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DiskDoubler

File Compressor

DiskDoubler (DD) was a data compression utility for compressing files on the Apple Macintosh platform. Unlike most such programs, which compress numerous files into a single archive for transmission, DiskDoubler was intended to compress single files "in place" to save space on the drive. When such a file was opened, DiskDoubler would decompress the file before handing it off to the application for use. A later addition, AutoDoubler, added background compression, finding and compressing files automatically when the computer was idle.
DiskDoubler was created by Terry Morse and Lloyd Chambers, fellow employees at a small software firm that went out of business in 1989. Chambers had already released a version of the Unix Compress utility on the Mac as MacCompress, and while working on another "real" project, Chambers wrote DiskDoubler in his spare time. When demonstrating their new product at a local Mac store, they noticed that it was DiskDoubler that got all of the attention. It was first shown publicly at the San Francisco MacWorld Expo in April 1990 (normally in January, but delayed that year) and by the end of the show had sold 500 copies. By the summer they were selling 1000 copies a month.
Realizing they needed real marketing muscle, they approached Symantec, who agreed to include it in their Symantec Utilities for Macintosh (SUM) package for a pittance. Unimpressed by the offer, they instead asked Guy Kawasaki to front them a $25,000 development loan, raised a similar amount on their own, and formed Salient Software. After four months sales were over $50,000 a month. When System 7 shipped in June 1991 sales took off, as the new system was rather hungry for drive space. The company was eventually sold to Fifth Generation Systems in 1992. They also repackaged it in a suite as SuperDoubler 4.0, including AutoDoubler, DiskDoubler, and a file-copy speedup known as CopyDoubler. For some time, DiskDoubler was the second-best selling product on the Mac, second only to After Dark, the popular screen saver. Fifth Generation was later sold, somewhat ironically, to Symantec, who re-released it as a fat binary as Norton DiskDoubler Pro 1.1. Symantec "sat" on the product and it slowly disappeared over the next year.
DiskDoubler concentrated on speed, originally supporting only a single variety of the LZ78 compression algorithm used in Compress/MacCompress to avoid having to try different settings. Nevertheless, the compression results were quite reasonable, notably on text files. Better yet, DiskDoubler was extremely fast, generally twice as fast as StuffIt, and 50% faster than Compact Pro, the two main archivers in use on the Mac in the 1990s. DiskDoubler also had the capability of decompressing StuffIt and PackIt files, which it did much faster than those programs could. Over the years DiskDoubler eventually ended up with four different algorithms, typically using the fastest compressor, DD1, for a first pass, and then running the most effective, DD3+, when the machine was idle. DiD3+ provided the highest compression of any Mac-based compression software, using knowledge of specific file types to improve over a "generic" LZW scheme.
Users typically interacted with DiskDoubler via an additional menu placed in the Macintosh Finder. Selecting a file, or group of them, the user selects Compress from the DD menu. The file in question is quickly compressed and replaced by a similar icon stamped with a small "DD" tag to indicate it was compressed. The original Classic Mac OS did not include any sort of composite icon support, so DiskDoubler had to copy and modify every icon it found and then hand those modified icons back to the Finder with a new file type. When a file was compressed, its (hidden) file type flag was changed to the one DiskDoubler "made up", making the Finder display the modified icon.
AutoDoubler (AD) was a small software daemon for which speed was the main concern, since AD was intended to be used "invisibly". For this reason it first used the AD1/DD1 "fastest" method to compress as many files as possible as quickly as it could, and then when that was complete it would go back and re-compress with DD3+ if the machine was still idle. DD/AD was so invisible that it would compress anything outside the System folder, including applications and various resources.
The product also included a freeware (but closed source) decompressor known as DDExpand. Since DiskDoubler was intended to compress "in place" and generally be invisible, most users set up DiskDoubler to decompress automatically when copying files to other media so that it would open fine on other people's machines. Additionally, since the program decompressed files as they were opened, the simple action of archiving files using another utility like StuffIt automatically decompressed the files before they were inserted into the new archive. For these reasons the DiskDoubler format was rarely seen "in the wild", and DDExpand was rarely needed. DiskDoubler did include an option for this, however, which would combine several files into one archive. These could sometimes be found in software libraries, but was generally frowned upon.
DiskDoubler created a market for similar products. The first attempt to produce a similar product resulted in SuperDisk!, which, when released, was faster than DiskDoubler but offered less compression. SuperDisk! also offered "on the fly" compression, which DiskDoubler had not added at that point. An updated version of DiskDoubler fought back with a new compression scheme that ran entirely in the 256-byte cache of the 68020, which greatly improved performance. AutoDoubler was also included as a new feature. Now Software also introduced a product in this space: Now Compress. Aladdin eventually brought out their own solution as well, StuffIt SpaceSaver. All of these products had a following during the era of small hard drives.
Eventually, a combination of shrinking Mac marketshare, changes to the underlying filesystem and ever-increasing drive space killed off this product niche.
With the introduction of Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Apple introduced a similar technology known as Transparent Compression into HFS Plus.

