We shouldn’t complain. The Mac comes with what most of us need– Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Photos, iTunes, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Garageband, FaceTime, Messages and more. What’d I miss? It’s a big list. But what if you want Safari to open up a webpage at a specific time during the day or night? No. Can. Do.
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In a way that doesn’t matter much, everything in the Mac is about time. Background apps in OS X launch when a Mac is started up. We probably check email and browse the web at about the same time every day.
If we use the Mac for work there’s also a chance that we open up the same Mac apps at about the same time. If we use Safari then we’re likely to open the same websites at about the same time everyday. Here’s a simple and free way to do just that without a click.
It’s called URLTimer, a free little utility that does just one thing. It opens a website in Safari according to a scheduled time. The first thing that happens with URLTimer can be a bit scary. The app isn’t from a certified developer, so OS X warns you first. It’s easy enough to circumvent the warning by opening System Preferences > Security & Privacy to allow your Mac to Open Anyway.
Easy peasy, right?
Change the time as needed. The Simple Timer option simply creates a timer with an alarm and there are plenty of those available for the Mac; many free.
Click the URLTimer to setup the URL you want to open in Safari.
Once you’ve set the time you’ll see a different dialog. This is where you enter the URL of the website you want to have Safari open at the time you set.
More easy peasy, right?
That’s pretty much the end of the show. The last screen is a simple reminder of what will happen. Click OK again and it disappears.
This is as close to a true one-click pony app as you can find on the Mac. It might be useful to you to have a specific webpage open at a specific time, and if it is, URLTimer will do just that. And it’s free.
Interestingly, the app developer’s own website doesn’t even list the app as available, but the download from MacUpdate remains.