Tuesday, March 29, 2011

App Tamer - get multitasking under control

In computing, multitasking is a method where multiple tasks, also known as processes, share common processing resources such as a CPU and memory. While in the past most operating systems used cooperative multitasking where applications must free resources for other applications nowadays nearly all operating systems use preemptive multitasking where the operating system takes care of giving resources to the applications. In theory this works good while in the real world some applications tend to consume a lot of resources  even in the background to play animations or do other stuff you might not want to take up your precious resources. This is where App Tamer comes in, it allows you to actually pause unneeded applications automatically to save resources. On a Laptop this means longer batterie life and less annoying fan sounds.
App Tamer pauses an application when you switch away from it, then automatically restarts it when you start using it again based on your rules.
Just set it and forget it
It also tracks the saved cpu consumption, but this is a mere estimation. Another really neat feature is the "Game Mode" where all applications besides the top front window gets paused giving you the max possible FPS in Starcraft II. 


Paused applications get grayed out so you actually see when its paused, the suspending and reactivating happens without any noticeable lag and so far App Tamer worked nice with all my custom system add ons like Total Finder or Hyper Dock.


While on a desktop the advantage is nice but not always necessary on a laptop the application is a must have, since recovering even a small percentage of your CPU time can translate into significant battery saving. With App Tamer my batteries last around 25% longer which means more then 1 hour a day till i need to plug my MacBook in to recharge.


The interface is well designed and easy to handle and it runs rock stable even on Lion, big + for this.
I'am using this app now for 1 week non stop and i just love it.
You can try it free for 15 days, afterwards a single user license costs $14,95.


50 comments:

The Angry Lurker said...

I like that a lot, that's very useful.

Mo said...

thanks for sharing

Wayward Disposition said...

I use App Tamer every single day. I've been looking for a blog that is all things mac! And I found one!

MxC said...

good as always!

http://www.daily-life-of-mxc.blogspot.com/

Moob said...

looks like a solid app.

Robert Fünf said...

This looks nice. Especially game mode.

Colin and Nickolas said...

nice layout bro

Bassislv said...

looks really useful

Malkavian said...

sounds great, gonna download it and try it out

Killerko said...

this looks like an useful app to have

Justin testing said...

I'm not sure what I think about everyone starting to call regular programs on a computer, "apps" :o

Looks like a nice piece of software though.

mac-and-me said...

since the extension for programs on mac is .app? ;)

consuela bananahammoc said...

Looks nice ! I need that stuff :)

Ray Rousell said...

This looks very interesting!!

WizWayne said...

very interesting, sounds pretty good

G said...

useful little app!

Yu-Gi-Oh Player said...

solid app

cool_cicler said...

Nice app for the ipad. That´s one cool thing about mac hardware, you´ll always find nice apps

SirJohnBear said...

Very useful if you're a mac user. A must use IMO.

Colin B said...

I might have to get a mac within the next few months so your blogs usefulness to me just increased by a bajillion times :D

Shutterbug said...

I enjoy multi-tasking, so i would find this very useful.

Azurikai said...

huh interseting, i wonder how i could put this to use...

thanks!

Jay.CA said...

so many nice apps for mac. :|

BTN Hip Hop said...

i was looking for a blog about macs, i ordered mine its coming tomorrow :D
following

Zakk said...

Thats really awesome! Thought I'd stop by and show my support.

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Wondering if OSX can run on a virtual box within an XP install? I'd like to try this out.

Copyboy said...

Definitely could use less annoying fan time. haha

James Langston Evans said...

this seems pretty revolutionary... too bad i have a PC, oh well. btw this was hella interesting, i followed.

ed said...

looks useful, i multitask all the time

desperado said...

is it bad if i kind of want a mac now? :P

Christophe said...

i don't really have a lot of apps, but they sure do make everything so sleek and efficient.

Major.Mack said...

Solid!

jblogger45 said...

cool app

Hot New Music Today said...

Very nice app. These seem like ones that should just come with the device.

Onikazam said...

Is it like an Android app killer?

MAX POWER said...

i've really wanted something to guage how many resources my apps are taking up... useful! very useful

George Valentine said...

awesome app, i love efficiency

Sam said...

Sweet app, thank you!

trinks said...

Cheers for sharing /Followed

http://trinks-reviews.blogspot.com/

skinned sheep said...

thats sick dude! thanks!

The Game Store Guy said...

Wow. That's a pretty useful program. Awesome.

Kim Anders said...

cool app

Anita Johnson said...

Excellent way to boost productivity. I'm down. Come check me out, alphabetalife.blogspot.com

Anette said...

Thanks for the link to that 15-day trial. It came in handy.

Dazza said...

not sure if want...

Glovey said...

Looks good! might check it out!

Spike said...

looks usefull

Stare Dad said...

This app is SO awsome...

Peanutzzz said...

wow this is great, thanks for showing it to me!

schultzz said...

nice app.