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SpaceMonger Version 1.4.0

(Version 2.1 is coming soon! Click here to learn more and download a trial copy for yourself!)

(If you'd like to be notified by e-mail when SpaceMonger v2.1 is released, I now have a subscription form that will let you do just that.)

SpaceMonger is a tool for keeping track of the free space on your computer. Each file or folder on a given drive is displayed in a box in the main window whose size is a relative comparison to all the other files in your system. So, for example, if the "Windows" box takes up 90% of the screen, the "C:\Windows" folder and all its sub-folders and files are taking up 90% of your "C:" drive.

SpaceMonger Screen Shot (click to enlarge)

Version 1.4.0 is the last free version, with:

  • Internals rewritten to support multiple foreign languages.
  • Currently foreign language support exists for British English, American English, and French (possibly with grammar errors).
  • Supports popup info-tips that can display the full filename, the icon, the date, size, and attributes of any file or folder.
  • Supports popup name-tips that prevent names from being obscured by not having enough space to display them.
  • Open dialog box now uses large icons.
  • Includes rollover boxes that highlight the current folder.
  • Files display their sizes and dates if there is enough room.
  • Option to save the current window position.
  • Fixed zero-size bug that caused divide-by-zero errors with some audio CD disks.
  • Minor changes to color palette to handle rollover boxes.
  • Numerous other bug fixes.
  • Added support for the Windows Property dialog box.

SpaceMonger is not a terribly complicated program to use, so the current version doesn't come with a user's manual. At the bottom of this page you can find a few helpful instructions for using it if you need them.

SpaceMonger supports some foreign languages. The current version comes with support for American English, British English, and French.

Download spcmn140.zip - Version 1.4.0 - Win95/98/NT/2K/XP - 103K - SimTel

Download spcmn140.zip - Version 1.4.0 - Win95/98/NT/2K/XP - 103K - DownSeek

Download spcmn140.zip - Version 1.4.0 - Win95/98/NT/2K/XP - 103K - werkema.com
        (Note: Please only use this link if you absolutely cannot use one of the ones above;
                this link is very reliable, but it costs me money.)

 

Download Instructions

Most people have been able to download SpaceMonger without difficulties. However, if you have been experiencing problems, here is what you should do (and should expect to see) to download the program:

  1. Click the download link on my site. It will take you to SimTel's site.
  2. At SimTel's site, you'll see a list of possible download locations. Click the one nearest you (I use "US, Minnesota", "US, California", or "US, Virginia" depending on what mood I'm in). If you are having problems, try using one of the ones with "HTTP" in its name; those seem to be more reliable than the others.
  3. You will be taken to a new page featuring an ad for somebody else's software. Sometime within the next ten seconds or so, a window will pop up asking what to do with the download. Save it to disk, in a readily memorable location (such as the desktop).
    (Note that pop-up-blocking software may interfere with this, and virus-scanning software may also interfere with this, so if you have such software on your computer and you're having problems downloading, temporarily disable them so you can download it. You can re-enable them once the program has arrived. If you have a firewall, it may also interfere with the download, but since all firewalls are so very different from each other, we can't tell you how to get around that if it's the cause of your problems. Check your manual or with your system administrator for details.)
  4. The download will commence. Depending on the speed of your connection, it may take a few minutes. When it's done, the dialog box will either vanish automatically (in some web browsers) or wait for you to close it (in other web browsers). If it's still there, close it, since you don't need it any more.

(Note: SpaceMonger 1.4 is provided in a zip file. If you have never encountered a zip file before, you can consider it like the computer equivalent of a UPS or FedEx box: it's got files stored tightly inside it, and you need a special tool, called a "zip" program, to unwrap its contents. If you don't have a zip program --- PKZip and WinZip seem to be the most common and most popular ones --- you will need to obtain one. There are many of them out there, some free, some with a price tag. You can obtain them from a variety of places, including SimTel and Download.com. Just type "zip" in their search boxes and you'll see many different programs listed and available for download. And no, you won't need a zip program to unwrap the zip program! Once you get a zip program, it's useful for a lot more than simply unpackaging software that you download: for example, you can use it to package up your own files for more efficient storage, or to package up your files so you can send them to other people as e-mail attachments (much smaller than normal e-mail attachments). A zip program is a pretty essential tool for modern computing, so if you don't have one, get one!)

