Mini-App of the Day: Memory Scope

Apps that make life easier or more efficient are great. Especially really minimalist, lightweight apps that don’t eat up memory or CPU. Frequently, these are apps are menus or buttons that run in the menubar/toolbar. My favorire are the ones that are so simple you really don’t have to open them at all. They just run at login/boot and then they do their job or you click them when you need something. (A great example of this is the Dropbox app). Thus, I’ve decided to devote a fair share of posts to these amazing, small apps.

Memory Scope Logo

Today’s Mini-App of the Day is Memory Scope. I first stumbled upon this gem via Lifehacker, where I stumble upon most of my tech stuff. Memory Scope runs in the menu bar and displays how much RAM is available. If you want to free memory, you open it and a window appears showing you a histogram of total, used and free memory. It also displays the percentage of memory each app is using (similar to Activity Monitor in OS X–See the screenshot below). You also have the option of allowing Memory Scope to free memory automatically. I’ve found this to be quite helpful, esp. when I’m testing memory leaky code or opening memory intensive VM’s or when I just need to run a lot of apps at once. One of the greatest things about Memory Scope too is that it’s FREE!

You can download Memory Scope via the App Store if you are running OS X Lion.