Caffeine for Mac

Caffeine for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 29 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    82,637
  • Date Added:
    March 12, 2010
  • File Size:
    254.4KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    82
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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Caffeine for Mac is a great utility for preventing the computer from starting its screensaver, going to sleep, or automatically dimming its screen after a period of inactivity. It's like serving your computer a cup of coffee, so that it remains awake, just like the user does while watching a movie or reading a document. Caffeine is very simple to activate: just click on the coffee icon on the Menu bar to enable it and then click again to disable it.

Before this virtual caffeine for Mac computers was invented, users needed to access System Preferences and go to the Energy Saver panel to turn off automatic screen dimming and other options if they wanted to keep the computer awake for a while. And then they had to reverse the procedure when they finished whatever they were doing in order to restore the computer to its normal operating parameters. Caffeine solves this issue by providing a one-click interaction in the Menu bar, and has several very handy custom options.

For instance, you can set the time frame during which you need the "caffeinated" computer, from 5 minutes to indefinitely. We must note here that the normal parameters of the Energy Saver panel won't be affected, yet the computer remains awake while you need it. However, don't expect this nifty app to prevent the computer from getting sleepy when you close it; there are other apps to prevent that.

Caffeine excels at what it is designed to do, and we found it useful during presentations. It could be a helpful tool for any Mac user who does things that require a temporarily insomniac computer.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Simple & effective"

July 01, 2013  |  By mbradar2

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

Simple
As Expected
Cute icon
Convenient

Cons

No cons I can think of.

Summary

Whenever I know I'm going to be on the laptop for a school paper or a long work assignment, it gets really frustrating when my screen dims all the time but I don't want to have to change the display settings all the time. When I got this, my problem was solved! The screen stays lit for however long the icon is on. Plus the icon makes me think of drinking coffee, which psychologically works to wake me up. Love it!

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5 stars

"Useful app that does the job"

December 01, 2011  |  By smartymarti

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

This is a useful app that has a great design and is very easy to use.

Cons

Only thing is that it doesn't stop your mac from sleeping when you close it.

Summary

Caffeine is an incredibly useful app that does the job it's supposed to do. It's simple, effective, and best of all, it's free! The coffee cup in the menu bar is perfect and it's a great indicator of signifying whether the app is on or off. It's especially useful when you want to keep your computer running for overnight work.

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4 stars

"Does exactly what it is supposed to do."

October 20, 2011  |  By Marc Clark--2008

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

It works. Really.

Cons

None. (10 characters minimum)

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4 stars

"Seems pretty cool.. So far.."

July 17, 2011  |  By bobcan

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

Cheap and Easy..

Cons

I wish it would just simply 'let you know' that it's working.. Not sure what the 'vapors coming out of cup mean' vs NONE of..

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5 stars

"Does what is says it does."

March 31, 2011  |  By techlooker

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

Simple program. Works. Easy to use.

Cons

Can't think of any.

Summary

If you want an easy way to stop your computer from going into power saver mode, this is the program for you.

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4 stars

"pretty nice"

March 07, 2011  |  By geemaa

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

awesome quick app to stop screen from dimming.

Cons

background app does use a bit of performence..

Summary

its a great app. it will be better if the background usage/ ram usage was lower

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4 stars

"very helpful download without screen saver interfering"

February 22, 2011  |  By sboard1

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

ease of use, operates in background, you can turn it on and off as needed.

Cons

none. i found it to be very useful

Summary

very helpful, downloading software is much better, by turning off screen saver .

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5 stars

"Provides a useful service reliably with no fuss"

January 21, 2011  |  By andirich

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

It's there when you need it and all but invisible when you don't. One click on the icon in the menu bar turns it on/off.

Cons

At first I was reluctant to have an app running in the background all the time, however it does not seem to have had any impact on performance.

Summary

Get it.

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5 stars

"Very easy. No fuss, just click it on and click it off"

December 13, 2010  |  By lhillemn_1

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

This neat little program does one thing only and it does it very well. It keeps my screen from going to sleep. I use it during video conferencing when I'm not actively doing things that keep my screen awake.

Cons

None at all.

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5 stars

"Does what it says it will and doesn't try to be clever."

November 10, 2010  |  By me0ncnet

 |  Version: Caffeine 1.1.1

Pros

The neat little icon is convenient and the program is easy to use. The 'activate for xxx mins" is a nice addition although the default duration on the preferences button does the same and protects my battery from my forgetfulness.

Cons

Nope! Tried but can't think of one.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Lighthead Software
Publisher web site http://www.lightheadsw.com/
Release Date March 12, 2010
Date Added March 12, 2010
Version 1.1.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.5 - 10.6.x
  • Download Information
    File Size 254.4KB
    File Name Caffeine1.1.1.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 82,637
    Downloads Last Week 82
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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