Activity Monitor is a piece of utility software that is similar to Windows Task Manager where almost all information provided by Windows Task Manager are also displayed. Lets just assume it as a task manager for Mac OS X operating system. Displayed below is the image of Activity Monitor found in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The interface has been altered quite a lot and we can no longer see pie chart representing the RAM usage in sectors. As I found the pie chart is not really informative, I don't really care about the dismissal of that feature.
|Mac OS X Mavericks Activity Monitor new UI|
There is also another alternative to quit an application without using Activity Monitor. The job can be done by opening 'Force Quit Applications'. Just press Command-Option-Escape simultaneously and a pop up window will appear. Just select the desired running application and click on 'Force Quit'. I will explain more on Activity Monitor in the next post.