Checkmate
Checkmate 1.1.1
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Checkmate monitors your Mac's health.

Disk and system utilities, like our flagship product TechTool Pro, are great for repairing disk issues and recovering data after something goes terribly wrong. But what if there was a way to catch these problems sooner? What if there was a product that would continuously monitor all of the important parameters of your system and run regular diagnostic tests to detect small problems before they turn into complete disasters?

Introducing Checkmate, the computer health monitoring software by Micromat. We created Checkmate
What's New
Version 1.1.1:

Note: Users can update to version 1.1.1 from inside the app.
  • Added new Manual Scheduling.
  • New File and Volume Exclusions list.
  • Added new Checkmate application preferences.
  • Fixed reported Checkmate Daemon crashes.
  • Fixed schedule timer when testing continues into the next day.
  • Fixed bug where I/O Check and Battery test would run multiple times.
  • Fixed reported logging issue for Power On Self-Test (POST).
  • Improvements to the File Structures validation routine.
  • Updated German and Japanese localization.
  • Many other fixes and improvements.
Version 1.1.1:

Note: Users can update to version 1.1.1 from inside the app.
  • Added new Manual Scheduling.
  • New File and Volume Exclusions list.
  • Added new Checkmate application preferences.
  • Fixed reported Checkmate Daemon crashes.
  • Fixed schedule timer when testing continues into the next day.
  • Fixed bug where I/O Check and Battery more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.8 or later



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Checkmate User Discussion (Write a Review)
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JosephF4347 reviewed on 25 Mar 2014
I bought Checkmate some time ago for my iMac with OS 10.68. Recently I had trouble with many programs freezing and very slow response. My iMac was determined to have a failing hard drive. Its replacement cured all the problems. During this time Checkmate continuously checked the drive and found nothing wrong. What is Checkmate supposed to detect?
[Version 1.1.1]

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Micromat, Inc. (developer) replied on 25 Mar 2014
Do you recall what version you were using at the time? Version 1.1.1 has a number of new features and bug fixes that may address any issues you may have encountered. Perhaps you could contact help@micromat.com and our tech support team can assist with any issues.
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Stuke reviewed on 21 May 2013
The only reason I own this software is because it came with the TechTool Pro 6 software at a price point of $49.99. I would NEVER buy this alone. It does nothing.
[Version 1.0.4]


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B. Jefferson Le Blanc reviewed on 18 Mar 2013
I've found Checkmate causes fewer problems on my 3GHz Quad Core Mac Pro (16GB of RAM) than have been reported here by others. Perhaps the issues are hardware specific. Time will tell. I certainly would not discount other people's experience.

I've found Micromat support to be very responsive. I had some problems when I first started using Checkmate. It turned out, after extensive troubleshooting, to be a problem with permissions in my user folder. So, though Checkmate did not report that problem, the problems I had with Checkmate led me to discover the source of the trouble. So Checkmate helped indirectly. Which is often the case in troubleshooting.

That said, the Checkmate interface is too cute by half and not nearly as useful as it could be. For one thing, the bright blue background color in the app window makes reading the status and logs difficult because of the low contrast, even with the thick black text it uses. The lack of scroll bars is also an issue; so is the fixed window size.

I use Checkmate primarily because of the surface scan feature - which is not supposed to run while you are using the computer. Other functions operate in the background and I've found no undue stress by Checkmate on system resources in Activity Monitor. But doing a surface scan with TechTool Pro (or other utilities) is very time consuming so I usually skip it when I'm using TTP. Nevertheless, a high number of bad blocks can be a sign of impending drive failure and I've found SMART tests are an unreliable indicators. The only sure way to find bad blocks is by scanning the surface of the hard drive.

For the reasons I've stated I cannot give Checkmate a rave review. Nevertheless, I've had fewer issues than some people so I thought it was worth reporting.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Paul-Sondervan reviewed on 14 Mar 2013
Checkmate is an awful product.
It constantly freezes my MacBook Pro.
When my Mac is in sleeping mode, it won't wake-up and the fans are working at full speed.
The only way to get working on my Mac is by holding the power-button for 5-7 seconds.
I've removed Checkmate and now my Mac is much more quiet and no more sleep-problems.
Sorry Micromat, this was a complete waste of money!
My advice is simple, Don't buy/use Checkmate!!!!!!
[Version 1.0.3]


