DropDMG
DropDMG 3.2.4
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Quickly create disk image (dmg) archives.   Demo ($24.00)
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DropDMG allows users to quickly create .dmg archives.

Disk images pack entire folders or disks into a single compressed file, either for transport across the Internet or simply for backup. They are Apple's preferred format for distributing Mac software. Disk images are also the only archive format whose contents you can directly access in the Finder.

DropDMG is the easiest way to create Mac OS X disk images, as well as cross-platform archives. Just drag and drop a folder or file and you're done. Or, you can drag an existing disk image or archive onto DropDMG
What's New
Version 3.2.4:
  • DropDMG no longer posts errors to Notification Center. Instead, if DropDMG is not frontmost, it will bounce the Dock icon to alert you of an error.
  • Made some code signing changes for better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9.
  • DropDMG is better at detecting errors when setting the background picture and arranging the icons.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when using DropDMG’s Automator action.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause an internal error when creating a hybrid disk image if the layouts preferences were open.
  • Fixed a bug where DropDMG could report an error when converting a disk image from .iso format to .dmg if the destination file already existed.
  • Updated the sample AppleScripts.
  • Updated the French localization.
Version 3.2.4:
  • DropDMG no longer posts errors to Notification Center. Instead, if DropDMG is not frontmost, it will bounce the Dock icon to alert you of an error.
  • Made some code signing changes for better compatibility with Mac OS X 10.9.
  • DropDMG is better at detecting errors when setting the background picture and arranging the icons.
  • Fixed a bug that more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5.8 or later



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DropDMG User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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burypromote

+15

polocanada reviewed on 05 Nov 2013
Can also do Image compacting, although not so convenient to use but it does the job.
[Version 3.2.3]


burypromote

+16

Paul Cook reviewed on 18 Sep 2013
I really do like this program. But there are a couple of minor enhancements that would make it much better.

We often convert a bunch of dmg files into the bzip2 compressed format in order to save space. But every once in a while, it throws up a dialog box saying that the results are larger than the original, and which do we want to use. It would be nice to be able to have it automatically keep the smaller of the two.

Also, it would be nice to have it automatically do a scan for restore on any dmg for which that can be done, and for which it hasn't been done.

But a great program otherwise.
[Version 3.2.2]

1 Reply

burypromote

+16
Paul Cook replied on 19 Sep 2013
Sorry everyone, I posted this review to the wrong product. Near as I can tell, there is no way to undo.
burypromote
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+4

Buggles reviewed on 24 May 2013
I think we can keep this one fairly short...

The functionality is superb. It works and once its set up I can't imagine for a second it could be any easier to use.

But by all the gods its a user experience train wreck. You will figure it out, you will absolutely feel that you have spent your money wisely... you will, at points, think the developers could think about the information architecture of the app.

Buy it, there's nothing better.
[Version 3.2.2]

1 Reply

burypromote
C-Command Software (developer) replied on 24 May 2013
Thanks for the review. It sounds like you were expecting a different sort of workflow. If you have a moment, we'd like to hear some more specific feedback at dropdmg@c-command.com.
burypromote
+2

+49

EndoLab reviewed on 26 Mar 2013
I am upgrading my former comment of DropDMG.


This software is not expansive at all. Just look at the help page: http://c-command.com/dropdmg/manual-ah/

You can try it one month, definitely not the MAS.

The devoloper work on MAC since at least 12 years.

If we want good product we have to pay for it. I don't work for free.

The support seems very good to.

I bought it.
[Version 3.2.1]


burypromote
+1

+162

Donmontalvo reviewed on 28 Nov 2012
Gets better with time, very useful and reliable - and great support!
[Version 3.2]


burypromote
-1

+49
EndoLab commented on 09 Nov 2012
expensive
[Version 3.2]


burypromote
+1

-39

Surfspirit reviewed on 07 Nov 2012
Requirements are wrong, it has 64 bits support, it does not require it, also runs on 32 bits Macs!
[Version 3.2]

1 Reply

burypromote

+45
MacUpdate-Nick replied on 07 Nov 2012
Thanks for the info! The listing's been updated.
burypromote
-3

+218
Jimw commented on 07 Nov 2012
I occasionally make DMG files so seeing this product updated interested me. That was until I looked at the price and saw some of the other comments, which seemed to portray that that the product comes with mixed reviews.

Given that this product does only one thing, create DMG files, and its price, it seems to me to be targeted to a niche market: the professional that regularly creates DMG files for distribution; or the individual who wants their DMG files to look really professional and is willing to pay the price to do this. But for the rest of us, that occasionally makes DMG files for personal use, or to distribute to a few acquaintances, there are other, less expensive solutions on the market to accomplish this that also create reasonably attractively files.

So, if you need all the bells and whistles that this product product provides, and the price does not bother you, go for it. Otherwise I suggest you browse the alternatives listed above.
[Version 3.2]


burypromote
-1

+14

nullmaster reviewed on 06 Jun 2012
I've been using DropDMG for years, and for those who need a reliable, robust, automated workflow for processing disk images, this software is worth every penny and more.

Technically, everything DropDMG does can be accomplished for free using Disk Utility, Terminal, and a lot of time to wash, rinse, and repeat the process. For one-off disk image processing, I often use Disk Utility because I don't need an end-to-end flow for that image.

