My natural preference has been to stay away from Mac apps that claim to improve the performance of your Mac. To me, it’s always seemed like an expensive way to waste time. That said, one of the more popular Mac apps of 2012 helps to free your Mac’s memory, ostensibly so your Mac runs better.
MemoryFreer Is Not Free
Your Mac’s RAM (random access memory) is where the action occurs. Every app that’s running on your Mac uses RAM. When the RAM is used up, your Mac will still run, but shoves memory requirements to the Mac’s hard disk drive (or solid state drive).
Guess what? RAM is much faster than the Mac’s the disk. Much.
Open up half a dozen apps on your Mac, then open a few more and the available RAM shrinks.
Less RAM means a slower Mac. One way to free up RAM is with an inexpensive Mac app called MemoryFreer. It doesn’t do much, but what it does is simple and straightforward.
Run MemoryFreer, check the status of your Mac’s memory on the graph or from the pulldown Menubar icon, then click the Free Memory button.
That’s it. Getting more RAM for a hungry app could not be much easier.
Click the button and MemoryFreer goes to work to free up memory that’s being used by your open and running apps.
It’s a simple procedure that shifts RAM usage from apps that are using more RAM than they need so you’ll have more RAM for an app that needs more.
MemoryFreer is particularly useful when running Parallels and Windows on your Mac.
A few functions are missing. For example, I’d like a way to see which apps are using the most memory. And, some kind of automated function which clears RAM after your Mac has been idle awhile (or every so many hours or minutes).
Otherwise, getting more RAM for your power hungry app is merely a click away (or, two– sometimes you need to click the Free Memory button a couple of times to get the maximum free RAM).