Thanks to Jeffrey Mincey, Bohemian Boomer, for reviewing and recommending Power Manager. Jeffrey’s review highlights the benefits Power Manager offers, above and beyond those provided by Mac OS X’s Energy Saver.
Bohemian Boomer recommends Power Manager
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.
This recipe walks through scheduling a PowerPoint presentation to begin playing without needing human interaction. The presentation will automatically launch and begin when you need it to.
Previously we discussed how to start a PowerPoint presentation using Power Manager and an AppleScript. Since then, Power Manager has gained new presentation Schedule Assistant tasks. The task we want today is called, Play a PowerPoint presentation daily, and this task makes setting up your PowerPoint presentation even easier.
Create an Automatically Playing Presentation Event
Let’s create an event to play a presentation at 9:00am each weekday.
Launch Power Manager.app
Click Add… to create a new event
Click add to starting create a new event
Select the Play a PowerPoint presentation daily task in the Schedule Assistant
Select the Play a PowerPoint presentation daily task
Choose or drag and drop your presentation onto Drop a presentation here
Choose your PowerPoint presentation
Continue to the When step
Adjust the time and days of the week
Adjust the days of the week and time to start
Continue to the Constraints step; we will skip the constraints for this recipe
Continue passed the Constraints for this recipe
Continue to the Why step
Name your new event and provide any notes
Name and provide a description of your new event
Add to create your new presentation playing event
Confirm the event can be created and immediately scheduled
Your PowerPoint presentation event is ready to go
You can combine this event with others to create your ideal schedule. Consider using Power Manager to power on your Mac shortly before the presentation is scheduled to start. With Power Manager you can create a series of events that powers on a Mac, starts a presentation, waits for the day to pass, and then shut downs – all without needing anyone to look after the computer. Perfect for Macs in window displays or trade show installations.