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    Audiograbber is a proprietary freeware CD audio extractor/converter program for Microsoft Windows. It was one of the first programs in the genre to become popular. The data extraction algorithm was...

    Latest version of Audiograbber is 1.83 SE and it was released on 2004-08-24.

    Tags: Windowsonly Freeware, Windows Cd Ripping Software, Data Compression Software
  • Crax Commander by Soft4U2

    Crax Commander, stylized CRAX, is a dual pane, orthodox file manager for macOS, written in the programming language Objective-C. The app is currently developed by Soft4U2 (Marcin Słowik) and is one...

    Latest version of Crax Commander is 1.10.12 and it was released on 2016-11-02.

    Tags: File Managers, Ftp Clients, Orthodox File Managers, Utilities For Macos, Data Compression Software, Sftp Clients
  • Double Tools for DoubleSpace by Addstor, Inc.

    Double Tools for DoubleSpace is a software utility released in 1993 by the Menlo Park-based company Addstor, Inc. The utility functioned as an add-on to the disk compression software DoubleSpace,...

    Tags: Hard Disk Software, Data Compression Software, Dos On Ibm Pc Compatibles, Discontinued Software
  • MuPAD by The Mathworks Inc.

    MuPAD is a computer algebra system (CAS). Originally developed by the MuPAD research group at the University of Paderborn, Germany, development was taken over by the company SciFace Software GmbH &...

    Tags: 2008 Disestablishments, Computer Algebra System Software For Linux, Computer Algebra Systems, Discontinued Software, Products Introduced In 1997, Proprietary Commercial Software For Linux
  • Connotea by Nature Publishing Group

    Connotea was a free online reference management service for scientists, researchers, and clinicians, created in December 2004 by Nature Publishing Group and discontinued in March 2013. It was one of...

    Tags: Library 20, Crossplatform Free Software, Internet Services Supporting Openid, Social Cataloging Applications, Discontinued Software, Internet Properties Established In 2004, Internet Properties Disestablished In 2013
  • Nvu by Linspire,Daniel Glazman

    Nvu (pronounced "N-view") is a WYSIWYG HTML editor, based on the Composer component of the Mozilla Application Suite. It is intended to be an open source alternative to proprietary software like...

    Latest version of Nvu is 1.0 and it was released on 2005-06-28.

    Tags: Mozilla, Free Html Editors, Linux Textrelated Software, Crossplatform Software, Discontinued Software, Portable Software
  • ShiftSpace

    ShiftSpace is an open source metaweb or web annotation application and framework that allows altering web pages with different tools. The tagline of the application is "an open source layer above...

    Latest version of ShiftSpace is 0.17 and it was released on 2011-05-31.

    Tags: Community Websites, Mozilla Addons, Free Web Software, Free Software Programmed In Javascript, Social Information Processing, 2006 Software, Discontinued Software
  • System Safety Monitor by System Safety Ltd., Russia

    System Safety Monitor (SSM) was a HIPS software or behavior blocker developed by System Safety Ltd for the Windows...

    Latest version of System Safety Monitor is 2.0.8.585 (freeware version) and it was released on 2008-05-01.

    Tags: Discontinued Software, Spyware Removal, Windows Security Software, Windowsonly Software
  • Norton Antibot by Symantec Corporation

    Norton AntiBot, developed by Symantec, monitors applications for damaging behavior. The application was designed to prevent computers from being hijacked and controlled by hackers. According to...

