Caffeine
Caffeine 1.1.1
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Menubar item prevents your Mac from sleeping and more.   Free
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Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menubar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.

The menu now has a sub-menu for deactivating Caffeine automatically after a number of minutes.
What's New
Version 1.1.1:
  • Fixed a bug where Caffeine was effective when another user account was active
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later







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Caffeine User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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Shadokuss reviewed on 28 Mar 2014
Works, do what it is intend to, simple, efficient. What else?
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Jstgermain reviewed on 15 Apr 2013
Does what it says. It wont let the comp sleep, unless you close the lid. I wanted something where I could close the lid too, and this just inst the solution. NoSleep seems to do the job better.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Deebster commented on 11 Apr 2013
Not working for me on 10.8.3 and a late 2008 iMac.

Seems to be doing nothing at all, as my Mac is still sleeping based on Energy Saver preferences.
[Version 1.1.1]


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gorges reviewed on 20 Mar 2013
Great time saving and useful app. IMHO must have. Love it. Works perfectly on Mountain Lion 10.8.3
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Aetnaria replied on 21 Mar 2013
Mountain Lion 10.8.2 here, made sure it was set for the default 5 hours, filled the cup with coffee, then launched screensaver so that the screen wasn't blinding while I slept and the computer did its thing. The computer fell asleep 15 minutes later anyhow.

Will have to troubleshoot, but at present app does not seem to work.
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Llongley reviewed on 29 Dec 2012
This program works great for me with Mountain Lion. Does just what it is supposed to do. I have a backup routine set up to run in the middle of the night and prior to installing this it was always interrupted by power sleep. Once I installed this and set it up to prevent sleep my backups work wonderfully.

Power Nap has its place but unfortunately the power nap mode does not respond to most non apple applications once engaged. This resolves that problem.

It always amazes me that people read a developers statement about what his/her app is supposed to do and then download it expecting it to do something very different…and then write a bad review because you did not believe the developers description of his/her product?

I fully understand giving suggestions on possible improvements etc but to rate the app down because it was not built and tailored to meet your needs? Especially on a free app. Software is like anything else buyer beware and do not throw a temper tantrum because you failed to research what you are buying/ downloading.

Sorry for ranting but it is just such a waste of time to read some reviews. However real feedback, suggestions for improvement and reviews that point out things the app promises to do but either fails to do or fails to do appropriately are so helpful and I very much appreciate this site for providing a forum for access to the same. I think that the misplaced reviews are also a result of poor reading comprehension as some can not tell a comment from a review?
[Version 1.1.1]


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Thomas-Svendsen reviewed on 15 Dec 2012
Works just great. Computers need no sleep, people do.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Danco reviewed on 17 Aug 2012
I found Caffeine extremely useful in Snow Leopard. Have never used Lion, but on Mountain Lion it does not seem to disable sleep, due to a change in the way the system handles sleep. Still, no harm in downloading it and trying.
[Version 1.1.1]

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barryg84 replied on 15 Nov 2012
Is it worth having on mountain lion ?
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+25

sebthedev reviewed on 25 Apr 2012
Simply brilliant, though I dislike the icon, so I made my own ones: http://www.zibity.com/othergoodies#caffeine
[Version 1.1.1]


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-3

+130

Doug S. reviewed on 14 Apr 2012
Stability and features are just fine. Assuming it worked and even a free app is still a bad value if it doesn't do anything.
[Version 1.1.1]

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rinopo replied on 16 Apr 2012
Works fine for me on Lion.

Have you right-clicked (or command+click) the Caffeine icon and set the options as you would like it to do anything?
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Doug S. replied on 16 Apr 2012
Yep, I played with the options, tweaked settings... It seemed as if it was semi-functional in that the screen did not appear to go to sleep but it wouldn't show up as another computer on my network, but would the second I woke it up properly.

