Great iStat Menu alternative

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  1. bobbytomorow macrumors 6502

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    So now that iStat is a paid app (don't get me wrong I like the app but thats not what this thread is about) I went looking for an alternative app with the same functionality, but free :D

    I came across MenuMeters and it is VERY similar, lightweight, and best of all its free.

    Just thought I would pass this on.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    I found them as well.

    Good product, and the right price ;)

    This is why I complained about istat menus going the paid shareware route. I don't have a problem with people trying to make a living, but those particular apps are more eye candy, gee whiz type of apps.
     
  3. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    I thought that MM did not work with Snow Leopard... My Leopard set stopped working at any rate so I paid for the iStat Menus... it is certainly worth every penny and more of the $10. :eek:
     
  4. bobbytomorow thread starter macrumors 6502

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    MM has been updated, it works with SL and is also 64bit :)
     
  5. McGiord macrumors 601

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    Thanks for sharing this. I was going to pay for iStat forced updated to 3.0, then went looking for a discount coupon, and nothing showed up. Also other users review in Macworld made me stop from paying. One user mentioned its MacBook fans were behaving strangely with iStat, and other mentioned that bjango is not a serious company, not sure about it but anyway, I'll give Menu meters a try.
     
  6. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    This one (http://www.atpurpose.com/atMonitor/) appears to be the best, and best looking, of the free options.

    I happily paid for the iStat though. Along with BetterTouchTool, the 2 utilities I most need on OSX.

    I have no problem with the fan feature on my 2010 i7 MBP.
     
  7. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know which one uses the least amount of system resources to do its job?
     
  8. srf4real macrumors 68030

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    Fyi, menumeters works fine in Lion, and shows all threads of each processor core. No temps tho.. but iStat lost a customer trying to get $25 for an app that basically mirrors the system monitor in your menubar. I'd have paid 10.. dummies.:cool:
     
  9. jwilcox09 macrumors member

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    +1 to that. iStat is way overpriced for an app that doesn't actually do anything other than read stats and display them. Checking menumeters out now though, good to know it works on Lion too.
     
  10. airdrop macrumors member

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    I using MenuMeters, little poorer but it's simple and free.
    http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

    You can adjust colors of the icons / text - yes, iStat looks better ;)

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    The iStat Menus - totally overpriced ($16), it's should cost no more than $4.99 on AppStore.



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  11. bluespider macrumors 6502

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    menumeters is great, thanks for the info!

    gotta love free:D
     
  12. qqjawe macrumors newbie

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    Totaly agree is damm overpriced!!
     
  13. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    Thanks a lot. Just what I need.

    I like iStat Menus but in Canada they want $20 after taxes... not worth it for such a simple app.

    $10 at most is what I would pay, ideally for such a simple app $5 would be nice.
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    atMonitor provided gpu usage and diode temperature. Now that it is defunct and doesn't appear to work on Yosemite, do any of these apps provide this information?
     
  15. ZubaZ macrumors newbie

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    Anything for El Capitan? :)
    I see MenuMeters gave up.
    Currently I am using atMonitor, is working, trying to get used to it.
     
  16. leslieb99 macrumors newbie

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    MenuMeters has been fixed for Sierra - Here's the link : http://member.ipmu.jp/yuji.tachikawa/MenuMetersElCapitan/

    "
    It's a port to OS X El Capitan 10.11 and later of our beloved utility MenuMeters by Alex Harper, at http://ragingmenace.com. As he has not yet released the port to OS X 10.11 El Capitan, I made a minimal modification to the source code he has kindly made public so that it runs fine.

    Confirmed to run OK on El Capitan 10.11 and Sierra 10.12."
     

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