There’s just one real issue with the Mac when it goes to sleep. Sleep usually comes when you least expect it, don’t want it, or you want the screen to sleep and it won’t. The world may welcome a cheaper iPhone, but a little more control over my Mac’s sleep habits is good, too. Here’s a free app that helps.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Wimoweh has a few sleeping habit features that Apple fails to provide Mac users in OS X. Here’s an example.
It displays which apps prevent your Mac from sleeping and why and gives you control over each one. That alone is worth a dollar or two but Wimoweh is free.
Set Wimoweh to stay awake when specific apps are running, but automatically put the Mac to sleep when the app quits.
You can even setup a timer to keep your Mac awake for x-number of minutes or x-number of hours. This is a big help when watching Netflix.
Controls are simple to figure out so the learning curve is modest.
Wimoweh even lets you use Bonjour on a local network so your Mac stays awake while other devices are connected. You can also set controls to prevent the Mac from sleeping if the CPU reaches a certain average usage.
Basically, Wimoweh is set it and forget it and it’s free.