System Utilities - miniStat2

Description: Now it is time to double your experience in Macs system monitoring. Universal system monitoring widget. All about your processor, memory, storage, temperature sensors, network connections and battery. Customizable skins and very compact size. .

Features
- Six different view types - processor, memory, storage, network, sensors and battery
- Really tiny size and low system resources usage
- Customizable skins - make the widget look like your Mac!
- Very useful desktop mode - view system statistics summary values at one time
- Control widget without mouse via hot keys
- Smooth animations and cool graphics
- Setup preferable temperature units - C or F
- Check your wireless mouse and keyboard batteries charge via this widget!
- Color-coding for all temperature values.


Shareware, $4.95 only. We also accept PayPal payments.
Author: XAK
Version: 1.89
New in v1.89: - iPhone and AppleTV skins. Event if there is a plenty of time till release of iPhone, you can make miniStat2 look a lot like it. This skins also comes with built-in "clownfish wallpaper" that matches the background image from the actual iPhone presentation.
- Most memory-hungry applications list is now located alongside with the list of most CPU active processes. Just hit "P" button to popup the list and click the first column to change sorting criteria between RAM and CPU usages.
- Actual hard-drive icons are now shown in both desktop mode and "Storage" section.
- Several bugs were fixed in Growl messaging, Logitech mice battery indicator, MacPro processor frequency gauge. The widget will also now remember and restore the state it was before system restart.
Uploaded on: February 27th 2007 at 6:41 PM
Rating: (4.46 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 14644 (all versions), 3022 (this version)
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excellent work, minimal size with a lot of features

Posted by: 3mors on Sep 13, 05 (12:10 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

seriously, shareware widgets suck! nuts to the person who wants to charge for these little buggers.

Posted by: jonlink on Sep 13, 05 (12:31 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

i wish i could edit comments... in case i wasn't clear this is a shareware widget-- you have to pay $7.45...

Posted by: jonlink on Sep 13, 05 (12:33 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

It's not a "little bugger" or "tiny utility". It's just a full featured system statistics software with a lot of features on a "roadmap".

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 13, 05 (12:48 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

i'll say this an then no more, while it does have a lot of info all in one place almost all this info is easy to get from standard mac utilities. heat is the only one that comes to mind as difficult, and there are free utilties that can give that to you-- not to mention sensors are historically off, so the info from them is to be viewed with skepticism.

all said though, this is about 1/5 of the price i paid for a word processor... nobody will find this 1/5 as useful as a word processor, nor is this 1/5 as difficult to develop as a word processor. i know widgets take time & energy to make, but that doesn't mean developers should charge for them. what ever happened to giving to the community? why does one need to have dollar signs floating in the eyes for even the smallest and simplest of things?

Posted by: jonlink on Sep 13, 05 (1:14 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

okay, last post to clear things up-- i am not suggesting the widget is buggy, and never say that. your putting words in my mouth, temperature reading, period, is very difficult to get right from a sensor standpoint.

that means all temp apps have a tendency to be inaccurate. and whether they work at all depends on how old your system is. if you don't believe me surf the web and find it for yourself, here is a good place to start: http://www.bresink.de/osx/DocsHardwareMonitor/faq.html

Posted by: jonlink on Sep 13, 05 (2:12 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Although I *loath* Shareware, this widget is amazing! The graphics are excellent and the interface is very user-friendly.

Great job!

Posted by: SiliconX on Sep 13, 05 (5:18 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

just by looking at it you can tell this is the most professional widget. it is not like they are charging for crap. Plus if you go to the developers site, they have FREE widgets of each of those tasks that one does. but for free.

http://www.shockwidgets.com/?widget=miniStat

Posted by: blinkmetoys on Sep 13, 05 (5:20 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Why should I use this widget if I always have to click a number before I can use it... smiley (Jonlink, I totally agree with you! )

Posted by: Rik on Sep 13, 05 (7:20 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

jonlink, i understand your point of you, but if u don't like the developer's choice, simply write it, but don't write that it's buggy, useless or other. every user will make his choice: using it in demo version, pay for it, or using other widgets

Posted by: 3mors on Sep 13, 05 (8:12 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Best widget design-features ever!

only minus: shareware!

Posted by: Da_Vinci on Sep 13, 05 (8:47 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

The design and interface are top notch. Some of the best in any widget i've ever seen.

The price is a little too high for my taste- I think that $5 is the sweet spot for shareware widgets. I have a hard time rationalizing spending more than that on a widget, no matter how cool it may be. If the price is lowered to $5, i'll strongly consider buying it, otherwise i'll just stick with the individual widgets.

Posted by: zweben on Sep 13, 05 (9:31 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

This is an excellent widget no doubt. But I menu meters does everything this does, it a very clean and customizable way, and all for free. I can never buy a widget.

Posted by: VirtualAlex on Sep 13, 05 (10:11 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Hey Alex, it's not free smiley - you have to pay $7.45!!!