    Tags: Discontinued Software, Proprietary Software, Computer Security Software, Symantec Software, Windowsonly Software
  • QtParted by Vanni Brutto, Bernhard Rosenkränzer

    QtParted is a Qt front-end to GNU Parted and the official KDE Partition Editor application besides KDE Partition Manager. QtParted is a program for Linux which is used for creating, destroying,...

    Latest version of QtParted is 0.6.0 and it was released on 2012-04-07.

    Tags: Software That Uses Qt, Disk Partitioning Software, Discontinued Software, Free Partitioning Software
  • PartitionMagic

    PartitionMagic is a computer program for hard disk drive partitioning originally made by the PowerQuest corporation, but now owned by Symantec. As of December 8, 2009, the Symantec website stated...

    Latest version of PartitionMagic is 8.05 (Build 1371) and it was released on 2004-05-05.

    Tags: Disk Partitioning Software, Symantec Software, Proprietary Software, Discontinued Software, Utilities For Windows
  • iWeb by Apple Inc.

    iWeb was a template-based WYSIWYG website creation tool developed by Apple Inc. The first version of iWeb was announced at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 10, 2006 as part of the iLife '06...

    Latest version of iWeb is 3.0.4 and it was released on 2011-07-11.

    Tags: Macosonly Software Made By Apple Inc, Web Development Software, Products Introduced In 2006, Discontinued Software
  • IBM Lotus Symphony by IBM

    IBM Lotus Symphony was a proprietary software suite of applications for creating, editing, and sharing text, spreadsheet, presentations, and other documents and browsing the World Wide Web. It was...

    Latest version of IBM Lotus Symphony is 3.0.1 FixPack 2 and it was released on 2012-11-29.

    Tags: 2007 Software, Discontinued Software, Lotus Software Software, Macos Word Processors, Office Suites, Office Suites For Linux, Office Suites For Macos, Office Suites For Windows, Openoffice, Spreadsheet Software
  • MacProject by Solosoft, Claris

    MacProject was a project management and scheduling business application released along with the first Apple Macintosh systems in 1984. MacProject was one of the first major business tools for the...

    Latest version of MacProject is Pro 1.5 and it was released on 1993.

    Tags: 1984 Software, Classic Mac Osonly Software Made By Apple Inc, Project Management Software, Discontinued Software
  • Derive by Texas Instruments

    Derive was a computer algebra system, developed as a successor to muMATH by the Soft Warehouse in Honolulu, Hawaii, now owned by Texas Instruments. Derive was implemented in , also by Soft...

    Tags: 1988 Software, Computer Algebra Systems, Discontinued Software, Lisp Software, Science Software For Windows
  • CERN httpd by CERN / World Wide Web Consortium

    CERN httpd (later also known as ]] (url=HTTP)]] originally developed at CERN from 1990 onwards by Tim Berners-Lee, Ari Luotonen and Henrik Frystyk Nielsen. Implemented in C, it was the first ever...

    Latest version of CERN httpd is 3.0A and it was released on 1996-07-15.

    Tags: Free Web Server Software, Discontinued Software, History Of The Internet, Software Using The Mit License, Publicdomain Software With Source Code
  • Xfire by Xfire, Inc.

    Xfire (pronounced "X-Fire") was a proprietary freeware instant messaging service for gamers that also served as a game server browser with various other features. It was available for Microsoft...

    Tags: Chat Websites, Game Server Browsers, Instant Messaging Clients, Online Gaming Services, Screencasting Software, Screenshot Software, Windowsonly Freeware, Discontinued Software
  • Win4Lin

    Win4Lin was a proprietary software application for Linux which allowed users to run a copy of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000 or Windows XP applications on their Linux desktop....

    Latest version of Win4Lin is 5.5 and it was released on 2008-06-04.

    Tags: Virtualization Software, Linux Emulation Software, Discontinued Software
  • GNU Oleo

    GNU Oleo is a lightweight free software spreadsheet originally designed as a text-based spreadsheet using the curses library. The last development version of Oleo, 1.99.16, was released in...

    Latest version of GNU Oleo is 1.99.16 and it was released on {{Start date and age|2001}}.

    Tags: Discontinued Software, Gnu Project Software, Free Spreadsheet Software, 1992 Software
  • OggConvert by Tristan Brindle

    OggConvert is a free and open-source transcoder for digital audio and video files of various types into the free Ogg Vorbis audio format, and the Theora, VP8 and Dirac video formats. It supports...

