At Apple we have already talked about some disk analyzers, such as DaisyDisk or GrandPerspective. Today we are going to talk about another tool, Disk Falcon, that will help us to see which folders and files are consuming most of our hard disks . With hard disks that have more and more capacity, we get the Diogenes syndrome thinking that space is infinite, until we realize that the disk is full and we have to do something about it. Disk analyzers such as Disk Falcon can help us in this task of cleaning.
After the jump we will see the strengths and weaknesses of the program.
The Disk Falcon interface is both the strength and weakness of this application. Let me explain. In its favor is to present data inspired by a futuristic interface like in science fiction movies. On the contrary, that it is not possible to resize the window, only to enlarge it to the maximum possible size, and that the fonts used are not too readable in any case, impacting quite on the usability of it. I believe that the design has been chosen, but the desired result has not been reached. Another detail is the addition of voices that inform the scanning of the disk but, executed the application a few times, I don’t know if they will irritate more than help the user. Fortunately it can be disabled from the menu option.
Let’s go over the options. The information is presented in the form of a pie , the parts of which are proportional to the size of the files, as a bar chart, showing the percentage occupied and the size of each of the bars on the lower scale, and it is also possible to return to pie mode to see the size occupied by file types, so we can see how much the movies, graphics, sound files, etc. occupy.
From the pie and bar view it is possible to browse the information , but it is not possible from the file age view, which I think would be interesting to be able to delete old files. To the right of the window is the detailed information, with some interesting options, such as viewing the 50 files that take up the most space. Each of them is selectable on the right side, which will open a Finder window with the file already selected. We can drag the files to the application and delete them from it, but it is faster to do it from the Finder.
Below the detail view we have information about the disks we have mounted on the Mac, their used space and their total capacity. The application has closed unexpectedly, and there are some graphic and interface errors that I hope will be corrected in future revisions. Also, the fact that the window size cannot be modified and the bad rendering of the letters take a lot of points out of the program. It’s possible to download a free demo version of it, and I advise you to do it before deciding, because the Falcon Disk license costs $9.99. It’s not that much, but there are other options as we saw at the beginning of the entry, more polished and that serve the same purpose. I hope you’ll fix the points I mentioned in the entry, because some of your options are interesting.