As a follow-up to my recent post on Spectools, I decided to post some quick thoughts on Metageek's Chanalyzer for Mac. As a user of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, I am very pleased the I can use my Wi-Spy devices on all platforms.
I think the video (above) speaks for itself. Chanalyzer for Mac looks like a great tool for spectrum analysis and has found a place permanently installed on my OS X machines. To recap, the 3 features I like the most are:
- Intuitive Interface - If you are familiar with any of the Windows Chanalyzer applications, then you will be able to hit the ground running with Chanalyzer for Mac.
- Markers - Using the marker feature, it is easy to visually track and locate interference sources.
- 3D Spectrogram - Epic geekery! Watch the video, you'll see.
Feature Request and My One Complaint
There is one thing I would really like to see in Chanalyzer for Mac. In addition, there was one issue I had with the application that I hope is remedied in future versions.
- Coming from the Chanalyzer Pro world, I wish there was a Chanalyzer Pro for Mac. This would add the ability to generate reports. This is a really nice feature when using Chanalyzer in a professional capacity.
- I found the interface a bit laggy and slow to respond. In chatting with other people who have tried the application, I have found that I'm not the only person experiencing this. Hopefully it is a small issue that gets resolved in future versions.
I think Chanalyzer for Mac would make an excellent addition to any Mac OS X user's toolkit. Sure, it's missing some of the Chanalyzer Pro functionality, but don't forget that the Mac version comes with a $0 price tag. My great hope is that a Pro version will eventually be available; that's something I'd definitely pay for.
Have you tried Chanalyzer for Mac? What are your thoughts on the features and functionality? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below, and be sure to share this post with anyone you think might benefit from reading it.