IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

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IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

Postby 9blackoranges » Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 pm

Using a Mac and my system has just flagged up a warning that my main inbuilt SSD is nearly full, which came as a shock as I only recently acquired a separate SSD drive to store my bigger music wav files in.

I have over the last day or two downloaded several IK software programmes - thanks to the special offer - and stored all the big sound files in the separate SSD, where they are working nicely.

Looking on my main hard drive I find the culprit is the IK Product Manager. Whilst it seemed to 'simplify' the download process it has stacked up and kept all the dmg files which Mac uses as the install programme. Usually once a dmg has installed a programme it asks 'do you want to keep or move the dmg file to the trash'. IK Product Manager does not do this but quietly stacks them in a sub-folder in Documents/IK multimedia/IK product manager/..

The folder has 58 gigabytes of the dmg installation files!

This sounds mad! It could cause users some serious worries/problems. At the very least it should be flagged up as a warning. But really should not be stored once its done its job. Its doubling the storage sizes which are large in the first place!

Unless someone tells me otherwise I intend to delete them?? Or have I missed something?? Anyone??
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Re: IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

Postby DarkStar » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:12 pm

I much prefer that the downloads are NOT deleted after installation (unlike anothr product manager ;)) Then I can back them up, for re-use later if needed.

[quote="IK PM User Manual]The default download folder is: /Documents/IK Multimedia/IK Product manager, but you can set a preferred download folder in the preference menu [/quote]
I would change it to somewhere-else for future downloads.

As far as I know, you can delete the downloaded files after successful installation.

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Mind you, a new choice of "Remove download" on the "... More options" menu would be handy.
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Re: IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

Postby 9blackoranges » Fri Sep 04, 2020 7:19 pm

Thanks Darkstar.

Do you know/have you tried re-running/re-loading one of your copies of the dmg files? Will it run/install on its own without the Product Manager initialising/verify the process?

I would prefer copying the sounds and programmes in there 'installed' versions.I may be wrong.And as part of a regular whole system back-up process.

What is needed is for the installation programme to ask if the user wants to keep or delete the dmg files as most other software providers do.

I note that you have added this option as a suggested programme improvement. Thanks.
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Re: IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

Postby DarkStar » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:19 am

I have never used OSX. :)

I would think that you could copy the "installed" sounds libraries.
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Re: IK Product Manager Is Filling my Hard disk!

Postby garfy » Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:18 pm

9blackoranges wrote:I would prefer copying the sounds and programmes in there 'installed' versions.I may be wrong.And as part of a regular whole system back-up process.


DarkStar wrote:I would think that you could copy the "installed" sounds libraries.


As DarkStar says, you can backup/copy/move the installed sound content as long as you check the pathways are then still correct in their respective apps.

The apps themselves can't be copied and then 'dropped' into the Applications folder, they need to be installed as they have various elements that need to go into other directories, such as the specific plugin types etc.

I have had some success in the past using CCC or SuperDuper on Macs to take a clone of a whole machine and then install that onto a new system drive, although it would need the apps to be re-authorised as it will consider it to be a new installation, but this can form part of a regular whole system backup if needed.

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