Performance Probe for Mac OS X, or Performance Probe, is not just a resource measuring tool. Instead of simply reporting on free memory, free disk space, or other information that can be obtained with other tools like Activity Monitor, Performance Probe measures the impact that various activities may be having on your system. Performance Probe does this by launching several "timing probes" that detect overall system delays. Some applications, and sometimes the operating system itself, may have bugs or implement "locks" on memory, files on the drive, or even CPU activity that cause system slow downs. These can occur without using excessive memory, drive space, or apparent CPU utilization. If you've ever had your system "bottleneck" on you, and you've opened up Activity Monitor or some other tool and found that memory, drive free space, and CPU utilization weren't unusually high, then Performance Probe may be what you're looking for. Of course, Performance Probe will also report on standard loading problems as well. Performance Probe is about as easy to use as possible - simply launch the application and monitor system activity. Color bars associated with I/O, memory, and CPU loading and delays make it clear when problems exist. This application provides a quick and easy way to tell if you're system is having some type of performance problems without launching tools that may be difficult to use or provide somewhat complex results. You don't need to be an expert to understand when you're having problems, Performance Probe makes it obvious. Performance Probe uses active icons that update the dock icon so that users can tell how heavily loaded their system is, even when the application has been minimized. Performance Probe comes with two versions - standard and mini. The standard version allows the user to activate and deactivate monitoring via controls on the user interface. The mini version is much smaller in size and automatically starts sampling when launched and stops sampling when the application is closed. The "mini" version has no controls but is much smaller in size. Both types are included in the package and they both use active icons to make activity visible even when the applications are minimized
What is new in this release:
- Includes new pop-up on demand heads up display (HUD)
- Instantaneous CPU and Memory usage
- Configurable load measurements and filtering
- Graphical drive load reporting
- Graphical network activity reporting
This is a commercial-only product.