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Hypnotize for Mac

By Brynjar Saunes Bye Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 2, 2013

Hypnotize for Mac provides a set of four basic preset shutdown timers for your computer. They're easy to set and can be canceled at any time with the click of a button. While functional, the program lacks any customization options directly in the app, which slightly limits its utility.

Instead of a full-blown interface, Hypnotize for Mac presents a sleek, graphics-driven menu showing four clock icons set at 15, 30, 45, and 60 minutes. Once you choose a timer, a window opens with two buttons, one for restarting the timer, and the other for canceling. The window also displays the amount of time remaining in whole minutes. In our tests, each timer effectively shut down our computer at the right time. We would have appreciated the addition of a pop-up alert or other warning before shutdown, but as it is you'll have to keep your eye on the app's window to see how much time is left on the timer. If you find you do need to keep going, the timers can be restarted or canceled easily by clicking a button. While there's nothing technically wrong with Hypnotize for Mac, less-experienced users won't get as much from this tool. There are no options or settings on hand to change the preset times or add new timers. The publisher notes you can change the preset times in the Script Editor, but if you're a new user and don't know what that means, you're stuck with only four options.

Hypnotize for Mac gives you quick access to shutdown timers with a minimum of clicks. It looks good and performs well. If you're happy with the four options on offer, or don't mind doing some under-the-hood tinkering, this is a good way to make sure your computer doesn't stay up too much longer than you do.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2

General

Release March 22, 2013
Date Added March 22, 2013
Version 1.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

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Developer's Description

Have you ever fallen asleep on the movie, TV series or, even worse, the streaming webcast you were watching on your Mac, only to have the sound and light arouse you from sleep throughout the entire night? Have you ever wondered why every TV since the late eighties have had a timed off-function, while your state-of-the-art Mac still can't pull this simple trick off? Well, wonder no more...

Hypnotize for Mac OS X is a collection of timers for your Dock telling the movie to shut up and your Mac to shut down when time is up.

Simply add the Hypnotize folder as a stack to the Dock for easy access. Whenever needed, simply fan out the stack, run the timer with the interval of choice, and your computer will shut down once time has run out. Was the movie interesting? Press 'Reset Timer', and the countdown starts all over again. Hypnotize only force quits Safari, and will halt the shutdown if any other applications with unsaved documents are running. This way Hypnotize is completely safe, preventing you from losing any unsaved data during the shutdown process. By default, Hypnotize is set to shut down the computer after 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, but these intervals can easily be changed in Script Editor if needed.

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