Unfortunately, for some Macs sleep doesn’t come easy.
More than a few apps interfere with the Mac’s ability to sleep. Here’s an elegant, functional way to add more features to the Mac’s sleep habits.
Let Sleeping Macs Lie
It’s not that managing the sleep function on a Mac is difficult. It’s not. Apple’s Preferences gives you a few options in the Energy Saver tab, but not much more.
What you really want is a way to put the Mac to sleep according to specific situations and for the Lights Out app is a good place to start.
Lights Out enables hot corners to put the Mac to sleep or to keep it awake no matter what (good for watching Netflix or DVDs).
The biggest plus is how Lights Out manages to control sleep habits on a per application basis.
Heres’ what the Preferences and Lights Out options look like when running on a Mac.
Lights Out’s sleep function can be toggled on or off.
The built-in sleep timer can be controlled with a click, and you control the hotspots.
Hotspots? Yes, Lights Out manages two basic functions with corner hotspots. Sleep Now and Never Sleep. That means all you need to do is move the Mac’s onscreen pointer to a hotspot to invoke the function.
Maybe the best feature is the one that gives you control over which applications can sleep or not. Lights Out is an app, not a Preference Pane.
Having it installed on any Mac gives you more granular control over the Mac’s sleep process. For MacBook users, that can save battery life. For iMac, Mac mini, or MacPro users, controlling sleep patterns means you won’t be interrupted while watching the screen when the Mac decides to take a nap.