For example, when do you launch your apps? When you sit down in front of the Mac and are prepared to work or need an app. Wouldn’t it be great if your Mac opened the apps for you, had them ready to use, and did so on a schedule you control?
Do. The. Schedule.
OS X’s Unix underpinnings mean we Mac users have powerful utilities but they’re hidden away and not always easy to find and use.
Cron is a perfect example. It’s a time-based job scheduler which can run various tasks on a schedule.
The problem with cron in OS X is that it’s complicated to use, and mostly the domain of Mac geeks.
Cronette is a Mac utility, an app that tames cron, provides a simple user interface and makes it easy to schedule tasks, run scripts, open apps according to a schedule.
A wide variety of tasks can be scheduled to run at a time you specify– my day, hour, and minute, or recurring daily, weekly, monthly, even yearly.
Cronette’s interface is straightforward, but contains plenty of powerful options.
Create a timed tasks by adding a name (and, optionally, notes about the task), select a specific time and date, then setup the action.
Cronette can do more than simply launch apps, though it’s great at that. It can open URLs in Safari, move or copy a file or folder (good for backups), even execute Unix commands and run AppleScripts.
The user interface lets you edit tasks, view details on a task you’ve created, and view the log of tasks that have already run.
I use Cronette to start up apps according to a schedule so my Mac is ready to use, email is checked, websites opened, and a few AppleScripts are run– before I sit down in front of my Mac.
There’s a lot of power in OS X, and Cronette makes using it a more palatable experience. For the Mac geek, Apple has added Launchd which does much of what was accomplished in cron, but with more features. Details are available in Create And Manage Launch Services On A Mac.