Your Mac’s health stats at a glance.
I used to be a big believer of a different stats app for monitoring my system’s health. I won’t mentioned any names here, but over the years of using it, I found it to become more and more bloated and therefore, less reliable. Luckily for me, I was introduced to VitalSigns by the developer Luis Glez from Creation State. He is an independent Mac/iOS developer with a great eye for design.
At first, when I was skimming through the email, I thought Luis was talking about an app that monitors your vitals like the Apple Watch. I was really busy and just did a horrible job of reading completely through my email. Needless to say, I did a much better read though later in the day and found that VitalSigns is a stats widget for the Mac. It allows you to monitor the health of your machine. You can know at-a-glance the amount of RAM in your system used, what the heat is on your CPU, GPU, Memory, Enclosure, Airport, Heatsink, and PalmRest. In the developer’s words – It’s an alternative to other, more complex solutions, and it’s suitable for users that don’t want to be bothered with lots of system parameters and values. This is exactly why I like VitalSigns and why I will continue to use it.
VitalSigns provides you with a fully configurable widget. You can choose the sections you want to be shown and you can even choose your preferred units of measure. The widget shows you some very cool animated graphics with great readable text. VitalSigns is battery friendly and very power efficient. Hardly any system resources are used so you don’t have to worry about it being a power hog. In the very short time that I’ve been using it, I’ve found it to be very user-friendly, too. It was definitely designed with ease of use in mind.
I have tested other stats monitoring widgets before and found them to complete their task, but be slow in doing so and lack strongly in the design department. VitalSign has proven itself so far to be a very time-efficient widget. It shows me the correct stats of my machine with no extra load time.
I can swipe my widget area open and view the stats I see whats up with my computer quickly by a pull of the Today view.
VitalSigns is a welcome addition to my Mac computing environment. It’s free to download from the developer’s website and there are no ads and no limitations with using the widget. There is even a very nice support page on the developer’s website that walks you through installation and several FAQs. I’ve been very impressed with VitalSigns and think that’s it’s a nice add-on for monitoring your system.