TOKYO (MacHouse) – It was just a couple of days ago when we last introduced the first Mac application in about 1 and a half years. And we are ready to introduce another Mac application. This new software release is called DotsSweep.
DotsSweep is a small desktop application that lets you delete invisible files (ones whose file names start with ._) in a folder of your selection. Actually, you can clean up multiple folders all at a time.
If there are invisible files in a folder, what’s the big deal? The question depends on how you use that folder. For example, if you use Xcode to develop iOS or Mac applications, that can cause a serious problem because referencing files directly to an existing folder can prevent you from sending a binary to iTunes Connect with Organizer. Also, if you have a folder that contains image files, importing it to other operating systems like Windows can make invisible files visible and make a mess.
- Batch-clean up any number of folders.
- Drag and drop one more folders to clean up directly onto application’s main window.
- Easily find out how many invisible files a particular folder has to delete.
- Print out the list of invisible files in a particular folder.
- Delete or not delete .DS_Store as well. You decide.
- Save the current list of target folders so that the application can load them automatically next time you launch it. (v. 1.2)
- Language: English only.
- The application supports the Retina display.
- Application file size: 11.3 MB (v. 1.2)
- The application comes with a complete online user’s guide. (Choose ‘User’s Guide’ under ‘Help.’)
- The application comes with an introduction screen giving the user a quick 5-page tour over how it works. (v. 1.2)
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or higher
- 64-bit system
The application window is not resizable. It is with Version 1.2.0
Note: Release dates are ones when updates are announced here, not when updates are actually released at App Store. We make no promise that they will be accepted by iTunes Connect and then released at App Store.
1.2.0 (Released on
May 16, 2013 May 15, 2013)
- The entire application is rebuilt from a scratch.
- The application window is resizable. The application remembers the last window size.
- The application comes with an introduction screen, giving the user a 5-page quick tour over how it works.
- The user can now press the Delete key over a specific target folder to delist it.
- Now, the main application window supports the fullscreen.
- Fix: The application allowed the user to drag and drop files as opposed to folders.
- Clicking on the Save button under the list control, the user can save a list of target folders. Every time the application starts up, it will load this list. Clicking on the Clear button, they can trash the target folder list so that it will start with a clean list when the application starts up next time.
- The list control supports contextual commands for removing and clearing folders.
- Other numerous minor changes are made.
Please note that all values in Preferences are initialized with the introduction of this software update since the application is rebuilt from a scratch.
Details are unrecorded.
1.0.3 (Released on May 16, 2013)
- Fix: The application could fail to save user settings and restore the position of the main application window.
- The user can now click on the Refresh toolbar button to refresh the folder list especially after cleaning up folders.
- Fix: The application could fail to refresh toolbar buttons only the user read folders using the drop box.
Application user’s guide is available (only in English). Click here to access it online.
Click here to download a trial version. A fully-functional trial version will expire in May 31, 2013.
DotsSweep is a product of MacHouse.