TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner : the best companion of Steam users
I'd like to present a tool I have recently developed : TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner. Only Windows Steam users are concerned.
- the good old time :
When you installed a video game from a CD or a DVD, you installed some redistributable packages too : DirectX, Games For Windows Live Redist, VC Redist, Rapture3D, NVidia PhysX Redist, etc. They were installed from the CD/DVD, and those installers didn't stay on your hard drive.
- now, Steam, the problem :
The Steam application allows you to download games from the Internet and install them, but what about these redistributable packages ? You probably saw they are installed the first time you launch your game, OK, but what happens to these files when they go wasted ? The answer is very simple : Steam doesn't delete them. An example : install the first complete season of Sam & Max (6 episodes) : every episode is about ~300MB. For each of them, you can count 100MB for the DirectX redistributable package. Yes, it is about a third of the game files size, and they are not removed by Steam. For 6 episodes, you could save 600MB. Imagine what you could save for 10 or 20 games.
- the solution :
A little tool that is able to list every redistributable package stored on your Steam directories, and allows you to remove them. This is the goal of TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner.
This is a very simple program : set the Steam
SteamApps folder (this is a sub-folder of the Steam application), click
Search, you choose what file or folder you want to remove.
A screenshot :
This tool is developed with NetBeans 7.1 and Sun's JDK5. It is free (LGPL) and OpenSource.
Check SourceForge TikiOne-Steam-Cleaner download page, download the latest version, unzip it, and launch the
tikione-steam-cleaner-x.y.z JAR file.
To finish, I'd like to thank CanardPC (the best French magazine about PC video-games) users, who gave me a wonderful feedback and many ideas.
Nota : a next version (1.1.0 or 1.2.0) will introduce language translations and some UI enhancements.