xScan
xScan 3.2.12
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xScan is a system-monitoring powerhouse wrapped in a clean, modern interface.
  • Monitor your Mac. Receive alerts about pending issues before it's too late.
  • Access toolbar-based controls. Finally, system maintenance is easily accessible.
  • Monitor external drives. Just connect them to your Mac. xScan will track their performance.
If you want to keep your Mac healthy, take a closer look -- xScan can help!
What's New
Version 3.2.12:
  • Improved the support of OS X 10.9 Mavericks by fixing few issues and tweaked the performance.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Mountabe reviewed on 07 Feb 2014
DO NOT BUY. Even with the update it's an absolute resource hog. What's worse than purchasing something that does not work as advertised? Being told to suck an egg for offering feedback to dev. My feedback was "incorrect" and was asked what color my skin is during my exchange with the dev. There are so many things wrong w/this product and it starts and ends with adnX. GFY

Rad.
[Version 3.2.12]


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adnX (developer) commented on 15 Apr 2013
We apologize to all users that received our feedback in the wrong way. We just tried to explain the origin of issues! Nothing more. Version 3.2.8 is a proof that we really care a lot about user feedback, negative or positive. Our team is working hard to make xScan one of the best utility for Mac.
[Version 3.2.8]


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TLQ reviewed on 24 Mar 2013
I bought a license without seeing these reviews first, and I agree that xScan uses about 20-25 % of the system resources, which is far too much to have the program running continuously.

The program did however spot some problems with my system that has been responding too slowly, and when addressing these issues the response of my computer is back to normal again. So for me, running the program to find the source of these problems was really worth 10 dollars.

I would however encourage the developers to trim their software to reach the standards of comparable products.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2013
This issue is finally fixed with version 3.2.8
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Chiefted reviewed on 20 Mar 2013
Well was getting ready to pull the trigger on purchasing a license for this product.

Then I saw the reviews, well to clarify the developers responses to reviews. They seem more interested in belittling their customers rather than admitting "Ok yes that is an issue and we are addressing it."

That changed my mind completely on this.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2013
the problem is that sometimes, the issue is related to OS X, not from our product. And it's hard to explain it. We always care about feedback. Version 3.2.8 is a proof.
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Ftfang reviewed on 19 Mar 2013
I was ready to buy xScan on a special deal through StackSocial until I read the following reviews/comments, especially those responses by the developer. He seems eager to pick fights with all users. Now I do not wish to have anything to do with their products.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2013
It's a wrong impression. We really care about feedback. But sometimes, a review is not fair. Some people test a product too quickly.
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GeoProf reviewed on 24 Jan 2013
xScan uses wayyyyy too much CPU — 16% to 26% NONSTOP for over an hour (not only “few time per hours” as the developer claims in his response to IshBish below) on my new 2.9 GHz Core i7 MacBook Pro running OS 10.8.2 with 8 GB of RAM. On my 2006 2.16 GHz Core2Duo iMac running 10.6.8 with 3 GB of RAM it cranked the CPU NONSTOP for over an hour between 18% and 34%. At no time during the 60+ minutes that I tested xScan 3.2.7 did it use less than the minimum CPU usages stated above (as measured with Activity Monitor).

Worse, xScan does not list itself (or rather, IT HIDES ITSELF) in its own Processors pane list of top 10 CPU users, as well as in its list of all processes! That’s not only lame, it's unethical and contravenes the standard practice of ALL such applications, like atMonitor, XRG, MenuMeters, OS X’s own Activity Monitor, and the vastly superior iStat Menus. Obviously, the developers hide xScan’s processor usage in its own CPU readout in a corrupt effort to keep customers from realizing what an utterly outrageous CPU hog it is so they won’t ask for a refund.

xScan’s Data pane is useless, not to mention senseless, as it merely lists how many applications, fonts, drivers, Internet plugins, preference panes, login items and widgets are installed on the drive. And apparently, this list does not distinguish between the startup disk and other partitions on the drive. Rather, it includes all of the aforementioned resources from all partitions without any indication of which resource belongs to which partition — it just lumps them all together.

xScan’s Visual Map of the hard drive only shows data of the following types: “Other, ppt, pdf, Images, jpg, tiff, and smaller items.” It does not show any of the larger data types like video and audio files, making this feature utterly useless.

I could go on and on about xScan’s many other shortcomings (some of which are quite extraordinary), or how it merely copies the features of other apps (many of them free) without also copying the elegance, accuracy or efficiency of those apps. But suffice it to say that I would not use xScan even if it were free, let alone pay its normal (and delusional) price of $29.99. I see that it’s currently on sale for $9.99 — perhaps its developers too are aware that it’s just halfassed eye candy.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 24 Jan 2013
What about alerts about problems on your hardware and disks? not useful? Some users love eye candy Apps. Some users do not like it. There is a product for everybody. Also, some users like to have many features inside one app instead to use multiple apps. The average use of CPU of xScan when all windows are closed is less than 10%. With a recent Mac, it's not a big deal. We are working with Apple to solve the CoreAnimation problem. Our engineers have ten years of experience. iStats is a good app for another kind of users.
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GeoProf replied on 25 Jan 2013
The problem with xScan's Alerts is that they’re insane. For instance, when using xScan on my iMac, it alerted me that "Your computer does not have enough memory. Your Mac should have at least 4 GB of memory.” The problem with this alert is that my Mac is actually maxed out on memory, as 3 GB are installed — the most that a Late-2006 20-inch 2.16 GHz Core2Duo iMac can address. I received one other xScan alert on my iMac and one on my MacBook Pro that were equally erroneous.

