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FastAndSlow is a MenuExtra addition that adds the ability to switch the Powerbook/iBook CPU/iMac G5 processor performance (in the Energy Saver settings) from the menubar.

You can select between "fast" , "slow" and "Automatic" (if your computer supports this setting). It is useful for example when your Mac becomes too hot and the fan starts. Using the slow setting it doesn't happen and will reduce battery consumption.

What's New

Version 1.3.1:
  • Added French localization.
  • Added "Read me first - francais" documentation.
  • Fixed a bug on Tiger 10.4 that used to prevent the FastAndSlow menu extra from displaying the current settings correctly when switching to a default power profile using the Energy Saver preference pane.
    (Thanks to Byron Shaheen with MacPRO for software testing and for the French localization and documentation).

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.1 or later, Powerbook,iBook or iMac G5.

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Paolo Tramannoni Member IconReview+14
Paolo Tramannoni
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I tried it on my PowerMac G5, and it seems to work great. Verty useful little app. The only thing I don't understand, by reading the otherwise clear documentation, is what the 'Check every' menu item actually does.
Paolo

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Version 1.3.1
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Anonymous
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GERAT, GREAT and GREAT!

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Version 1.3.1
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Anonymous
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i can't get it to work under tiger. when i run the installer, the new menu item briefly appears, but then the menu items all disappear for a minute (seems the menu server is crashing) and then reappear, minus fastandslow. ideas?

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Version 1.3.1
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Anonymous
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I can't help you with only this information. You can start checking the Console output when the menu bar crash. Send me this log and your system configuration (OS and Hardware).
You will find my mail in the read me file.

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Anonymous
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i know this is for laptops, but will this work on a power mac G5? I ask because i put my g5 to reduced or sometimes auto modes when i'm at work or asleep at night. But i have it set to HIGH when i'm working during the day..
This sounds like a great util and will save me from using Energy Saver control panel.
Appreciate any help, thanks! :)

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Version 1.3.1
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Anonymous
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It was tested with Powerbook, iBook or iMac G5. I don't know if it work for powermac g5, but you can try it and post your results here.

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Anonymous
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this feature is available from the battery drop-down menu that is built into tiger. Simply select the "better battery life", or "better performance" setting.

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Version 1.3
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Anonymous
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Ummmmm, yeah and....

This is a free utility that allows you to do it without going into the system prefs. It is a menu extra item and makes it quicker and easier to do. It even states in the documentation that you can do this in the system prefs, but who cares. It is just a short cut to doing it in the menu bar instead of opening sys prefs.

amake
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To anonymous: If you actually read what the original poster wrote, he said you can do it from the energy saver menu item. That is not the same as going into System Preferences, and is much faster and convenient. He's right--on Tiger, FastAndSlow doesn't add anything worthwhile.

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Anonymous
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Where did he say you can do this in the Energy Saver Menu Extra? He said the drop down menu...

That is not the same either. You can switch between all the options using this, not just the two that apple offers. The two that Apple offers are not cusotmizable either. Neither of the options from the Energy Saver menu extra item allow you to set the processor to slow or reduced. Better energy savings setting, puts the processor in Automatic setting.

It would be nice if you understood how they both work before posting an uneducated guess on both.

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Anonymous
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Ooo. So much anger. So much confusion. Just because the first poster didn't mention Battery "Menu Extra" and just said "drop-down menu" he's evil and stupid. Come on, folks. Lighten up a bit.

Try to figure out what he meant before flaming. The Battery "Menu Extra" drop-down menu gives you gives you access to four settings: Better Battery Life, Normal, Better Performance, and Custom, which is your custom setting from the Battery Preference pane (should "pane" have been capitalized? Oh no, I must be evil and a moron if I got the capitalization wrong!).

Let's see, that makes 4 settings. How many does this little program have? Looks like two from the description. Does it have 10 or 12? Are that many necessary for anything?

Reinventing the wheel probably isn't worthwhile if it doesn't need to be.

That is all.

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Anonymous
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How can you comment on reinventing the wheel when it is so obvious that you have never used the utility. It is really funny how there are so many opinions when it is obvious that you have not even used it. If you want to comment on the app, why don't you use it first.

If you don't think it is useful to you, then don't use it. Why is it that people feel that if they don't want to use it, then nobody will want to?

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Anonymous
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wonderfull!! ..guiseppe you are the man!!

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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does this work with latest OSX / latest hardware yet??

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Version 1.2.1
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Anonymous
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Yes, it work with last official OS X release and all apple laptop that support power reduce.

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Anonymous
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sarebbe bello se questa app. fosse ottimizzata per imac g5,in questo momento l'ultima versione (1.2.1)su imac g5 permette solo di scegliere le voci:
lento o automatico...non è possibile selezionare "veloce"..l'ideale sarebbe un piccolo pannelo di preferenze che potrebbe permettere agli utenti di giostrare le preferenze secondo la propia macchina.

in ogni caso grazie Giuseppe..e quasi quasi anche se si è su Macupdate mi viene da dirti...buon lavoro 'mpare. :-)

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Version 1.2.1
Gtsystem Software (Developer)
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Non ho un iMac G5 su cui testarlo. Se vuoi puoi aiutarmi per capire cosa modificare. Se sei interessato scrivimi in mail. Ciao

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Anonymous
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EGADS!!! English folks!

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Anonymous
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FastAndSlow 1.2 isn't Tiger Ready. I'm working on a bug fix.

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Version 1.2
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Anonymous
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works also for imac g5 please!

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Anonymous
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.........why?

Mfuhrer Member IconReview+1
Mfuhrer
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When performing some CPU intensive tasks on my Powerbook, I like to keep the processor setting on high, but afteward like to switch back to automatic or else I find the fan powers up more frequently. Going into System Preferences, choosing Energy Saver, clicking on Options, and then selecting the processor performance is a bit of a cumbersome process. This menulet lets me switch processor settings with two quick clicks. I also get to see what current the processor setting is with a quick glance to the menu bar. Very nice!

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Version 1.2
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Downloads 8,236
Version Downloads 3,933
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 10 Oct 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
Price Free
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