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  1. Wake display at intervals

    Is it possible to have Amphetamine wake the display at set intervals, e.g every 10 minutes? My usage scenario would be to check for new emails and website updates at every few minutes. I think this would extend the battery life too.

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    • mount/unmount drives

      Would be great to have the ability to automatically mount/unmount drives such as SD Cards etc when going to sleep.
      See Apps like "Mountain" and "Jettison"

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        Amphetamine is not a sleep utility, so I think I am going to decline this for now. I fear adding features like this will steer Amphetamine towards being more of a Swiss-army knife app, instead of focusing on its core job of keeping your Mac awake.

        Maybe someday I will reconsider. Thanks for the suggestion.

        Will

      • Detect when a YouTube video is running

        Not launch the screen saver from the app when a YouTube video is running.

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        • Turn on Do not disturb

          Have an option to temporarily turn on Do not disturb to silence notifications during the time frame set. If screen sharing you might not want text messages being shared with those viewing your screen.

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          • Amphetamine should use the default 'launch at login' system

            Currently Amphetamine launches itself at login via some unseen way. However, the default way (that all programs should use, and almost all do, since it makes clear what is and isn't launched at startup) is to add itself to the 'Login Items' tab in the 'Users & Groups' section of System Preferences. Its not a huge thing, but its nice to conform to platform standards :)

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              Hi,

              Amphetamine uses the standard approach (via Service Management framework) set forth by Apple.

              This is documented by Apple here:
              https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/Security/Conceptual/AppSandboxDesignGuide/AppSandboxInDepth/AppSandboxInDepth.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40011183-CH3-SW29

              and here:
              https://developer.apple.com/library/content/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPSystemStartup/Chapters/CreatingLoginItems.html

              Amphetamine implements this using a open source project, LaunchAtLoginHelper:
              https://github.com/kgn/LaunchAtLoginHelper

              If you’d like to request that login apps/items created using the Service Management framework to appear in System Preferences, please file a request with Apple:

              http://www.apple.com/feedback/

              or

              https://developer.apple.com/bug-reporting/

              Best,
              Will

            • Time Remaining is NOT displaying next to menu bar icon (v3.0.2-OS X 10.9.5)

              Just updated from 2.3.1 to 3.0.2 on my iMac running 10.9.5
              I DO have both of these checked: Quick Settings->show session time in menu bar AND Prefs-Show session time remaining & activation reason in menu bar
              All I get is the PILL ICON (no countdown in the menu bar at all anymore - ONLY the pill icon.
              Have tried chosing other icons. Have quit and restarted the app several times - nothing seems to help.
              ???

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                OS X 10.10 or higher is required for time reaming to display.

                I expected eventally 10.10 will be the minimum OS required. It’s rather difficult to support the older OSes as Apple deprecates older APIs and frameworks.

                Will

              • Molecule icon is blurry again, legacy version needed

                Hello! This annoying one-year-old issue which was discussed here:
                https://instinctualflaw.uservoice.com/forums/216603-feature-improvement-requests-and-suggestions/suggestions/9295476-molecule-icon-doesn-t-look-good-compared-to-the-pr
                came back again.
                Comparing to legacy icon from Amphetamine 2, current one looks really bad on non-Retina screens. It can be clearly seen on your own screenshot http://i.imgur.com/d1arXaE.png at the botttom right corner.
                Could you be so kind to add back the original molecule icon, please?

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                • Requist for a new dynamic icon

                  Hi there,

                  I wonder if you can design a circle icon that countdown the remaining session time, just like the installation progress indicator on iOS but a reverse way. Because I want to know how much time it remains but dont want the time itself being shown on menubar.

                  Thanks.

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                  • It would be great if an Amphetamine trigger could be Display Mirroring

                    Lot's of times I'll give a presentation with my Mac in display mirroring. If I forget to enable Amphetamine, and I'm not actively using the computer (like if I'm answering audience questions or providing a lengthy explanation to something) my display (and the mirrored display) go to sleep. Sort of awkward during a presentation. Thanks!

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                    • It would be great to see amphetamine be able to detect dropbox synching in process and prevent sleeping.

                      I do a lot of dropbox uploading via their desktop app that takes a few hours every couple of days. I need to manually set up a session to block sleeping during the synch. I guess at the length of the upload.

                      Amphetamine works pretty well for this, but it would be nice if it could detect that dropbox is actively synching and trigger a session.

                      Dropbox app is running all the time.

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                      • Amphetamie

                        Great product but the new version lost "According tiSchedule.."
                        Please add it again ... Thanks Soren

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                        • system tray icon

                          hello, could you use the 2.3 version icons within the app please? The coffee mug and cup are terible

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                          • Trigger graphics switching

                            On MBP high-end models there are two graphics chips, I would be awesome if Amphetamine could trigger this options.

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                            • It would be great if in addition to the general timeout/sleep Amphetamine could also control audio volume.

                              I've been meaning to create an app that will keep the volume on while the machine is awake and being used during certain hours, but auto-mute when the machine/monitors sleep after specific times. That way, I can listen to music while doing something else, even with display sleep, but mute overnight when the display sleeps but I'm not using it.

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                                • Put timer on left side of icon

                                  In this way, if one wants to reset the timer, one can simply double click on the icon instead of moving the mouse around. This would be cool to see!

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                                  • I would like to see Amphetamine lock my screen when my iPhone Bluetooth signal is lost

                                    It might be nice to lock screen when I leave my machine and my iPhone is with me.

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                                      Hi,

                                      This is an interesting idea, but I am not familiar with development involving Bluetooth devices. I will look into it, but honestly, I don’t believe this is something I would implement. There are stand-alone apps that accomplish this, and I think it would probably be best to use one of those for this feature.

                                      Something like: http://nearlock.me/

                                      Best,
                                      Will

                                    • Amphetamine - Keeps running when VPN is active

                                      The Apps Trigger option is a good alternative but I cannot select the Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.x app. So a VPN trigger should be the ultimate solution to prevent a disconneted session.

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                                        Hi,

                                        Microsoft Remote Desktop should be selectable. In my testing, it shows up just fine in Amphetamine’s app list. Please make sure you launch Microsoft Remote Desktop before trying to select it in the list.

                                        Best,
                                        Will

                                      • It would be great to see an app trigger for the Plex Media Server transcoding service

                                        I'm not exactly sure why it doesn't appear on the list even after unchecking "Don't show known system & help apps", but it would be a useful addition. For Plex Media Server, the helper process that performs transcoding is called "Plex New Transcoder".

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                                          Hi,

                                          Amphetamine can unfortunately only “see” certain other apps and processes. This is a restriction put in place by Apple that I cannot fix. Typically, Amphetamine can only see “user” processes and apps. Ones that require admin privileges to run are often not see. Unfortunately, if the app/process does not show up as selectable in Amphetamine’s list of apps, there is no way for me to force it to show that I know of.

                                          Will

                                        • Add the option for screen dimming after a certain amount of time?

                                          I use amphetamine mainly to keep my screen from locking, and it would be great if there was the option to still allow the screen to dim after some inactivity, so that battery is saved a bit.

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