SmartSleep
SmartSleep
3.22

3.4

SmartSleep free download for Mac

SmartSleep3.22

09 September 2013

Prefpane that dynamically sets the sleep state of your machine.

Overview

SmartSleep is a preference pane that dynamically sets the sleep state of your machine. It's a successor to Hibernate.prefPane.

The Problem - Your MacBook or MacBook Pro knows the following sleep states:

  • sleep: machine will go to sleep only (saves state in RAM only, battery keeps RAM contents)
  • sleep and hibernate: machine sleeps and hibernates. (default)
  • hibernate only: machine will go to hibernate only. (saves state on disk, battery will not be used)
  • Just sleep means that the notebook will go to sleep fast, but you loose the ability to change the battery as the battery is needed to keep the contents of the memory (RAM).
  • Just sleep and hibernate will wake the computer fast, but sleeping will take ages as the contents of the memory are saved to disk before entering the sleep.
The solution - SmartSleep lets your notebook just sleep while the battery has a high level. If the battery level drops below a certain point (default is less than 20% or 20 minutes), it will switch to sleep and hibernate. So you have the best of both worlds.

What's new in SmartSleep

Version 3.22:
  • Added default overrides for pmset. SmartSleep uses pmset to set the values for sleep, hibernate, sleep and hibernate and system default. You can now override the values that SmartSleep uses:
    • pmsetvalueforsleep
    • pmsetvalueforsleepandhibernate
    • pmsetvalueforhibernate
    • pmsetvalueforsystemdefault
  • Added Retina menu-bar icons - thanx to Mario Bieh for creating them.
  • Added OS-dependent update mechanism for future updates.
  • Added more Help pages.
  • Changed how the application behaves when it's installed incorrectly.
  • No longer needs a setting to explicitly allow running in background as SmartSleep does not need to follow Apples AppStore rules. So SmartSleep daemon automatically runs in background when you you use something other than System default as setting.
  • Fixed a bug that would cause SmartSleep not to set the correct sleep state when not run in background.
  • Fixed a bug that App Store receipts from older computers would not be moved away.
  • Fixed a few typos and linked to Info.html inside the dmg.

