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App_Pauser was developed to let a Mac user pause and resume running applications and processes based off of their current cpu needs.

Like the Activity Monitor, App_Pauser lets you view all the currently running applications and processes on your computer. App_Pauser, however, gives you the control to pause and resume any process you wish. For Instance, you may want to pause "iDVD" (because of the amount of cpu and memory it is using), so that you can quickly create something in Photoshop without having any limitations. Once you are done, you can just resume "iDVD" and it will pick up where it left off.

What's New

Version 2.1:Keychain support for all processes that require an admin password

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Zo219 Member IconReview+506
Zo219
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Still functioning well and very handy in Lion - quick check right from dock, who's eating all that RAM, kill an errant process or app, etc.

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Version 2.1
Zo219 Member IconReview+506
Zo219
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I find this little app extremely handy, it lives in my dock for a quick look at hung processes and the like. Modest price.

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Version 2.1
JimW Member IconComment+455
JimW
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Process Wizard is free, been around for many years and quite stable. While it does not 'pause' an app, you can set it with a slider to minimum CPU time which is just about the same thing. Additionally it gives the user to set the priority for ALL processes on your machine, including hidden, background and other users. It resides in the menu bar, lists ALL your processes, and will also kill them if you wish. The only issue I have with it is that you must enter your password each time you invoke it as it only holds on to passwords for 5 minutes.

I am not the developer of it or have any relation to the developer other than that of a user. But as a user I feel it is one of those 'Must have utilities.

While I have not tried this app, and cast no aspersions on the developer, frankly given the alternatives that are available, such as Process Wizard, based on the description, I see little justification for paying for such an app. Perhaps the developers time would be better spent on developing products that lack heavy competition, unless a product is created that totally eclipses what is currently available.

An example of this would be a similar contextual or menu bar driven app, that would do what both this app and Process Wizard does with the added functionality of optionally setting a timed interval for each app that would automatically pause it or change its priority after the time interval expired. Then the developer would really have something to sell that would be more useful than anything currently available.

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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I think you should have tried this app before writing a review.

This application is meant for those of us who may be doing some real processor intensive things... such as rendering 3D animation. There are many times I am doing this, and all of a sudden a client calls and I need to open Photoshop and make a quick change to something. Instead of quitting the animation rendering... I just pause it. this let's me open up Photoshop and make my changes quickly. If I left the rendering running it would take like 5 minutes to open Photoshop. when I am done, I can "Resume" the rendering.

This app is not for "Managing" CPU usage. That is something I would never want to do. Apple manages that just fine on it's own. This is for those times when you simply cannot afford to quit something just to free up cpu. For me, this happens maybe 2-3 times a day.

Sesquipedalian
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The developer is right. This app is not really managing processor resources. Rather, it allows you to completely pause an app, effectively freezing it and liberating all the system resources it was using. Once the app is resumed, it will pick up from where it left off.

I haven't tried Process Wizard, but it sounds like a graphical interface to the command line tool called nice. App_Pauser is a graphical interface to the kill and/or killall command line tools. Different job.

Personally, I won't buy App_Pauser, since I would just pop open Terminal and type in "killall -STOP Photoshop" if I wanted to pause Photoshop, and "killall -CONT Photoshop" when I wanted to resume Photoshop. But for those who aren't comfortable with Terminal and still want the ability to do this, App_Pauser should meet that need.

JimW
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To DEV: First of all I did not write a review. I wrote a comment and tried to make it a constructive comment with ideas to make your product better. If you wish to interpret it as a review, they YOU have a problem. After reading SESQUIPEDALIAN's reply I must say I understand what is going on now and agree with him. However I do feel that Process Wizard while doing it differently will almost accomplish the same thing by raising the desired process to max time and the undesirables to minimum time.

Addition, if I understand SESQUIPEDALIAN's explanation correctly, what the product really does is provide a GUI to a command line instruction. From my perspective $10 seems a bit steep for this 'one trick pony' but not out of line if it had more features such as what i suggested or adding the capability of Process Wizard to it so that a user could either set priorities or pause the activity as desired.

FYI: This is also a comment and only a comment as I feel would be ethically wrong to attempt to write a review on a product I have not tried.

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Anonymous
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Ah, but do you actually know the name of the process you would type in Terminal. In some cases they are not exactly what the app is named. App_Pauser uses the PID to determine what to pause/resume. Also, It keeps track of the ones which were paused. Doing this in terminal may leave you with no real way of knowing which apps are paused and which are running.

In your case, you may actually have to open up "Activity Monitor" to find the real name, or us the "ps" command to find the PID or process name. This would prove to be more steps than most would desire. This app actually is more of a replacement for "Activity Monitor" or "ps".

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Anonymous
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05/25/2009 - Mosaic Interactive Launches App_Pauser 2.0: A Mac OSX App that let's you pause and resume you currently running applications and processes.

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Version 2.0
Fariborz Member IconComment+286
Fariborz
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I would like to try this program but it refuses to run on my Mac (iMac 24- 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2, System 10.5.7). Two messages appear when I start it: A- Can't set window "opener" to "Creating Variables...". (-10006) and then B- Can't get every «class datR» of "". (-1728). Even quitting the application causes another error: Can't make item 1 of {} into type Unicode text. (-1700). Does anyone else experience such issues? Thanks. Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)

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Version 2.0
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Anonymous
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There will be minor tweaks to this app very soon, that will take care of international support. I believe this issue is happening because you computer handles numbers in a different format than an English one.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Fariborz
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Hello and thank you very much for your prompt answer. Yes I use European number preferences. I'll anxiously wait for a fix. Thank you again and all the best.

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Anonymous
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I have updated the download... re download it and check to see if any of the errors are fixed.

Fariborz
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Hello again. I downloaded the new version and am glad to say that now it functions properly. Thank you very much for your attention.

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Anonymous
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No problem... I know that Macs are actually much bigger, it seems, outside the U.S. So anything I can do to make my apps run more smoothly for that audience is a plus.

Zo219 Member IconReview+506
Zo219
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I am having no problems with this ... in fact, I wish I'd found it sooner. Ought to be in everyone's dock, a handy escape from runaway processes or just a fast look at who's hogging cycles. Way handier than, say, Activity Monitor. Kill kill kill!

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Version 1.0.1
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Downloads 2,875
Version Downloads 1,348
Type Utilities / System
License Shareware
Date 22 Jun 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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