App Tamer
App Tamer 2.0.2
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Efficiently manage your CPU cycles, save energy, and more.   Shareware ($14.95)
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App Tamer tames your processor-monopolizing apps and keeps them from chewing up excessive CPU time and battery life. Powered by a unique AutoStop feature, App Tamer stops each application when you switch away from it -- when you return to that app, it restarts automatically!

App Tamer is built around an attractive and clear user interface, designed for managing all your running applications with minimum distraction or frustration. With helpful displays, you can monitor the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, or access a graphical history or
What's New
Version 2.0.2:
  • Fixed a problem with App Tamer sometimes failing to slow down a process even when you’ve specified a CPU limit for it.
  • Added a small highlighted corner in the status indicators to show whether a running application has been configured to slow down or stop.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause App Tamer to crash when it started up under certain conditions.
Note: This is a free update for App Tamer 2 users. If you still have App Tamer 1.x, this is a $7.95 paid upgrade if you purchased version 1.x before July 1, 2013
Version 2.0.2:
  • Fixed a problem with App Tamer sometimes failing to slow down a process even when you’ve specified a CPU limit for it.
  • Added a small highlighted corner in the status indicators to show whether a running application has been configured to slow down or stop.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause App Tamer to crash when it started up under certain conditions.
  • more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later



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App Tamer User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(10)
Your rating: Now say why...
Overall:
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-8

tjekov37 reviewed on 05 Apr 2014
But .....Mavericks sometimes freezes. Doc panel freezes in minutes. Computer becomes unusable.
[Version 2.0.2]


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-8

tjekov37 reviewed on 29 Mar 2014
I love this app :-)
[Version 2.0.2]


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+1

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Stickman67 reviewed on 21 Mar 2014
I've been using this application now for a number of years. I've tried others, out of curiosity, and always come back to App Tamer. And the latest version simply justifies my choice to stick with it.

Stability has never been an issue for me with App Tamer. It's customisable enough for me to tweak it to my satisfaction, and after that I can pretty much forget that it's there. Sure, I glance up at the menu bar now and again when things are getting a bit slow on my increasingly elderly MacBook Pro, and often it is because a CPU-intensive operation is taking place, but generally App Tamer sits quietly doing its job while I sit quietly doing mine.

I recommended it here about three years ago. I'm happy to continue to recommend it here now.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Djefis reviewed on 20 Mar 2014
I believe that this application is decisive for the use of the laptop. When it is essential to reduce battery consumption.
[Version 2.0.1]


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Surfspirit commented on 24 Jan 2014
Well, I don't understand why the developer makes an app that is most useful on old macs incompatible with older OS version, like Snow Leopard. Oh well.
[Version 2.0]

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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 24 Feb 2014
You can still get version 1.3.2 for OS X 10.5 and 6 on the developer's site.
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Fariborz reviewed on 23 Jan 2014
Users like me who afford to buy a new Mac once in a blue moon are always looking for new utilities that help their good old Mac keep going in a fast changing computer world. While a few years ago a shiny 2,1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo could satisfy the wildest needs of a Mac user it's now hardly of any interest to a 10 year old school student who just considers it as an obsolete piece of furniture! Let’s face it; unless you are a professional user who earns a living on a computer you could hardly justify the purchase of a new Mac every two or three years. Fortunately there are developers out there who come up to our help with exceptional ideas that give our old Macs a new life for the price of a pizza! App Tamer by St. Clair Software has been my favorite program since its first release. It allows me to run several CPU hungry applications on my 2006 iMac that would otherwise be a core. The new version benefits from a very clean interface and allows me to determine on the spot how to dedicate limited resources to applications that will otherwise gobble up all my resources. It does its job with such elegance and transparency that I have the sensation of using a new Mac! Thanks to this utility I can still use efficiently my obsolete iMac and enjoy working simultaneously with several open applications that would otherwise break the back of my poor old companion! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
[Version 2.0]


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Tommy_Gun commented on 22 Jan 2014
Not sure if this app is needed for OS X 10.9 - I mean, when you hide an app in Mavericks, it automatically doesn't use any cpu load (if supported).
[Version 2.0]

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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 22 Jan 2014
As B. Jefferson Le Blanc said below, Mavericks' App Nap feature requires that you hide an application's windows before it slows applications down. If you routinely do that, you don't need App Tamer to manage those apps.

