iFreeMem

Version: 3.5a || Release Date: 2009-12-13 || License: Shareware (£10) Developer: Activata | App Owner: neogeek

Maximize free memory for better application performance.

iFreeMem... Free system memory for better application performance. A quick and easy alternative to either a reboot or RAM upgrade to get defragmented free memory.

If you are in the middle of using an application and the system becomes unresponsive for several seconds it could be the memory manager organising free memory for your application to use. IFreeMem clears Inactive memory to help your applications avoid the performance hit you get when running low on Free memory. You could think of it like a RAM upgrade.

Especially useful for users of memory hungry applications, i.e.:

  • Musicians
  • DJ's
  • Graphic Designers
  • Final Cut Pro users
  • Photographers
  • Scientists
  • Parallels Desktop users

Rejuvenates old Machines and optimizes new machines.

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19 Opinions

Ack, guys. The improvements you feel are subjective. Better said with the "placebo" effect.

I could point out why such tools are of no effect, however; it wouldn't fit in here and require a bit of understanding of operating system internals. Maybe I'll find some resources on the net.

/edit: Look here: http://www.bitsum.com/winmemboost.asp It's windows based, however, applies to other os' as well.

massive improvement on the web site! the description is quite detailed now and the price tag has been lowered a bit. really, there is no reason for anyone interested not to give the program a shot at this point... and despite what may have seemed like a negative review (my first comment) a couple of lines down the page, the program does do what its developer(s) claim it to do.

I made the software.

New version 1.1 is out.

Includes a clearer product description(well hopefully) and benchmark tool.

See website for details, I erased anything that sounded like marketing and replaced with specifics and tests.

Hope this clears things up

partially reiterating factoryjoe's statement of 10$ being a bit too much, i agree. maybe they could release a free "lite" version that does not include the added memory logger tool or at least decrease the price a bit.

I've been using the trial for about a week and it seems to help quite a bit in between major application switches, as haleakalari suggested.

In particular, I use it between bouts of heavy Firefox tab using and Photoshop. It seems to add a bit of pep to each app -- though admittedly it's short lived.

If this app were free, I'd use it all the time, just as I did with Cacheman (outertech.com) on the PC. $10 is a bit much for this kind of functionality.

i just gave it a test run and although this app does what it is supposed to, it does not do much. in a nut-shell, when you click the "optimize memory" button it clears your system's actual memory (ram) and in the process writes [or "pages"] a small portion of that memory to your hard disk's swap file (virtual memory). yes, of-course this means that if you have any other programs open while you click that button, some of the memory that was allocated to those open processes will be written to disk, a fair portion of it will not though, meaning that those open processes, after the "memory optimization" routine is complete, will run a bit slower while they are "warming up", so to speak, than they were running previously.

two things to remember though;

1. applications such as ifreemem should be used sparingly, ideally after you have just finished working with a memory intensive program and wish to use another memory intensive program. for example; if you have just finished writing a few dozen pages for a project in neooffice, have no intention of using neooffice again for the rest of your session but wish to play civilization 3 for a couple of hours. hypothetically, using something like ifreemem in-between closing neooffice and running civilization 3, might be to your benefit. know this, if you really only engage in light computer use, chance is, you have no need for a "memory optimizer", in a case like that it would probably do more harm than good, using something like this all willy-nilly would probably cause your system to freeze or even crash. again, if you really only use your computer to check your e-mail, browse the web, and read the news, you do not need a "memory optimizer".

2. programs like this one should ideally be free. seeing as this is the only "memory optimizer" or "ram freer" [heh] available as a universal binary for mac os x, it is understandable that the people who were behind the coding would take advantage of that fact and charge for it. understandable behaviour, but not commendable none-the-less.

just my 2 cents.

p.s. if you are one of those individuals who really only engages in "light" computer use or just cant see yourself shelling out 10 bucks for any small app (understandable), but still would appreciate having a means to "free up" some ram occasionally, try opening up your mac os x terminal and typing "sudo periodic daily" or "sudo periodic weekly" (without the quotes) and hitting enter. after terminal prompts you to enter your password, type it and press enter again, your system will then run whichever one of those cron [unix maintenance] scripts you chose and after you let it finish, you should notice some more free ram and generally "snappier" system performance for a while.

Oh yeah, finally. I was wondering how long it takes until the first "Tool" like that appears on OS X. nontroppo is absolutely right, the claims made by such tools are nothing more than total BS - the OS handles it's memory good enough, there's just no need for "defragmenting" etc. the memory. Even in the case of Windows :-)

Most "memory optimizers' are pure snakeoil. Maximising free memory forces open applications to page to disk, causing them to have to hit the disk if they need that memory again. There may be specific cases where you don't care about any other application and flush your memory, but even then the other running apps will slow down and that will affect the app you wanted to run optimally. The OS is pretty smart in keeping the right balance between memory held and possible paging.

The allusions to a getting "new mac" are just marketing BS - run 10 apps on a new or old mac and the memory hit will be the same. This program does nothing to change that. Even if the old mac is running 15 more programs than a new mac, flushing out their memory and forcing them all to page to/from disk will not help.

Any opinions? I'm a little skeptical...

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