One aspect I look for in certain Mac utilities is an option to run automatically. For example, I use the Login Items in System Preferences > Users & Groups to start up a variety of apps and utilities whenever my Mac starts up. That way email is collected, Dropbox is connected, and backups are performed automatically. Scheduled tasks which run automatically can save time and not be subject to a forgetful memory.
One cleverly designed– and free– Mac utility I’ve been using recently is Oliver Matuschin’s Task Till Dawn. I think of it as an automatic launcher but it’s more of a task scheduler that geekier Mac users will appreciate, but it’s straightforward enough for the rest of us to use. Task Till Dawn can run various scripts, launch apps and utilities, even backup a Mac on a schedule.
Open Task Till Dawn. The app will ask to set it to run at startup (not a bad idea), then ask to check on updates, then it’s ready to go. Click to create a New Task. Give it a name and a description, then set the Action, then set the Schedule.
The Actions are many and varied, but I find it particularly useful to launch AppleScript scripts at a specific time. Use Task Till Dawn to create as many task Actions as you need.
Not bad for free, huh?
The only caveat I have with the utility is that it’s written in Java which will require an additional download to work on your Mac. Java also means Task Till Dawn works on Windows PCs, too (with Java installed).
Java remains popular in the enterprise and in education, but for the Mac and average users, not so much.