Do you have Mac apps you love but don’t need? We’ve all been there and done that. We find an app online, download it, try it out, and then what? It’s too good to throw away. Not good enough to use too often.
Much of our Mac app gathering and usage is based on trial and error. We try, we err. When we don’t err we keep trying. Today’s tale of cheap Mac apps features a twofer and a freebie (that’s not actually free; it’s more of a bonus). One app boosts your Mac’s memory usage.
The other app displays what’s on your hard disk drive in a way that will make you smile. And the bonus app is the least expensive of its breed.
Use Once, Or, Use Everyday
First up is the app Boost&Memory. This Menubar resident app does one think. It frees up memory on your Mac. The way it works is rather simple.
Click Boost&Memory in the Menubar. The pop up image displays your Mac’s current memory usage.
Click the Free Up Memory button, and any memory that’s not being used by an app is set free.
That increases the amount of RAM available to other apps that may need it more. Ostensibly, your Mac should seem like it’s running a little faster (or, a little less slow).
As apps go, more memory is better than less memory.
Not bad for 99-cents, right? Do you need it? Probably not. But if you think your Mac runs faster with Boost&Memory, good for you. It’s cheap love.
So, on to the second app you’ll love to use but don’t need? Where are all those files on your Mac’s disk drive? What files are taking up the most space? If you lie awake at night worrying about such things, then Disk Art will make you worry less.
This is what your Mac’s disk drive looks like with Disk Art. It gives you this nifty neato colorful, interactive map so you can see where your files are and how much space they take.
Does Disk Art do anything else to justify the cup of coffee price tag? Nope. Enjoy. It’s pretty. It glitters. You want it.
Finally, here’s the sleeper app of the day. xDiagram is what you think it is. It creates diagrams on your Mac.
Use it to layout a flow chart, or an organization chart. It comes with shapes and lines that can connect, plus a few thousand symbols which you can drop into your diagram.
Drop in any typical Mac image and resize to fit the diagram. All the fonts are customizable for type, size, line width, color and more. Even change the backgrounds of a diagram.
All items on the diagram can have shadows to give you a nice multi-dimensional aspect.
What’s especially endearing about xDiagram is that it’s a decent diagram app with a minimal learning curve and it’s about the lowest price I’ve ever seen for anything that diagrams this well. You’ll spend more at Starbucks.