Mac users with many years of experience tend to collect utilities which help to automate certain processes. Power users take that to another level. Here’s a look at a Mac app which can power on a Mac according to a schedule, launch apps to a schedule, and a little more.
Automation Is Your Friend
The Mac’s Energy Saver System Preference is fine for the basics. Set your Mac to start up at a certain time, shut down at a certain time, and take a nap after x-number of minutes.
That’s about all Energy Saver can do. What if you want your Mac to startup at different times on different days of the week?
Energy Saver no can do. Power Manager can.
The apps starts up with an empty Schedule. Click the Plus button to add a schedule and match that with a task.
And, well, that’s about it.
Your Mac can be powered on and off according to an extensive schedule that you set. Power Manager launches applications and opens documents automatically according to a schedule.
Not only can Power Manager power your Mac on and off when you want, then launch apps, scripts, and perform other tasks, it can do that and the make your Mac sleep after a certain amount of inactivity.
Wait. There’s more.
Power Manager wouldn’t be a modern power user app if there wasn’t an iPhone version, right? With the Power Manager Remote you can control Power Manager on your Mac while you’re away (via Wi-Fi or the cell phone network).
That means you can change the Mac’s schedule, trigger different events, view the schedule, enable or disable specific events– do it all remotely, with just your iPhone and Power Manager Remote.
This is a seriously powerful Mac utility with many options and configurations, but to be fair, not normally used by the average Mac user. For me, the simple scheduler is worth the price of admission– it can power on and off at multiple times per day, or different days and times. That, combined with the option to launch apps and automate tasks is praiseworthy. There’s no other Mac app quite like Power Manager.