Applications :: Compressing Files To Smallest Size
May 29, 2009
So I know in Leopard and probably any OS for Mac's you can compress your files, but is there any way to compress them even more? I had a file that was 321mb's and when I compressed it, it brought it down to 317mb's. Obviously that didn't do me any good. Does anyone have a program or another suggestion?
I was playing about with my settings just now, and I noticed that the Dock size slider was disabled. I tried clicking on it, and my dock got smaller. I tried again, and it kept getting smaller and smaller, even when I clicked on the large end!
I've tried restarting repairing permission, but the control is still disabled, and my Dock is still ridiculously small! What can I do?
I'm using Time Machine (for the first time) to back up my system (Mac Pro w/750Gb internal drive and a firewire 750Gb external backup). However, when looking at the contents of my external backup drive after Time Machine has finished, I notice there is sizeable difference between the amount of data on my internal and external drives. To confuse matters more, I repeated the backup 3 separate times on the same internal volume (357Gb worth of data) and each time Time Machine yielded a different size backup; ranging from 343Gb to 350Gb. Each time I have "erased" the external drive using Disk Utility prior to running Time Machine.
After digging around I found at least some of the difference lies within the Movies_IDVD Projects folder. I have only a few projects but it appears that Time Machine randomly chose a few of the larger ones to compress? Either that or it did not back them up all the way. These files were roughly 2-4Gb in size on my internal and only 200kb on the backup drive. Are there other files that Time Machine is either compressing or not backing up? Should I use Time Machine at all or should I copy the files I want backed up by dragging them to the external? I would like to be able to restore my system to its current state one day if/when my internal drive craps out (including all of my apps, etc.).
If you project is too large for a 4.7GB DVD, is there any way to compress it? And if so, how? Im using DVD studio Pro. (An early OS X version.) It pops up an error telling me that the project is too large. Or is there a free third-party program to do that?
I'm averaging about 2-3 kernel panic "crashes" daily. I took my MP to the local Apple Store. They ran all of their tests and could not find a thing wrong with it. I've purchased Tech Tool Pro. The TTP diagnostics have come up with nothing. I use machine at work primarily for video editing/compression/authoring. The kernel panic(s) seem to occur when I'm outputting or compressing video files from Final Cut or Sorenson Squeeze.
Here are some of my basic machine specs: 2 x Quad Intel Xeon 5 GB 667 MHz DDR@ FB-DIMM Video Card: ATI Radeon X1900 Serial ATA HDDs
With disk space being at a premium on the new MacBook Air, and with myself being a very basic user when it comes to office applications, I was wondering what Microsoft office version takes up the least space. Over the years I have accumulated 2004, 2008 and was considering the new version. Only interested in excel and word installations.
Please this is not a question about whether you use Safari or Firefox.
What Browser has the smallest memory footprint for use on the MBA?
With limited ram @ 2GB I find either Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc using as much as 200MB +/- in activity monitor. Are there some more obscure browsers that use/need less memory and function just as well or almost as well?
I recently shot a video using the camera on the Iphone 3GS. It was over 7 mins long and its 198 MB! This is not a desirable size since i wish to upload it, so i was wondering if anyone can tell me a FREE software which i can use to compress it and maintain the same quality. By the way i am using the 27" Imac so any software should be for mac.
I don't have enough space at my Time Capsule, and I noticed that I have backed-up some silly big folders like Downloads. So I assigned them for not to take backup. But time machine already took backup of them and keeps space in Time Capsule.
All my smaller files show up as 4kb in finder. I know this is because on HFS+ that is the minimum allocation for a file, but it really doesn't help when trying to get a sense of how large files are when you're thinking of deploying them to the web, or glancing to see which are longer/which have been changed etc. is there any way to set Finder to display the size of files based on how much data is in them.
I'd love to get a laptop bag that doesn't feel huge yet still offers good protection. I know there are a billion threads on the subject, but I've not seen one devoted to the search for a small 15 inch bag, so I'm throwing this out there.
why the iphoto library file size in the finder appears to be a certain size, while iphoto itself reports a very different size. Is there any way to recover any disk space or reconcile the numbers here? Please see the attachments below, it may make a bit more sense that way. I would like to recover the disk space and if it really is a 16gb difference somewhere.
I'm using iTunes 9.2.1 and it states that my music library is 159.99gb with 25,994 songs, however the folder containing music files is 171.26gb with 30,309 files. This is a difference of 11.27gb and 4315 files. The folder only contains mp3 or m4a files with their respective album and band folders; no images, text files or anything else. The iTunes folder is located elsewhere. I added the folder to iTunes again to see if there were 11gb of songs I'd forgotten to add and there was no difference. I even deleted all iTunes settings and the current library and added the folder again and it is still missing 11.27gb.
I'm about 95% sure that none of my music collection is missing from iTunes so my first thought was that iTunes is just reading the file sizes and count inaccurately and it really is 171.26gb, but I'm not sure.
Can anyone think of a solution without going though my entire collection and comparing it to iTunes to see if anything is missing?
I purchased Xslimmer recently,and I've just notice a big issue. In Xslimmer, it says the current size of the app is say 20 mb, but Finder says it is 50 mb. Same thing after I slim it. I checked on a different computer, and it said the same thing. Could someone check the filesize of Mail.app in Finder (mine was 77.4 mb), and the current size in XSlimmer (said it was 25.5mb).
My friend is trying to convert a trailer for web streaming but is having troubles with the format. We filmed the videos in Nashville and then he edited the trailer but every time he sends me a copy it's pixelated... What settings he should be using on the compressor?
How can I compress one large file by segmenting it to many smaller ones that can be uncompressed in windows, with the help of winrar? Example, i have a 4GB file and i want to make 4 segments of 1gb, is there such an app that can do this? In windows I can use winrar for this, but for the Mac?
I have one two-hour file in mp3 format and one three-hour file. These are radio shows, so no music or anything, just talking. Now that I have the files, I want to get them as small as possible without making them unlistenable. What program can I use to reduce them?
I started a transfer of a large file, but it did not finish, but the DMG file is showing me the 7 GB Full Size of the Finished file! But I know that the file stopped midway and only transferred half of it, around 3.5 GB. Is there any way to see in the Finder / Inspector the real size of this file which should only be 3.5 GB and not the 7 GB it is displaying in the Inspector?
I'll be getting an 80GB Air this week and I'm trying to gauge how much space I'll use up. Right now I have about 80GB of space used up on my hackintosh, but allot if it is junk I probably won't transfer over. Is there a way to look at all the files on my computer in order from largest to smallest?
Is there a way to list every file on the computer by size? I'm trying to see what's taking up so much space. I have a 15" unibody mbp with a 320 gb hd and I only have like 30 gb left ... i use fcp and tried cleaning out all the capture scratch folders i don't need . but i want to list it all if possible.
I'm used to being able to find out the file size of a group of files I've selected in Windows' Explorer or Desktop by right-clicking one of the selected files and selecting Properties. I haven't been able to find a way to do anything similar in OSX Snow Leopard. Is it possible to find out the size of a group of user-selected files?
This is one of the things I haven't figured out how to do yet on my mac. I miss this feature which was so easy in windows. Select multiple files and click properties and you get a file size count. If you do the same thing on a mac you get a number open for each file. If you need a cumulative total quickly its a pain in the butt to add each file.
What am I missing here?
Also, any way to display file size at the bottom of a finder window? When you click a file, it says "1 of X selected" and the amount of hard drive space free which is cool, but file size at the bottom would be nice to have.