Exhaust
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Control the timing and sequence of login items.   Free
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Exhaust allows you to control your login items to add delays, have them start in a sequence, or start with arguments. What are login items? They are applications and services that start up once you login to your user. A great use for Exhaust is to have the menu items go into a order that you want. Exhaust allows you to also run terminal commands at login such as the say command to have it say welcome or whatever you like.Exhaust is open source at http://opensource.mrgeckosmedia.com/
What's New
Version 0.3:
  • Updates the database every hour if necessary to prevent applications from opening twice.
  • Loads the interface lazily to save ram.
  • Now open source.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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burypromote
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Gitteboy reviewed on 12 Feb 2011
Great tool to get control of the startup items. Not for noobs I guess.
[Version 0.3]


burypromote
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Ean commented on 20 Aug 2010
Hah! I managed to delete the whole lot of login items in seconds with this. Idiot? Or, maybe I love scouring filesystems for obscure bits of blah... Okay, idiot.
[Version 0.2]

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burypromote
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Mr. Gecko'S Media (developer) replied on 11 Feb 2011
Read the documentation and you'll see how much of an idiot I'm not.
burypromote
+5

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Ean replied on 12 Feb 2011
Oh, Mr. Gecko, I didn't mean that you're an idiot! I was speaking of myself! It's a perfectly adequate tool, but in the hands of an idiot like me...
burypromote

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Elnacho replied on 16 May 2011
Errr, does anyone know how to make an application load as "hidden" in Exhaust, just like when you check the tickbox in Login Items ? That to me seems like something obvious that should've been added to the program from the start... :-|
burypromote
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Rob.h commented on 08 Aug 2010
Interesting little app that has the potential to be quite useful, but obviously a very early version that still requires a bit of work. My observations (and these may well be fixed/changed in later releases):

1. If you use different Automator Actions in your login items, Exhaust shows them all as 'Application Stub' with no way to tell between them unless you select the item and go and look at the command string. Would be nice to have the name of the Automator Action in the list, or the ability to label entries.
2. There is no way to resize the Exhaust window making the interface rather cramped.
3. There is no obvious way to change the order of items in the list. You can't drag items up or down the list and there are no gadgets on the interface to 'move up' or 'move down'. I got the impression from the description of Exhaust that this feature is already supposed to be there?
4. There is no easy way to export your login items back out of Exhaust. On launching Exhaust for the first time it 'imports' all your Login Items then promptly removes them and replaces them with a single entry for Exhaust itself. This is all well and good if you decide you like Exhaust and want to use it, but if you don't then you have to manually recreate all your Login Items (which can be tricky if you have various 'helper' apps that run at startup and that are buried inside application bundles). The ability to re-instate your Login Items is a must IMHO, especially at this early stage of Exhaust's development. I have (had!) 38 entries in my Login Items list which have now all disappeared and which I am now having to put back the hard way.
5. Just an observation really - Exhaust has no menu bar, so you can't set Preferences, e.g. frequency to check for updates, frequency to make backups of your Login Items list, etc. (Alternative would be to implement it as a Pref Pane?).

Overall - not for me just yet, but an interesting app that I will keep an eye on.
[Version 0.1]

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burypromote
+2

+143
Rob.h replied on 09 Aug 2010
I ought to add - the 'remove' button doesn't work. You can't delete entries from the list, only add them.
burypromote

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Tlance replied on 09 Aug 2010
Much thanks, Rob.H for your comments. I would love what this app does but your comments will now have me wait a while, too. Good luck and my thanks to the developer!
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Mr. Gecko'S Media (developer) replied on 11 Feb 2011
I have fixed the dragging issue in 0.2 and I have also fixed the remove button in 0.2. I never knew you could add automator scripts as a login item, so I never knew this problem existed. I just recently made it open source with 0.3, so maybe you can fix that. In 0.2 I added to the documentation an explanation of how to uninstall (get your items back into the login items), and 0.1 had the way that was explained in the documentation. I made this application mostly for people who wants to organize the login items easily and a lot of these people don't want another menubar item in the list, I just made it so if you double click the icon in the finder or dock it'll open up the manager window. I saw no reason for resizing as it'll be hard to lay it out unless I just made it resizable by the width. The way it is now is good enough for people who want to see what settings there are and modify them. The updates would be checked once a day, if you want to change that, it's just the standard sparkle so you can set the preferences manually. I have a limited area to test with which is a 32bit machine and a lot of the problems you encountered were 64bit only problems.

I don't usually check the reviews here as there is no way for me to get updates via email (I broke their system or something), so if you want to ask a question or report something, use my support forums at http://mrgeckosmedia.com/support/.
burypromote

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hced had trouble on 25 Oct 2012
Two things:

1.) MacUpdate: the release date of the current version (0.3) is not 11 feb 2011 as stated here, but 8 aug 2010 (according to vendor's site).

2.) Developer: the feature that draws my interest judging by the screenshot is that "Wait for previous" checkbutton. How does that work, technically?
[Version 0.3]

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Mr. Gecko'S Media (developer) replied on 20 Jul 2013
It waits until the previous application in the list is finished launching, then it starts the next one. There is a huge update coming soon.

macrex18 rated on 13 Mar 2012

[Version 0.3]



Melvix rated on 22 Jun 2011

[Version 0.3]


Downloads:4,214
Version Downloads:3,160
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:11 Feb 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Exhaust allows you to control your login items to add delays, have them start in a sequence, or start with arguments. What are login items? They are applications and services that start up once you login to your user. A great use for Exhaust is to have the menu items go into a order that you want. Exhaust allows you to also run terminal commands at login such as the say command to have it say welcome or whatever you like.Exhaust is open source at http://opensource.mrgeckosmedia.com/


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