When going through even more than just a few images, though, DropDMG is an incredible time saver. Combined with Michael Tsai's top-notch support, I wholeheartedly recommend this software and his other products (such as SpamSieve) if they are applicable to your workflow.
[Version 3.1.3]


burypromote
-2

+399
Derekcurrie commented on 09 May 2012
$24. Or you could DIY with Apple's FREE Disk Utility. It's in your Utilities folder. Of you could automate it yourself with Apple's FREE Automator app using the "New Disk Image" command. Try it! It's not hard! It's FREE!
[Version 3.1.3]

2 Replies

burypromote
+3

+22
Ironman replied on 09 May 2012
Disk Utility might be free, but it has very few options.
DropDMG can put icons, backgrounds, and save configurations.
burypromote
-1

+63
Bowlerboy_jmb replied on 12 Feb 2014
@Derekcurrie
Not that smileys and frowns mean all that much in the scheme of things if you're dealing with intelligent human beings, but I don't agree with the morons who clicked on the sad faces, as if to say that your comment had no value.

Such idiots do not realize that the purpose, as far as I am concerned, is click on a smiley when you find a review or comment helpful, educational, insightful, informative, or useful in one way or another. These people wrongly click on the frown as some sort of a voting device to say that they do not agree with your remarks, as if they think their opinion matters.

I don't have the time or interest to go on a tear and rip such low class "reviewers" a new, broader periscope through which to see the world other than the narrow one they are using now, but I will go on record here and now to express my distaste for such childish behavior, not merely by writing this comment as a general statement to apply to all such comments throughout this website, but also to click once on a smiley to soften their rudeness.

So many people are inclined towards the negative pole that they fail to even recognize a helpful remark or comment when it smacks them right in the face, so they can't bring themselves to click a smiley when something says something useful, but they have itchy fingers to click on a frown whenever they disagree with something that doesn't conform to their preconceived notion or match their prejudiced point of view.

You pointed out something that veteran Mac users already know, or that new users ought to be aware of, so your comment is actually useful. Just because you exposed this particular application as a one-trick pony which does not nothing more than tap into a function of the Mac OS X that is already built-in to the system and is freely available to all users who take the time to read a Missing Manual and learn what goes on under the hood is no reason to downgrade your useful comment.

There are so many tiny applications designed to exploit one built-in feature of the Mac OS that, if we did a survey, we might discover that a significant percentage of the programs offered here consist of utilities programs which do not but provide interfaces to those built-in functions. By saying this, I do not intend to denigrate such applications, for they can be useful in themselves. If Mac users want to pay for applications which provide shortcuts to the Mac system software, then is their prerogative.

However, for those residing on the moron end of the intellectual scale to criticize you for pointing out that this particular program is nothing more than another one of those utilities which provides a shortcut to tap into the free built-in features is just plain wrong and entirely short-sighted. Such frowny clicks are either motivated by spite, or jealousy, or fear of competition if the truth were exposed to the less sophisticated users in the crowd.

In short, I don't care if people want to spend their money on a utility like this. That's their choice. But without comments offered by someone like you, unsophisticated buyers might not know that they have a choice NOT to buy this utility, because like so many offered for sale here at MacUpdate, the product is redundant of a feature that already exists for free in the Mac OS. You give us all the power to make an intelligent buying choice, and that is the essence of a good review.

More people should write such "exposes." Fewer reviewers and friends of the developers should just put a sock in it. They help no one.
burypromote

+451
Corpsecorps had trouble on 24 Sep 2010
Haven't tried to make use of layouts till now. Haven't had much luck. When I first dragged an image to the background box, I got a huge error dialog full of code.

Reread the instructions. On the next run everything seemed to go fine, but when I clicked a finished DMG file, the icon wasn't positioned at all where it had been in the layout.

The whole layout UI could use some polish.
[Version 3.0.2]

1 Reply

burypromote
+1
C-Command Software (developer) replied on 26 Sep 2010
There are no known bugs with the layouts feature, so if you encounter an error please let us know. For unexpected errors, DropDMG shows a dialog with lots of debugging information to help figure out where the problem is, and there should be a button to submit this via e-mail. We also welcome suggestions at dropdmg@c-command.com.

In order for an icon to be positioned in the final .dmg, its filename must exactly match one of the filenames in the layout.

+153

Old_guy rated on 11 Oct 2013

[Version 3.2.3]



Paddy57 rated on 09 May 2013

[Version 3.2.2]



-1

Mkissing rated on 26 May 2012

[Version 3.1.3]



+390

Bigboysdad rated on 18 Feb 2012

[Version 3.1.2]



Yousef_Alnajjar-amap rated on 07 Jan 2012

[Version 3.1.1]



+4

Elnacho rated on 23 Feb 2011

[Version 3.0.4]


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License:Demo
Date:28 Jan 2014
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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DropDMG allows users to quickly create .dmg archives.

Disk images pack entire folders or disks into a single compressed file, either for transport across the Internet or simply for backup. They are Apple's preferred format for distributing Mac software. Disk images are also the only archive format whose contents you can directly access in the Finder.

DropDMG is the easiest way to create Mac OS X disk images, as well as cross-platform archives. Just drag and drop a folder or file and you're done. Or, you can drag an existing disk image or archive onto DropDMG to convert it to any of the other supported formats or to burn it to CD or DVD.

DropDMG supports advanced options such as encrypted and segmented disk images, WYSIWYG layout with background pictures and custom volume icons, and rich-text license agreements in multiple languages. There are many time-saving features, and it can also be automated via AppleScript, the command-line, and Automator.


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