 

Installation Instructions

Unzip the provided zip file to any folder you choose. The zip file contains only two files:

  • SpaceMonger.exe - This is the actual program file. You can put this in any folder you want. Double-click on it to run it.
  • ReadMe.txt - Update information about the current version, as well as usage and installation instructions.

If you're new to zipping/unzipping, the easiest install is to just extract the SpaceMonger.exe file to your desktop. Once it's there, just double-click it to run it. To uninstall it, just drop it in the Recycle Bin.

 

First-Time Instructions

When you first use SpaceMonger, follow these instructions if you don't know what to do:

  1. When you first open it, you will initially be presented with a blank window. Click "Open".
  2. Click on a drive, like drive "C", and hit "OK".
  3. Wait patiently while the program collects statistics on your drive. My, don't you have a lot of files!

SpaceMonger will then show you the contents of your drive as little rectangles. The larger the rectangle, the more space something is taking up. In the screen-shot on this page, above, which you can click to enlarge, "Windows" is taking up a full 20% of this drive.

Rectangles that have other rectangles in them are folders. Rectangles with no other rectangles in them are files. Colors are used to show how deeply the files and folders are nested.

You can get more information on a given folder by clicking on its title and then clicking "Zoom In" (or by double-clicking on its title). The window will change to show a larger, more detailed view of the folder and its files. You can zoom in as many times as you want. "Zoom Out" will take you back out (up) by one folder. "Zoom Full" will take you all the way back to show the whole drive.

If you see files or folders you want to delete, click them and hit "Delete". They will be moved to the Recycle Bin. If you want to see what they are first, click on them and hit "Run or Open", which will try to run them if they are programs or open them if they are files.

Disclaimer: If you don't know what something is, don't delete it. Deleting things at random is a good way to break your programs or Windows itself. 'Nuff said.

If you click the "Setup" button, you can change some aesthetic things about the program. You can't damage anything with the Setup dialog box, so feel free to try various options until you like how SpaceMonger looks and feels.

 

Frequently-Asked Questions

Does SpaceMonger support Windows 2000 or Windows XP?

Yes. SpaceMonger 1.4 has been tested on both platforms and found to work just fine.

Why doesn't SpaceMonger show some of my directories or files?
or Why does SpaceMonger only seem to show C:\Windows and C:\Program Files?

Remember that every folder appears in the map sized relative to its contents. So if you have a big folder, like C:\Windows, it will appear very large, but small folders like C:\Recycled may not show up at all. If it looks big, then it is big; if it looks small or is too small to see, then it is small.

You can make SpaceMonger show more folders on your disk by clicking on "Setup" and changing the "Density" to "Very Many Files" or "Too Many Files". And you can zoom in on folders to see small files and folders within them that don't appear in the big display. And you can turn off "Free Space" to get more room in the big display. But some really small folders still won't show up no matter what you do, because they're just too small to count.

What do the empty rectangles mean?

When SpaceMonger finds a bunch of folders and files that are too small to be seen at the current level of zoom, it puts them all together into one rectangle without a name. You can make some of these rectangles appear as their constituent files or folders by clicking on "Setup" and changing the "Density" to "Very Many Files" or "Too Many Files".

The French translation is terrible!

Well, yeah, it's pretty bad. And no, we don't need any more offers to fix it. Version 2.1 will be translated by somebody who speaks French natively, and there will be good translations for a lot of other languages too.

I deleted a file and SpaceMonger crashed!

This is a bug that only seems to appear on certain systems. If you're one of the unlucky people who has this problem, well, there's not much that will be done about it in version 1.4. Stay tuned for version 2.1, which definitely won't have this bug.

Can I change the colors?

Not in version 1.4. Color control has been requested many times, but you'll have to wait for the next version to get it.

In case you're curious, SpaceMonger's display-layout system is not unique; it uses a technique called treemaps that were originally developed at the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory by Dr. Ben Schneiderman. You can learn more about them on his Treemaps Page. SpaceMonger doesn't use any of their code, but it uses a similar idea.

 
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