Open the Mac’s System Preferences. Select the Energy Saver (light bulb icon). See? Not much going on. But if you click the Schedule button in the lower right of the Prefernces screen you’ll see a drop down pane with start up and shut down options. Cool, right? What if you could do more?
What Apple provides Mac users in macOS Sierra is pretty much what we’ve had to use for a decade or two. It’s easy enough to set the Mac to start up at a specific time every day, weekends, or weekdays, with similar options for shutting down, sleeping, or restarting a Mac, but that’s all she wrote, folks.
It’s almost as if Apple’s software engineers forgot about Energy Saver and it hasn’t changed in almost forever. If you want more power you’ll have to look at Power Manager, the Mac utility app that does all those cool things you want Energy Saver to do.
Take a look at just a few of the basic options in Power Manager.
Tasks can be automated according to a schedule, and that includes powering or or powering off the Mac so you don’t have to be around to start up or shut down or check to make sure tasks run.
They can be as simple as powering on or starting up according any schedule you can dream up. But those even can also schedule a backup to occur, run a script to do this or that, or perform any one of a few dozen different functions– all related to a schedule if you want.
Power Manager works like this. Select a task. Set up the schedule. Repeat for as many actions and schedules as you need.
The app is great for managing startup items because it runs unattended. Just set the task, set the schedule, and let it work. It can work in the background even when a user is not logged in. It features countdowns, warnings, and notifications, but is smart enough not to get tripped up by a Mac app that refuses to quit.
Did I mention smart?
Not only does Power Manager hand AppleScript and Automated actions, it can run command line as if in the Terminal, display a status menu, and much more. There’s even a cookbook-like guide with dozens of recipes on how the app can be used. Plus, there’s also a Pro version for network deployment.
Why doesn’t Apple include options found in Power Manager? Apple often prefers the lowest common denominator and frankly most Mac users don’t know about the Energy Saver startup and shutdown options, and would find Power Manager to be rather daunting. But if you want more, you pay more. Power Manager has a full thirty day trial option and it may take that long to figure out how to implement some of the functions into your Mac management routine.
If Energy Saver is totally limited and so 1999, Power Manager is the next stop.