Mem­ory Diag

Un­cover which apps hog RAM

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - Free De­vel­oper Rocky Sand Stu­dio, OS OS X 10.9 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor

Mem­ory Diag is a menu bar item that fig­ures out which apps are hog­ging your Mac’s RAM re­sources and lets you take some of it back. It dis­plays a graph show­ing the de­gree to which your Mac’s RAM is ‘un­der pres­sure’. It also has a colour­coded dis­play that breaks down the cul­prits into cat­e­gories such as File Cache and Wired Mem­ory. They won’t mean much to most of us, but they tally with Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, the fig­ures also match those in Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor, beg­ging the ques­tion: why bother with Mem­ory Diag at all? An­swer: the Op­ti­mize but­ton. One click and you can re­claim 1GB of RAM.

Other fea­tures are less suc­cess­ful. The apps listed as us­ing most mem­ory didn’t match those shown by Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor. And Mem­ory Diag is a bit of a nag, whether it’s urg­ing you to buy its com­pan­ion app, Disk Diag, or to rate it on the App Store. Still, it’s worth the down­load for the Op­ti­mize but­ton alone. Kenny Hem­phill

The Op­ti­mize but­ton works, but the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided is iden­ti­cal to that in Ac­tiv­ity Mon­i­tor.

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