Posted by: Rik on Sep 14, 05 (6:56 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

The majority of the indicators that I deem important, such as free hard drive space or temperature readings, can be found elsewhere. I don't personally have a use for a widget to tell me my hard drive's free space, since I don't need to check that frequently. Similar feelings toward every other reading except the cpu heat. For this I have your minicpuheat widget, which probably is more efficient than this feature-packed one, although perhaps somewhat dull in appearance.

-points for no 12" pb setting

If I could develop widgets though, I admit if I made one this efficient and clean and solid, I would probably charge $1 - I think it is great to give to the community, but I would be so proud of this widget that I would like some return if only for a token of appreciation (plus it would always help!). To say all widgets should be free is kind of silly, because one can more easily demand higher quality if one pays for something. In the capitalist world, quality products should be sold commercially both for philosophical reasons and for the good of the economy, though to an insignificant degree with widgets. However, widgets themselves are sub-apps, and in my mind this makes most count as sub-products that should be freeware. This one here managed to put application-level functionality into a widget, a supposed no-no, and still be efficient, which makes it kind of an anomaly.

Congratulations on your great, rule-breaking, yuuryou widget.

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Sep 14, 05 (11:30 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I agree with BagOfHammers... We all benefit from a widget that is of such quality that users will pay for it.

However, I don't see any proprietary technology in this widget... a lot of hard work yes.. But Video Poker is actually more useful for me, so I am lucky that one is free.

Nevertheless , for the level of fine attention to detail, consistent behavior, and continuity of concept throughout... I think it deserves "more than 5 stars" in each rating category.

Posted by: cerberus on Sep 14, 05 (4:46 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thank you for all your comments guys smiley
I'm at hard work right now with new 1.4 version. Upcoming features are:

- Airport + Bluetooth(?) monitoring
- Ability to "Lock" current window, so widget will not switch back to the "Desktop mode" after opening dashboard.
- New adaptive layout for "Storage" window items
- Refined PowerMac G5 skin
- Ability to change "Desktop" wallpaper with your own picture (Automator workflow included)
- Fixed memory leak and cpu overload on some systems
- Significantly decreased cpu usage by widget
- Ability to controll widget by Numpad keys
- Some new graphics improvements

I'm also planning to low miniStat2 price to $4.95 next week.

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 14, 05 (5:12 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

pleae no more shareware

Posted by: spyker3292 on Sep 15, 05 (12:36 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Excellent job! This widget is very small and out of the way but still manages to give you lots of information. I won't say anything about it being shareware, as you have heard it all from the other people here, but other than that it is flawless.

Posted by: skyhawkrider on Sep 15, 05 (3:14 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

It is taking up 300 MB or my RAM on my iMac G5, even when dashboard is closed...That is way to much!

Posted by: EricNau on Sep 15, 05 (7:17 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

EricNau, as you can see at my post (Sep 14) - I've fixed this already and will update miniStat2 today or tomorrow.

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 15, 05 (10:29 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

XAK- i'm highly impressed. With the price down to under $5, i'll highly consider buying now.

I'm looking forward to version 1.4.

Posted by: zweben on Sep 15, 05 (3:43 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

I love it, but
1) as mentioned, it is shareware
2) There are the other mini monitors, but they do not include network traffic
3) I wish i could make it a little bit bigger.... maybe 150% the size

Posted by: google636 on Sep 16, 05 (12:02 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Here is an example of adaptive layout of "Storage" view:

http://shockwidgets.com/adaptive_example.jpg

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 16, 05 (10:08 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

New network "view" in 1.4:

http://shockwidgets.com/newnetwork_view.jpg

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 16, 05 (5:01 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

As I said later - this (1.4) version now brings a lot of features and new lowered price - $4.95

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Sep 17, 05 (4:10 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)  

I love it but ill only give you 3 *s cause its too expensive for a widget. $2 is all ill pay

Posted by: spyker3292 on Sep 17, 05 (4:31 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

$3 isnt bad either but 5 no way

Posted by: spyker3292 on Sep 17, 05 (4:33 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)  

Excellent little widget. Very compact, gives me all the info I want. Fantastic user interface. $4.95 was quite reasonable and I'd like to support more widgets, so I paid quite happily.

Posted by: kren2000 on Sep 17, 05 (4:46 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

No way you'd pay for computer software?

Posted by: Spiken on Sep 17, 05 (6:17 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)  

Flawless so far. I just love it. At first look, it also seems a lot faster than the painfully slow SysStat.

Posted by: Lundmark on Sep 18, 05 (8:33 PM) for version 1.4 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Features for upcoming 1.5 version:
- Internal and external IP viewing
- Growl integration for monitoring cpu temperature

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Oct 02, 05 (4:00 PM) for version 1.4a (previous version)  

Why do you have to click numbers for the trial?? What is this supposed to do? anoy me?

