Clusters

Version: 1.5.5 || Release Date: 2011-12-01 || License: Shareware ($12.95) Developer: LateNiteSoft | App Owner: n0c

Background file compressor, which uses the new HFS-compression technology in Snow Leopard to transparently compress the folders you configure it to process.

Clusters is a background file compressor, which uses the new HFS-compression technology in Snow Leopard to transparently compress the folders you configure it to process. Mac OS will read those files normally, they will just take less disk space.

How does it work? Just select some folders to compress and Clusters will silently work in the background to compress the files contained on those folders, regaining disk space. Whenever you use any of those files, Snow Leopard will read it like any other file in the system - it will simply take less space.

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21 Opinions

Good utility, it automatically starts when your Mac is connected to the power, so you can forget about it and let him work.

Name changing galore! Anyway, the app works fine and does what it says it will do.

Hint if it's slowing you down:
I just activate it from time to time. The major effects are static, at least for my file population. I mostly save space with pdfs and the like that don't change a lot.
(MacBook 2,1; 1.83 GHz)

This slows down 2008 MBP dramatically.

It changed the name from Squeeze to Squeezer. Now it's called Clusters.

Nevertheless its also great because it doesnt install some kind of driver/daemon to do its magic but simple relying on the OS own decompressor, those its quite unlikely that it cause trouble. It also speeds up things when you use SSD's, although this isnt its real purpose there given the fact that most SSD's are anyway "supercharged" compared to HDD
As you can see, its a matter of fact that all depends on the user-profile, for me, the compression ratio and saved space is what I need

@brh : Yes, you're right, the initial intention is indeed to save load-time rather then disk-space, but you forgot one important thing: Nowadays, SSD's become more and more popular - and quite contrary to your statements, this kind of mass-storage is all but cheap, in fact its very expensive from costs per GB.

Therefore Squeezer is a fantastic tool to save some bucks if you (like me) use SSD's -ever GB saved here is fantastic, considering that the average price is something in the 2,5-3 $ area per GB.

It's time for an update.

This is the best HD space saving app I have ever used.

An extraordinary innovation.

I have seen no slowing down of appl’s on my 27” iMac Quad Core i5

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