Start­ing up with iBeeZz

Take greater con­trol of your MacBook from startup to shut­down

Mac Format - - IMPROVE - Adam Smith

SKILL LEVEL

Any­one can do it

IT WILL TAKE

30 min­utes

YOU’ll NEED

iBeeZz, OS X 10.2

or higher Al­though there are nu­mer­ous ways to tai­lor the way your Mac works, the dex­ter­ity with which you can con­trol when it starts up, shuts down and when apps open, leaves a lot to be de­sired. You can spec­ify that you al­ways want cer­tain apps to open at lo­gin, and OS X can re­open those – and their doc­u­ments – that you were us­ing in your pre­vi­ous ses­sion, but there isn’t a great deal of con­trol on of­fer be­yond those ba­sic set­tings.

iBeeZz (€12.50 – about £8.84, ibeezz. com) of­fers you a de­gree of con­trol that OS X doesn’t. It en­ables you to sched­ule startup, shut­down, and the clos­ing and open­ing of apps – and there are cus­tom set­tings for iTunes so you can, say, wake up to a favourite playlist. iBeeZz in­stalls as a pane in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences, and has a sim­ple in­ter­face that gives you more con­trol over how your Mac opens, with dis­crete set­tings for ev­ery day of the week. This de­gree of cus­tomi­sa­tion is par­tic­u­larly charm­ing be­cause it makes your Mac feel that lit­tle bit more per­sonal – like it’s work­ing to your rou­tine and not the other way around!

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