xScan Solo

I have used adnx’s xScan app for a while now. I did an article on an older version a while back. The newest version, 4.0, is on sale right now for $9 so I upgraded to it. The older version is definitely more colorful, but the newer version is much more customizable. If you are into monitoring stuff on your Mac this app is worth your time.

 

Overview

If you wish to monitor different processes on your Mac then a third party app is just for you. Yes, you can do some of this with Apple’s Activity Monitor application, but third party apps are generally more user friendly. I am not obsessed with what or how my Mac is doing, but I do get curious at times. This type of application is especially useful for people whose main machine is a Mac laptop. They can have temperature problems and usually have more limited amounts of RAM (system memory). It can also be useful as a general troubleshooting tool.

xScan Solo

adnx has two versions os xScan, one is xScan Solo for an individual Mac and the other is xScan Pro. The Pro version is more for monitoring multiple Macs at once and can have a server based functioinality. I am using the Solo version. When you first open the app it presents this screen with a little explanatory window:

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It explains that you can drag any module you wish into the xScan Solo window. The xScan Solo app is very flexible and easy to modify. I really love this kind of functionality, especially in this type of app. We can pick and choose what we wish to monitor. These are some of the modules I chose to monitor:

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To alter how a module looks just click on the gear symbol and you will be presented with different ways that module can be setup:

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I clicked on the gear in the “Memory” module and got the above window. You can make these type of adjustments to any of the modules you are using. Also, if you wish to remove a module click on the gear and the just hit the small Trash Can at the top of the module window. It does not remove the module from the application, just from what you choose to monitor.

I have several different hard drives attached to my Mac. If I wanted to monitor more than one of them all I have to do is drag an additional “Disk” module up into the viewing window. Then click on the gear and use the pop up menu to select a different hard drive like so:

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So now I can monitor the status of different drives, all of them if I wish:

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The bottom line is this, xScan Solo is totally modifiable, totally cutomizable.

Lastly, I wanted to look at the Preferences area of xScan Solo. There are not a lot of them:

 

They are pretty much all related to reporting if your Mac has an issue, which is just fine with me. And, these warnings work even when the xScan Solo app is not open.

Conclusion

If you have need of an app to monitor the condition of your Mac processes I recommend xScan Solo. I think it is worth the sale price of $9 for sure. I have used other software by adnx. There software is very intuitive, easy to use and generally designed very well. xScan Solo is ready for El Capitan.