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DLS Review: Scanner disk-space visualization software

Scanner

Scanner lets you visualize disk space usage using a futuristic-looking, color-coded pie chart. Having tested it, I must say it does not come close in usefulness (or even visual appeal, but that's subjective) to WinDirStat, which is my go-to for this type of thing.

Pros:

  • Once scanning is done, navigation is very snappy.
  • It looks nice!
  • Easily remove unwanted files using the context menu (right-click > "Remove" or "Recycle").
  • It's free -- actually, open-source.
  • No installation needed -- perfectly portable, and small.

Cons:

  • The window is not very large, and cannot be resized.
  • It feels somewhat dated. Maybe that's because it's written in Delphi, or the UI toolkit it's using, I'm not sure.
  • I find the interface less than intuitive, but that's just me. This kind of pie chart makes it difficult for me to drill in and out of my filesystem and maintain a clear mental image of what's where.
  • When you run it, it immediately starts scanning your entire system, which is a time-consuming operation. What if I just want to scan a single drive?
  • The name is not Google-friendly. Googling "Scanner disk space" does work, though.

Bottom line:

The concept is interesting, and might work using a more modern UI toolkit. Kudos on making it free and OSS. I would give it 6 out of 10, and stick to WinDirStat.


Tags: disk, diskspace, freeware, productivity, review, scanner, tool, utility, windirstat

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