Should I Sleep
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Prevent display sleep using face detection, timer, and more.   Commercial ($1.99)
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Should I Sleep prevents display from sleeping with face detection, timer, and other sensors.

Annoyed by the display getting dim when you're reading or watching something? Installed an app for that, but always forget to activate it? By using a combination of heuristic sensors, such as face detection, Should I Sleep checks if you are actually at the computer before it sleeps. Yes, the computer "sees and hears" you.

How It Works:
When the display is about to dim, Should I Sleep will start its sensors. Camera, microphone all other software
What's New
Version 1.8.4:
  • Fixed app corruption/redownload message
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.3 or later



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Should I Sleep User Discussion (Write a Review)
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AI_s reviewed on 01 Apr 2014
I am the only one which have problems under mavericks 10.9.2? Since the OS update the screen goes blank out of the blue and the green camera light got stuck and stay on indefinitely from time to time, until I quit Should I sleep... Please, fix it!
[Version 1.8.4]


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GianMarco-Tavazzani commented on 21 May 2013
Sorry.... FREE????
MacUpdate, please change the 'license' kind, please!
[Version 1.8.0]

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MacUpdate-Jess replied on 22 May 2013
Ouch! Thanks for pointing this out! I've changed the listing now to reflect that it's not free but a commercial app.
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Mr. Milk (developer) replied on 22 Jun 2013
Sorry, Gian Marco, my mistake. I forgot to update the listing after I changed the price on the Mac App Store. Thanks Jess!
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GianMarco-Tavazzani replied on 22 Jun 2013
Very kind and fair by you... Milk? Milk!
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privaterei reviewed on 28 Mar 2013
I knew about this app before I even bought my MBP-13 and I must say this app is EXCELLENT. I use it everyday since the day I got my Macbook.

This is a great app and the face detection is on point!
[Version 1.8.0]


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MisterE commented on 25 Jan 2013
Sounded like a good idea with a great feature list and I was psyched that is was free so I installed it even though I detest the Mac App Store. Well the only thing that is free is face recognition. You have to download and install the app to realize it wants you to pay via an in-app purchase for all the other features. Not cool that it doesn't say ost features are only available as in-app purchases.

So I decided to try the facial recognition and see if that worked I could drop y display sleep time anyways. I tried it on default settings with no luck then upped sensitivity to almost half, then over half then 80% but still it was not getting a recognition so I trashed it. I assue the angle I keep my display at wasn't helping it.

I'm not going to leave a review, I'll call it a warning instead. It's appears pretty useless unless you spend money in the app to get 95% of the features.
[Version 1.7.7]

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Mr. Milk (developer) replied on 28 Jan 2013
Hello MisterE,

PRICE AND DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL

All the sleep prevention apps available in the market do one simple thing: let you set a time for the computer to stay awake. This has been found useful by many users throughout the years.

Should I Sleep does that, you can choose from 15 minutes up to Always Awake from its menu. Additionally, it also prevents sleep by using face detection, an innovative functionality.

According to the product description (here and in the MAS):

"Shoud I Sleep includes the Face Detection sensor and manual timer mode. Additional sensors can be purchased for an affordable price from within the application menu.".

I could have created a Standard (or Lite) and a Pro version of product. But that would only add more work in terms of product management and would not be of any help for the user. Now, if we talk about the price itself and imagine it could all be free, with all sensors, the only thing I can say is that I just can't live with that. I don't want Should I Sleep to become abandonware because I have to do something else for a living. The most well known sleep prevention app does not have a single update (not even a retina icon) in more than 2 years.

I understand many people don't like the App Store. But it is a legitimate way to distribute products. It brings good market awareness and sets the developer free from managing downloads and payment infra-structure. The trade-off is that MAS apps have to be affordable. Should I Sleep with all sensors is 2.99 (or 0.99 each sensor).

PRODUCT FUNCTIONALITY

I'm a responsible developer. After about 40,000 downloads, I don't have a single unaswered email and each and every suggested feature has been either implemented or is under way. There were 7 releases in 90 days. From a complete power management recode (due to OS X bugs) to a total UI overhaul, I have tried to show that I do listen to users.

I do not believe in short-term success. To me it is all about reputation. A 4-star rating keeps me wondering what I may have missed. A 1-start rating won't make me give up. And a hundred 5-star ratings won't keep me from working hard to further improve the product.

I would never create an app that "does nothing" just to attract users for paid functionality, because, to me, that's obviously the strongest kind of negative marketing anyone could do. Who would buy an accessory for a non-working product? Instead, I have developed the same feature found on other similar software and added the most effective sensor (face detection) for free.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Some users don't give me a chance to help. They simply post reviews with problems and don't send me an email. But I do care. Just to give you an idea, I have tracked down several users, only by looking for their nicknames on Google, social networks and forums so that I could try to help. Sometimes I spend 6 hours to find a single user. In one case, even after having her problem solved, the user didn't even care to change the bad review. Others users simply don't answer my messages. But one changed his review and described what I'm saying on the Russian App Store. I do everything I can, but unfortunately, some common nicknames, such as "Al Stewart" (a real UK case) make things impossible for me.

