Clusters
Clusters 1.7.2
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Background file compressor (formerly known as Squeeze).   Shareware ($12.95)
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Clusters is a background file compressor, which uses FS-compression technology to transparently compress the folders you configure it to process. OS X will read those files normally, they will just take less disk space.
What's New
Version 1.7.2:
  • Fixed a couple of issues with the menu icon when running on OS X 10.9.
    • Important: Running Clusters version 1.6.x (or earlier) on OS X 10.9 may trigger a serious incompatibility problem that could cause some of your files to appear as if they had zero bytes (your data is still there, though; it just looks like it cannot be accessed). If you used an old version of Clusters in any of the Mavericks developer betas and run into this issue, please upgrade and contact support@latenitesoft.com so we can help you fix the affected files.
  • The menu icon can be hidden again.
  • When using multiple displays, the menu icon no longer appears several times.
Version 1.7.2:
  • Fixed a couple of issues with the menu icon when running on OS X 10.9.
    • Important: Running Clusters version 1.6.x (or earlier) on OS X 10.9 may trigger a serious incompatibility problem that could cause some of your files to appear as if they had zero bytes (your data is still there, though; it just looks like it cannot be accessed). If you used an old version of more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Kenbotwinick reviewed on 10 Feb 2014
I have been waiting since Dec. 20th for this company to respond to my tech support request. I can't get my serial number to register in a second account on the same machine. Supposedly, I'm supposed to be able to, but it won't work, and they won't get back to me...
[Version 1.7.2]


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freshlesh reviewed on 23 Jan 2014
I am a fan of Clusters for a long time. I tend to use up all the available space on my drives and this extends my general usability. But I have noticed false reads of the space on my main drive. Once I restart it goes back to normal but I am curious is this is an issue with Clusters or some other drive issue.
[Version 1.7.2]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 19 Oct 2013
An excellent Application which saves space on my hard drive.
[Version 1.7.2]


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+13

Unicorn reviewed on 03 Jul 2013
I think that clusters may actually be slowing down my OS (otherwise it's the space that was used up). After I re-installed my OS and apps, I noticed that *everything* was MUCH faster. I do love the idea of saving space, but not at the cost of the speed and reliability of my overall experience.

This app should run completely seamlessly in the background, with adjustable priority/speed. It also should take fewer resources while doing its job.

The places in which you'd gain the most space would be documents, pictures, and apps. Videos, archives, audio, and other extremely large files will barely get any change. (the /system and /library is also excluded).

On Average I'd say that you'd gain 10-15% more space on your hard drive. However, I would not recommend this for SSD users because this is specifically meant for a HD.

I would recommend extra storage over compressing, because if you lose that much data it's bad, and there's most likely some files on your HD that you haven't used in months. I would recommend investing in a small SSD and replacing the disc drive with it, or a 64G SanDisk class 10 SDXC card. Running the OS/apps from either is well worth an investment, especially for the new MBP or Air.


All in all, this app is really is good if one were too lazy to sort through their data or cannot afford another storage device. It's okay for students/businesses if they have no other options. If it's just out of curiosity or wanting to make the best use of your HD, it's really not worth it in the long-run.
[Version 1.6.5]


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+10

Torgobob reviewed on 30 May 2013
I finally got a response after a few weeks...

According to what they told me my email had gotten lost in a sea of spam...

They worked with me and ended up releasing an update which fixed my issues. It's now working fine for me...
[Version 1.6.5]


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+110
June8 commented on 25 May 2013
Company seems to be closed. I couldn't get any reply to my mails since about a month.
[Version 1.6.5]


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+1

+227

Eric-Woehler reviewed on 30 Apr 2013
I have used Clusters since the days when it was known as Squeeze. No problems, no complaints - works welll in the background compressing everything I have thrown at it.

Two minor glitches/issues - the Total Savings as reported by the app is a cumulative total over time, so the longer it has been on your machine, the greater the Total is, so use this figure with caution.

The other GUI hiccup is I have a folder listed that is greyed out - it is listed as "Other" with "Savings obtained from previously selected folders" - presumably from my previous MacBook before I migrated to current MacBook. I can't delete this entry when I believe I should be able to ..

Otherwise can recommend this app - it does what is says it will do, and for me, no issues with CPU spikes etc as reported by others.
[Version 1.6.5]


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Rob.h commented on 18 Apr 2013
I might have considered this product, however the demo appears to be crippled because it limits you to saving a maximum of 50Mb and expires after just one hour! How on earth am I supposed to really put this product thru its paces, see how it performs, whether I encounter any issues, whether it really benefits my setup (Mac Pro with 6Tb of internal storage) and the way I work if all I get is one hour and an absurdly low compression limit?

I've heard of 30 day trials, 14 day trials even 1 day trials but this is daft.
[Version 1.6.3]


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-13

VictorPrijker reviewed on 16 Apr 2013
No complaints here, great little gem. In my case, it's 60 Gb of free disk (in both my internal 320 GB HD and 120 Gb SSD).
One issue I have is about virtual machine image disks, like the one from VMware or Parallels. Should I allow Clusters to compress them?
[Version 1.6.3]


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+10

Torgobob reviewed on 04 Apr 2013
I installed Clusters on a new MacBook Air, and am seeing Clusters CONSTANTLY consuming between 110% and 150% of my CPU cycles, even though clusters is NOT actively compressing anything...

Both the menu bar icon and the system preference show clusters is not actively compressing anything, but after an extended period of being 'idle', clusters is somehow consuming the bulk of my idle CPU...

I emailed support with no response...
[Version 1.6.3]

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Torgobob replied on 10 Apr 2013
Oddly enough I seem to have found a work around or 'fix'...

When I installed the app I had only added my Applications folder, as I found a long time ago that larger Apps load faster when compressed with Clusters...

I added a second folder and ever since then Clusters has behaved normally. It appears if you have only one folder it consumes a large volume of the CPU bandwidth, but if you have 2 folders in the list it will behave as expected...
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Torgobob replied on 18 Apr 2013
And then it broke again...

The process has gone back to consuming an average of 125% CPU bandwidth while in idle...

No idea what it's doing but that is a lot of CPU bandwidth seemingly being lost...
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+44
Seanbperiod had trouble on 26 Feb 2010
Is it safe to just add the main hard drive as a folder, so everything compresses? What are the downfalls in doing this?
[Version 1.0]

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Elyk replied on 26 Feb 2010
That's what I did - It saved me 18 gigs over night.  I haven't noticed a single problem yet.

One note:  It says I only saved about 500 MBs in System Preferences however in the Menu Bar it says 18 gigs.  
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+3

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 01 Mar 2010
I've been cautious using Squeeze so far and have saved over 10 GB on my boot drive. I only compress files I don't use often. It may be safe to do more, but until I'm sure no harm is done I'll continue to be careful.

+45

Antoinesynopsis rated on 05 May 2013

[Version 1.6.5]



+269

Gryphonent rated on 26 Nov 2011

[Version 1.5]



Jeff Brown rated on 26 Sep 2011

[Version 1.5]


Downloads:14,822
Version Downloads:610
Type:Utilities : Compression
License:Shareware
Date:18 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $12.95
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