We can set our Macs to startup and shutdown on a schedule. But what about checking email at a specific time? For that you have to build something yourself using Automator and AppleScript, or find a third party utility. Or, add Task Till Dawn to your Mac.
Multilingual Task Actions
Not long ago I came across a Mac utility (SendLater) which will send out email messages according to a time schedule. Write the email, set the outgoing time (hours, minutes, specific time and date), and done.
Well, not quite. Your Mac needs to be running for the email to be sent, so that got me to looking at other scheduling apps.
Another one I came across is called Task Till Dawn and it’s free. It works but it’s not exactly what I want despite the lack of a price tag and multilingual capabilities (English, German, Spanish and French).
What Task Till Dawn does is useful, though. Simply set up a new task to run at a specific time and the task will be executed at the set time.
Give the task a name and a description. Task Till Dawn will run a Mac app or utility or AppleScript or shell script at a specified time.
What’s not to like?
Well, I have a couple of issues. The first is that Task Till Dawn is written in Java (which means it is also cross platform and available for Windows users who run Java).
Java on the Mac is a known resource hog and security problem. After a security breach, and they seem common on Java, a Java app on the Mac may not run until you upgrade to a more secure version of Java.
See a problem there?
Task Till Dawn is free and does basic actions according to a schedule, but I’d prefer a Mac app that starts up the Mac according to a schedule, then runs a few apps, including email or backups, then shuts down again.
Where is that app?