FolderWasher 1.01
FolderWasher

For a given folder, FolderWasher deletes all files whose name begin with period like ".DS_Store" files created by Mac OS X. When copying folders from Mac OS X to Windows, these files become visible... and annoying - see below notes about .DS_Store.
Runs with any OS X on Macintosh and with Windows XP, Vista or Seven on PC.



Main features

Deletes all files whose name begin with period of a given folder

Ability to Zip compress the washed folder

Ability to delete 'Thumb.db' files on Macintosh

Ability to create on the fly a list of files that should not be deleted, like ".htaccess" files

Very easy to use with its friendly interface

Distributed as freeware



main interface Just drop the folder to wash onto FolderWasher's main window if FolderWasher is already opened.

On Macintosh, you can directly drop the folder to scan onto the FolderWasher's icon.


washing options You can create on the fly a list of files that should not be deleted, like '.htaccess' files for example.

You can also directly Zip compress the washed folder.


Donationware
FolderWasher is donationware, which means it is free to use forever. Its functionalities are not limited and does not contain advertising, spyware or time trials. Anyone is free to use it without restrictions and is encouraged to donate the amount he thinks is fair based on the usefulness of the programs and his possibilities.

If you wish to contribute to the development of iXoft programs and help to keep FolderWasher free, you can do it with a donation of any amount.

Click the 'Donate' button to make a donation in the currency you prefer, using PayPal secure payment system (no registration required, it accepts the main credit cards or fund transfers if you already have a PayPal account).


Free download
FolderWasher is distributed as donationware - see below - so it can be used for free but can not be sold.

Folder Washer


Requirements

Any Macintosh with OS X or PC with Windows XP, Vista and Seven.

Please note that Windows - XP, Vista or Seven - version of FolderWasher is not supported. Though, it has been successfully tested and work correctly.



Disclaimer
THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS "AS IS" AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.


Notes about .DS_Stores files
.DS_Stores are hidden files are created by the Mac OS X Finder to keep track of folders view options, icon positions, and other visual informations about folders. A separate .DS_Store file is created in each directory to store information about that directory, so you'll find them appearing all over the directory tree, in pretty much every folder you've visited with the OS X Finder.

When a new directory is accessed using the OS X Finder, a .DS_Store file will be created in that directory. Once the directory is viewed using the Finder a hidden .DS_Store file will be permanently created in that directory. Currently, the option to create a .DS_Store file can not be disabled in OS X settings.

So having hidden .DS_Store file is completely normal but when copying folders from Mac OS X to Windows, these files become visible and annoying. Furthermore, users should be concerned about .DS_Store files being uploaded to the web servers. Since .DS_Store files contain some vital folder information they can be exploited to obtain information about system configurations.


Version history
1.01 2011.08.19 User options are now stored in special folder (depending on the user's OS).
Distributed as donationware.
1.00 2010.09.04 Minor bugs fixed.
Folder drop on FolderWasher's icon fixed (Macintosh only).
'Check for update' added.
Recompiled with new engine.
0.90b 2009.03.05 First public release.