The Mac is a balanced machine, so an app that takes up more than its fair share of CPU also slows down your Mac and uses more battery. Here’s an app to tame those wayward Mac apps.
Tame The Savage Breast
You know what I like? Gain without pain. If you’re running a MacBook with limited RAM and battery life just isn’t what it used to be, it might be untamed apps causing the problems.
All you need to reign in those savages is App Tamer, a unique Mac app which helps you keep more RAM for the apps that need it, and prevent apps from taking up CPU and battery juice.
This clever Mac utility comes pre-configured to reduce CPU and battery usage of a bunch of commonly used Mac apps– the three most popular browsers, Time Machine, Photoshop and Illustrator, even Microsoft Word (among others).
Double-click App Tamer to launch it in the Mac’s Menubar. Then, click App Tamer. What you get is a healthy list of all the apps running on your Mac, and how much of the CPU is being hogged by each app.
App Tamer is color coded so you can quickly see the status of each app. Blue means the app is running. Yellow means the app has slowed. And, red means the app has stopped.
At the bottom of the app window you’ll see a list of apps that are managed by App Tamer, as well as their status and the percentage of CPU savings. App Tamer automatically slows down or pauses apps that are not being used.
That reduces the CPU load and frees up memory for other apps, and, in turn, that saves battery life. If you want, you can tame apps manually, but for most Mac users the pre-configured setup works fine.
App Tamer actually works better than OS X Mavericks’ built-in App Nap. Instead of worrying which app is covering up which other apps on the Mac’s screen, open App Tamer, select the app you want to manage, and give it a CPU usage limit.
Simple and fast and you can try it out before you buy it.