Turbo Boost Switcher – New version incoming

Hi!

A new version of the app Turbo Boost Switcher is on its way. I hope to release it just in a few days, weeks at most, so stay tuned.

These will be the changes:

  • PRO: New battery auto mode: Now you will be able to set Turbo Toost mode to be enabled / disabled depending on a configurable battery charge level.
  • PRO: GUI update to unifiy auto modes inside the same settings screen, so future auto modes (like CPU Temp, load, etc) will also be included here.
  • PRO: Auto mode can be enabled / disabled directly from the main menu (this has also been requested by some users).
  • PRO & FREE: Configurable auto check for updates on startup.
  • PRO & FREE: Minor fixes, translations, etc.

And remember that the current version is compatible with macOS Sierra released just a few days ago.

As always, thank you for your comments and supporting the app.

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Turbo Boost Switcher update 2.2.0 available

Hi!

Just released a new version of Turbo Boost Switcher. Besides a couple of new features, this version includes also beta compatibility with beta version of macOS Sierra and some fixes and improvements.

You should have received an email with the update. If not, please check your spam folder.

New features:

  • Celsius & Fahrenheit display (PRO only): Now you can choose between both to display the cpu temp.

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  • Beta support for macOS Sierra: The app has been tested both on beta 3 and 4 and works fine, as reported on last emails. Read more here.
  • App packaged as .dmg instead zip: In order to make things even easier, now the app is distributed as a .dmg. (PRO only for now, incoming also for free).

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Improvements & Fixes:

  • Some stability improvements and compatibility fixes.
  • Licensing process improved.
  • Other minor fixes.

Install procedure:

  • Just download (move to Applications if on macOS Sierra) and run!.

Hoping you enjoy this release.

Best!

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How to run Turbo Boost Switcher on macOS Sierra

Great news! :)…, the app Turbo Boost Switcher works with the latest beta of macOS Sierra (beta 3, Apple just released beta 4, will update this post the following days).

Edit: Working fine with macOS Sierra beta 4 🙂

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There is just one little thing you must take into account in order to run the app on this new os version.

Due to a new feature on Sierra called App Translocation (more discussion on Hacker News too) you need to move the app to another folder after downloading it. If you just download and open from the same folder (in example, “Downloads”), the app won’t run.

Turbo Boost Switcher needs to change permissions of the kext included in the bundle so the kernel module can be installed (remember, kernel extensions must be owned by root user). App Translocation feature doesn’t allow to change a thing inside the bundle if the user doesn’t move the app to another folder.

This new feature will break a lot of installers, auto-updaters, etc. so be warned!! ;).

In summary, to run the app on macOS Sierra, just download it and move it to Applications, Desktop or your desired folder, do not run it from the same location you unzip the file.

I’m planning to distribute the next version using a .dmg providing more info for the users and the typical “Drag to Applications” assistant.

Best!

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TBS: Starting macOS Sierra tests…

Hi!

I’m planning to start testing Turbo Boost Switcher this weekend on macOS Sierra (its compatibility and working / nonworking features) so the app is ready when the OS finally launches this fall. I know for your comments for some of you it works, but other are reporting it doesn’t, so I’ll check by myself since fall is coming!.

Also.., besides a couple of new features and fixes, I’m thinking about releasing a pre-release beta version at reduced price (with a redeem code for the final version) for those brave of you who want to install on your macOS beta…, not sure yet. Just let me know what you think!

And if you have ideas and would like some new specific features…, happy to hear! In example, some guy proposed to display temps in ºC or ºF.., simple, huh? :), this will be available on next version for sure.

As always, thank you for your support!

Best.

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Turbo Boost Switcher Update 2.1.0 available

Hi!

Just released a new version of Turbo Boost Switcher with a couple requested new features and some bugfixes.

These are the changes included with this version:

  • Turbo Boost default mode (just PRO): Some of you have asked for the possibility of setting a default mode of Turbo Boost enabled state. Now you’ll be able to do it by enabling “auto” configuration and default status that will be applied when no one configuration matches. Just take a look to the following screenshot.

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  • Retina Icon (all versions): As requested by many of you, a retina status bar icon has been included with this version.
  • Fixes (all versions):
    • Version compatibility: Due to a xcode missconfiguration, last release of PRO version was set to be compatible with 10.10 and above. This has been fixed to previous configuration, so the PRO version is again compatible with 10.6 OSX and above.
    • Other minor fixes & updates: Minor changes on translations, improvements, etc.

If you have previously purchased the PRO version, check your email (and spam folder) where you should have received by now an email containing the new update availability and a link to download it.

Just updated also the github project with the free version and the corresponding binary.

Important: When updating, just download and run the received update. You don’t need to uninstall the previous version ;). Thanks!

As always, thank you very much for your support and messages, I really appreciate them. Maintaining this app demands from me a lot of my leisure (and sleep time) :).

Best regards and enjoy!

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Turbo Boost Switcher Promo Codes

Hi again!

First of all, thank you for your comments and messages about the new version of Turbo Boost Switcher Pro. That gives me strength to keep pushing forward on improving the app.

