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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac System 10.4
Tiger only hintWhen I use Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) to reach another Mac, I like to leave the computer with an active screen saver after I access it.

Using Automator, I chose Automator from the Library column, and dragged Pause from the Action column into the work area. I set the pause time to five seconds, to give myself a bit of time to quit ARD. Next, I chose Finder from the Library column, and dragged the Launch Application action to the work area. Using the to pop-up menu in the Launch Application action, I chose Other (all the way at the bottom), and then navigated to /System -> Library -> Frameworks -> ScreenSaver.framework -> Versions -> A -> Resources. Once there, I chose ScreenSaverEngine.app as the application to launch.

I then saved the workflow as an application (File: Save As, and set the File Format pop-up to Application), and put it into Dock on the remote computer. Now when I'm finished working, I can click the icon in the Dock and quit the window in ARD, and I leave the machine with an active screensaver.
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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac
Authored by: mattosaur4 on Sep 13, '05 04:38:14PM
Hi

You could also just use the "Send UNIX Command" in ARD and send


open '/System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/ScreenSaverEngine.app'
once you're done.

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Matt

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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac
Authored by: msilverman on Sep 13, '05 05:17:06PM

You could also make one of the remote screen's hot corners activate the screen saver and "exit" the remote control window via the hot corner.

(or just use Timbuktu which has the ability to auto-activate the remote screen-saver built in)



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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac
Authored by: jomy on Sep 13, '05 06:28:16PM

I also like to activate the screen saver as a security measure.
Another way to accomplish this is to add the keychain menulet to the menu bar.

To add the menulet:
- Launch Keychain Access.app
- Select "Prefrences" from the "Keychain Access" menu
- Under the "General" tab select "Show Status in Menu Bar"

Now you can simply select "Lock Screen" from the menu which activates the screen saver



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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac
Authored by: daren_mitchell on Sep 13, '05 06:31:02PM

OK, the unix send command is a sure-fire winner!

My years in IT ServiceDesk taught me that you should fix the users machine and after you're done leave it in the exact condition you found it in (having fixed it of course).

Under NO circumstances are you to change anything that doesn't need changing to effect the fix. Putting a AppleScript on their computer and then into their dock violates this principal.

It's like taking your car to a mechanic, leaving it, and upon returning and driving home you find that they've changed radio stations, adjusted your mirrors and repositioned your seat.

If those things are what needed to be fixed that that's fine. It's just part of the solution. If you took it in to have the engine worked on...you're very likely to be most annoyed.

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10.4: Use Automator to start screen saver on remote Mac
Authored by: henrywizard on Apr 28, '10 06:35:45PM

There is a simpler UNIX command:

open -a ScreenSaverEngine



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