When the MacBook’s fan starts up you can be sure we’re checking CPU levels and looking around for an offending CPU hogging app. Flash ads, I’m looking at you. Mac users can choose from a few dozen system monitoring apps but few are as gawdy colorful as the free MagicanPaster.
6 Ways To Monitor
Apple’s Activity Monitor app in OS X is a free way to get some system information, but it’s not much more than a long list of open apps, CPU usage, and tabs at the bottom for CPU, Memory, Disk Usage, Disk Activity, and Network.
On the other hand, MagicanPaster displays information in colorful floating palettes with graphs, charts, and even thermometers.
The six basic functions are monitored in near real time.
These include System, CPU, RAM, Disk, Network, and Battery, each in their own floating window.
MagicanPaster even displays details about the battery, including serial number. Preferences give you controls over refresh interval, chart time lines, and skins.
An added bonus is the world clock which compares time in multiple locations (but only four clocks).
You can’t beat the price.
What MagicanPaster doesn’t do is anything to help you maintain your Mac. It’s a monitoring app only, but it’s free.