App Tamer 1.1 is now available! It reduces App Tamer’s own CPU usage to save even more battery and CPU power. It also corrects some compatibility issues with Lion to ensure that everything runs smoothly as you upgrade.
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App Tamer 1.0.9 is available, delivering compatibility with Mac OS 10.7 Lion. Older versions could crash when your Mac woke from sleep. This version also improves gaming mode by stopping Time Machine backups and Spotlight indexing – things which tend to cause annoying stutters because of all the disk I/O they perform.
Grab your copy from the App Tamer release page. If you’ve got an suggestions or feedback, don’t hesitate to drop us a note!
In past versions, if you used App Tamer to pause Parallels Desktop, you’d get these annoying, 3-5 second pauses in mouse and keyboard input whenever Parallels stopped. This was due to the way Parallels handled the mouse and keyboard. App Tamer now only pauses the Parallels virtual machine processes and leaves the Parallels Desktop app running – that works around the issue and still cuts nearly all of the CPU use associated with Parallels. Thanks to the excellent tech support folks at Parallels who helped us find this workaround!
And finally, there are some new features and tweaks in version 1.0.5, as well. The list of stopped processes at the top of the App Tamer window gets a new contextual menu. This lets you easily turn AutoStop off for the selected process, or quit, force quit, or relaunch that app. Also, double-clicking an app in the list will activate it, and selecting it in the list will show it in the Details drawer so you can see more information about it.
If you’re already running App Tamer, you can get the new version using its “Check for Updates” command in the App Tamer menu. Or you can hop over to http://www.stclairsoft.com/AppTamer and download it from there.
There were two issues with version 1.0.3 that we missed in testing – both of them happen only in fairly uncommon circumstances, but are serious enough that they merit a new release to fix them.
App Tamer 1.0.4 addresses two problems:
- When running under high CPU load, App Tamer’s real-time CPU usage graphs could stop updating. This is fairly uncommon, but is bound to impact many people at some point in time.
- Version 1.0.3 wouldn’t accept certain license codes. If this impacted you, you’ve already experienced it after upgrading. To our knowledge, it happened very rarely, but the bug has now been fixed and should no longer frustrate people.
We’ve made a number of improvements to App Tamer – thanks to everyone that made suggestions and helped test them! It’s all now ready for public consumption as version 1.0.3.
Popular changes are the addition of an auto-hide option that hides all stopped applications, and display of the % cpu saved by each application in the “stopped applications” list. There are also a bunch of compatibility fixes and little UI improvements. Check out the App Tamer release page for all the details.