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What is iPulse?

iPulse is a compact and clever application that monitors the inner workings of Mac OS X like CPU usage, RAM and more.

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What are some of the things iPulse reports on?

iPulse provides info on a number of internal functions including CPU and memory usage, network activity and more.

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How much does iPulse cost?

iPulse is available for Mac OS X users for $12.95.

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How do I customize iPulse?

Change gauge color by adjusting various prefs, or download and open any of the hundreds of iPulse Jackets.

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Will iPulse work with Mac OS 9?

No, iPulse is a Cocoa application that is specifically designed to function in tandem only with Apple's Mac OS X.

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How does iPulse work?

iPulse collects and represents the various internal reports about the OS in a small and pleasing graphical display.

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How do I lower iPulse's CPU usage?

Adjusting the amount of CPU usage for iPulse is easy. Click here for a full description of steps to lower the CPU usage.

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How do I know which gauge is which?

Hover your mouse over the gauge you would like to learn more about and an information window will appear.

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How do I restore gauges to their original settings?

You can restore iPulse to its default settings by clicking the Restore Defaults button at the bottom of the prefs panel.

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I see crashes in the Console App. under 10.2.3. Why?

It appears to be a bug in the 10.2.3 software update. A manual fix is possible from the Terminal window. More...

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How can I keep other apps from hiding iPulse?

Simply go to the Window section of the preference panel and adjust iPulse's settings to always be in the front.

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How can I get iPulse to only appear in the Dock?

Go to the Window preferences and turn off the "Show all gauges and text in a floating window" option.

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How can I only display iPulse on the desktop?

To configure iPulse to display itself only on the Mac OS desktop, please refer to the internal Help documentation.

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How do I create a custom iPulse Jacket?

You can change gauge color by adjusting various prefs, or download the jacket creation kit for greater visual control.

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Why don't my Finder icons display and update properly?

The Mac Finder has an unfortunate tendency to cache icons instead of updating them as it is supposed to.

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What color depth should I use when making icons?

For modern operating systems, it's a good idea to start out with a full 32-bit (millions of colors) palette.

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Help! I've lost my iPulse serial number!

Have no fear! Enter your email address at our Registration Lookup page and it will be mailed to you instantly.

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What does the extension .dmg mean?

A .dmg is an OS X compressed, read-only disk image file popular for distributing software on the Mac platform.

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How do I report a bug or submit a suggestion?

We encourage you to use our Contact page to submit any problems or general requests you may have with iPulse.

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Can I add a custom icon to a Mac OS X disk image?

Yes, adding a custom icon to a Mac disk image is easy. Please read on to learn the steps to perform this process.

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Can I add a background picture to an OS X disk image?

Yes, but the trick is to make sure the picture you are adding is in a subfolder of the disk you are creating.

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Why are my icons behaving strangely in the Finder?

You may not have all icon resources in your icon file or your Finder may be caching old versions of the icon.

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How do you create OS X icons, and can I make my own?

Once art work is finalized, we turn to the filter we created for use with Photoshop, IconBuilder, to construct our icons.

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