Dragon Systems Software Limited has updated Power Manager, an automation suite for the Mac, to version 2.1 and added three Schedulers.
Targeted to AppleScripters, network administrators, and professional Mac users, Power Manager offers scheduling capabilities to let them determine when their Macs automatically start up, shut down, wake up and sleep. The application’s launcher can automatically run AppleScripts, launch applications and open documents at any time or on a specific trigger.
“Triggers” for automatic functions include start up, shut down, specific date and time, daily, weekly, monthly, wake up, system sleep, user log in, and user log out. Triggers can be further refined with optional conditions and modifiers, such as specific time periods, days, months, user name, frequency and idle time.
Power Manager incorporates and extends the capabilities of the Energy Saver system addition, according to
MacTech magazine. Extended features include using Power Manager to make sure that your Mac doesn’t sleep while specific applications are in use, such as CD or MP3 players.
Power Manager supports AppleScript and includes 30 sample AppleScripts to demonstrate the dictionary provided. Version 2.1 introduces new AppleScripting features for the pro user. Scripts can now be attached directly to the Launcher’s actions. Using attached scripts you can add your own conditions and respond directly to events such as triggers.
Power Manager supports multiple and remote configurations, detailed logging, and password protected user modes. The latter ensures that your settings remain constant even in multiple user environments. And there are Control Strip, Location Manager, and Keychain integration.
Version 2.1 supports System 7.6 through to Mac OS 9.1 on both 68K and Power Mac systems. A fully functional 14-day demo version (a 1.5 MB file) can be downloaded from the
DssW Web site. A single seat license, suitable for a single Mac, costs US$50. Academic and volume licensing is available.