Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, guys and gals, here is a useful, inexpensive, fun way to get your Mac geek on. It has to do with startup items.
Those are the apps and utilities that launch automatically when you start up your Mac. Yes, you can control them via System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items, but that’s not nearly as much fun as this cool startup app.
Gentlemen, Start Your Launch Apps
Some Mac apps automatically set themselves up to launch when you start your Mac. Using System Preferences you can add more.
For example, use Login Items to launch Safari and Mail at startup so you won’t have to.
The only problem is that Login Items work in sequence to launch apps every time you start up your Mac.
Where’s the fun in that? Startupizer is a Mac app that gives you more control over what gets launched at startup, when it actually gets launched, and even gives some conditional startup options.
That means Startupizer helps the Mac newbie become more productive (your apps are launched and waiting for you at startup), and is good for the Mac power user who needs to track down an offending app, or who needs to start a Mac under differing startup conditions.
Check out the Startupizer startup screen. It’s almost self explanatory, but has a bunch of geeky options.
Startup items can be reordered simply by dragging the app above or below another app. Add new items with a click of the plus + button or drag the app from the Finder.
More Fun With Features
No Mac geeky app is worthy unless there are options beyond the obvious. Startupizer has options for each item, including the ability to delay startup for a specific app on the list.
Unfortunately, each delay is inserted between startup apps, which will also delay startup of other apps. Fortunately, the apps can be rearranged easily, moving later launching apps to the bottom.
You can even set up specific days each week, or times each day, where some apps launch and others do not. Not enough geek for you? Power users will love the modifier key-based criteria for more granular control of startup options.
Startupizer even allows you to startup apps after login or waking from sleep, using criteria you set. It’s neat, cheap, easy to setup and use but has a gotcha or two.
It’s only available from the Mac App Store. A dumbed-down, feature-restricted Lite version is available for free, so that’s your semi-trial version. A little geekier but still free is DelayedLauncher, which launches apps you select up to five minutes after your Mac starts up. Not as many features, but priced right.