Cunning Fox
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Tool to stop/continue OS X processes.   Shareware ($14.95)
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Cunning Fox is an application for controlling your Mac and understanding what your computer is doing. it shows the running applications of your Mac with their CPU and memory usage. Thanks Cunning Fox you will be able to see which Applications are wasting more resources therefore understand how you can improve your productivity with your Mac.

Furthermore not only does Cunning Fox let you view the running Applications of your Mac but it also let you control them. You can STOP and CONTINUE Applications. For instance when you are using Virtual PC you want all the power of your CPU to
What's New
Version 1.0.5:
  • Restoring application procedure improved by a dialog which now appears when the user tries to enable an application that was stopped before.
  • Software update improved
  • Memory leak fixed.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.1 or later







  • atMonitor
    +4

  • Freezer
    +2

  • App Stop
    +1

  • Cadent monitor...
    +1
Cunning Fox User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Micg reviewed on 21 Sep 2009
Great utility to have for older PPC Macs running Panther at least!

I've always appreciated the quality of Donelleschi software. There's not
many software developers that offer this level of quality for Mac OS X.
I don't remember any Donelleschi App. ever crashing on me. - I've got the V2 bundle.

For intel Mac owners it probably won't work, but with multiple cores, why would you need this anyway?
This is an older Mac OS X utility from Mac OS X's younger days. Find something else for 10.5 if you want something, but any Donelleschi software is worth a try. Check the System
requirements of the App.
[Version 1.0.5]


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elegraphy reviewed on 31 Oct 2007
Cunning Fox use to be great and neat program on my PPC Tiger PowerBook Ti. However after I upgraded to Leopard, it's no longer working properly. Every open program shows 4095MB on their memory bar, although the main Memory indicator shows the total memory in correct numbers.

I went to developer's site for more information on this. The Cunning Fox page still online, but seems like he drop the program from his store. Does this means he's no longer support this program anymore? I really hope he can make it compatible with Leopard.
[Version 1.0.5]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 31 Oct 2007
You should contact the developer:

feedback[at]donelleschi.com
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rpitcairn reviewed on 16 Apr 2007
Tried it out on my iMac G5. Not good. Some programs just froze and could not be activated again. Had to quit them, or force quit, to get them going again.
Time consuming and awkward. If it worked as said might be useful but was problems from first try.
[Version 1.0.5]


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gryphonent reviewed on 09 Dec 2006
Written to the developer repeatedly... no reply. No support. Will go for App Stop instead... at least it is in active development, which cannot be said about Cunning Fox (still no universal binary available!).
[Version 1.0.5]


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ochyming commented on 12 Apr 2006
The app. is neat.
The developer is SUPER.
[Version 1.0.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Jan 2005
Great app - plan to purchase. It's fun for all us geeks who like to squeeze every ounce of power from our beloved macs.

It works as promised, and is terribly stable; I stopped iTunes while playing a song and VLC while playing a movie. It's like freezing your applications in time.

This is not speed freak, nor does it renice apps like speed freak does. And no, you can't stop apps in activity viewer, only force-quit them.

Feature wish-list:

More intergration with Mac finder and application switching. There is a slick alert that appears when you try to use a stopped app, but it only appears if you DON'T access it via the dock.

Where's the option to hide or renice? Since, we're dealing with application management, why not include everything that's been done? The finder allows you to hide apps - which often reduces CPU load - and renicing is a step below stopping an application. These actions should be available as much as the others.

Improved interface. This app looks straight from a Linux box. The toolbar is nice, but shows a stark contrsat to a standard cocoa app. A distracting foxhead is the "application" menu for this app and that's plain weird. Lastly, the author isn't concerned about using hot corners or palettes for the interface. Instead an uncompromising yellow square is the whole of the app's starting point. There are plenty of ways to make a (primarily) invisible app accessible - read: dragthing drawers or hot-corners.

Great work and a fine app.
[Version 1.0.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jan 2005
Activity Monitor's CPU usage is based on the update frequency.

0.5 sec is going to take much more CPU time, than a 2 sec refresh

-jd
[Version 1.0.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Jul 2004
i was not aware that activity monitor can pause/stop and continue applications. how do you actually do this?
[Version 1.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Jul 2004
What's wrong with Activity Monitor, which can do this and is built into the OS?
[Version 1.0.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Jul 2004
Speed Freak does it automatically, can be tailored to one's needs and is FREE.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Downloads:9,418
Version Downloads:4,876
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:06 Jan 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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Cunning Fox is an application for controlling your Mac and understanding what your computer is doing. it shows the running applications of your Mac with their CPU and memory usage. Thanks Cunning Fox you will be able to see which Applications are wasting more resources therefore understand how you can improve your productivity with your Mac.

Furthermore not only does Cunning Fox let you view the running Applications of your Mac but it also let you control them. You can STOP and CONTINUE Applications. For instance when you are using Virtual PC you want all the power of your CPU to focus on Virtual PC... of course you can quit all the running Apps in order to minimize the CPU usage in other tasks... but this is not a praticable solution. Much better is to stop all the Applications except Virtual PC. Then you will have all the power of your processor available for Virtual PC only.


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