Try as you might, there is simply no avoiding times when your #computer
slows down. If you are on a #Mac
and would like to keep closer tabs on your current #memory
usage, there is #MemoryDiag
Free for "a limited time" in the Mac App Store, Memory Diag provides a #graphical
representation of your current memory usage, spotlights any apps that are using a significant amount, and lets you optimize your Mac's memory resources with a #click
of a button.
When you install Memory Diag, the app places a small #icon
in the #menu
bar. Click on it to reveal a gauge that shows you dynamic memory stats: file cache, wired memory, compressed memory, and app memory. These are the same stats you can view in the #ActivityMonitor
, but here they are easily accessed from the menu bar and shown in a colorful gauge. At the center of the gauge is an #Optimize
button, with a needle that shows you your current memory #pressure. Listed at the bottom of the Memory Diag window are any offending #apps, those using a significant amount of memory.
When you click the Optimize button, Memory Diag attempts to restore your Mac to the state after a system #restart by emptying #caches and lowering compressed memory. The developer, #RockySandStudio, notes such optimization speeds up your Mac in a couple scenarios: before and after running memory-intensive apps. Before running a demanding app, it'll clear the decks, so to speak, so an #optimal #amount of memory can be made #available. And after closing a memory-intensive app, it'll speed things up by cleaning up the caches the app left behind.
Sometimes, the Optimize button will be disabled by a big #exclamation point. The exclamation point shows up when you are in a particularly high-pressure situation, where if any more memory is compressed your system will slow down even more. If you've passed the point of memory optimization, your best #course of #action is to close the offending apps which are #hogging memory #resources.
There are two other buttons on the Memory Diag window. The small "i" button to the right of the gauge shows you how much memory is installed on your Mac.