Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor

Free with OS X Ap­ple, ap­ple.com/osx

Mac Format - - MONITOR YOUR MAC -

Lo­cated in /Ap­pli­ca­tions/Util­i­ties, Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor is Ap­ple’s all-pur­pose mon­i­tor­ing soft­ware, and it’s a very ca­pa­ble app that can be used to mon­i­tor CPU, mem­ory, en­ergy, disk and net­work us­age. Click on a tab and you’ll see a sortable list of apps and data, along with load graphs, de­tail­ing how that as­pect of your sys­tem is far­ing.

Be­cause of the app’s win­dowed na­ture, it’s per­haps not as use­ful as an on­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing tool as the likes of iS­tat Menus. How­ever, if you’re having spo­radic prob­lems with Mac re­spon­sive­ness, that could in­di­cate some strange CPU us­age. Un­der such cir­cum­stances, you could se­lect the CPU tab, shrink Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor to its small­est size, and drag it mostly be­low the screen, next to the Dock. That way you’d see the top few CPU-heavy pro­cesses at a glance, and should one re­peat­edly pop up and have a very high value, you’ll find a pos­si­ble cul­prit for your Mac’s woes.

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