    Latest version of OggConvert is 0.3.3 and it was released on 2010-05-24.

    Tags: Discontinued Software, Free Video Conversion Software, Free Audio Software, Audio Software That Uses Gtk, Software That Uses Gstreamer
  • Muine Music Player by Peter Johanson, Jorn Baayen

    Muine is an audio player for the GNOME desktop environment which runs on Linux, Solaris, BSD and other UNIX-like systems. Muine is written in C# using Mono and Gtk#. The default backend is GStreamer...

    Latest version of Muine Music Player is 0.8.11 and it was released on 2009-09-13.

    Tags: Free Audio Software, Free Media Players, Linux Media Players, Software That Uses Mono, Audio Player Software That Uses Gtk, Free Software Programmed In C Sharp, Applications Using Dbus, Discontinued Software, Software That Uses Gstreamer
  • ipchains by Rusty Russell

    Linux IP Firewalling Chains, normally called ipchains, is free software to control the packet filter or firewall capabilities in the 2.2 series of Linux kernels. It superseded ipfwadm, but was...

    Latest version of ipchains is 1.3.10 and it was released on 2000-10-06.

    Tags: Discontinued Software, Firewall Software, Free Networkrelated Software, Free Security Software, Free Software Programmed In C, Linux Kernel Features, Linux Security Software
  • Firestarter by Firestarter developers

    Firestarter is a personal firewall tool that uses the Netfilter (iptables/ipchains) system built into the Linux kernel. It has the ability to control both inbound and outbound connections....

    Tags: Firewall Software, Software That Uses Gtk, Linux Security Software, Discontinued Software
  • lMule

    lMule (meaning Linux Mule) was an early attempt to bring an eMule-like client to Linux started in January 2003 by Timo Kujala, who ported all eMule code to Linux by himself. Alternative applications...

    Tags: File Sharing Software, Discontinued Software, 2003 Software, Edonkey Clients For Linux, File Sharing Software That Uses Wxwidgets
  • WASTE

    WASTE is a peer-to-peer and friend-to-friend protocol and software application developed by Justin Frankel at Nullsoft in 2003 that features instant messaging, chat rooms, and file browsing/sharing...

    Latest version of WASTE is 1.7 and it was released on {{Start date and age|2008}}.

    Tags: 2003 Software, File Sharing Networks, Anonymous File Sharing Networks, Windows Instant Messaging Clients, Macos Instant Messaging Clients, Instant Messaging Clients For Linux, Free Instant Messaging Clients, Free File Sharing Software, Free Software Programmed In C, Crossplatform Free Software, Discontinued Software
  • xMule by xMule team

    xMule - the X11 Mule - is a client for the eDonkey peer-to-peer file sharing network, originally intended to bring it to virtually all the major Unix platforms, with a particular emphasis on Linux....

    Tags: Free File Sharing Software, Edonkey Clients For Linux, File Sharing Software That Uses Wxwidgets, X Window Programs, Discontinued Software, Software Forks, 2003 Software
  • Timeworks PublisherTimeworks DTP PublishIt by GST Software

    Timeworks Publisher was a desktop publishing (DTP) program produced by GST Software in the United Kingdom. It is notable as the first affordable DTP program. In appearance and operation, it was a...

    Latest version of Timeworks Publisher,Timeworks DTP, Publish-It! is Publisher 4.6 (Windows) and it was released on {{Start date and age|2009}}.

    Tags: Atari St Software, Desktop Publishing Software, Discontinued Software, Gem Software
  • CherryOS by Maui X-Stream

    CherryOS was a PowerPC G4 processor emulator for x86 Microsoft Windows platforms, which allowed various Apple Inc. programs to be operated on Windows XP. Announced and made available for pre-orders...

    Tags: Windows Emulation Software, Virtualization Software, Vaporware, Powerpc Emulators, Discontinued Software, Free Emulation Software
  • WordStar by Rob Barnaby

    WordStar is a word processor application that had a dominant market share during the early- to mid-1980s. It was published by MicroPro International, and written for the CP/M operating system but...

    Latest version of WordStar is WordStar 7.0d and it was released on {{Start date and age|1999}}.

    Tags: 1978 Software, Cpm Software, Dos Software, Windows Word Processors, Word Processors, Discontinued Software
  • FIPS by Arno Schäfer

    FIPS (First nondestructive Interactive Partition Splitter) - is an MS-DOS program for non-destructive splitting of File Allocation Table (FAT) hard disk partitions. Splitting partitions is an...

