FreeMan 1.2

FreeMan is a system optimization and monitoring tool.
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FreeMan is a system optimization and monitoring tool. It can be used to free RAM memory to speed up your system. As you may know, these days, one of the main causes of slow-downs on your Mac, and also on PCs, is insufficient RAM memory. My first Macbook was incredibly slow with only 1 gigabyte of memory, so I often had to close applications and use apps like this to free up as much memory as possible to make the system tolerable. Once you upgrade your memory. FreeMan can free up memory when you tell it to, or it can do it automatically when the inactive memory reaches a certain threshold. This can be configured in the preferences. The default value is 512 megabytes.

FreeMan runs on the menubar, and a small window will appear when you hover your mouse over its icon. This window shows the memory used at the moment. These values are refreshed automatically every 5 seconds, but you can also customize this to refresh anywhere between every 1 second to every 30 seconds.

From the Preferences window, you can change the colors used for the charts used in the menubar window, assign a shortcut, and set the app to run when you turn on your Mac.

When I tested FreeMan, I clicked on the button that starts the memory clean up process, and every time I did that I got an alert saying that 0 megabytes were freed. I don't know if this is because I didn't need any memory freed or because the app doesn't work. I do have 8 gigabytes installed on this Mac, and that is more than enough for me. Users with less memory will benefit more from this app.

JF Senior editor
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  • Hotkey support
  • Nice graphs

Cons

  • I couldn't get it to free up memory

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