TBS – New Version – 2.8.0

Hi there!

There is a new version of Turbo Boost Switcher available! It includes some new features both for free & pro versions, full compatibility with Mojave’s dark mode and more. Hope you like it!

  • FREE & PRO: New translations (Italian and Czech) for both free and pro versions!. Ordered at Gengo using advanced/profesional profile… hope this time the quality is better than older translations.
  • FREE & PRO: Full dark mode support across all the application. Now all windows have been adapted to support both modes, including the charts window so it changes its background color according to the mode being used. Here you’ve got an example.


  • FREE & PRO: New battery indicator, available for both free and pro versions and on machines that uses…, battery of course 🙂 . It displays the battery percentage graphically…. At first, I also added the time left estimation (using IOKit for those who are curious) that Apple decided to remove from MacOS Mojave.., but after some testing realised why they decided to remove it!. Reason? Well… it’s just almost impossible to keep the battery time left estimation up and on sync depending on the kind of activities you perform. You can google around a lot about this and will find some interesting info about this fact like on this post.

  • PRO Only:  I also added a new auto mode based on remaining time estimate. At first, you could configure between 5 min and 4 hours left…, but again, since the estimate is very inaccurate sometimes (I got more than 20 hours left in one of my tests! :D), decided to lower down the upper side of the threshold to 60 minutes as you can see on the following screenshot

  • FREE & PRO: Some translations fixes (thanks for all your feedback!), lowered down minimum refresh time to 4s, some other minor fixes and improvements, etc.

As always, in order to update, just download the new version and install as usual by dragging the .app to Applications folder.

Take a look at the How to update page if you’ve got any doubt.

Thanks for your feedback & support.

Enjoy!

Turbo Boost Switcher on macOS Catalina

Hello there!

Just wanted to let you know that Turbo Boost Switcher (free and pro) is working fine with macOS Catalina beta! 🙂

Apple fixed some issues present on previous releases and from public beta 5 (developer beta 6) all is working like charm again. In fact, it seems there are a lot of issues fixed in this release… , at least for me :). Crossing fingers nothing breaks again on future beta releases…, will keep this post and FAQs updated if needed.

One last thing…I’ve been holding 2.9.0 release of Turbo Boost Switcher a couple of months to test against Catalina and make changes if needed…, but if everything works well on upcoming Catalina beta releases will publish it sooner than later :).

Stay tuned!

 

How to notarize your application step by step

So.., you want to notarize your Mac application and you don’t even know where to start?

This is a simple step by step guide to help you to accomplish that in matter of minutes from console. I’m publishing this after notarizing next version of Turbo Boost Switcher I’m working on since it took me some time and did some mistakes, so decided to share my experience with you all. Hope it helps!! :).

In summary:

And that’s it!.., there’re alternative flows to this one (like using .dmg files instead) but found this one to be the simplest.., at least for me. Now let’s proceed with the details:

  1. Upgrade your Xcode to at least 10.0+ version . The command line tools and graphical ones are only available from this version.
  2. After that, visit Apple ID management web page and generate a specific password in order to use notarization. Follow this guide https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204397
  3. Now zip your .app folder. After that, let’s send it to Apple using the credentials generated above.

    xcrun altool --notarize-app --primary-bundle-id "$bundle_id" --username "$your_apple_id" --password "$password" --file $your_file.zip

    Just replace the variables $bundle_id, $your_apple_id and $password with the application bundle id (or another one), your apple id username and finally the generated password on the step three. Give it some time in order to upload the file to apple servers.

  4. Once uploaded, you’ll see a request identifier you can use in order to check the notarization status and result. In order to do that, just enter the following command to query for that info, get current status and view errors if any.

    xcrun altool -u "$your_apple_id" -p “$password” --notarization-info $request_id

  5. Finally, it all went fine you’ll receive an email after some minutes containing “You can now distribute your Mac software” as subject. You just need to staple the .app so Gatekeeper can confirm your app is notarized when offline.

    spctl -a -v $the_file.app

And done, you’re good to go!!!. If you need more info, you can check the Apple documentation, use the Xcode directly, etc. Just take a look at the following links:

TBS – New update – 2.7.1

Hi!

Here comes a new update of Turbo Boost Switcher, both free and pro versions. This is just a minor update containing some little fixes with no additional features:

  • Fixed an issue about fan speeds that affects only to new Macbooks Pro 2018.  New macbooks (2018 pro ones) return fan speed using different data type, so this is just a little update to display the fan readings.  In any case, remember that under 1000 rpm aprox. the readings return “0” value, so N/A will continue to be displayed whenever the fans are not running.
  • Remember refresh rate setting (this is just for free version, pro was working fine).
  • Charting compatibility with OSX 10.8 fixed, since some users reported the new Charts feature introduced on 2.7.0 were not showing properly on Mac OSX 10.8.
  • Updated app signature to my Developer ID certificate, so no more warnings about “unidentified” developer are shown when installing.
  • Other minor fixes (translations, status update timing adjustment, etc).

To update, just download the corresponding file and install as usual. More info on how to update.

Enjoy!

Turbo Boost Switcher on Mojave and Macbook 2018

Hi there!

In summary, yes, the app works fine, both free and pro, with latest Mojave Beta and also the new Macbooks Pro 2018. Just writing this small post to let you all know :).

Mojave first betas suffered from one bug that was preventing the kernel extension from being loaded. That affected to many apps like Littlesnitch, but after reporting to Apple, they solved it on public beta 3 of Mojave (developer beta 4) :), so yes, the app is again working just fine with latest Mojave Beta!

Here you’ve got a screenshot of the app running on my MB air with Mojave public beta 3 and dark mode enabled.

