If you’re watching a movie or TV show on Hulu or Netflix on your Mac, then you know already how disturbing it is when the Mac decides to go to sleep. Hit the mouse. Touch the trackpad.
Why can’t your Mac know when to stay awake. Now it can.
Stay Awake With Should I Sleep
Mac users can choose from a number of ways to keep the Mac’s screen from going into screensaver mode, or dim mode, or from falling asleep half way through a movie.
But in each case there’s manual labor on your part. Open System Preferences and change settings.
Or, fire up the non-sleep app and click it to keep the Mac awake while you watch.
Or, let the Mac do all the work by using Should I Sleep. It’s the free Mac app that prevents sleep, screen dimming, or screensaver from interrupting your viewing habit.
How does Should I Sleep know when to keep the Mac’s screen running and not to sleep? It uses face recognition. Should I Sleep watches your face. If it’s there, it keeps the Mac awake by checking motion from the built-in iSight camera.
Should I Sleep can recognize faces and movement in the Mac’s camera. Move your head, wave your hands, walk in front of the Mac’s screen.
The app makes sure the Mac goes to sleep when it’s really time to sleep, not while you’re watching a movie or giving a presentation (works on external displays, too).
Should I Sleep can detect ambient sound using the Mac’s built-in microphone, which makes it very good to keep the Mac running during a slideshow or presentation.
Preferences make it simple to adjust sensitivity for different environments. Click the drop down Menubar menu to toggle functions on and off.
That includes a simple prevent sleep by time, or add face detection, camera motion, sound activity, or an external display. Or, all at the same time.
And it’s free.