Eight apps and util­i­ties to mon­i­tor your Mac

The apps you’ll need to keep an eye on how your Mac’s far­ing re­gard­ing mem­ory, disk space, CPU and more

Mac Format - - MONITOR YOUR MAC -

Ap­ple pro­vides free tools you can use to mon­i­tor cer­tain as­pects of your Mac, but you can ex­pand on th­ese with third-party prod­ucts should you need spe­cific ad­di­tional fea­tures. At MacFor­mat, we’re es­pe­cially big fans of iS­tat Menus, be­cause it places a huge amount of in­for­ma­tion at your fin­ger­tips and makes it all very read­able; as an added bonus, the app’s mod­ules live in the menu bar, mean­ing they’re always ac­ces­si­ble. If you’re tight for funds, Menu Me­ters is a rea­son­able al­ter­na­tive.

A quick word of warn­ing, though: our im­age (right) is a com­pos­ite that shows how all of th­ese apps look, but you shouldn’t in­stall and run all of them. Pick your favourites, and even then only run the mod­ules that you need – run­ning ev­ery­thing at once could slow down your Mac (rather ironic if you’re us­ing mon­i­tor­ing soft­ware to help un­earth apps that are, ahem, slow­ing down your Mac).

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