Archive for the ‘Sierra’ Category

App Tamer and CPU-hog detection

Friday, December 30th, 2016

So I’ve noticed in Sierra that some of its “helper processes” (apps that run in the background to do various tasks) will occasionally start using 100% CPU for no reason. In particular, I’ve seen the com.apple.appkit.xpc.openAndSavePanelService process stay pegged after a file dialog is done – it just sits there and consumes CPU while doing nothing. Quitting the app that was showing the file dialog will stop the CPU-hogging, but it otherwise continues indefinitely.

I’ve been wondering if this might actually be the source of the much-talked about Consumer Reports findings that the new MacBook Pros have very inconsistent battery life. Their results varied widely from test to test (on the same computer) – maybe one of the WebKit helper processes was just flipping out once in a while due to some underlying bug in Sierra’s interprocess communication or process management services.

While that’s just my own random speculation, the issue of processes running amok seems to be a recurring annoyance to some folks. To help you detect this sort of stuff, I’m adding an option in App Tamer to notify you if a process starts consuming excessive CPU time. If it does, it gives you the options shown in the screenshot.

 Can’t hurt, right? Shoot me an email (AppTamer at stclairsoft dot com) if you’re interested in trying it out and doing a little testing for me.
 – Jon
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Default Folder X 5.1 delivers more power in Open & Save dialogs

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Default Folder 5.1 is now available, and includes a long list of changes. Key among them are new commands that let you copy, move, and make aliases to files and folders right in your file dialogs. Want to save a copy of that file to your Desktop folder before you make changes to it? Just use the Copy command in Default Folder X’s toolbar and choose the Desktop as its destination.

Default Folder X will now also mirror all of your favorite folders, recent folders and recent files using aliases in your Library folder. If you use another file management utility like Path Finder, Alfred, LaunchBar, etc for quick access to files and folders, you can connect it with your Default Folder X data by pointing it to these folders:

HOME/Library/Favorites/
HOME/Library/Recent Folders/
HOME/Library/Recent Files/

There are other convenient additions as well, like the ability to change the creation and modification dates of files and folders, and Command-selecting an item from a Default Folder X menu to reveal it in the Finder.

And as usual, there are also compatibility improvements and bug fixes – quite a lot of them this time. While Default Folder X has been performing very well for nearly everyone, the automated crash logs have uncovered a handful of infrequent but persistent problems. I’ve done a lot of stress-testing and debugging to ferret them out, making this release more reliable – and thereby less annoying for both you and me 🙂

For a complete list of changes, bug fixes and download links, check out the Default Folder X Release page!

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HistoryHound and Jettison Updates

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

128HistoryHound 1.9.12 and Jettison 1.5.2 both deliver stability improvements and bug fixes to make sure they run without issue on El Capitan and Sierra.

Icon.pngHistoryHound also includes better error handling and its indexing is more intelligent when it encounters web pages that redirect you to a new page. You can now click on status messages in the main window to show you the status of indexing and the contents of your search index, and HistoryHound 1.9.12 supports the Vivaldi browser as well as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, OmniWeb, iCab, Opera, NetNewsWire and URL Manager Pro.

Full lists of changes and download links are available on the HistoryHound release page and the Jettison release page.

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Default Folder X 5.0.7 brings fixes for Sierra

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Default Folder X 5.0.7 is now available. It includes a couple of important compatibility fixes for Sierra, while also offering resizable preference windows for you folks that like to add a lot of Favorites or default folders.

The biggest deal is a fix for Default Folder X’s handling of Save dialogs. In version 5.0.6, if a Save dialog came up ‘minimized’ – meaning it wasn’t showing the file listing – then Default Folder X wouldn’t show up. And it wouldn’t even add its controls if you un-minimized the dialog with the little button next to the filename edit box. You had to un-minimize the dialog, then hit Cancel, then Save again to get everything to show up correctly – not helpful.

