GrandPerspective for Mac

GrandPerspective for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 23 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5.1
  • Total Downloads:
    18,173
  • Date Added:
    August 25, 2012
  • File Size:
    733.93KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    147
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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When determining how space is divided on a hard drive, some, more visual users may want a way to have the information represented graphically, rather than in numbers. While simple and of limited overall use, GrandPerspective for Mac is a good option for those looking for a different way to analyze folder and hard drive space.

Download and installation of GrandPerspective for Mac completed easily, but it only contained a basic readme file with no dedicated instructions, which was a detriment due to the complex nature of the program and its interface. It was also unclear if technical support existed. The program's main menu allows users to select a folder or drive to analyze. After a short time of analysis, the program brings up a two-dimensional image with different size squares, each representing a file on the computer. Users can click on each square and press a "reveal" button that tells what it is and brings up a finder window showing its location. This allows the file to be deleted to free up more space. The folder can be rescanned with a click of one easily-identifiable button.

For those users who want a different way to view hard drive or folder usage, GrandPerspective for Mac performs its stated functions well, despite its limited functionality and lack of user direction.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1-10 of 23

  • 4 stars

    "Shows disk usage well."

    March 16, 2011   |   By ThomasHarte

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.3

    Pros

    Gives you a good overview of where your disk space has gone.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get to its conclusion.

    Summary

    Give it a go.

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  • 4 stars

    "1234567890"

    July 27, 2010   |   By mak58239

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.3

    Pros

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    Cons

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  • 5 stars

    "A real help in clearing out the deadwood!"

    April 26, 2010   |   By reynsaunders

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.2

    Pros

    Seeing graphically the biggest disk-hogs and being able to drill down for the details is much faster.

    Cons

    The scanning process is not dynamic, so when a folder is removed, it takes some time to see the details before hunting for another removable chunk of disk space.

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  • 5 stars

    "WhaT xcan I say free and works as advertised."

    April 25, 2010   |   By rxxd

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.2

    Pros

    aall good for free

    Cons

    none to be concerned about

    Summary

    free and works as advertised

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  • 5 stars

    "Succinct, accurate, & attractive space tracking utility"

    March 28, 2010   |   By jjnoel_dotmac

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.1

    Pros

    Effective visual utility for finding out what's taking up all that space with ability to find in the Finder and delete files on the fly.

    Cons

    Opens up with no active windows. Not a big issue but sorta leaves you wondering what you did wrong on launch.

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  • 5 stars

    "Not used GP for long, but love it already"

    March 28, 2010   |   By Alan Dutton-Smith

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.1

    Pros

    Simplicity of concept, brilliantly realised

    Cons

    Not a lot to dislike

    Summary

    See above

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  • 5 stars

    "Extremely useful; beautifully designed user interface"

    March 26, 2010   |   By designworks_5_dotmac

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.1

    Pros

    This application uses a very unique way to visually display a graphic representation of all the files on one's hard drive and how they are organized in a pleasing and colorful view.

    Cons

    I have not found any

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  • 5 stars

    "Ideal for visual thinkers, vividly shows file sizes"

    March 14, 2010   |   By cbsofla

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.1

    Pros

    Simplicity, clarity, effectiveness, usefulness. The scan brings up everything in proportionate size. I can zoom the range in and out.It helps especially finding large files that I can decide to archive externally, freeing up disk space.

    Cons

    None. So I'll add on the Pros: it even offers a variety of color schemes.
    And this isn't a con, but *IF* you don't like colored quadrangles, Omni Disk Sweeper presents the same data, in column view. Equally effective if you prefer lists to shapes.

    Summary

    File management will always matter, no matter how large our drives or other storage devices become. GP presents file size data quickly, clearly, and actionable. I even found it fun to poke around and see how things compare.

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  • 1 stars

    "it crashes"

    January 18, 2010   |   By thomasmarch

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.3.0

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    It crashes. Nothing comes up under "Preferences" Forget it. It's useless. I'm sticking with Disk Inventory X.

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  • 5 stars

    "Does a great job showing how your disk is used."

    October 27, 2009   |   By greyfrob

    Version: GrandPerspective 1.1.0

    Pros

    It's very easy to use and gives you a quick and thorough view of what's hogging your disk space. What is finds is sometimes surprising and always useful.

    Cons

    Nothing to speak of.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 1.5.1
    It features two minor improvements both requested by users. Firstly, the ability to report file sizes with a decimal base. Secondly, the ability to copy the path of a selected item to the paste board. Also included is a minor bug fix.
    General
    Publisher Eriban Software
    Publisher web site http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/
    Release Date August 25, 2012
    Date Added August 25, 2012
    Version 1.5.1
    Category
    Category Utilities & Operating Systems
    Subcategory File Management
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 733.93KB
    File Name GrandPerspective-1_5_1.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 18,173
    Downloads Last Week 147
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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