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Archive for December 13th, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Speaking from personal experience, downloading and trying out new Mac utilities can quickly become an addiction. I’ve probably deleted more utilities than have been created for the Mac. How is that possible? Because I sometimes forget which ones I’ve already tried, and I end up taking a new version of an old utility for a spin.

While utilities come and go on my Mac, these five seem to always have a home; they provide just the features I need to make using my Mac easier.

Memory Clean 2

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. “Memory cleaning apps aren’t necessary. They can do more harm than good by clearing out inactive memory that may be used again by an app or service.”

While there’s some truth to that point of view, most of the time you’re better off letting your Mac take care of memory management, something it’s very good at it.

Yet…there it is in my menu bar: Memory Clean, my favorite memory cleaning app.

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Screen shot © Coyote Moon, Inc.

Memory Clean 2 from FIPLAB (basic version is free) is described as the ultimate app for optimizing your Mac’s memory. I’m not sure about that, but I will say it’s one of the better ways to monitor how your Mac’s memory is being used, how much free memory is still available, and which apps are hogging your Mac’s RAM.

What I like is its ability to display the amount of free memory available directly in the menu bar. You can also set a threshold, and if the free memory drops below that level, the menu bar icon turns red, letting you know you’re experiencing low memory. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve noticed my Mac running slow, and looked up to see the red Memory Clean icon.

Memory Clean can be set to auto clean memory at the threshold level, but I leave that option turned off. Instead, I look at the Memory Clean list of apps that are consuming the most memory. Closing an offending app frees up RAM and puts a bit of pep back into my Mac.

Memory Clean is a good replacement for some capabilities lost in recent versions of the Mac’s Activity Monitor. At one time, Activity Monitor could display memory information in its Dock icon, but that useful ability is gone.

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