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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 9, 2013

Shutter shuts off your PC on schedule, but it can schedule and execute a whole range of actions and events. Its no-nonsense interface and easy-to-set commands mean anyone can use Shutter to schedule and automate all kinds of tasks. Shutter runs in Windows NT to 8 and is free for non-commercial users. We tried it in Windows 7.

Though it's a small app, Shutter has a full installer with the usual options, including Desktop and Quick Launch icons. We mentioned Shutter's user interface, which is quite small but also quite easy to use, thanks to two large boxes; one labeled "Click here to add event;" the other labeled "Click here to add action." "Add," "Remove," and "Up" and "Down" buttons make it easy to add and schedule multiple events and actions. But Shutter does more than simply trigger events in sequence: A menu lets you schedule ALL, AND, OR, or 1BY1 operations. You can save complex sequences as Presets, too. A tabbed Options sheet offers settings ranging from Always On Top to password protection and even a custom Web interface option. We could also access basic functions and options from Shutter's system tray icon. As for the business end, Shutter performs these events: Countdown, On Time, Winamp Stops, CPU Usage, Network Usage, User Inactive, Battery Low, Window, Process, Ping Stops, File Size Limit, and Lid (i.e. Case Open; an optional feature in Vista and later Windows versions). The Actions list is more extensive still: Shutdown, Reboot, Log off, Lock Workstation. Sleep, Hibernate, Turn Off Monitor, Screen Saver, Volume, Hang Up, Alarm, Message, Play Sound, Run Program, Open File, Kill Process, and Utilities. Each and every selection has its own Configuration options: some basic and others elaborate.

We started with a basic Event, a Countdown. Shutter tracked our Event with optional balloon notifications. Next we tried something more drastic, a reboot Action (we didn't need to take advantage of Shutter's option to force a reboot). Shutter rebooted our PC on schedule. After that, we tried some combinations, which Shutter handled flawlessly. Sure, much of what Shutter does, you could also do the hard way. But why?

Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.4

Version 3.4: To get started, the web interface got a polished look and is now mobile friendly so you can browse it from your favorite gadget much more comfortably. There are two icons on the status bar of the main interface which will tell you weather the web interface and protection are active and also give you a quick access. A brand new "Hard Disk Usage" event which was often requested is added to the set of events, but beware that it requires Windows XP at least. While for the old timers, the support for pre Windows 2000 machines have been restored.

General

Release March 25, 2014
Date Added March 25, 2014
Version 3.4

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 4,846
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Developer's Description

Shutter is a multifunctional scheduling utility, which has a user friendly and easy-to-use interface and supports many different Events and Actions. Available events: Countdown, On Time, Winamp Stops, CPU Usage, Network Usage, Hard Disk Usage, User Inactive, Battery Low, Window, Process, Ping Stops, File Size Limit, Lid. Available actions: Shutdown, Reboot, Log Off, Lock Workstation, Sleep, Hibernate, Turn Off Monitor, Screen Saver, Volume Control, Hang Up Modem, Alarm, Message, Play Sound, Run Program, Open File, Close Window, Kill Process. Desktop links can be created to execute any of the supported actions directly from desktop. Web Interface allows remote execution of actions and displays run-time information about the computer: Up Time, List of Processes, Screenshot of a Desktop, Program Execution, and more.