So.., I decided to launch a give away of 20 promo codes of 20% ($2 effective discount) for the pro version for those 20 first people who tweet something recommending the app to your friends :)… starting NOW! 🙂

Don’t forget to send me a message (through twitter or my email account) with a link to your tweet so I get notified (If you don’t I won’t be able to send back the promo code).

Once reached the limit I’ll send the winners direct messages through twitter containing the promo code. The winners will be also published here for transparency ;). Remember to enable direct messages on twitter so I can send you the promo code (or just follow me, as you prefer).

Edit: No more codes left!!! Sorry! 

Good luck and thanks!

Best.

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Turbo Boost Switcher 2.0 released!

Hi!

I’m glad to announce that Turbo Boost Switcher 2.0 version is finally available for download. For those of you who have previously purchased Turbo Boost Switcher Pro, just check your mailbox. You should have by now an email including the new version and a unique license key.

This are the main features for both free and pro version:

  • Turbo Boost Switcher Pro
    • Asks for root password only once! (on the same machine, same user, of course :).
    • Auto disable Turbo Boost when battery charger is not connected.
    • Enable / Disable Turbo Boost when one of the configured apps is running.
    • OSX Notifications integration.
    • Purchase protection through license key verification.
    • Other minor fixes and improvements like status refresh issues, dark theme icon, etc.
  • Turbo Boost Switcher (Free)
    • Minor fixes and improvements like status refresh issues, dark theme icon, etc.

For those of you who don’t wan’t to purchase the Pro version remember you can forget about entering root password by just running the app with “sudo”.

The pro version includes this time a license key verification process in order to protect your purchase, so don’t share it under any circumstance. Like in previous version, the use license is for one installation only.

By the way….check the brand new FAQs page with some useful info ;).

Hope you like this version and don’t forget to spread the word!

Best.

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One more thing… :)

I’ve finished the development of 2.0 version, both free and pro! :).

But after receiving hundreds (literally) of mails asking about the root password thing over the last months, I decided to resume this task and give it another try.

Let’s remember the explanation and a simple workaround If you jut don’t want to wait for the 2.0 PRO version.

As most of you probabably know by now, TBS installs a kernel extension in order to disable Turbo Boost. Kernel extensions must be installed as root, so OSX asks for the user permission and admin password in order to be able to accomplish that.

The credentials are stored on System Privilieges cache, but this cache is only alive per login session, so when you come back from hibernation the login session is restored and the credential is timed out, and OSX asks again for your admin password.

In order for the app to NEVER ask for root password you just need to execute it as.., guess what, root user.  Just open a Terminal, go to the folder where you installed the app and run:

$sudo ./Turbo\ Boost\ Switcher.app/Contents/MacOS/Turbo\ Boost\ Switcher

This will run the app as root and the auth dialog will never apear. You can also generate a bash script to run this command automatically after a reboot.

Since running apps as root is not recommended, I’m going to refactor all the authentication/authorization process so the app just asks for the root password once, even if the credential cache entry expires.

And… I’m also generating a FAQ section with the most repetitive questions I receive by email :).

As always, thank you very much for supporting the app!

Best!

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I’m Back (again) :)

It’s been too much time, I know, and sorry for those of you who are waiting for the new version… There is no excuse, but you know.., life, kids, work, sometimes it’s really hard to start working on something at 00:00am and not falling asleep over the keyboard.

But ey!, I’m back and working again. The main reason is that some of you have reported that the app is working fine also with the new version of OSX, so I’ve decided to finish the 2.0 version.

Here you have some screenshots of the current work, with two of the main new features:


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Notice the “Disabled when charger disconnected” option that will do that, automatically disable Turbo Boost if you disconnect your mag safe charger :). As Jobs’d say “It works like magic” and I think it’s very cool :D. This feature will be also available for the free version.

And here you have another screenshot, this time about the option to auto enable/disable Turbo Boost for one app (or a bunch of ones) depending on the order you configure the listing. I think this is cool too. Remember this will be only available for the PRO version.

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The version is almost ready…, just finishing some make-up.

As always, thanks for your patience and support!

Best.

 

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And Apple said… NO :(

Hi everyone,

Yes, finally Apple answered and sadly said NO :(. I have been sending and receiving several mails to and from Apple these days, but finally I think I have to surrender :(.

This is the exact last answer:

Processor state and low level system functionality is the domain of the operating system and should not be under user control.

Users who wish to use your product can still do so by booting into OS X’s Recovery OS and issuing one command, as detailed in the System Integrity Protection Guide.

Yes! It speaks by itself. I really never thought that Apple would deny the signature. I told them the app has thousands of users (the free version does :), but that seemed to make no effect. So… what to do next? These are the options and the next steps:

1.- If you really don’t want to mess with the system integrity features and continue using TBS normally, just don’t upgrade to El Capitan.

2.- Next version will include a feature to check the system integrity status calling the command provided by Apple, and instructions in order to disable it.

Please, give me your feedback about your experience on disabling the system integrity features if you’re currently trying it.

And…if you have another ideas, I’m all ears! Just comment out in this blog… :D, but for now, that will be the path to follow. I’ve sent a last appeal to Apple, but I really don’t have hope about they’re just considering it.

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