Most of the Mac users in the Mincey clan are road warriors. Yes, we have a couple of iMacs, a couple of aging Mac minis, but each of us– parents and students– have MacBooks and we use them as God intended. On the road; school, office, traveling.
That means we’re ultra sensitive about using power properly and keeping the batteries running as long as possible. Newer Mac do a good job of sipping power, but combined with Power Manager we get the best of all possible worlds (at least until the light reflected from my balding head can power my Mac under the moonlight).
The Mac’s ultimate power management app is Power Manager. This ingenious app takes Apple’s System Preferences > Energy Saver to the next level. Not only does it power your Mac on and off at set times, it’s smarter about sleep (when and where).
Even better, Power Management automates routine tasks, runs scripts, opens applications and does it all on a schedule of events and tasks that you manage and control.
OS X’s Energy Saver utility is anemic compared to Power Manager. This app can setup unrestricted and complex schedules, works with multiple users, has more customization options, and a growing list of tasks and actions which can be performed unattended on a timed schedule.
The interface is intuitive, logical, straightforward, and displays a list of tasks that you can assign to run even while you’re not using the Mac. It can start itself up, run the tasks, shut itself down.
Power Manager is a very useful app that you’ll come to depend on. There’s just one gotcha, and it’s a big one. The price. I don’t have a single utility that comes anywhere close to the price of Power Manager, and even the per-household family package will give you serious digital sticker shock.