Most Mac users don’t know much about what goes on under the hood of macOS. For most of us, we prefer the Mac because it does not get in the way of what we want to accomplish. We point. We click. We get things done.
Inside macOS Sierra and older versions of macOS and Mac OS X you’ll find a long list of utilities and capabilities that developers use for apps, but most of us have little or no knowledge of what they do or why. Here’s a nifty Mac utility app which can do some magical things like the Mac geeks do, but all it requires is the ability to point and click.
Automate A Workflow
One function I added to my Macs many years ago was a simple workflow to launch apps, and more specifically, launch AppleScript scripts (those geeky little script apps which can do so much to enhance a workflow). One utility that can help you become a Mac power user without knowing the intricacies of the Mac’s innards is Lingon X which has become more powerful yet easier to use in recent years.
I think of Lingon X as a launch tool– apps and scripts– that makes things happen automatically and according to a specific schedule, or when something specific takes place. It can start up an app on your Mac when you’re not around; according to a time and date you set. Specifically, Lingon X gives you control over the Mac’s built in launchd service.
When specific events take place on your Mac, Lingon X can launch an app or an AppleScript automatically.
The magic in Lingon X is the ability to manage a built-in function of macOS called ‘launchd‘ which controls which apps, services, utilities launch on your Mac, and when they launch. That means you can use Lingon X to create a launch event– for example, open Mail at 6:15 AM so email is waiting and ready when you want it. Linton X doesn’t even need to be running to launch items because it uses launchd which is running all the time on your Mac.
Everything in Lingon is point and click. Set it to run as your user or root user. If you’re using AppleScripts to perform certain functions, it can run those scripts and setting up a schedule is, again, little more than point and click and set a time. It’s that easy to be a geek on a Mac these days.
What’s with the name Lingon? It’s a Swedish name for the lingonberry.
Lingon X brings a level of Mac geekery to the average Mac user who needs to do more than point and click. The only negative is the number of Lingon versions available. There’s Lingon X 5, Lingon X 4, Lingon X2, Lingon X1 and vanilla Lingon. Most of the differences are tied to older versions of macOS or OS X. The trial is acceptable and allows you to create a launchd action but not save it (it can be tested, though).