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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles Apps
Ever wanted to control your Mac's sleeping patterns? Apple recently release a tool called SleepX that developers can use to test their apps with sleep and wake states, but you can use it to enforce fine-grained control over sleep and wake activities -- both timing and running an app on a change in state. Here's Apple's description of what SleepX does:
SleepX is a tool for automated sleep/wake testing on Mac OS X. Using SleepX you can set the number of sleep/wake cycles, the delay between cycles, and how long the machine should sleep. See the Quick Start Guide for details.
SleepX is available free from the Developer Connection Member Site. You'll need to be a registered developer to login and download the app, but an ADC Online Membership account is free.
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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 15, '06 04:14:57PM

Hope you don't mind if I just ask here, before going through all the joining-up rigmarole to download that SleepX:

Will it let you specify different sleep and wake times for different days? That's one thing I wish OSX had, out of the box. I run an old Mac as a music and file server, and use it to record some local radio shows, too. It'd be great if I could tell it: wake up at 4pm on Tuesdays, 8pm on Wednesdays, and noon on Saturdays [I'd also want to specify different shutdown times for each day].



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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles
Authored by: vocaro on Aug 31, '06 01:21:15AM

I'm trying out SleepX now, and I don't think it can do that. You can specify the parameters of the cycle, but I believe it must have a constant period. In other words, it can't wake up at different times on different days as you had hoped.



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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles
Authored by: DrLex on Sep 01, '06 05:40:29AM
There used to be a shareware tool that can do this:
http://www.ibeezz.com/
Development has stopped, but you can still download it. I don't know if it still works on recent versions of OS X and if they removed any registration requirements, but it may be worth a shot.

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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles
Authored by: vocaro on Sep 01, '06 09:06:38PM

This hint isn't quite as useful as the author implies. It is true that SleepX can trigger the launch of a program when the computer wakes up -- I've tested this, and it works. But there's a catch: The SleepX app has to be running at all times, taking up space in your Dock.



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Use an Apple-provided tool to control sleep/wake cycles
Authored by: vocaro on Sep 08, '06 10:21:23PM
For a better utility that does the kind of thing the poster describes, use SleepWatcher instead.

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