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Mac applications maxing out CPU - need help to troubleshoot

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I have an app I downloaded from the App Store called Pimp My Screen (desktop image background library).

When I launch it, it maxes out my CPU on my Mac until I force quit it. I contacted the software vendor Apalon and they don't want to know just saying "We are working on the app's compatibility and hope to enhance it in future versions."

Is there anyway to troubleshoot/debug this to find out what is causing it to max out the CPU and make my Mac to be unresponsive?

I am running OSX 10.8.4.

Thanks.
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by:strung
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You could check the console logs to see if the error messages suggest a cause, but if the author of the application is being unhelpful, there is probably not much you can do.
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by:inforr
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Is there anything I can do with Sample / Inspect process in Activity Monitor? I know in the past I have had to use that when I had similar issue with Adium but then the developers used that to determine the problem.
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by:strung
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If the developers are unhelpful, I doubt there is anything you can do.
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by:inforr
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Are there any tools to restrict the amount of CPU it uses?
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by:strung
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No. The problem is that you have downloaded an ill-mannered app and if the author won't fix it, you should probably uninstall it.
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by:inforr
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Well I paid for it and it did work before. Where is the Mark Russinovich for Macs?
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Looking at the reviews on the app store, looks like others have similar issues.   I would uninstall even if you can't get your money back.
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by:strung
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Then re-install once there is an update
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
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Or... Make a folder of images you like then go to Apple Icon > System Preferences > Desktop and Screensaver (top line). On the Desktop tab, select Folders and find the folder of your images.  Then check the box that reads "Change Picture" and  use the drop down for every 5 seconds/minute.

Then no external app needed.
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by:inforr
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Wouldn't this work to limit the CPU usage?

http://www.willnolan.com/cputhrottle/cputhrottle.html
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Managed to fix it by uninstalling it using Clean My Mac and then reinstalling it.
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My solution worked
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