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  1. 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

    • 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

      • 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

        • 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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          • 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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            • 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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              • 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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                  • 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 an option to turn the Mac off after a certain set time has elapsed.

                      I notice that when downloading from the web, if the Mac falls asleep it often disrupts the download and I need to re-dpwnload from the beginning again which is frustrating, sometimes these downloads may be bigger and rather than have the Mac awake all night for the download, a good feature would be to allow the Mac to turn off after the time limit has elapsed.

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                        Unfortunately, there is no way to accomplish this in the “sandboxed” environment required of Mac App Store apps. If Apple changes their policies, or there becomes another way to accomplish this, I’ll revisit. For now, I must decline. Sorry! Neat idea…

                        Your best bet would be to set your energy saver settings to let you Mac sleep after an hour and let that kick in after a timed Amphetamine session ends.

                        Will

                      • Can Amphetamine keep the computer awake when Gamepad input is being generated?

                        It's frustrating that Mac OS X doesn't consider gamepad input when starting screensavers or sleeping. I know it's a little out of scope, but could Amphetamine handle this? Preventing the mac from sleeping during games is my main use case for this app.

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                          Hi,

                          I don’t plan on trying to implement this function specifically – BUT – in v2.3 (currently awaiting review by Apple) there is a new App Triggers option. Essentially, Amphetamine will keep your Mac awake if specific apps you identify are running. Might work for you, unless you leave your emulator/Steam client/etc. running all the time.

                          Best,
                          Will

                        • Keep wireless connection with closed lid

                          Hello!
                          My Macbook Air not sleeping with Amphetamine with closed lid! But WiFi goin to sleep after 30 seconds after lid is closed :( Persistent network services, like VPN, SSH, Torrent, etc will disconnecting.

                          Please add feature to keep wireless is connected.

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                            • Icon grey out for off, black/coloured for on

                              I'd love to see the option in Amphetamine to keep the icon as the same horizontal pill and just have the icon dimmed for off and "lit" or full for on. So the shape and orientation stays the same, but it's greyed out for off and black for on.

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                              • Memory Usage - Amphetamine vs. KeepingYouAwake

                                I would say a big competitor of this app is KeepingYouAwake. It is a github project so is not on the MAS but has the same underlying functionality, utilizing the caffeinate command (and it was also developed because caffeine development was stopped). You would have to look more into this, but just running basic numbers from having both apps running through activity monitor KeepingYouAwake was doing about 5.0MB of memory while amphetamine was at about 7.3MB. Using the preferences window added more to that obviously. I know optimization is usually the last and potentially the most time-consuming step but it…

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                                • Menu item "Sleep now > HD-list"

                                  To be able to set to sleep an HD immediately, I know it's the opposite purpose :-)

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                                  • Amphetamine to pre-load user-defined folders at start-up

                                    I have several folders with lots of items, several thousands.
                                    Would it be possible to "pre-load" them in the background?
                                    That way the Finder can display them instantly.
                                    I am thinking to something like "ls /Volumes/HDx/folder-a/ > null"

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                                    • Amphetamine: Show blue icon when activated.

                                      I'd like to see an option to show a blue icon (like Tweetbot when new tweets are available) when Amphetamine is activated.

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                                      • Have you thought to manage the magic mouse.

                                        I would like to stop quickly the mouse scrolling.

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                                        • Do not turn off WiFi

                                          WiFi is turned off when the lid is closed after two minutes. I want to be online with closed lid.

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