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28 Reviews of SmartSleep

Lycestra
25 February 2008
Version: 1.0b1

Most helpful

CAUTION: the extent of my testing (not much) shows that SmartSleep doesn't properly support encrypted disk swap. the pmset command that supports the hardware for this needs an extra bit to properly support hibernation with encrypted swap. My test: default, my 'hibernate mode' is 7. This is the combination of hibernate (1) + sleep (2) + encrypted (4). SmartSleep set it to 3 when told to sleep+hibernate, which would certainly fail to come out of hibernation properly if you have encryption enabled. That said, Smart Sleep is a great idea. Saving the memory to disk (hibernate) every time is a waste if you're just going to wake it up soon anyway, which doesn't use the disk. But, be forewarned that the intel-based machines don't have a small internal battery for swapping batteries so they lose power when you remove the battery. Not usually a problem, but if you don't have hibernation enabled, it will effectively reboot, having died in sleep. If it included this warning, and fixed the issue with encryption, I'd use it.
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Madmeg
10 January 2015
Version: 3.22
"Just sleep means that the notebook will go to sleep fast, but you loose the ability…" I think you want "lose" there. :)
(1)
polocanada
06 October 2013
Version: 3.22
Can't get is working on 10.6.8. With SmartSleep enabled or not, hibernate or standby, the system still behaves same way like if it was just a normal stand by - no hibernation (or at least I don't see any progress bar showing the stuff is being saved on disk) and the light is still blinking indicating it's StandBy. Waking up same thing, no difference. I don't event know how the hibernation mode would look different from Standby. Am I missing something here? Or is it just not compatible with OSX 10.6.8?
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Ash435
17 July 2013
Version: 3.10
I recently upgraded to 10.8.4 and an SSD drive and I'm not sure my 2012 MBP is entirely sleep happy. Quite often in the morning it will return slowly from hibernate even though power is connected, battery is at 100% and smart sleep is enabled. Also I notice the eyes blink in the menu item occasionally. And when I have Bartender running, the smartsleep icon appears randomly every few minutes, suggesting that something is bothering it (even though battery is 100% and power is in). Any thoughts? v3.22
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Aargl
12 April 2013
Version: 3.10
Probably SmartSleep is doing something more, but SafeSleepOnce could be enough for most of us... (it is working great and is free... ;-)
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Drdul
05 January 2013
Version: 3.10
SmartSleep is now at version 3.20. Anyone who bought the Mac App Store version can overwrite it with the latest version downloaded direct from the dev, and that version will automatically update when new versions are available. See the dev's website for details.
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4.5
antomorefulc
25 August 2012
Version: 3.10
I have adquire the license via App Store and soon it updates it in the page of the author and I only paid once.
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3.5
herbs2
06 August 2012
Version: 3.10
Howdy, Do NOT buy this via the App Store! The version you can directly download from the jinx web site is at version 3.18 and even seems to work under Mountain Lion! The cost directly from the jinx web site (via esellerate) is a bit higher than through the App Store but, again, the App Store version doesn't work. I already had a license via the App Store and followed the directions on the jinx site but the new version said it was unregistered so I ended up buying a second license to get it activated. So the answer is to pay the extra cost to buy it direct and don't spend the money at the App Store. Good Luck, Herb Schulz
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ososX
08 June 2012
Version: 3.10
I used it on 10.6, but with Lion, according to the developer website: "The AppStore version does not run correctly on lion due to a bug in lion. Apple does not allow me to update the AppStore version as the workaround for the bug requires admin privileges and is therefore not allowed in the AppStore." I tried the workaround but it just doesn't work.
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2
Unicorn
21 February 2012
Version: 3.10
What you see is what you get. You can't change when exactly it'll save to disk or ram for sleep. For example, if I want it to sleep in 1 hour and hibernate in 2, I can't do that. The battery basically has to be dead for it to activate. Otherwise you manually do it. You can make it run in the background, but it won't turn on by itself unless you set it in the system preferences.
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2
Seanc
24 February 2011
Version: 3.04
My low rating is for the new app version of SmartSleep. I bought the app and used it for a couple of weeks, but recently uninstalled it and switched back to the free prefpane version. I really liked the new menubar item, but the actual "smart" sleep feature only works if the app is running all the time, which is an annoyance. I don't have a problem with the developer going commercial -- the price is very reasonable -- I just wish he'd kept it a prefpane instead of an app. I'm guessing he only made it an app so he could sell it via the AppStore.....
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Shk747
30 January 2011
Version: 3.0
vielleicht könnte der entwickler das geschwür von einem icon ein wenig in richtung mac-dezent ändern !? selten so einen pfusch in der finderleiste gesehen.
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Robk
30 January 2011
Version: 3.0
It is a PITY that this program has gone commercial.. What is the difference between the last FREE version 2.6 and the new commercial version 3.0? The last FREE version 2.6 runs great under Snow Leopard.
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3.5
Sgginc
30 January 2011
Version: 3.0
Tried to edit my previous review but could not. Would be nice to hide doc icon.
