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

saved me 20GiB which is nice, but it totally mucked up my Time Machine Backups, which is not so nice.

it saves a lot of space

Saved me just 80 MB in my Documents folder, which doesn't justify the investment. Gigabytes are to cheap these days too.

I love this app for simplifying the HFS+ compression process. I don't think they really paint an accurate picture of the reasoning behind filesystem compression, however, and I worry that people will just think 'hey, awesome new compression!'

You should not use this to save disk space for the sake of saving disk space. You should pretend like everything is the same size it always was. Finder, thankfully, does this for you. The purpose behind filesystem compression is to shrink files for the sake of improved performance. Hard drives are (relatively speaking) slow, the real bottleneck of system performance. Modern processors are fast enough that decompressing a small file on the fly is still quicker than loading a large file. That's really the 'why' behind filesystem compression.

Just remember that if you move/copy a file, the OS automatically & transparently decompresses it when it gets moved. Same goes for modifying a file (although Squeeze would see this and recompress).

Incredible. I beta tested Squeeze and I can tell you it works beautifully.

Got this app from Nano Tweet Blast on MacHeist3, I squeezed Applications folder and saved about 4.38gB

I have to say, Squeeze is the best file compressor I have ever used for my Mac. I was a beta tester for this system preference program and it has really come out great. You will be AMAZED at how much memory you can/will save with Squeeze.

Squeezing just 3 folders, I saved 1.84gb. Right now, you can get a free license by going to macheist.com and just clicking on the intro page.

Very easy to use and saves copious amounts of space without hogging system resources.

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