As for your statement that "The average use of CPU of xScan when all windows are closed is less than 10%,” what good is xScan when all the windows are closed? Performance information is only displayed when one of the info windows is open, at which point the CPU usage jumps to between 19% and 34% NONSTOP until all windows are closed. Moreover, in my tests — performed on RAM maxed-out Macs that had just undergone regular monthly maintenance from a separate partition using Disk Utility's First Aid repair and permissions fix, DiskWarrior’s directory optimization, iDefrag’s disk defragmentation, and restarted twice — with all windows closed, xScan’s CPU usage never dropped below 16.1% — not 10% as you claim — and averaged around 17.4% on my MacBook Pro, and it never dropped below 20.8% and averaged around 24.8% on my iMac. Furthermore, though opening more than one window at a time did not seem to significantly add to xScan’s single-window CPU usage (to its credit), with any window open xScan used between 18% and 34% of the CPU NONSTOP during both my 60+ minutes first testing session and the 35+ minutes second session conducted after reading your reply to my first comment. By comparison, atMonitor, XRG, MenuMeters, Activity Monitor iStat Menus all use significantly less than 4% of the CPU even when multiple windows are open, so your oft-repeated claim that xScan’s CPU problem is the fault of Apple’s CORE Animation framework is just a baldfaced lie (since they too rely on CORE Animation).

Another problem with xScan is how long it takes to start up: 1 minute and 12 seconds on my MacBook Pro, and 1 minute and 55 seconds on my iMac. That’s just ridiculous.

Another (sickening) xScan issue is that reportedly, once you’ve paid for it, it is not “Free for life” (see tzol516’s post below). I’m not sure what that means, but it suggests that it’s subscription-based rather than permanently licensed. I cannot independently confirm the truth about this however, because the developer says nothing about the license on its website. If this is indeed true, that alone would be sufficient for me to brand this developer as “scum” and avoid their software like the plague without even considering whether it is crappily made (which it is).

By the way adnX, in your reply above, I noticed that you did’t deny that xScan hides itself in its own CPU usage readouts. Care to comment?
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adnX (developer) replied on 25 Jan 2013
Your tone and comments are so aggressive, anybody can see it. Nothing is perfect in life. Even OS X is full of big issues. We are working hard to fix all issues and we always care about customer feedback. ALL issues will be fixed one day. You just need patience and respect developers work a little bit more. Patience is key with software.
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adnX (developer) replied on 25 Jan 2013
The most useful is to report issues and provide feedback on our support website. http://support.adnx.com
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adnX (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2013
This issue is finally fixed with version 3.2.8
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tzoi516 commented on 23 Jan 2013
I posted an updated review that added the change of it not being a "Free for life" app anymore, and it was deleted. A properly moderated comments, forum, etc, section should at least notify the registered poster why his commentary was moderated - it does not reflect well on the site or the developer.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 23 Jan 2013
It's because you published an information that is only reserved to customers. A coupon code that you should not put on a public website. That's all.
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tzoi516 replied on 23 Jan 2013
I don't recall a link, serial, or anything else, just saying I'm offered a discount.
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adnX (developer) replied on 23 Jan 2013
You didn't see it but we saw it. ;-) The coupon code was also published in your post.
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bitSchleuder reviewed on 23 Jan 2013
Nice wrapper for system processes. Eye candy :-)
But an extreme abuse of CoreAnimation framework.
If the current version is performance optimized, I don't want to see all the predecessors. You should rethink the way of using CoreAnimation. There must be a better way...
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 23 Jan 2013
Sadly, there is no other ways. We have 10 years of experience in building Apps for Mac. We were one of the first company to develop solutions for OS X. Clearly, our app is built for the future and modern hardware. With recent Macs, this problem is really minor. If you have an older Mac, you can launch xScan only when you want to check the health of your Mac.
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PacmanTX commented on 23 Jan 2013
Watched the promo video - seemed impressive. The comments from customers, but more so the developers, kept me away.
[Version 3.2.7]