In the end I settled on using NoSleep, which might not be as feature-rich as this app bug actually works for me.
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rinopo replied on 16 Apr 2012
Okay, maybe you're right. Sorry I'm not sure. I haven't tested it in that way.

I usually have my mac set never to sleep in the General Preferences and have been using this app just to prevent the display from sleeping. So maybe I'm not a typical user, you made me remember.

And Caffeine actually does not allow a MacBook to work in so-called clamshell mode if that's the thing wanted.
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Doug S. replied on 16 Apr 2012
Essentially, that's what I intended. Luckily, NoSleep appears to work just fine for my purposes. It was getting to the point where I was just going to install Ubuntu's server edition over Lion and just run that as it doesn't have sleep functionality.

So for anyone who wants to stop their Mac from falling asleep, this might do that but if you want to run it in clamshell mode without an external display this won't help you.
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+69

Reowen reviewed on 11 Apr 2012
Very useful for preventing sleep while giving presentations, watching videos or downloading large files. It does exactly what I want and does it well with a nice simple user interface and no problems.
[Version 1.1.1]


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+4
Maxruehl had trouble on 09 Jun 2013
Is there a way to suppress the preferences window at launch? It's a bit of an annoyance to have to manually close the prefs window every time the app launches--they can be accessed via right clicking the menu bar icon, so I see no reason we should be faced with the prefs every time the app starts. Is there a way to change this that I'm missing?
[Version 1.1.1]


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theredqueentheory had trouble on 21 Dec 2012
Doesn't work on Airbook 10.7.5 after multiple downloads. Have done everything else, the only way my mac stays bright is if I keep the color LCD display window OPEN on the brightest level. The minute I close it, it changes itself to the dim menu. When I open it back up, the slider is back to dim. This is with Caffeine running.
[Version 1.1.1]


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+29
Mruben had trouble on 29 Jul 2011
Seems not to work anymore under 10.7 Lion. Any news of a pending update?
[Version 1.1.1]

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Doug S. replied on 14 Apr 2012
Agreed. Can't get it to work after multiple attempts. Moving on.
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+15
umijin had trouble on 04 Jun 2008
Hmmm - new download doesn't seem to have a way to install. Can't quit the menubar applet to allow a drag and drop replace.

No info I can see on the developer site on how to update, AFAIK.
[Version 1.0.3]

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Bambu commented on 04 Jun 2008
To quit a currently running Caffeine, command-click on the menu-item and you get a menu with quit as the last option.

That should help you with just unzipping and replacing 1.03 over the 1.02.

Best wishes
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+15
umijin replied on 04 Jun 2008
Thanks! That did it. I wasn't aware of command+click functionality. I tried control+click, which seemed a logical choice.

This app is very helpful and works well. I hope the developer will post instructions for other users wanting to upgrade.
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Lighthead Software (developer) replied on 04 Jun 2008
Hi, I'm the developer of Caffeine.

The instructions on how to show the menu is both on our web site and is displayed the first time you start Caffeine. Holding down either the command key or control key while clicking the menu bar icon will do.

Thanks,
Tomas, Lighthead Software
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umijin replied on 04 Jun 2008
Thanks. I overlooked this info on the MU site, but didn't recall it on the developer site.

It's not clear to this user that the command+click would allow you to QUIT the app - this could be indicated more clearly somewhere. And although I probably read the notice upon install a few weeks back- I didn't recall it.

I also am not able to get the menu to appear with a right click on my logitech mouse, which usually is the same as control+click in most of my applications and the finder. I'm unsure if this is a problem with my mouse, or Caffeine.

In any case thanks again for your help.

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Cpoetter rated on 10 Nov 2012

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Thelaughingshaq rated on 15 Jun 2012

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Thoughtful rated on 01 Dec 2011

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Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:12 Mar 2010
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Caffeine is a tiny program that puts an icon in the right side of your menubar. Click it to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Click it again to go back. Hold down the Command key while clicking to show the menu.

The menu now has a sub-menu for deactivating Caffeine automatically after a number of minutes.


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