GrandPerspective
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Graphically shows disk usage within a file system.   Free
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GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a so-called tree map for visualisation. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file's size. Files in the same folder appear together, but their placement is otherwise arbitrary.
What's New
Version 1.5.1:

Minor improvements:

  • Added support for reporting file sizes with decimal-based units (where 1 kB is 1000 bytes instead of 1024 bytes). [#3556570]
  • Added ability to copy path of selected item to paste board. [#3537974]
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed bug: Rescanning a deleted directory could crash the app [#3552571]
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later





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GrandPerspective User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Tvcnet reviewed on 11 Jan 2013
Does the job nicely.
[Version 1.5.1]


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Király reviewed on 23 Jun 2012
Excellent app. But it runs with user privileges only, which means that it can't see files in other user accounts or in read-only admin and root areas. Right now I run the app as root to get around this. It should be easy to add an "authenticate" option to the app's file menu to give it the elevated privileges it needs to scan the whole drive.
[Version 1.5.0]


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Mdewakanton commented on 30 Apr 2012
Note that version 1.5.0 requires 10.5 or higher according to ReadMe.
[Version 1.5.0]


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escompter.qch reviewed on 23 Aug 2011
Sturdy, compact & fast. Still working after all these years on all the versions of Mac. (I've used it since Tiger to Lion.)

The only thing that Disk Inventory (also free) does that I prefer is having the folder directory incorporate right into (or rather, "left onto" ;) the main window so that it's easier to navigate between folders without having to rescan.
But the simplicity of interface may be what some users prefer. 5 *
[Version 1.3.3]


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Amc3 commented on 09 Aug 2011
Is this version compatible and accurate with Lion ? Worked fine with Snow Leopard.
[Version 1.3.3]

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burypromote
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escompter.qch replied on 23 Aug 2011
Definitely compatible w/ Lion.
Just tried it with a 50G folder on Lion & took only 3 sec to complete scanning. Results surely seems to be pretty accurate!
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+1

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Bernak reviewed on 28 Jul 2010
Very helpful app to see how the harddrive space is being used. I use it every time I am running out of disk space, and as a regular manual maintenance tool, as it let me look at the entire disk from a "grand perspective".

Simple, easy and you can't beat the price.
Thanks for the good work!
[Version 1.3.3]


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-3

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Penguirl reviewed on 26 Apr 2010
Attractive interface with seemingly good functionality but for me a text display is more efficient than clicking on an image first just to find out what it is before I can decide if I want to delete it not.
[Version 1.3.2]


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+1

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Dremwkr reviewed on 17 Apr 2010
This is a "it just works" application.
It is intuitive,
it easy to use,
and does exactly what it it supposted to do.

And it is free.
[Version 1.3.2]


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Zhora reviewed on 07 Oct 2009
A superb application that does it's job by letting you do yours without getting in the way. (It's there as your 'helper,' not your 'boss.' Use it briefly to grab back some lost space or go all out and clean out all those long forgotten places - you always come away feeling like you got somewhere without being beaten in the process. Leaves you with a feeling of success and joy! The developer continues to make improvements and responds quickly to any problems that may arise. Truly Mac-like in the best sense!
[Version 1.1]


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+1

+374
Drdul commented on 07 Jul 2009
Nice app, and you can't beat the price. I'd like to see one improvement that (for me, at least) would improve the functionality of GP -- the ability to customize colours. It would be great to be able to create additional, custom colour palettes, and to be able to change the colour of the rectangle that highlights the selected files/folders. My eyes might not be as good as others', because I find it difficult to see the rectangle, and there's no built-in colour palette that provides sufficient contrast in a pleasing combination of colours. If I could create my own colour scheme, GP would be easier for me to use.
[Version 1.0]

1 Reply

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N/a (developer) replied on 25 Sep 2009
You cannot edit the color palettes from GrandPerspective. However, the color palettes are stored in the standard Mac color list file format so you can edit the palettes and add new ones using a color list editor that supports that format. An example is the ColorListEditor provided by Modesitt Software. Simply store the new palettes inside the GrandPerspective palettes folder (GrandPerspective.app/Contents/Resources/Palettes) and you can use the palette the next time you start the application.
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dorkypants had trouble on 27 Aug 2008
Crashes immediately after selecting a directory/folder to scan, on my Tiger (10.4.11) MacBook
[Version 0.9.13]

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Caslon replied on 27 Aug 2008
Same here.
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N/a (developer) replied on 27 Aug 2008
I have hopefully found the cause of the crash, and fixed it in a release candidate that can (temporarily) be found here:

http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/ReleaseCandidates/GrandPerspective-0_9_13_1b1.app.zip

I cannot reproduce the crash myself, so I would be grateful to hear whether or not this version does not crash anymore. If so, I will make it an official release. If not, I will continue my hunt for the bug.
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Caslon replied on 27 Aug 2008
Still crashing.
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syharris commented on 27 Aug 2008
Crashes immediateley here too on my trusty old 17" Powerbook running OS 10.4.11.
My Grand Perspective 0.9.13 crash log says it's a
Exception: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (0x0001)
Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE (0x0002) at 0x00000000.
I'd send the developer a copy of my Grand Perspective crash log but I can't locate an email address for him.
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N/a (developer) replied on 28 Aug 2008
I am pretty confident that I found the bug that caused the crashes (basically, a silly typo). The fixed application can be (temporarily) found here as a release candidate:

http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/ReleaseCandidates/GrandPerspective-0_9_13_1b2.app.zip

If it doesn't crash anymore on systems where it used to crash (please let me know), then it will be released officially tomorrow.
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+27
syharris replied on 28 Aug 2008
The fixed version works fine now here.
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Caslon replied on 28 Aug 2008
Fine here. PPC OS 10.4.11
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NadeemF had trouble on 30 Sep 2005
Won't run - apparently lacks some bundled objects:-
% /Applications/Utilities/GrandPerspective.app/Contents/MacOS/GrandPerspective
ZeroLink: could not load .o file: /Users/erwin/temp/Xcode-builds/GrandPerspective.build/GrandPerspective.build/Objects-normal/ppc/main.ob
...
[Version 0.90]



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gaiamie rated on 19 Apr 2013

[Version 1.5.1]



webpuddin rated on 11 Feb 2013

[Version 1.5.1]



-5

Sos-Ufo rated on 08 Jan 2013

[Version 1.5.1]



daanvr rated on 20 Dec 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



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HAdams rated on 07 Nov 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



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Brady9 rated on 07 Nov 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



tbarlow rated on 05 Nov 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



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S/ash rated on 25 Aug 2012

[Version 1.5.1]



Doubleyo rated on 06 Mar 2012

[Version 1.3.3]



+1

MUser13 rated on 07 Nov 2011

[Version 1.3.3]


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Version Downloads:58,629
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:25 Aug 2012
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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GrandPerspective is a small utility application for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within a file system. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a so-called tree map for visualisation. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file's size. Files in the same folder appear together, but their placement is otherwise arbitrary.


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