Mavericks' App Nap also doesn't slow down background processes like Time Machine and Spotlight - it only works with windowed applications. App Tamer can manage them and offers you more control over what it's doing.
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ylluminate commented on 22 Jan 2014
This app would be nice if it didn't use so much of the CPU cycles itself. I've seen it consistently ticking in at about 100% on one of my cores after starting the trial and that is about as much as it is saving... So pretty much a wash so far.
[Version 2.0]

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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 22 Jan 2014
Whoa - there's something very wrong there - App Tamer should use 1-2% CPU when its window isn't showing. Please contact us at support@stclairsoft.com so we can figure out what's going wrong.

- Jon
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Tommy_Gun replied on 22 Jan 2014
1-2% when in idle is a lot imo - it should use 0% when idling.
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc replied on 22 Jan 2014
@ Tommy_Gun: And you know this how? AppTamer has to run in the background in order to monitor the system. It's never really idle, even if it's not controlling any apps. Mavericks may idle apps when they're hidden, but many people don't hide their apps - they don't even know you can do so. So if you're running and jumping between multiple applications, they can easily hog resources and slow down your system. AppTamer adds a level of control beyond what the system provides. As with any app, however, if you don't need it, don't use it. It's that simple.
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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 24 Feb 2014
Version 2.0.1 fixes this problem.
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+105

Jo* reviewed on 30 Apr 2013
Good app!

The only thing I'm missing is a means of reactivating an autostopped app via clicking its dock icon.

Autostopped apps can only be reactivated an via CMD-Tab or Expose (or via ATs Application Manager UI or the Menubar Dropdown).

Unless I'm missing something.

Please consider to integrate dock reactivating if at all possible.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Christian Schwang replied on 26 May 2013
Hi,

Just found your problem in the FAQ:
http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer/faq.html

Look for "Stopped applications don't wake up when I click on them in the Dock. What's wrong?"
Doesn't seem like you can do much about it though. Might be an incompatible application.
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Jo* replied on 26 May 2013
Thanks Christian for pointing this out.

Reactivating apps via their dock icon sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

I don't have any 3rd party apps installed that modify the dock (at least none that I know of) except maybe XtraFinder. And I haven't noticed my dock crashing recently (though one might not notice if the dock's hidden).

I'll keep monitoring this behaviour of AT anyway and will post any findings I might come across.
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steve123 commented on 17 Sep 2012
Spinning beach ball every time I click on the App Tamer icon in the menu bar. After 30 seconds or so the menu shows up. I uninstalled, deleted all my app related files (including prefs), and reinstalled. Still the same behavior.

This isn't the first time I've seen serious bugs like this in App Tamer. The developer need to do better testing. Really would like to like this app, but too buggy, hence the 2 stars.

I'm on a quad core i7, OS X 10.7.4.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Misha replied on 17 Sep 2012
Have you contacted the developer for support?
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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 08 Oct 2012
Please contact us at support@stclairsoft.com. There's obviously something that's causing App Tamer itself to run extremely slowly on your machine. If you experience problems, please let us know via email or our web site - you'll get a much faster and more complete response that way (it's a bit difficult to diagnose a problem via MacUpdate comments).

