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Prioritizer... A simple compiled applescript script to redistribute priority CPU.

As this is a simple script, you will have to edit it with Applescript Editor in order to enter your own password and then recompile it back.

To enter your own password (needed to renice a process), edit the line containing "your password" and type your actual password (this may be a security issue: if you want to make the program safe, save it as an encrypted application).

To use it, save it as an Application bundle with the 'Stay Open' option on. Add it to your login items and forget it.

This program has no Dock icon and no menus, more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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An.onymous Member IconReview+143

Apparently it works well and in the background on 10.6.4. Meaning that the foreground process (top window) is given more CPU than all the other processes.
A menu enabling to fine tune the CPU share precisely and differently accross several applications would be most welcome.
This app only uses 0.5% of the CPU's time.

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Version 0.1
Headcrash Member IconComment+14

As stated in the description, you have to edit the AppleScript file to insert your password for this application to work. When you do, it's a fairly effective way to increase the foreground process priority while decreasing the background ones. I imagine the developer didn't include a way to save your password for the sake of security.

Here's how to use it:

Right-click on the application (Prioritizer) and select "Show Package Contents" from the pop-up menu.

Navigate to Contents/Resources/Scripts/

Double-click the main.scpt file (or open it in your favorite AppleScript editor).

Change the "your paswword"[sic] in the 15th line to your login/admin password. WARNING: this is a security workaround, and while it won't leave your machine vulnerable, if someone has access to your machine and finds this file, they can see your password. YMMV.

Save and close the AppleScript file.

Launch the application.

If you've entered your password correctly, it should stay running in the background, checking every 10 seconds for a different application coming to the foreground, and adjusting the priorities. It should no longer be asking for your password "every 10 minutes."

Have fun!

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Version 0.1
BEIGE Member IconReview+178

this asks you for your admin password every ten minutes and there's no GUI to quit it. Pretty bad

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Version 0.1
BEIGE Member IconReview+178

this asks you for your admin password every ten minutes and there's no GUI to quit it. Pretty bad

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Version 0.1
wtf2 Member IconComment+0

Prioritizer 0.1 will display in your Activity Monitor as "Renice2" - not Prioritizer.

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Version 0.1
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Downloads 726
Version Downloads 726
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 17 Apr 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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