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adnX (developer) replied on 23 Jan 2013
Why? we are a cool french team and the barrier language is the only real problem. We try to improve everything.
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Rachik BOUANANI replied on 23 Jan 2013
The support team of this team is not at the level of their apps.
The design is great, the apps works fine. But, I will never buy again apps from adnX, I Had a very bad experience, even if its free, I will not install their product. I think the people infront of customer have no experience, or its a little boy 18 years, that tell you, if you are not happy go away, you already pay.
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adnX (developer) replied on 24 Jan 2013
Rachik, instead to critic us with such negative tone that we do not have at all, you can also tell us how we should answer. You do not give any example....why? Our goal is to explain things and help customers to better understand the product, noting else. We always appreciate feedback. But insults are not necessary.
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IshBish commented on 08 Jan 2013
This app is HORRIBLE. I installed it and found it used 100% of my CPU and then it went down to 20%. And that's on a 2012 MacBook Pro. I am in the process of removing this CPU hog...
[Version 3.2.6]

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adnX (developer) replied on 11 Jan 2013
It only happens few time per hours, not all the time. Only when xScan compute some stats. Also, it happens only when some drawers are opened with animations. It's not an issue of xScan but of OS X frameworks that requires a lot of power. ! if you keep main drawers closed, the app is fine. CoreAnimation, a framework of OS X is the main problem. So you are making conclusions too fast.
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Rachik BOUANANI replied on 23 Jan 2013
Your customer is telling you he have problem, and your only answer is "So you are making conclusions too fast".
We dont need to know dev word like CoreAnimation, but we expect that you explain with our level, and keep your customer.
This is the big problem with adnX (communication)
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adnX (developer) replied on 24 Jan 2013
Rachick, our only mistake was not to add a wink at the end of the message. You read us in the wrong way. We were talking in a friendly way. We explained the reason. What else are you expecting?
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adnX (developer) replied on 15 Apr 2013
This issue is finally fixed with xScab 3.2.8 and OS X 10.8.3
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Spleenwort had trouble on 24 Feb 2012
Is scanning NAS drives planned?
[Version 3.1.2]

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adnX (developer) replied on 22 Jan 2013
Nope.
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Dominique had trouble on 25 Aug 2010
Mon Imac (summer 2010-21,5"-I5) n'est pas totalement reconnu (unknown).
J'ai 8 Go de memoire et CheckUp 2,7 me recommande 512 Mo !
Pas d'info sur la température des CPU...
[Version 2.7]

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App4mac (developer) replied on 02 May 2011
Il suffit d'installer la version la plus recente. You just need to install the latest version
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mousee had trouble on 03 Feb 2008
Same thing as HILLD here. Software installs correctly, but every time it is launched I get a crash when the registration panel shows up.
So it went to the trash.
[Version 1.0]

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app4mac commented on 03 Feb 2008
The utility Default Folder X is not compatible with CheckUp. You have to disable it before to launch CheckUp. The developer (St Clair software) is working on an update.
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mousee replied on 03 Feb 2008
Thanks for the info. Will wait for an update of Default Folder before trying your application.
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Bruce_Y replied on 03 Feb 2008
This seems like a strange workaround.

I have been using Default Folder X for years, and it is pretty reliable. So to have to disable one of my apps which I want to be running all the time, in order to run the checkup program occasionally (since I do not want the background system checkup program running all the time) seems backwards.

Shouldn't CheckUp itself be also making some kind of code changes to ensure compatibility with long-standing Macintosh applications?
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app4mac replied on 03 Feb 2008
We received crash reports and the problem is clearly related to Default Folder X. This utility is also not compatible with many other applications like MySQL Query Browser. It's because the utility hack the system.
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Bruce_Y replied on 03 Feb 2008
OK, thank you for some clarification on the issue. (and the speedy reply.)
I am the type that likes to know the details and reasons on tech issues... ;)
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Globe-Trotter had trouble on 23 Jan 2008
I was able to use a previous Beta version once or twice a few weeks ago, that's it. Now, any new version crashes at startup, even if I uninstall app., pref., etc. and reinstall from scratch. I use, on a daily basis, other app4mac applications with no problems but this one needs serious fix before spending 49$ for the final version of a software that does what OS X already has mostly built-in or other freeware/shareware do for free. Great look, though...

(MacBook Pro 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo 1.5 Go RAM - Leopard 10.5.1 - French)
[Version 0.9.9]

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Globe-Trotter commented on 23 Jan 2008
Crash at launch might be caused by Firewall Security settings in Leopard. Pay attention if you setup firewall to monitor incoming services and applications individually. This may not function properly with CheckUp (beta version) the first times. It finally worked for me after 3 attempts.

Technical support at app4mac was quick to reply to my inquiry (and in my language: French!).
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brazil had trouble on 20 Dec 2007
Dose not launch at all,just a bouncin' in the dock for about 30 seconds,,then crashes. Mac PPC Lepord.
Looks cool though,I would like to see it working someday!
[Version 0.9.5]



MagicArt rated on 17 Apr 2013

[Version 3.2.8]



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Agf... rated on 14 Jan 2013

[Version 3.2.7]



ElTarlo rated on 12 Jul 2012

[Version 3.2.2]



landcruisers rated on 06 Aug 2011

[Version 3.0.2]



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[Version 3.0.2]



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Steven_Sky rated on 02 Aug 2011

[Version 3.0.2]



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Captain_Willard rated on 13 Jul 2011

[Version 3.0.1]


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