If you’re at all like the half-dozen card-carrying Mac users in our household, you don’t turn your Mac off.
In an effort to make our household more green this year than last year, we’re adjusting our Mac lifestyle to include using the Mac only when we need it. That means power management. The problem is that Apple doesn’t help us. So, we have to help ourselves.
Auto Power On And Off (repeat)
Notebook or desktop, you can set your Mac to power on using a schedule. It’s built-in to the System Preferences > Energy Saver > Schedule. This is where Apple fails.
Energy Saver only works in start up or wake, or shut down or sleep and only once for each, once a day.
As an example, that feature will start your Mac up early in the day, and shut it down just before you shut down at night.
But Apple could build in plenty of options to make our Macs more efficient with power usage. They don’t. Fortunately, for the green in your conscience, there’s Power Manager, a Mac app, that, well, manages your Mac’s power.
Power Management With Tricks
It’s not much of a trick to have your Mac start up or shut down according to a daily schedule. It’s more of a trick to have start up and shut more often. It’s even more of a trick to get it to do something else in the meantime.
Power Manager does what you think it does. It powers your Mac on and off according to a precise schedule. It also tells your Mac to sleep after a period of inactivity (which really cuts down the power usage).
It can also be set to launch specific apps, documents, tools, and scripts according to a schedule, and automate more complex tasks as your knowledge grows. There is more to this horse than a pretty smile. The Getting Started list is comprehensive.
Schedule Assistant & Remote Management
The most useful set of functions in Power Manage start with the Schedule Assistant. Start up, shut down, restart, log out, sleep, open documents and run scripts—and do it all according to a time range, specific days of the week, while specific apps are running, and so on.
That includes Automator and AppleScript support built in.
And, the ability to manage Power Manager using your iPhone; over Wi-Fi, or the mobile network. This is pretty geeky stuff, of course. Most of us just don’t have a need to do all that Power Manager does, and the list is long and imposing.
If you are sufficiently geeky and manage a bunch of Macs, Power Manager has a Professional version to manage and administer a network of Macs. It’s a little something extra to help each Mac on the network save money on energy, and save time while automating some tasks (like backup).
Power Manager isn’t your father’s computer on-off switch. It does more than Apple wants us to worry about, but if you worry about such things, now you have a companion app.