System Monitor
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Activity monitor from the maker of TinkerTool.   Demo ($4.99)
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System Monitor is an application for the menu bar of OS X, designed to inform you unobtrusively about the activity of your computer. You can retrieve up-to-date technical data any time, like process load, main memory consumption, storage space, disk activity, communication on network interfaces, etc. By positioning the app in the menu bar, minimum screen real estate is wasted. The program monitors your system continuously and is readily available when you need it.

If desired, System Monitor can also simulate the flickering activity lights of hard drives or network sockets in
What's New
Version 1.30:
  • Added new feature to list Macintosh volume names as comment lines in the menu for monitored disks. This helps users to more easily identify which volumes are located on which disks.
  • Added new preference setting to display paging operations as transferred memory sizes, instead of as counters.
  • Bar chart displays shown in the menu bar have been slightly redesigned to provide a more elegant look.
  • In the list of possible providers for WAN IP address lookups, the service of "The Privacy Ecosystem" has been replaced by the service of Amazon Inc.
  • Corrected a problem where the activity indicators of network interfaces did not work correctly when all activity indicators for disk drives had been disabled.
  • Corrected a problem where the first digit of numerical displays of temperature readings in centigrades or of total system load may have been suppressed by the menu bar layout when a value of 99 was exceeded.
Version 1.30:
  • Added new feature to list Macintosh volume names as comment lines in the menu for monitored disks. This helps users to more easily identify which volumes are located on which disks.
  • Added new preference setting to display paging operations as transferred memory sizes, instead of as counters.
  • Bar chart displays shown in the menu bar have been slightly more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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System Monitor User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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B. Jefferson Le Blanc commented on 13 May 2013
I gave it a spin. It's quite complete, though I haven't enough room in my menu bar for all the items it monitors. The biggest problem I have with it, though, is the Lion/Mountain Lion style grayscale interface. That is to say, it's double ugly. That's a deal breaker for me. Until they have decent color options, I won't even consider buying it. I use a hack to restore color and custom icons to the Finder window sidebar in Lion. And I currently use MenuMeters to monitor system functions in the menu bar. It uses color and takes up relatively little room in the menu bar compared to System Monitor. Color enhances usability. Just because Apple decided to ignore this basic fact is no excuse for developers to do the same.
[Version 1.30]


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OsloX reviewed on 04 May 2012
Its not bad but I still prefer iStat Menus.
System Monitor uses about 0.5% up to 10% when idling. iStat Menus only about 0.5%.

If the dev can fix the high cpu usage I would certainly take another look at it.

ATM .. promising but not good enough.
[Version 1.21]


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Wickedsp1d3r commented on 14 Feb 2012
This app seems promising alternative to iStat Menus.

I would like to see:
     • an option to configure the font sizes
     • an option to view the fan exhaust on the menubar
     • an option view the infos on the right side of the menubar

Please add these to the update list! Looking forward to future releases.
[Version 1.2]

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Wickedsp1d3r replied on 14 Feb 2012
Oh, and an option to hide the dock icon at startup.
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Jc reviewed on 13 Feb 2012
Just purchase this app from App Store. First four stars for its lower CPU consuming (less than 0.5% most of time) than other simliar apps.

It has a concise drop-down menu for us to read. One point for this. But I have to say that its Preference Setting Interface is awfully ugly...

Another important feature seems missing in this version… It looks like the app couldn't detect the Fan speed, Temperature, and the Battery Life.
[Version 1.2]

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Jc replied on 13 Feb 2012
Update:
The Developer responses so quickly. Now the new version of System Monitor can show temperature and fan speed now.

Thanks.
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ylluminate commented on 13 Feb 2012
@developer: Could we have a little deeper understanding as to what the advantages of this over iStat Menus may be?
[Version 1.2]

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Wickedsp1d3r replied on 13 Feb 2012
I'd like to know this as well.
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Psychiatry replied on 13 Feb 2012
Looks like it is similar to iStat Menus and MenuMeters. But it only costs 1/3 the price of iStat Menus.

iStat Menus = $16.00
System Monitor = $4.99
MenuMeters = FREE

The only question I have is which one is more stable and doesn't have a memory leak.

iStat Menus has been fantastic - with a modern interface.
MenuMeters is FREE can can't be beat for the price, though it has a more primitive interface.

I would chose whatever has the interface one is most comfortable with. I already have iStat Menus so I probably won't be purchasing this version - though the price is great.
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ylluminate replied on 13 Feb 2012
Agreed @Psychiatry, I've used MenuMeters for years and it did a great job, but graduated to iStat Menus and it has been fantastic. I don't see a need to switch, but am open to a superior option, particularly if it has a smaller memory and cpu footprint for the same functionality.
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Lacwbo commented on 20 Apr 2011
In most cases and in this case, if you go to the developer's site you can get a trial download.
[Version 1.1]

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Just-Annutha-Dewd replied on 20 Apr 2011
I'm quite certain that wasn't there yesterday when I first saw this app posted here. The developer's site does show that the trial was posted today, so it had to have been since then. Thanks for bringing it up.
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Just-Annutha-Dewd commented on 20 Apr 2011
Well since MacUpdate didn't like my other comment, let me try again.

No demo = no sale. I can't review System Monitor, I can't rate it, I can't do anything but gamble 5 bucks and hope I like it. There's no demo anywhere… not on the developer's site, not on the Mac App Store.

Is THAT comment ok???
[Version 1.1]

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PorkPieHat replied on 20 Apr 2011
I encourage you and everyone else to peacefully but convincingly signal to the megalomaniacal idiot senior officers at Apple that the CrApp Store is a hideous, ulcerous mistake that must immediately be abandoned or replaced with something that does NOT spit on the 30-year history of The Apple Way.
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Lacwbo commented on 19 Mar 2011
I guess since the App Store has come along, we are supposed to assume that we are going to like the app. Gone are the free trial periods.
[Version 1.0]


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Skapplin reviewed on 18 Mar 2011
A nice try but far behind iStat Menus, but then it's 1/3 the price of iStat Menus. Clutters the menubar too much, lacks color, cannot reposition an item in the menubar, no configurable clock.

Marcel generally makes high quality utilities, but this one lacks appearance and configuration features when compared to iStat Menus or even MenuMeters (for pure simplicity.)

I cannot criticize stability as I used it for a short period of of time. Not long enough to fully determine how stable it is. But while using it I observed no problems.
[Version 1.0]


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Type:Utilities : System
License:Demo
Date:13 May 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $4.99
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System Monitor is an application for the menu bar of OS X, designed to inform you unobtrusively about the activity of your computer. You can retrieve up-to-date technical data any time, like process load, main memory consumption, storage space, disk activity, communication on network interfaces, etc. By positioning the app in the menu bar, minimum screen real estate is wasted. The program monitors your system continuously and is readily available when you need it.

If desired, System Monitor can also simulate the flickering activity lights of hard drives or network sockets in the menu bar. This is possible either in color or, perfectly integrated into the design of OS X, in inconspicuous black-and-white. PC switchers who miss this feature on Mac computers can easily retrofit this function with System Monitor.


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