SmartSleep
SmartSleep
3.22

3.4

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SmartSleep

3.22
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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Lycestra
25 February 2008

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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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Version 1.0b1
Madmeg
10 January 2015
"Just sleep means that the notebook will go to sleep fast, but you loose the ability…" I think you want "lose" there. :)
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Version 3.22
polocanada
06 October 2013
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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Version 3.22
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Laurent-Couvreur
Laurent-Couvreur
29 October 2013
Limit with App Store application. You have to download a copy of the application from the editor's site. Answer here : http://www.jinx.de/SmartSleep.html : in red.
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Ash435
17 July 2013
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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Version 3.10
1 answer(s)
Ash435
Ash435
02 August 2013
Followup: After I installed my SSD I also installed Chameleon SSD Optimizer. Is it compatible with SmartSleep? Some of their controls overlap, specifically regarding sleep image, hibernate mode, etc.
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Aargl
12 April 2013
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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Version 3.10
Drdul
05 January 2013
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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Version 3.10
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Drdul
Drdul
16 March 2013
SmartSleep is now at 3.22.
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Holypoly
Holypoly
31 March 2013
Better stay with 3.20 under Snow Leopard - which seems to be much more stable than 3.22, at least on my 2 Macs. 3.22 crashed everytime on launch. Reverted "back" to 3.20 and everything is fine again (if not dandy).
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antomorefulc
25 August 2012
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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Version 3.10
herbs2
06 August 2012
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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Version 3.10
ososX
08 June 2012
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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Version 3.10
Unicorn
21 February 2012
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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Version 3.10
Seanc
24 February 2011
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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Version 3.04