The Peek-a-Boo Preferences dialog is shown above. There are several options that can be adjusted using this dialog.
- Memory Display lets you choose how you want to view several memory-related items (such as FreeMem,
Size, TempMem, Largest Free Block, and Total Free RAM). You can choose to view in bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, or best.
The choice "best" views in bytes if the value is up to about 5K, in K if the value is up to 1MB, and in MB if the value
is larger than one megabyte. This is the option I regularly use.
- Choose Relative Memgraphs if you're especially interested in the percentage of free
memory of a process. It will "expand" the MemGraph to the maximum width for all processes.
- Select MemGraph includes TempMem if you want the MemGraph to include the Temporary Memory that the
process uses to be included in the graph. If so, it will add the TempMem as a thinner bar to the right of the main
memory bar, with a diagonally-striped pattern.
- Update (ticks) is an important preference. This lets you adjust the period between updates of items
such as CPU%, AcTix, FreeMem, and MemGraph, as well as how often Peek-a-Boo checks for newly-launched or recently-quit
processes. One tick is about 1/60 second; for example, a value of 30 for Update (ticks) would result in Peek-a-Boo
updating its fluctuating items every half second. A short time interval generally provides quicker feedback, but can slow
down other processes slightly.
- CPU History Filter is a series of several radio buttons that lets you choose how "smooth" you want
CPU History windows' graphs to be.
- Shaded CPU Histories lets you choose how the CPU histories are displayed. If it's selected, the graphs
have a gray or black pattern -- gray if the process is in the background, black if it's in the foreground. If it's not
selected, each graph is a simple line. The line display looks much better on LCD displays such as PowerBooks than the shaded
- "Techie" CPU histories changes the appearance of CPU history windows to a green line on a dark
background; an example is on the cpu history window page.
- If you would like a different color for all your windows, click the Background Color button. The
current background color is shown in the little box to the left of the button.
- After you pay for Peek-a-Boo, you may click the I Paid button. Subsequently, the splash screen and the
about screen will both say "Registered" to show that you are a user with honor and integrity.