Posted by: IanTheMacFan on Oct 02, 05 (7:19 PM) for version 1.4a (previous version)  

agreed an excellent lil' widget.

how does one get the battery power on a wireless mouse though? I haven't been able to figure this out.

as for the whole price issue -- that's for the author to decide. for me i think this is definitely worth $5.00. However I am rather hesitant to pay it because it kind of signals the end of free widgets. but hell -- what do we expect really the tiger widget honeymoon would end eventually. still my advice to the developer (as another shareware developer) is just say it's shareware and leave out the annoying schemes and you'd be surprised how many people pay. If you said it was $3 shareware via paypal without any reg schemes I'd pay that right away and I know a lot of other people would too.

Posted by: redrocklobster on Oct 02, 05 (7:52 PM) for version 1.4a (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I am trying to figure out the same thing as redrocklobster - how the wireless mouse and keyboard battery level is found. Mind you, you probably want to protect you trade secrets smiley

On the pricing issue, for a development community, I wonder how many people are actually paying to get rid of the demo notice...........

Posted by: google636 on Oct 02, 05 (11:37 PM) for version 1.4a (previous version)  

^ Click the "B" button on your keyboard, that will toggle through batteries on desktop mode.

Posted by: EricNau on Oct 06, 05 (10:54 PM) for version 1.4b (previous version)  

are you guys kidding about complaining about the price?? from what i see this is a piece of software and a really nice piece of software at that! you can even change the background on the desktop of the computer! its nice little touches and attention to detail that make this widget so nice.

for those of you who are saying that 5 dollars is to high of a price... what on earth are you thinking, this is the price of a cheep lunch at a fast food place. its such a bargin! "ill pay 2 dollars but not 5"?? hu?

stop being cheep. its small companies like this that are really pushing what a widget can do and i think it is well worth the small charge to help fund future widgets as nice as this!

p.s- they also made an amazing tetris widget a while back which i was lucky enough to grab before they had to stop distributing it, its one of my favorite versions of tetris to date. its so simple and small so its god for a quick game here and there...

Posted by: tsun on Oct 07, 05 (1:58 AM) for version 1.4b (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

ericnau thx for the tip but... the b button togges nothing. the battery monitor is blank of my desktop g5. b does nothing except put up the word "charge". i'm interested in getting the battery status for a logitech wireless trackball. maybe it's not supported. i don't know of any other way to get the battery power of it.

Posted by: redrocklobster on Oct 07, 05 (4:52 AM) for version 1.4b (previous version)  

Or click the charge text, it also toggles through the modes.

Posted by: google636 on Oct 16, 05 (3:23 PM) for version 1.5 (previous version)  

I don't think that charging for a widget is wrong, if the writer does hard work and wants to charge for it, great.

What's wrong is not *telling* that it's shareware until after you've downloaded it. Tease.

Posted by: BlogD on Oct 17, 05 (1:22 AM) for version 1.5 (previous version)  

Sorry, but... There is no "License type" field on this site in widget description.

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Oct 17, 05 (4:59 AM) for version 1.5 (previous version)  

The license would appropriately be put in the "description" field. Nothing stoppin' ya. Considering that people will assume that a widget is free and many will simply have wasted effort in downloading it until they hit the shareware wall, it would be only considerate to let them know straight-up what they are looking at.

Posted by: BlogD on Oct 17, 05 (2:25 PM) for version 1.5 (previous version)  

Looks nice, but I personally don't like the size. It's too small. I also think, the gfx are not that tremendous (at least in the Tryout the Windows look cheap when you enter a dialogue).

Good work, but I prefer SysStat all the way. Looks better, works better and is FREE!

Posted by: swagi on Dec 21, 05 (7:15 PM) for version 1.5 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

The serial number I bought won't work. I enter it, it says thank you, then the box appears again?

Posted by: exg5 on Mar 11, 06 (1:06 AM) for version 1.7 (previous version)  

exg5, please contact us. We willl send you new serial.
support@shockwidgets.com

Posted by: XAK (developer) on Mar 11, 06 (5:26 AM) for version 1.7 (previous version)  

all right, but the serial you gave me does work. It's similar to a flash movie without a stop action, where it finishes and says thank you, but then it reverts to the beginning again, and shows the enter box. It might be a glitch?

Posted by: exg5 on Mar 11, 06 (9:34 AM) for version 1.7 (previous version)  

Price sucks specially since it doesn't load on my comp...

Posted by: spyker3292 on Mar 08, 07 (10:37 PM) for version 1.89 (current version)  

Shareware widgets are lame. Not only are there other widgets with the SAME functionality, but look nice (I take it you couldn't make your own graphics?).

Are you even allowed to make money off of a design Apple created anyway?

Lame

Posted by: Kasracer on Mar 11, 07 (6:42 AM) for version 1.89 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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