What’s the worst part of owning a Mac notebook? OK, not the keyboard. Yeah, for a few tens of thousands of MacBook and MacBook Pro owners, the keyboards suck, too. No, in this case, it’s apps that suck battery juice. Here’s an app that helps to manage battery suck.
Apple provides a nifty Battery feature in Settings for iPhone. The Mac? Well, you can dig around inside Activity Monitor and try to figure out what all those arcane settings are for which apps and background processes, or you can just install App Tamer and get a clear picture of which apps can be accused of battery suck.
App Tamer does not just display details about how much power is being drained by various apps, it offers controls, too.
App Tamer will automatically slow down or pause your applications whenever you’re not using them, greatly reducing their CPU use.
For basic Mac apps– Safari, Firefox, the dreaded hog Google Chrome, Spotlight, Word, and many others– App Tamer works right from the get go, no settings, just save battery juice from sucky applications. Or, if you want to get your Mac geek on…
Since App Tamer is proactive and actually reduces power used by specific apps, you’ll be able to see the CPU usage for each app, and those saved by App Tamer. Yes, you can choose which apps to manage and have them automatically stopped when you’re not using them, or, in the alternative, slow them down so they don’t stay battery hogs.
App Tamer automatically handles the details for you. It slows or pauses an application when you switch away from it, then automatically restarts it when you start using it again. Just set it and forget it – App Tamer quietly saves battery and CPU power while you work (or play).
AppTamer lets you see which apps are battery hogs and drain your Mac but they can be added to the list to manage. The utility finds apps that start using too many of your Mac’s CPU processes and alerts you so they can be controlled.
What’s not to like? App Tamer comes from the same Mac app developer who publishes the popular Default Folder so there is some pedigree involved. And, it’s try-before-you-buy.