Type of Program: Utility - Resources Monitor
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2K/XP
Company Name: Holesoft
Price: $9.95 up
Installed Size: 2,528,018 bytes
Winpulse is a system monitor program like the one supplied with
Norton Utilities. It offers more than most similar applications with motherboard
and mailbox monitoring, built in alarms and multi language support being some of
the highlights. The sheer number of possible monitors is impressive and each can
be set to run in a separate thread. While in the foreground it puts a high
demand on the system (On a PII450 running Windows 2000 it used 5% using the
standard settings) however Winpulse can be minimized to the icon tray and in
this state most monitoring is halted and thus the system load is decreased. If
you need to monitor the system while minimized Winpulse can be set to do so on a
monitor by monitor basis. Winpulse also supports Tray icon monitors which are
useful for CPU and memory monitoring. A few of the monitors have default options
that can be set to run if conditions are met. For example, if the Recycle Bin is
full, it can be set to auto empty. However, Winpulse is primarily a monitor and
unlike Norton, actions can not be set for most alarm events. Even the included
Memory Free function cannot be set to run automatically.
What is probably Winpulse's greatest weakness is caused by its flexibility.
Winpulse comes with default settings, but it could do with a Wizard or some
automatic configuring. A game player would use Winpulse differently to a system
administrator. Some auto settings such as "Power User", "Gamer", "Internet"
would make Winpulse substantially more user friendly. It would also help if the
user could save multiple configurations. Overall however, Winpulse is an
excellent system monitor program.
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Andrew Josef Glina