There’s a full list of the changes and links to download version 5.0.7 on the Default Folder X ‘What’s New’ page. Or you can just select “Check for Updates…” from Default Folder X’s menu in your menubar if you’re running an earlier version. Please update to get these latest fixes – they’re important.

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More Updates! App Tamer 2.2 and Jettison 1.5.1

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Yes, I’ve been busy over here! There are Sierra-compatible updates for both App Tamer and Jettison today, with both offering additional fixes and enhancements as well as support for macOS 10.12.

circle_menuApp Tamer 2.2: While I’ll be the first to admit that App Tamer is a bit of a niche product (you’ve got to be a little geeky to like the details of what it does), I’m excited by the improvements in this release. It’s more intelligent about identifying which processes are “helpers” for others, and can therefore do a much better job at throttling all those Safari Web Content processes when it limits Safari’s CPU usage, for example, while still letting the Mail Web Content helpers run at full tilt for Mail (if that’s what you want).

App Tamer’s basic process management is also more efficient now, so it all adds up to it doing its job better. If you’ve got apps that are sucking down CPU (and battery!) while they’re sitting in the background, App Tamer can help you out. More details and download links are on the App Tamer What’s New page.

Icon.pngJettison 1.5.1: The Jettison update addresses issues with Sierra, and also gives you the option to unmount rather than eject drives when your Mac sleeps. “Why do I care?” you say? Well, I’m glad you asked (and you might be too)! Some SD cards and Flash drives won’t remount properly after being ejected, even when Jettison reloads their device drivers. That can result in you having to do a really inconvenient little dance of unplugging them and plugging them back in to get them to show up. Turning on this new option in your Jettison prefs avoids that.

There are also bug fixes for Jettison’s handling of network drives, removal of some logic that checked whether the display was going to sleep before ejecting disks (long story – it did solve a problem, but created even more in the end), and tweaks to better handle OS X’s propensity to report errors when there are none. Go visit the Jettison What’s New page for a list of changes and download links.

Now here’s hoping that Apple doesn’t make any major changes to Sierra before it comes out of beta that require me to update these Sierra-compatible updates 🙂

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Default Folder X 5.0.6: Sierra support, bug and compatibility fixes, and a few new things

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Shot1 Version 5.0.6 of Default Folder X is officially out! It’s the product of a lot of bug-chasing and wrangling of little details, especially where Sierra is concerned. I know there are still features that some of you are waiting for – I still have a long To-Do list – I haven’t forgotten.

In addition to supporting macOS 10.12, this update delivers a few often-requested features, including the ability to keep your Favorites sorted by name and better interoperability with LaunchBar. It also addresses some occasional glitches and compatibility issues, and starts up more quickly than previous versions.

If you’re running Sierra, El Capitan or Yosemite, you should update to this version, as most of the improvements apply to all versions of macOS, not just Sierra.

There’s a full change list and download links on the Default Folder X What’s New page. Have at it!

And stay tuned for updates to App Tamer and Jettison as well – they’ll be here shortly.

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Default Folder X 5.0.6b5 fixes some glitches with Sierra betas

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

There’s a new public beta of Default Folder X that addresses issues with the latest beta releases of macOS 10.12 Sierra. I’m also testing some changes to Default Folder X’s activation method that get rid of problems with it occasionally not loading in some applications, as well as fixing a hang that could occur under some circumstances. Oh, and there’s also improved support for LaunchBar.

You can see the full change history and download a copy from the Default Folder X Testing page.

If you’re running App Tamer, make sure you get a copy of the latest App Tamer Beta too.

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Default Folder X 5.0.6b1 brings support for macOS 10.12 Sierra

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

SierraA new public beta of Default Folder X 5.0.6 is available, adding support for the developer release of macOS 10.12 Sierra that was unveiled at WWDC last week. It also adds “always sort by name” to your Favorite Folders list and fixes a couple of compatibility issues.

More details and download links are on the Default Folder X beta testing page.

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