- Jon
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UnknownR replied on 20 Feb 2013
Same problem Here: MacBookPro 2012.
Repetitive crashes.
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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 20 Feb 2013
Crashes? Please send us a crash log. support (at) stclairsoft.com
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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 24 Feb 2014
This is fixed in App Tamer 2.0.1.
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+15
Steve123 had trouble on 20 Jul 2011
There seems to be an issue with version 1.0.9, where AppTamer intermittently takes 100% of the CPU for around 5-10 seconds at a time. I'd recommend not using this version until this issue is resolved. I've already submitted feedback to the developer.
[Version 1.0.9]

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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 24 Jul 2011
Please grab this build and give it a try:

http://www.stclairsoft.com/download/AppTamer-1.1d1.zip

If you close the "Details" drawer in this version, CPU usage should stay near zero the whole time.
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Fordomatic had trouble on 07 Apr 2011
3rd time today I've been told that my licensed copy has expired. 3rd time I have entered my license key today. If this keeps up, I will be deleting this app.
[Version 1.0.7]

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Fordomatic replied on 07 Apr 2011
Great, now my MacBook says that AppTamer is expired and won't allow me to input either license key. I have an iMac and a MacBook and I bought 2 copies of the Spring Promo Bundle. This is the only application that is giving me trouble. AppTamer can't seem to keep each copy straight.
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St. Clair Software (developer) replied on 04 May 2011
Jeff - please contact us at support@stclairsoft.com about the problems you're having. It sounds like you've got some kind of utility that's deleting your App Tamer prefs file - there's no other reason it'd "forget" your serial number after you've entered it.
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Bushwhack had trouble on 21 Nov 2010
Tried this program out a while back, thought it was a nice idea, and for some reason deleted it. I think price was probably one of those factors for why I passed it up the first time. The only reason why I gave it a shot was because I LOVE Default Folder....

I have one significant issue with this app that is making me want to just turn it off and/or uninstall it... when App Tamer stops programs like Firefox or Illustrator, clicking on them in the Dock DOES NOT take me to their window NOR does it resume the program. I have to manually navigate to the app's window and click on the app to get it to resume. Otherwise it just shows up as "not responding".

I am hoping there is something to resolve this, because if it is disabling navigating to applications in my Dock, it will have to go. I am thinking maybe it could be related to HyperDock since I saw something about that earlier, but I am looking for confirmation and an ETA to when this would be resolved if it is a conflict between the two applications...
[Version 1.0.2]

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Bushwhack replied on 22 Nov 2010
After contacting the developer through his site regarding this issue, we found out that a simple reboot solves the issue. Who knows why it did it to begin with, but the issue has been fixed.

Great program from a great developer!!

+2

Ededed rated on 21 Apr 2014

[Version 2.0.2]



+26

Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again rated on 05 Apr 2014

[Version 2.0.2]



+26

AlexisDhooge rated on 31 Mar 2014

[Version 2.0.2]



+8

Widber rated on 20 Mar 2014

[Version 2.0.1]



+203

St. Clair Software rated on 22 Jan 2014

[Version 2.0]



mhermansson rated on 09 Feb 2013

[Version 1.3.2]



+16

Peter_Van_Den_Einde rated on 14 Jan 2013

[Version 1.3.2]



+8

Widber rated on 14 Jan 2013

[Version 1.3.2]



Dr.frantic rated on 14 Dec 2012

[Version 1.3.1]



wan2land rated on 07 Dec 2012

[Version 1.3.1]


Downloads:48,366
Version Downloads:898
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:28 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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App Tamer tames your processor-monopolizing apps and keeps them from chewing up excessive CPU time and battery life. Powered by a unique AutoStop feature, App Tamer stops each application when you switch away from it -- when you return to that app, it restarts automatically!

App Tamer is built around an attractive and clear user interface, designed for managing all your running applications with minimum distraction or frustration. With helpful displays, you can monitor the average percentage of your processor(s) being used by each app, or access a graphical history or your CPU usage. Easily enable AutoStop for any application, or limit it to a certain amount of CPU time.

Don't waste time trying to manage CPU usage on an app-by-app basis -- liberate your Mac with App Tamer!


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