PowerBlock
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PowerBlock intercepts presses of the power button and optionally runs an AppleScript. This is handy on the MacBook Air where the power button is now a key on the keyboard and can be accidentally pressed.

By running an AppleScript when the power button is pressed, you can setup your system to immediately shutdown, restart, sleep, or eject a DVD. This is great for headless servers.

Known Limitations: PowerBlock does NOT prevent a hard shutdown if you hold the power button for more than 4 seconds.
What's New
Version 1.2:

Powerblock is not compatible with OS X 10.9 due to changes in the power system.

  • IMPROVED: Added more examples to the AppleScript.
  • IMPROVED: Inform user when there's an error in the AppleScript.
  • IMPROVED: Hide the splash screen by checking "Hide" in System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items.
  • IMPROVED: 1024x1024 application icon.
  • FIXED: Start at Login wasn't always working.

Version 1.2:

Powerblock is not compatible with OS X 10.9 due to changes in the power system.

  • IMPROVED: Added more examples to the AppleScript.
  • IMPROVED: Inform user when there's an error in the AppleScript.
  • IMPROVED: Hide the splash screen by checking "Hide" in System Preferences > Users & Groups > Login Items.
  • IMPROVED: 1024x1024 application more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5 to OS X 10.8.5



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lamontDakota reviewed on 05 Aug 2013
"Known Limitations: PowerBlock does NOT prevent a hard shutdown, if you hold the power button for more than 4 seconds."

The developer makes this sound like a bug. It looks like a feature, to me! Sometimes, you *want* to be able to do a hard shutdown. What would be the point of blocking that? He should say, IMO, "Special Feature: ..."
[Version 1.2]


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Grrr reviewed on 23 Dec 2012
Didn't use the Script, just left the app running. Love this app, does just what I need.
[Version 1.1]


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retani reviewed on 20 Dec 2012
This nifty little program does exactly what it is supposed to do. By using Apple Script, it enables you to trigger any action you intend when the power button is pressed, including more complex ones. This makes it useful for professionals, too. I used it on a Mac Mini in a museum installation so it can easily be switched on and off by the staff using just the power button. Minimal understanding of Apple Script is required (thus ease of use 4 of 5).
[Version 1.1]


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Irradiated-Software rated on 04 Dec 2012

[Version 1.1]


Downloads:1,689
Version Downloads:1,002
Type:Utilities : System
License:Free
Date:05 Aug 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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PowerBlock intercepts presses of the power button and optionally runs an AppleScript. This is handy on the MacBook Air where the power button is now a key on the keyboard and can be accidentally pressed.

By running an AppleScript when the power button is pressed, you can setup your system to immediately shutdown, restart, sleep, or eject a DVD. This is great for headless servers.

Known Limitations: PowerBlock does NOT prevent a hard shutdown if you hold the power button for more than 4 seconds.


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