Newer Macs have more RAM, of course, but it seems we have more apps that want as much memory as they can get. Too many open apps on your Mac results in a slowdown in performance. Here’s a free way to get free memory.
One of my favorite Mac utilities, in use often on my MacBoook Air which is notoriously sluggish when opening multiple apps, is FreeMemory.
This handy utility lives in the Mac’s Menubar and displays the Mac’s memory usage.
It displays how much memory is free, and with a click, displays how much RAM is free, how much is Active, how much is Inactive, and how much is Wired, plus the total amount used of the Mac’s full amount of RAM.
The way FreeMemory works is simple. Usually, you work on one app at a time, the one on top of the screen.
Other apps may take up memory, but obviously are not being used. FreeMemory simply frees up unused RAM so your Mac feels faster, appears less sluggish, especially with a number of open apps.
Get free memory with a click; either the app itself, or the Dock icon. The Pro version has colorful pie charts.
FreeMemory is free and it’s easy to use, though freeing up memory requires a click.
FreeMemory Extras (OS X Lion only) comes with a modest price, but also unlocks a few additional features, including a customizable 3D pie chart (instead of the text mode in the free version; there’s a little bit of visual ‘bait and switch’ going on here).
You also get customizable menu, an automatic free memory mode, and custom warning levels, and update periods.
For everyone else, there’s FreeMemory Pro at 99-cents, which also has similar additional features. If your Mac has 4GB or less of RAM, and you think it has slowed down when running multiple apps, try the free FreeMemory first.