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MatthewLoelT.Hepworth8407 reviewed on 06 Mar 2013
I've been a Micromat user for a very long time. So I jumped at the chance to buy their new Checkmate product at a discount. Sadly, this app is not useful for me, mainly because of how irritating it is. I have two 2TB external hard drives and Checkmate CONSTANTLY performs surface scans and other tests even while I'm using the computer, which is something Micromat advertises Checkmate will not do. Normally my workstation is fairly quite. But the constant ratcheting sound of the hard drives was too much to bear. I also wonder what the vastly increased drive access will do to the mechanical longevity of the hard drives, not to mention my internal SSD. With all that in mind, I just uninstalled Checkmate. I may try it again when they release 2.0, but at this point, it was a waste of my $29.95.
[Version 1.0.3]

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Greyowl54 replied on 24 Mar 2013
Have to say, equally regrettably, that I agree fully. Waste of time and money. Voted off the Apps list on my machine ..
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Hank2 reviewed on 05 Mar 2013
Awful. Stupid window, no scrollbars, no text interface, hangs the Macbook when it tries to scan the drive if Free Memory happens to be freeing memory at the same time. No uninstaller apparent. Icon won't drag out of the toolbar. Tried 1.0, hated it, tried 1.03, hate it.

Biggest annoyance-per-dollar ratio of anything since, oh, Drive 10 probably.
[Version 1.0.3]

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Hank2 replied on 05 Mar 2013
Went looking for the uninstaller and Google says Micromat's possibly compromised:

Checkmate - Micromat, Inc.
www.micromat.com/checkmate
This site may be compromised.
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Mcmatt reviewed on 26 Feb 2013
Just uninstalled, to have peace again.
Whenever I have a short pause, the app grabs 95% of my CPU and the hard drives rattle like crazy. Wonder if this additional stress may kill the hard drive sooner or later. I would like settings, how often it should do the checks. e.g. a surface scan once a week, would be enough for me. The interface looks like from the 70s. Maybe I will look at this again, once it is version 2.0.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Davidpabian reviewed on 06 Feb 2013
Checkmate 1.0 was a memory hog and I could leave my Mac for hours and it didn't check anything. This update fixes a lot of issues, starting with the gobbling resources problem. I check it periodically, and definitely whenever the fan revs up, and this app is no longer showing up on the list. Also, as soon as I leave my desk for even a short time it goes into action. On its first scan after being updated it found a volume structure problem. I checked the drive with TechTool Pro and DiskWarrior and both found the problem. I repaired it with TTPro and rechecked with DW and the directory was repaired (also freeing up some space). MicoMat may have been a bit premature in releasing 1.0 but now I think they've got it right (no, I don't work for them) and I suggest the outraged here give this version a try, especially if they purchased the first release.
[Version 1.0.3]


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Doppelbock reviewed on 26 Jan 2013
I tried it based on the reputation of Micromat - and it really sucks....hogs resources and there's no way to stop it if you happen to miss the "warning" that it's about to do it's thing. No config options at all. Now uninstalled, and unless they fix it and make it worth using it's a $20 lesson learned.
[Version 1.0]

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Donperreault replied on 05 Feb 2013
I purchased this garbage app also and was extremely disappointed. I expected so much more from Mircromat.
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Me2 reviewed on 16 Jan 2013
I agree with what is said here. Checkmate is an obnoxious 'work in the background' software package that does nothing that TechToolPro or even other packages do and do well. It is a CPU HOG approaching 92%. Only way to uninstall is to open the Installer Package, and click Customize then unclick loading the major parts of the package but click UNINSTALL and it will remove it. What a waste of money. Really surprised at Micromat as I've used them for almost 20 yrs. Complete waste.
[Version 1.0]


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Qwidave rated on 03 Feb 2013

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Version Downloads:483
Type:Utilities : System
License:Commercial
Date:24 Mar 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $29.99
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Checkmate monitors your Mac's health.

Disk and system utilities, like our flagship product TechTool Pro, are great for repairing disk issues and recovering data after something goes terribly wrong. But what if there was a way to catch these problems sooner? What if there was a product that would continuously monitor all of the important parameters of your system and run regular diagnostic tests to detect small problems before they turn into complete disasters?

Introducing Checkmate, the computer health monitoring software by Micromat. We created Checkmate to be a powerful computer diagnostic product without being an intrusion to your work. The software observes your schedule and performs testing when your computer is idle. It then quietly logs results and stays completely out of your way - unless it finds a serious problem. Then it will alert you to the issue and open the Checkmate dashboard so you not only get a full report of the issue, but also read suggested steps you can take to correct the problem.

And Checkmate couldn't be simpler to use: simply install it and forget about it. You won't even know it's there until it finds a problem and alerts you. No buttons to push, no schedules to set and no interruptions to your work.

If you count on your Macintosh, make sure your Macintosh counts on Checkmate. Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of


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