If what you’re after is what I’m after then you want a little more control over your Mac’s sleep habits. That’s what Wimoweh (with apologies to the writers of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight‘) does for your Mac. Control. Powerful control Small package.
What you get is remarkable for what you pay (less than a dollar). Unlike other Menubar utilities which simply keep your Mac awake while watching a movie, Wimoweh can also show you which apps prevent your Mac from sleeping and why. Plus, you can schedule your Mac to stay away when specific apps are running, but go back to sleep when they quit.
How cool is that?
One click to the Mac’s Menubar gets you this.
If all that looks a little over complicated, don’t worry. Wimoweh is much simpler to setup and use and includes options for when to stop the Mac from sleeping, specific days and times, and with certain applications.
In fact, Wimoweh is so smart it can stay away automatically when your Mac is busy, or when using a VPN, or just with a simple countdown.
If your Mac begins to slow down, one click to Wimoweh can display the offending app or process (works like Activity Monitor, only faster). If you don’t need all those granular controls, no problem. Just set it to stay awake while you’re watching or downloading whatever on your Mac.
Frankly, I’m surprised that Apple doesn’t provide some of the same functionality in OS X, and surprised at what you get for less than a buck.