About the app running on new Macbooks (2018), it just works fine allowing to enable / disable turbo boost without issues. It makes sense, since as you know (you should! :P) the feature is controlled by a Processor MSRs and Intel doesn’t change that from model to model… (the feature depends on Intel, not Apple….). There has been also many users confirmations of the app running on new Macbook, so, again, yes, the app works fine with the new MBPs 2018 so far.

Edit: Confirmed myself with my new MBP 2018 and little fixed released on 2.7.1 version.

As always, thanks for all your comments and support!

TBS – New Version 2.7.0 released!

Hi!

I’m back again to publish a new release of Turbo Boost Switcher… 2.7.0.

2.7.0 PRO version screenshot

  • FREE & PRO: Long requested ability from many of you of changing the sensors refresh/update time. Default value is 4 seconds and you’ll be able to change it from 1 to 60.
  • FREE & PRO: Charting! You can open an independent window so you can view how disabling Turbo Boost affect both Temperature and Fan Speed. Charts will display up to 60 ticks with the same refresh / update time set for sensors.
  • Only PRO: Ability to reorder app configuration with drag & drop so you can easily change priorities between apps.
  • Only PRO: Alerts! Notifications have been moved to customizable “Alerts” based on Temperature, Fan speed, etc… and one more thing. If Turbo Boost feature is enabled, you will be able to disable it directly from the alert popup.
  • FREE & PRO: Some minor bugfixes and translations.

If you already own a version of Turbo Boost app (both free and pro) just visit the how to update page for further instructions.

As always, thanks for your comments and support!

TBS: New Version in progress

Hi there!

It’s been some time since my last post… oops :P. Christmas, Holidays, kids..,

Just writing to let you all know that I’ve just started the development for the next version of Turbo Boost Switcher, both PRO and FREE version.

I’ve got some ideas, like adding a Today Widget to the Notifications Bar (to display some charts to show the impact of the app, etc), customize the status bar refresh time as some of you’ve requested.., and other improvements.

If you’ve got any requests / ideas you’d like to discuss/see in the next (or future) versions, feel free to comment below ;).

As always, thanks for your support and feedback.

Best!

TBS – New Version released!

Hi again!

Glad to announce that here comes a new update of Turbo Boost Switcher, both free and pro versions.

This release includes several features requested by many of you:

1.- [FREE & PRO]: Choose to display or not the text “Off/On” on the status bar! :).

2.- [FREE & PRO]: Automatically restart the app when changing language to directly apply the new setting.

3.- [PRO]: New and fully configurable status bar so you can chose to directly display on it the CPU Load, CPU Temperature, Fan rpm and Turbo Boost status. No more clicking on the bar to take a look at your Mac status! 😉

 

4.- [FREE & PRO]: As many of you also have requested, new icon for off state, so you can check Turbo Boost status even when there is anything else on the status bar (just take a look at the screenshot above).

5.- [PRO]: Improved auto battery configuration, so you can set both battery level and charger connected settings at the same time.

6.- [FREE & PRO]: Minor changes like removing the enable / disable icon to prevent confusions, menu items sorting, minor bugs fixed and improvements, etc.

7.- [FREE  & PRO]: Compatibility also tested against the just released macOS High Sierra! More details here.

If you have any doubts about how to update, just click here and/or take a look at the faqs.

So hope you like it and as always thanks for your support and feedback.

Enjoy 🙂

Edit (04/10/2017): Just released a little fix only needed on the FREE version, since it was refreshing the data on screen too fast.., went back to every 4 seconds. Go here to download the upgrade if you want 😉

An update after macOS High Sierra release

Hi there!

macOS High Sierra has just been released and I can confirm the app works fine with it, so that’s great!

 

Just when running for the first time on a machine and with macOS High Sierra, users will need to aprove the kernel extension manually by clicking “allow” on System & Security settings under control panel after trying to disable turbo boost also for first time only (thanks, Apple).

The first time this happens (and just the first time!) Apple will display also an user Alert like the following one to remind the user he/she needs to allow the kext to be installed like described above.

If you upgraded your macOS from a previous version with the app already installed, this won’t be neccesary.

If you don’t do that, turbo boost won’t be disabled since Apple won’t allow the kernel extension to be used.

In summary, and only for first runs on a machine with also macOS High Sierra:

  1. Set manual mode and click on Disable Turbo Boost option.
  2. After some seconds, and if turbo boost is not disabled, go to security settings and you’ll see a screen like the above one.
  3. Click on allow.
  4. Click again on disable turbo boost…, done! You’ll never have to do this again…, according Apple documentation ;).

Sorry for the inconvenience, but this has nothing to do with the app (in fact, affects all apps that include a kernel extension). This is due to a new “feature?” introduced by Apple on High Sierra that forces users to manually aprove any app that uses kernel extension, no matter if it’s signed or not or which company it comes from.

Here you’ve got more explaining the process: https://developer.apple.com/library/content/technotes/tn2459/_index.html

Best regards!

A little update after WWDC 2017

Hi!,

As you surely know by now, new Macbooks and a future release of macOS were announce yesterday at WWDC 2017 Keynote. Both news are related to Turbo Boost Switcher, so just wanted to give you a couple of updates about that.

Regarding the new macs, great news!. They include a new processor with Kaby Lake architecture… Just reviewed the Intel Software Developer Manuals and there is no change on MSR register to enable / disable Turbo Boost :).

About the future macOS version to be released this fall, I’ll be testing the betas agains the next version of TBS I’m working on and giving some feedback on this post.

Edit (Sep 25, 2017): Just tested against macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)

In any case there was nothing announced yesterday that points to a possible incompatibility, but to be sure and since macOS betas are usually a little unstable (at least first versions are) the only thing I can recommend to you is … wait :), or, if you can’t and you’re an early adopter like me, just use some protection like an external hard drive for testing or so ;).

Thanks!

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