDisk, Custom) to use or you can use the current icon.

DriveGauge
What's New
Version 3.2:
  • Added support for customizable Growl (www.growl.info) powered notifications for drive usage
  • Added support for customizing the auto-updating interval (number of minutes or hours)
  • Completely rewritten Setup Assistant with Growl install support, authorization, and progress feedback
  • New application icon(s)
  • Added double-click support for installing a GaugeStyle (as well as drag and drop support to application icon)
  • Major and minor enhancements to the entire interface including metallic effects (ala iTunes, Safari, et.all)
  • Added a Console window that shows the actual output from the df command
  • Minor visual tweaks to Style Manager
  • Options Drawer now remembers whether it was open or not between launches
  • Minor performance optimizations
  • Open Disk Utility button for Permissions error sheet
  • Added support for the upcoming Nexus Menu product
  • Updated IconFamily to match the latest 0.5.1 release for bugfixes
  • Updated Help files
  • Upgraded Uninstall with full support for removing Growl
  • Upgraded Uninstall to v.2.1 with a refined interface including a list of files to be removed
  • Upgraded iUpdates to v. 2.1.1, with a single click selection & resizable title column
Version 3.2:
  • Added support for customizable Growl (www.growl.info) powered notifications for drive usage
  • Added support for customizing the auto-updating interval (number of minutes or hours)
  • Completely rewritten Setup Assistant with Growl install support, authorization, more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later





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Anon-Bud commented on 21 Dec 2006
Guess what? It doesn't work! At least not on my PBG4 running 10.4.8
[Version 3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Oct 2004
Shocking, says it supports custom icons when it does not!!! also is a pain to change your hard drive icon back!
[Version 3.2]

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Infinite Nexus (developer) replied on 16 Oct 2004
... that's a bit extreme a generalization to make.

1) Custom icons are supported. DriveGauge not only detects a custom icon already set but it will not overwrite that icon with a generic one but uses the one that is there already.

2) There are known issues listed on the site, in the ReadMe, and in the Help with selecting and setting custom icons. We are working on improving it.

3) Many icon authors do not distribute their icons as .icns files, they distribute them as they were in OS 9, a resource fork, which is not supported by DriveGauge.

For what it's worth, every icon seen at Infinite Nexus was set using DG, not via the Finder or other methods, so it does work. Your experience was obviously not what you wanted, but is that a reason to publicly tarnish a product when you did not even make the effort to get support? (we have not had any support e-mails within the past 4 days, thus I can safely make this statement)
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Oct 2004
I can see a nice potential in this app, but it didn't work for me: somehow the icons were mixed: when I activated a gauge for a local drive, my network drive got one. And the whole backup/restore/current mechanism is way more complicated than it needs to be. If it hadn't been such a pain to remove it, I guess I would try again when they release a new version.
[Version 3.2]

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Infinite Nexus (developer) replied on 10 Oct 2004
There is a built-in Uninstall mechanism in the Preferences that will handle everything automatically.
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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Oct 2004
Running A Dual 2 G5 10.3.5
Been using this program for quite some time with no problems except the size update needing a little nudge but this new one is just crashing constantly. I hope it gets fixed but the updating is working so it isn't all that important, just playing in the pref's is not possible.
[Version 3.2]

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Infinite Nexus (developer) replied on 09 Oct 2004
We and our testers have not encountered any crashes when editing preferences but if you could e-mail us the crash logs I'd be more than happy to look into it.
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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Oct 2004
I works perfectly for me, have you tried to restart your machine? relaunching the finder for 1st time use seems not to work, but afterwards finder relaunching works fine. So if it does not work, next time you restart your machine, you will see it in action. Cool litle too, and thanks for having Growl support.

Very helpful for my video HD, lets me know when I have it 75% filled
[Version 3.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jun 2004
Couldn't get it to work. Specifically, it didn't recognize a "gaugestyle" I downloaded from the developer's site, and the setup assistant didn't do anything.
[Version 3.1]

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Infinite Nexus replied on 08 Jun 2004
DriveGauge doesn't "recognize" styles, you must import them into the application for them to be used. The setup assistant's sole purpose to is remove the old compositing engine and to copy over the default Aqua.gaugeStyle if it's not already there. If you are having errors, please contact us so we can help.
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Jun 2004
Donalson is right, doesn't work....sorry infinite guys
[Version 3.1]

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Infinite Nexus replied on 08 Jun 2004
DriveGauge doesn't automatically detect a medium's type and give it an icon, if it doesn't already have an icon set at the system-standard location (VolumeName/.VolumeIcon.icns) then DG will assign its default, an HD icon. If you are encountering errors, please contact us for assistance before posting, as we may be able to help you resolve them.
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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Apr 2004
Crashed repeatedly. Did not work proparly at all.
[Version 3.0.1]


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Infinite Nexus commented on 31 Mar 2004
The below poster ("William Donalson") has posted inflammatory posts on several Mac sites to defame Infinite Nexus and DriveGauge. We do not feel it is appropriate to air personal matters in a public forum such as this or to embark on multi-site attack campaigns and will not respond in kind to these 'comments.'
If you are concerned over the matters posted by "William Donalson" please take a moment to contact us and we would be happy to provide insight into his comments and actions (as well as ours) with regard to the situation.
[Version 3.0.1]


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Williamd commented on 29 Mar 2004
I tried to get this to work for almost two hours, but could not get any of the features to work as specified.

Once I did get some of it working, the app was constantly confused about which drive was which, placing my iPod icon onto my main hard disk sometimes.

*** When I took my valuable time, and sent a bug report to the author, and suggested that he withdraw this app until it worked properly, he FLAMED me and suggested that I was stupid.

I do NOT recommend this software to anyone, due to the rudeness and arrogance of the author.

(emails available on request)
[Version 3.0.1]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:08 Oct 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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DriveGauge is a simple yet powerful, highly customizable utility designed to give you visual feedback on how full your hard drives are directly on each drive's icon. The Drive List lists all your volumes, including their name, location, current icon, and percent used. Highlighting a volume shows a live preview without altering the actual icon and you can choose which drives to add gauges to or which icons to restore or delete. DriveGauge also allows you to choose one of six default icons (Backup, Hard Drive, FireWire, iPod, iDisk, Custom) to use or you can use the current icon.

DriveGauge fully supports custom icons and backs these up and will also back up the chosen icon if a custom one isn't present just in case. Simply choose which drives you want to restore and the gauges will be gone. You can also use the delete functionality to permanently remove all traces of DriveGauge from a drive. DriveGauge also supports relaunching the Finder to see the applied gauges. Automatic updating is included alongside styles and other useful features including a news pane to get the latest DG news. Growl notifications allow your computer to inform you when it's running out of space without having to do anything more than clicking a checkbox.

We think DriveGauge is a useful little utility and are proud to be able to share it for free with the world. Feel free to download it and give it a try. It never hurts to be able to know a little more about your computer's health.

Please view the included ReadMe for any additional notes or the Help that is now available or join us in the iNexus Forum (a link is also provided in the Help menu). We have added an optional Register/Donate interface for those who would like to contribute to the future development of this project.

The DriveGauge Setup Assistant is available here (required for first use only).


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