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sjk
30 January 2011
Version: 3.0
On the developer site it says: • Runs as a application not a preference pane. The MU description still says it's the latter, with an out-of-date image.
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Khai
31 July 2010
Version: 2.6
I installed this app due to its capability to "hibernate only", but recently it automatically hibernates when i close the lid. Isnt there any capability to auto sleep (instead of hibernate) when the lid is closed?
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5
Lucid
09 February 2010
Version: 2.6
Thank you for taking the time to put this together and share it with the Mac OS X community. Awesome!
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Seanc
22 October 2009
Version: 2.6
What exactly constitutes a Mac with "sleepy powermanagement" and why do they require a workaround? Which models does this refer to?
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5
Shk747
22 October 2009
Version: 2.6
perfect for mac's with ssd's !
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John169
27 September 2009
Version: 2.4
Has anyone had a problem with SmartSleep causing sleep-related lockups? I've got installed on my 13"MBP running 10.6.1, and when I set it to Smart Sleep, my Mac will, after a period of a day or so, fail to wake from sleep. When I hard restart it will boot to the blue screen but then go to sleep before getting to the login screen. I tried zapping the PRAM but that didn't help. The only way to get out of the sleep loop is to reset the PMU. It makes no difference if my Mac is plugged in or not. I looked at the developer's website but didn't see any place to seek support. Anyone?
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Dorkypants
26 August 2009
Version: 2.2
Doesn't install on Tiger (PrefPane manager says it's unable to load the PrefPane). Requirements should be changed to OS X 10.5. Reverted to version 1.4
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Sgginc
26 August 2009
Version: 2.2
The 2.2 installer changes the permissions on HD/Library/Pref Panes to no access for everyone. Changing it fixes things. 2.0 also did this. Maybe just me though ... Thanks ... Ken
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Tacitus
29 March 2008
Version: 1.0 (1531)
Including a readme file would be a good idea. What exactly does this install apart from the prefpane? The smartsleep function seems hit or miss. I think it works if I manually put it to sleep, but if it goes to sleep automatically when the battery is low it doesn't seem to hibernate despite being told to. All RAM data is then lost when the battery is changed. Looks a good idea and has potential, but it possibly needs a bit more work. MBk Pro 10.4.11 2Gb Ram
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Tvopdx
19 March 2008
Version: 1.0 (1531)
I like the idea of this. And it does put my MacBook Pro to sleep faster and nicer than the system itself. However, I find that my battery only operating time is cut in half. When I check my energy saver settings, it's always set to custom. When I force it to Better Energy Savings, it shifts to custom without any action on my part. As a consequence, the three plus hours I used to get with careful energy management has dropped to a measly 60-90 minutes. SmartSleep has a ways to go before it will work for me.
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Jolly-Aka-Patrick
15 March 2008
Version: 1.0 (1531)
Hmmm sounds weird. Send me a mail and I try to solve the problem. Can you set the hibernate level in the shell ? (pmset) Regards Patrick aka Jolly
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Bobjazz
07 March 2008
Version: 1.0 (1531)
I can't get this to work in "Smart Sleep" mode. It won't change the setting from sleep only to sleep & hibernate (or vice versa). It says it's updating, but just comes back with the setting the same as it was last set. Even if I manually change the sleep & hibernate level, it updates and then comes back with the setting the same as it was before. I've tried fixing permissions, that didn't work. I've also tried 3 different versions now, the last beta, build 1529 and the latest, build 1531. They all behave the same. I'm running 10.4.10 on a 1.83Ghz Core Duo MacBook (2006) with 2GB of Ram. Anybody know what's going on?
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5
Ncianca
26 February 2008
Version: 1.0b1
This is a great idea. I have usually used the commandline pmset to set the mode, but it's a pain to manage it this way, particularly if you forget to turn hibernation back on when the battery is running out and you have to swap it.
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Jolly-Aka-Patrick
25 February 2008
Version: 1.0b1
You no longer need that as said in the pmset man page. I'm using it with an encrypted swap the whole time and did not have any problems. Patrick
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Lycestra
25 February 2008
Version: 1.0b1
CAUTION: the extent of my testing (not much) shows that SmartSleep doesn't properly support encrypted disk swap. the pmset command that supports the hardware for this needs an extra bit to properly support hibernation with encrypted swap. My test: default, my 'hibernate mode' is 7. This is the combination of hibernate (1) + sleep (2) + encrypted (4). SmartSleep set it to 3 when told to sleep+hibernate, which would certainly fail to come out of hibernation properly if you have encryption enabled. That said, Smart Sleep is a great idea. Saving the memory to disk (hibernate) every time is a waste if you're just going to wake it up soon anyway, which doesn't use the disk. But, be forewarned that the intel-based machines don't have a small internal battery for swapping batteries so they lose power when you remove the battery. Not usually a problem, but if you don't have hibernation enabled, it will effectively reboot, having died in sleep. If it included this warning, and fixed the issue with encryption, I'd use it.
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3.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later

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