    Latest version of FIPS is 2.0 and it was released on 1998-05-11.

    Tags: Dos Software, Free System Software, Free Partitioning Software, Disk Partitioning Software, Discontinued Software
  • Seesmic

    Seesmic was a suite of freeware web, mobile, and desktop applications which allowed users to simultaneously manage user accounts for multiple social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter. Launched...

    Tags: Blog Software, Companies Established In 2007, Twitter Services And Applications, Technology Companies Established In 2007, Discontinued Software
  • PCTalk

    PC-Talk was a communications software program. It was one of the first three widely popular software products sold via the marketing method that became known as shareware. It was originally written...

    Tags: Communication Software, Shareware, Discontinued Software
  • mksvir by ArcaBit Sp. z o.o.

    mks_vir (formerly: MkS_Vir) - Polish antivirus program, created by Marek Sell in 1987. The original reason for creation of this software was that the solutions existing on the market these times...

    Latest version of mks_vir is v13.11.3201 and it was released on 2013-11-05.

    Tags: Antivirus Software, Discontinued Software, 1987 Software, Freeware, Dos Software, Windows Security Software, Unix Security Software, Solaris Software, Bsd Software
  • Autodesk Softimage by Autodesk

    Autodesk Softimage, or simply Softimage is a discontinued 3D computer graphics application, for producing 3D computer graphics, 3D modeling, and computer animation. Now owned by Autodesk and...

    Latest version of Autodesk Softimage is 2015 and it was released on 2014-04-14.

    Tags: Autodesk, 3d Graphics Software, 3d Animation Software, Discontinued Software, Irix Software, 2000 Software, 3d Computer Graphics Software For Linux, Proprietary Commercial Software For Linux
  • ChatON by Samsung Electronics

    ChatON was a global mobile communication service introduced by Samsung Electronics in September 2011. ChatON served more than 120 countries in 62 languages. ChatON was available on Android, iOS,...

    Tags: Samsung Electronics, Instant Messaging Clients, Communication Software, Crossplatform Software, Android Software, Blackberry Software, Ios Software, Windows Phone Software, Discontinued Software
  • Qmodem

    Qmodem was an MS-DOS shareware telecommunications program and terminal emulator. Qmodem was widely used to access bulletin boards in the 1980s and was well respected in the Bulletin Board System...

    Tags: Shareware, Dos Software, Windows Software, Communication Software, Discontinued Software, Terminal Emulators, Free Communication Software, Free Terminal Emulators, Software Clones
  • Lotus 123 by IBM

    Lotus 1-2-3 is a discontinued spreadsheet program from Lotus Software (later part of IBM). It was the IBM PC's first killer application, was hugely popular in the 1980s and contributed significantly...

    Latest version of Lotus 1-2-3 is 9.8.2 and it was released on {{Start date and age|2002}}.

    Tags: 1983 Software, Discontinued Software, Dos Software, Lotus Smartsuite, Lotus Software Software, Os2 Software, Software Written Primarily In Assembly Language, Spreadsheet Software, Spreadsheet Software For Windows
  • Norton Commander

    Norton Commander (NC) is a discontinued prototypical orthodox file manager (OFM), written by John Socha and released by Peter Norton Computing (later acquired in 1990 by the Symantec corporation)....

    Latest version of Norton Commander is 5.51 and it was released on 1998-07-01.

    Tags: Orthodox File Managers, Dos Software, Os2 Software, Utilities For Windows, Symantec Software, Proprietary Software, Discontinued Software, 1986 Software
  • Kazaa Media Desktop by Sharman Networks

    Kazaa Media Desktop (once stylized as "KaZaA", but later usually written "Kazaa") started as a peer-to-peer file sharing application using the FastTrack protocol licensed by Joltid Ltd. and operated...

    Latest version of Kazaa Media Desktop is 3.2.7 and it was released on 2006-11-26.

    Tags: 2001 Software, Adware, Discontinued Software, Estonian Inventions, File Sharing Software, Internet Services Shut Down By A Legal Challenge, Music Retailers Of The United States, Online Music Database Clients, Online Music Stores, United States Internet Case Law, Virtual Communities, Windows File Sharing Software, Peertopeer Software