App Tamer 1.1 is now available! It reduces App Tamer’s own CPU usage to save even more battery and CPU power. It also corrects some compatibility issues with Lion to ensure that everything runs smoothly as you upgrade.
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App Tamer 1.0.9 is available, delivering compatibility with Mac OS 10.7 Lion. Older versions could crash when your Mac woke from sleep. This version also improves gaming mode by stopping Time Machine backups and Spotlight indexing – things which tend to cause annoying stutters because of all the disk I/O they perform.
Grab your copy from the App Tamer release page. If you’ve got an suggestions or feedback, don’t hesitate to drop us a note!
In past versions, if you used App Tamer to pause Parallels Desktop, you’d get these annoying, 3-5 second pauses in mouse and keyboard input whenever Parallels stopped. This was due to the way Parallels handled the mouse and keyboard. App Tamer now only pauses the Parallels virtual machine processes and leaves the Parallels Desktop app running – that works around the issue and still cuts nearly all of the CPU use associated with Parallels. Thanks to the excellent tech support folks at Parallels who helped us find this workaround!
And finally, there are some new features and tweaks in version 1.0.5, as well. The list of stopped processes at the top of the App Tamer window gets a new contextual menu. This lets you easily turn AutoStop off for the selected process, or quit, force quit, or relaunch that app. Also, double-clicking an app in the list will activate it, and selecting it in the list will show it in the Details drawer so you can see more information about it.
If you’re already running App Tamer, you can get the new version using its “Check for Updates” command in the App Tamer menu. Or you can hop over to http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer and download it from there.
There were two issues with version 1.0.3 that we missed in testing – both of them happen only in fairly uncommon circumstances, but are serious enough that they merit a new release to fix them.
App Tamer 1.0.4 addresses two problems:
- When running under high CPU load, App Tamer’s real-time CPU usage graphs could stop updating. This is fairly uncommon, but is bound to impact many people at some point in time.
- Version 1.0.3 wouldn’t accept certain license codes. If this impacted you, you’ve already experienced it after upgrading. To our knowledge, it happened very rarely, but the bug has now been fixed and should no longer frustrate people.
We’ve made a number of improvements to App Tamer – thanks to everyone that made suggestions and helped test them! It’s all now ready for public consumption as version 1.0.3.
Popular changes are the addition of an auto-hide option that hides all stopped applications, and display of the % cpu saved by each application in the “stopped applications” list. There are also a bunch of compatibility fixes and little UI improvements. Check out the App Tamer release page for all the details.
Apple has long had Apple Downloads, a section of Apple.com that lists third-party software. It’s been a popular place for users to browse and sample the wealth of Mac software available from both large and small developers, including St. Clair Software. We get a significant amount of web traffic from Apple Downloads.
I recently received an email from Ron Okamoto, Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple, notifying developers that Apple Downloads will be going away, replaced by the new Mac App Store. Because both Default Folder X and App Tamer do not meet the Mac App Store guidelines, this is a big cause of concern for us. We’ll lose a lot of customer visibility, and won’t be able to replace it by putting our apps in the Mac App Store.
I wrote Ron this reply:
A couple of App Tamer’s extra preference settings aren’t actually documented in the released version. They were added during development and were described in the beta notes, but never made it into the documentation. So, until that gets resolved in the docs for version 1.0.3, here’s a quick run-down:
- App Tamer can hide applications when they are stopped rather than dimming their windows. To turn this on, quit App Tamer and then use this command in Terminal:
defaults write com.stclairsoft.AppTamer hideWhenStopped 1
To turn the feature back off, use:
defaults write com.stclairsoft.AppTamer hideWhenStopped 0
- When window dimming is turned on, the brightness of the dimmed windows can be modified with a defaults setting. Run this command in Terminal (the default value is 65% – lower percentages are darker, higher percentages are brighter):
defaults write com.stclairsoft.AppTamer dimPercentage 65
The reception for App Tamer has been fantastic! I’m particularly happy with Jeff Porten’s article on Macworld.com, where he aptly describes App Tamer as “giving you a faster computer and a longer-lasting battery through the magic of not-making-your-Mac-work-as-hard.”
We’ve now got a minor update that addresses a few issues, as well as making App Tamer run a little more efficiently, so it uses less of your CPU time to save you CPU time. These are fairly minor changes because there just haven’t been a lot of problems found with App Tamer 🙂
Check the App Tamer Release Page for all the details and download links.
If you haven’t tried App Tamer yet, by all means give it a look! The download is a full-featured 15 day trial, and all you do to buy it is make a purchase from our web store and enter your serial number into the demo copy.
You may have noticed that the remaining battery life on your MacBook Pro (or whatever laptop you have) often plummets if you leave Safari displaying an ad in the background. That’s because most web browsers, as well as a number of other apps, continue running tasks or animations even when they’re sitting idle in the background. This can be pretty frustrating if you’re actually trying to conserve battery or use that CPU power for something useful.
I wrote App Tamer to fix this. It pauses apps in the background to prevent them from chewing up CPU time (and battery life). I know, I know – you’ve probably seen some utilities that do this already. BUT – here’s the cool part – App Tamer stops and starts applications automatically. You don’t have to distract yourself by manually stopping and starting applications – it just magically works.
Have a look at the App Tamer page for details. It’s in the final stages of beta testing, and you’re welcome to download a copy of the latest beta and try it for yourself. Let us know what you think at AppTamer@stclairsoft.com.