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LaunchControl is a launchd(8) frontend allowing you to manage and debug system and user services on your Mac. All documented features of launchd(8) are supported. It reports potential problems even before a job is started and makes sure you always create valid configurations.

Sophisticated interface
With LaunchControl you see all services and their respective status at a glance. Invalid services are highlighted and a problem description is provided. You can enable or disable services with a single click. The same goes for loading, unloading and ad-hoc starting. Long list of jobs may be more...

What's New

Version 1.15.2:

Bug fixes

  • Fixed another memory leak
  • Properly update Sockets view when changing SockFamily from IPv4/6 to Unix and vice versa

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Amazing application that saved my butt. After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I was unable to eject one particular external drive. Some process was holding it hostage. Disk Activity Monitor and Terminal were useless. If I killed a suspect process, a new more...

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Version 1.0.1
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softwater Member IconReview+2
softwater
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This is a very useful and powerful utility if you know how to use it. There are ample tips and help available within the app, but you still need to invest some time and effort to play around with it.

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Version 1.14.2
Donmontalvo Member IconReview+1287
Donmontalvo
+1

Really good stuff!

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Version 1.13.5
Fabro Member IconReview+42
Fabro
+1

Excellent!
I am a BackupLoupe user (also from Soma-Zone) and just gave a try to LaunchControl: this app is very useful and sports a very nice UI, I also like their true old-style shareware model.

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Version 1.13
Eddiemp Member IconReview+10
Eddiemp
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Really great, works as promissed !
Somtimes not entirely clear WHY a command colors RED to point to a failure ...

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Version 1.10.2
Soma-Zone
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Dear Eddiemp, thanks for taking the time to evaluate our product. Usually the problematic key's config section is colored red. There should also be a red alert symbol in this section. Hovering your mouse cursor over this symbol should give you a short description of the problem. But it seems that this is not what you are seeing.

We'd appreciate if you could contact us at support@soma-zone.com with your specific problem and give us the opportunity to improve LaunchControl and/or the documentation. Thank you!

Eddiemp
+0

Hi Support, thanks for pointing this out, I did try to click at the red exclamation mark, but that did not work, did not let the pointer stay long enough on it to see the hints ... now it works for me !

Svoop Member IconReview+40
Svoop
+3

Excellent application and great support by the author - a true five star tool!

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Version 1.10.2
Beige Member IconReview+178
Beige
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Amazing app and amazing support. No need to log out and in again, drag and drop modules and debugging. Really great.

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Version 1.10
MisterE Member IconComment+529
MisterE
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Downloaded 1.9 3 times from the link here on MU and each time the download finished incomplete. When I used the link on Soma-Zone's site it downloaded fine.

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Version 1.9
MisterE Member IconComment+529
MisterE
+2

From the developer's site, "At soma-zone we don't believe in copy protection. We do believe in honest customers. We don’t spend time implementing some sort of registration or online activation scheme. Our focus is on development of applications that work for you. As a consequence, you will not receive a serial number or license file."

This is such an awesome way to do business that they will get my $ if the app does only 10% of what it claims to. However, I can tell from the thorough description and the comments here that this is probably going to end up as one of my killer apps for system maintenance!

Thank you Soma-Zone!

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Version 1.8
West-Bay-G-Man
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MisterE,you should have sent the developer an email instead of thanking them this way. The message you quoted is one you only get after you have been honest and paid for the app. Broadcasting this as you have dimwittingly done probably will have the negative effect of taking money out of their pockets.

MisterE
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Well, that's one way to look at it but, I disagree. Look up the extremely successful business model of Paul Feldman who stocked NY offices with bagels paid for on the 'honor system'. It worked *very* well for him.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/06/magazine/what-the-bagel-man-saw.html

Soma-Zone (Developer)
+5

@MisterE: You're welcome. I hope you like LC.
@West-Bay-G-Man: No worries, we've got nothing to hide. This message appears on our shop as well. We just included it in the delivery note because some users missed it and requested their serial after paying.

Mdognrdog Member IconReview+152
Mdognrdog
+5

Launchctl is a weird, weird beast. I don't really know why cron supposedly wasn't good enough, but what's done is done.

Since there is no try-then-buy version of Lingon anymore, I gave LaunchControl a try, and it's more than adequate. I wish that when my jobs exited with a bad status, there was an easy way to look at the appropriate error messages, but at least you know where to start looking.

If you write a bunch of scripts, you either a) already know how to use launchctl; or b) need this software.

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Version 1.6.1
Soma-Zone (Developer)
+4

Move your mouse cursor over the error code. A tooltip will show up explaining what went wrong. Check the section 'What is the recommended way to debug a job?' in the FAQ: http://www.soma-zone.com/LaunchControl/a/FAQ.html

Doca Cola Member IconReview+12
Doca Cola
+2

Finally. A proper alternative to (pre-AppStore) Lingon to edit launch services. It even has way more features than Lingon. That 10 dollars were easily spend just for the effort on making not just an useful software tool, but also giving it a good and easy to understand UI. I am truly impressed. Clearly recommended!

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Version 1.6.1
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Version 1.15.1
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Version 1.15.1
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Version 1.13.5
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Version 1.13.3
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Version 1.12.1
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Version 1.12
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Version 1.11
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Downloads 15,025
Version Downloads 644
Type Utilities / System
License Demo
Date 14 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $10.00
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