I can’t even get the window to come up, even mashing on the keyboard charge hotkey. WHAT AM I MISSING
Works great on Mavericks, not a resource hog on OS X 10.9.4
I almost didn’t download and install this app because of all the reports of excessive resource use. I I opened Activity Monitor and and CPU activity was zero. I hit the solar check button on the keyboard and the CPU activity moved between 0.1 and 2.2 per cent and syslogd went from 0% to 0.3-0.4% while the app was active. This is on a Mac Mini. The app was active for two minutes and then dropped to zero. I cannot see any noticeable slowdown while this app is running. NOTE: when I go to about this app, it shows that it is version 1.0.40. The app store reported this as version 1.00.So maybe earlier versions were a problem? …and all have been reported as version 1.00
FUD abounds about this useful app
FUD (for the uninitiated) is Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. Some of what users are saying about this app is true, but much is not.I’m running the app under 10.9.2 on Mac Pro late 2013 (cylinder) model. It runs great, and does exactly what is supposed to. I find the app extremely useful for monitoring my battery level in the keyboard and seeing how much light the keyboard is actually receiving. Users are claiming the the app is a resource hog, and that is logs every keystroke. This is false. What the app does, is spam the console for 2 minutes once the light check button on the kayboard is pressed. After that the background process sleeps and stops spamming the console after ~2 minutes. You’ll notice that the GUI portion says “press the light check button to monitor again” because the background process has slept.Even when the app and background process were running, and the console was being written to, the app used 0.1% CPU on my system according to both Activity Monitor and a "top -u -s5” terminal command. It’s true that I have a monster of a machine, but I don’t see how that could amount to anything significant on even a relatively slow machine. Since I have not pressed the light check button for several minites, the console is now getting a battery update message (presumably so that the app can graph battery levels over time) once every 1.5 minutes.So you can buy into the FUD and remove the app, or use it. I know I’ll stick with it.I like the suggestion “Hightray” offered: to simply write a asl.conf file to tell console to ignore messages from the solar app. Another way to handle this might be to “ignore sender” in the console app itself. To unignore later, just click the little square+arrow in the lower right corner, then find the ignored process and click the red x next to it. I’d say do that if you were so worried about a few lines of text. But trust me, stories of CPU being bogged down, and GB sized console files are *greatly* exaggerated.
Does not work with Logitech Solar Bluetooth keyboard k760
This would be great if it worked with all versions of Logitech's solar keyboards but I have the K760 which is the bluetooth version without the number pad. There is no "check light" hot key so I can't pair my device with the app. The app just tells me that no Solar Keyboard is detected but I'm using it right now.
Hogs system resources and constantly writes to log files
While the app does provide useful information, its overuse of the log files causes high load on the system, sometimes taking up more than 15% of system resources. Every keystroke or event results in a system log entry. While it doesn’t log the actual keystroke (or doesn’t seem to at least), it’s still a huge drain on resources. This results in overall system lag, and many times, keyboard lag. Until there is at least an option to disable verbose logging, I cannot give this app more than the 1 star.You can get around the problem by opening Activity Monitor and choosing to quit the Solar App service. You shouldn’t have to use Force Quit, just a normal Quit. However, the next time you restart, it will be back again. I’m sure there’s a way to prevent it from loading (or just completely uninstall, which deleting the app doesn’t accomplish) altogether, but keep in mind, without the service, the status key won’t do anything, and you won’t have a way to determine battery capacity or the amount of available light to charge.