More flexible startup scheduling

Today's Best Tech Deals

Picked by Macworld's Editors

Top Deals On Great Products

Picked by Techconnect's Editors

Reader Brian Silverman finds Energy Saver’s Scheduling feature too limited. He writes:

I have muscular dystrophy and have difficulty manually starting my iMac. I use the schedule in System Preferences to turn on the machine but it only offers daily, weekends, or weekdays options. Since I have a different use on weekends is there a way to have multiple schedules?

Regrettably, Energy Saver can’t do this. But I’m familiar with an application that can. That application is Dragon System Software’s €20 Power Manager 3.

Unlike with Energy Saver, Power Manager 3 allows you to create schedules for any day and time of the week. Additionally it can handle a variety of tasks including startup, wake, sleep, log out, log in, restart, and shut down. You can also create one-time events.

It’s installed as a system preference and can be configured via an intuitive assistant (that, granted, requires a fair amount of typing) or you can simply click an Add button to create single events.

You can use the software for free for 30 days.

Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.
Shop Tech Products at Amazon