"This might seem like a trivial question, but I’m quite meticulous about conserving RAM and maximizing battery life on my Mac (MBP M1 Max with 32 GB). Consequently, I usually run a minimal number of background apps.
Currently, I’m conducting an experiment where I use both Reminders and OF 4 simultaneously. The goal is to assess whether the efficiency gains from using OF 4 justify making it my primary task manager instead of Reminders. Additionally, I’m compiling and summarizing a substantial amount of research and journal articles, so having DEVONthink set to open at login would be beneficial.
I’ve attached two screenshots for reference. The first displays the apps I typically preload and run, while the second shows my current setup with additional apps.
My question is, will adding DT and OF to my preloaded apps significantly impact the performance or battery life of my Mac?
DT’s idle energy use is a little higher and it has the potential to do more in the background depending on your settings (smart rules, multiple sync types, potential to sync/ingest more data.) I wouldn’t worry about OF at all. Neither will impede the speed of other apps.
Check their 12 hour power impact in Activity Monitor > Energy after you’ve had them in the background for a day to see if either is unusually high.
Dude, a busy top-level executive like you shouldn’t fuss about little things like this.
You’ve got massive memory. And you have macOS, which is very good at managing lots of memory contention. No, you will not have a problem adding DEVONthink and OmniFocus to the list. Be aware, that DEVONthink sucks resources depending on how many databases you have open at a time, but even then, that app is also well-designed and knows how to keep its demands low when it is running in the background.
Not yet, I’m experimenting so no change yet. One of the main factors for my considering this is that OF is a free upgrade for me and will not require a subscription. They may get me, but I’m not got yet.
I’ve never been concerned about RAM usage or processor utilization, etc. If I have too many apps open I’ll notice a problem and fix it. When I’m on my Mac I’m not controlling a nuclear reactor or flying an airplane full of people. I don’t need to be monitoring everything every minute. I had windows servers that ran for years without me needing to do anything to keep them running, other than check the logs and apply the occasional update.
A replacement battery is $249, or from the looks of it, about the same as three weeks worth of morning coffees. Don’t worry about it.
The whole point of memory is to be used, so unless you’re regularly exceeding the amount of memory you have, you shouldn’t worry.
These days, even exceeding memory use and running into SSD swap files is pretty much a non issue. Back in the early 2000s, the explanation was that if you equated accessing information from memory as taking 1 second (not real time, but for comparison) then the equivalent would be that getting info from swap was about 3 months. The difference was that high, between the drive spinning up and the read head moving.
I don’t know what the comparison would be these days, but it wouldn’t surprise me if 1 Second ~ 1 Minute was an over exageration.
I’ve seen so called server “experts” worry about memory being above 75% You bought it, use it, there is no penalty.
I can relate. It’s not different from maintaining a clean and organized desk. While the system can effortlessly manage all the apps, much like my desk can handle a stack of books and scattered papers, this doesn’t seem civilized.