Product Announcement and Review – Wide Angle Software of Stafford United Kingdom has released Duplicate Sweeper 1.0.2. It can be an essential tool in saving you space on your precious hard drive. Duplicate Sweeper makes finding, selecting and removing duplicate files on your Mac easy. It enables you to search for duplicates of all file types, such as your photos, videos, music or documents and you can select which folders to search for duplicate files in. For even more control, search preferences can be added so that only files matching your given criteria are searched. Duplicate Sweeper can ignore files that are larger than and/or smaller than given sizes. It can also ignore files with the given file extensions so that any important file types can be left out of the search.
Once Duplicate Sweeper has found all of the duplicates in the given folders, it allows you to select which files from the duplicates you wish to remove. Duplicate Sweeper has a built in document viewer so that you can check a file is not important before selecting to remove it. If you do not wish to manually select the files to remove, Duplicate Sweeper has multiple options to determine which files to remove for you.
Before removing files, Duplicate Sweeper displays a quick list of all the files that will be removed. It will also display how much space you will save by removing those files as well as a small breakdown of the media types being removed. Once you are happy to remove those files, Duplicate Sweeper can send them all to your Trash with a single click. These files can then be emptied from your Trash to delete them permanently or restored should the need arise.
- OS X 10.8 or later
- 64-bit processor
- 2.4 MB
Duplicate Sweeper 1.02 is currently Free for one week only (Starting 9/23/16), and available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Utilities category. It normally retails at $19.99 (USD) from Wide Angle Software’s website.
I installed this a short time ago on my OS X 10.11.6 system and tried it against the Documents directory (with just under 10,000 files) in my Home folder. It completed the scan in just a few seconds. Being able to find duplicate files is a good way to begin your Mac Tune-Up efforts.
I tried a simple test. I duplicated a .rtf file that I found in my Documents folder, moved it to a sub-directory, then changed the name back to the original. When I ran Duplicate Sweeper they were not found. I tried with duplicate text files and they were not found either. Based upon this results, I cannot recommend this product.
- Currently FREE
- Runs quickly, just a few seconds for just under 10,000 files in my Documents directory
- very simple user interface
- Cost is $19.95 regularly
- Failed duplicate finding test
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