I’d read all the great reviews so I was pretty excited to try this out but haven’t been too impressed after a few hours trying to use it. There’s no good way to really figure out what the various dials indicate: - The preferences tabs sort of show each value but don’t really make the ranges of values clear. - You can hover over the items to get more detail but it’s not really clear how the huge amount of data in the tool tip is distilled down into the graphics. Annoyingly if you turn off some of the values (say disabling the clock) the hidden elements will still trigger the hover behavior. - The help is super wordy which would be great if I was interested in the details but it provides very little of an overview for such a complicated display. They should explain that you have to restart the app for the “Show the iPulse icon in the Dock” setting to take effect.
The High Bar
The Heads Up Display for Mac. I have been using iPulse since something like 2002 and it never ages, never looks old, and never has been usurped by another utility. What is intersting about iPulse is that at first it looks foreign, then you look into the settings and you get a little overwelmed by the functionality and display, then it becomes second nature to glance at and know it cold. It may be the most concise, most efficent and fastest transfer of information from Mac to Brain you can get. 😎 (wouild love to have something like this in my car in a software based dashboard). It should not be underestimated, not only as a great diagostics display, developer tool but a superb tool for Mac servers (would not run one without it). I wish we could have this as a live background “image” on the iPhone. Welcome back old friend!
The UI is VERY VERY VERY difficulty to understand. Actually you can obtain all of these information with system Monitor, don’t waste your money.
Clean interface, minimal impact on display
I like monitoring my system as I often push my laptop doing 3D design while in a Windows virtual machine whie mulittasking on other items in OS X. Often stem monitors can look and act clunky but this one is nice and clean. The main thing I see that is missing is GPU monitoring. This is important for me.
Improved in ways I couldn’t anticipate
I’ve used iPulse since version 1.0 and have always found it an invaluable utility. As OS X continued to change over the last decade, I occasionally questioned its compatibility/necessity. When I saw that this new version was compatible with El Capitan, I couldn’t hit Purchase fast enough. I’ve been even more surprised by how many improvements have been made to its usefulness, specifically the ability to auto-dock it to a particular corner. And it’s so much easier to keep it out of the Dock. Within one day, I’ve been able to completely adjust its settings to look exactly as I prefer.