I have used several apps over the years to track my memory usage (RAM) during the day. Some of them only show you the memory usage, others show you and allow you to recapture RAM from closed apps. Recently I came across a simple app called Memory Monitor from Rocky Sand Studio. I really like it, here is why.
I know I sound like I am a little obsessed with this, but some of the apps I use are memory hogs like Photos, Safari, Postbox, etc. My Mac does seem to slow down after using several of these apps over a period of time. Recouping RAM seems to help with this.
Memory Monitor (hereinafter referred to as MM) is a one horse band for monitoring and recouping system memory (RAM) during your workday. It is a neat little app that resides in your Menubar on your Mac. Here is the main window which drops down when you click on the Menubar icon:
MM is really easy to use. Lets go over the main window by the numbers:
1. This little button opens up the Settings area (more on that later).
2. This is the main graphical display of your memory usage. When you want to recoup memory just click the “Optimize” button.
3. This area shows you what your memory usage looks like.
4. This area shows what I call apps that are “memory hogs”. The icons that appear there the most for me are Safari, Postbox, Photos and a few others.
If you click on the Settings icon in MM you get this menu:
There are some handy settings here, especially “Auto Optimize”. If you go into Preferences there is an explanation of “Auto Optimize”:
You can set your own limits or just allow it to optimize after closing apps that use a lot of RAM. It works pretty well too. There are some “General” preferences:
You can set the app to “Open at Login” and tweak a few other things.
Memory Monitor is easy to use. The price is right, it is FREE! It can only be downloaded from the App Store. I highly recommend downloading and using it if you are into keeping an eye on your System Memory.