A support email and detailed description of the problem/environment is fundamental in order to diagnose and solve the problem. I can't fix it if I can't reproduce it. And if I can reproduce it, I'll fix it right away. I won't ever release an update with a known bug.
In the latest version of Should I Sleep I have added a debug log feature, to make easier for users to send me technical feedback in case of problems. Before that, I had to send several emails asking for detailed information and compile special test versions every time.

Support emails are answered very quickly and if a bug is found, it is solved in a couple of hours. After that, I don't ask the user to wait for the App Store release, which would take at least 1 week. I immediately send him/her a fully functional update that can be used until the official release.

So, first, I thank you for not posting a review and rating. Second, I'd like you to give me the opportunity to fix the problem you're having. Face detection does work for everyone I know. If it doesn't for you, rest assured it will.

Please, send an email to shouldisleep at me dot com and I'll be glad to help.
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MisterE replied on 29 Jan 2013
Thanks for your thorough reply. You do sound like a developer who really cares and I never meant to lump you in with the much larger group that doesn't seem to anymore.

The only advice I'd impart in an email, and you'll read it here anyways I'm sure, is that I'm a highly experienced Mac OS user and the initial experience with the app I had led me to abandon it. Imagine how the average Joe will react. I didn't click the more link here at MU and read to the bottom of the description where it does indeed say the additional functionalities are available as in-app purchases. I don't think I'm the only one who would do this. I read the first bit, looks good so I clicked the download link. I already knew what I was getting so didn't read about it on the MAS store either. Maybe your average Joe would read more but I doubt it. In my experience the more advanced computers users read more than 'surfers & emailers' especially about new apps they are considering installing because many questions are answered in READ MEs and FAQs that n00bs often don't bother with.

Create a new user account, pretend you know very little about the app and install it fresh. Imagine yourself as a moderately skilled computer user, not a dev, and I think you will have a similar experience as me.

This is an app I'd really like to try before I buy, especially as the facial recognition didn't work alone, But the MAS makes that impossible. That's an Apple gripe, not a Should I Sleep gripe.

However there's lots of positive reviews here, I tend to read those more than the app descriptions, and I could have just been tired and missed the info.
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Mr. Milk (developer) replied on 29 Jan 2013
I clearly understand your point. The problem is that I need to choose what goes first on the description. I have changed it several times according to user response.

In the MAS, I had to add support info twice and also add a note about screen savers which took important spots. Unfortunately, it's a catch-22 and something important will always be missed if the user doesn't read it all.

Just as a final note, although MAS does not allow trial, demo or test versions, I did create some kind of "try before you buy" on the app itself.

On the preferences screen, you'll find a button "Try It Now" for each sensor. It works before you buy and will perform exactly the same detection function that is done during sleep prevention, but the result will be shown immediately.
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MisterE replied on 29 Jan 2013
Wow, I see you're already very conscious of the issues I raised. And another thing I missed is this:

"On the preferences screen, you'll find a button "Try It Now" for each sensor. It works before you buy and will perform exactly the same detection function that is done during sleep prevention, but the result will be shown immediately."

That is excellent and it should be at the top, something like... "Purchase extra features in the app but you can try them before you buy them." I'll give this another chance and might just buy it to support your business model.

Devs have all but forgotten about demos and reading reviews is just not the same thing. Finally, a MAS developer who "gets it."

Thanks for your detailed replies, it's a testament to your dedication!
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Magosilvan reviewed on 21 Jan 2013
A mio parere è una versione "intelligente" del pur buon vecchio, e gratuito, Caffeine.
Consente di evitare che il Mac vada in pausa non solo su preciso ordine, ma anche solo se si è presenti davanti al mac e con i vari sensori opzionali anche solo se avverte movimento, rumore o è in corso una attività pesante.
[Version 1.7.7]


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Drdul reviewed on 27 Nov 2012
With the addition of the new Download sensor, Should I Sleep is now one of my favourite apps. Mountain Lion requires that apps keep the computer awake with "power assertions," but a lot of apps have not yet been updated to work this way. I discovered this when my newly-upgraded-to-Mounatin Lion Mac kept falling asleep during downloads. For 99 cents, Should I Sleep fixes an annoying problem. It also offers a bunch of other ways to keep my Mac awake (including a timer like in Caffeine), so it's now my anti-sleep app of choice.
[Version 1.5.1]


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BigJohnson commented on 25 Nov 2012
NOT FREE!!!

From dev's website:
"Should I Sleep is available for download from the Mac App Store. It includes the Face Detection sensor and manual timer mode. Additional sensors can be purchased for an affordable price from within the application menu."

From MAS:
Available in-app purchases:
1. All Sensors Plus Future... $0.99
2. Download Monitor... $1.99
3. Camera Motion Sensor $1.99
4. External Display Sensor $1.99
5. Sound Activity Sensor $1.99

I don't see how he can charge 99 cents for all sensors plus future sensors, when the sensors are individually priced at $1.99. Doesn't even make sense - who'd pay $1.99 for one when you can get them all for $0.99?


Mr. Milk (real name Marcelo Leite) sure is milking this app!
[Version 1.5.1]

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Mr. Milk (developer) replied on 28 Nov 2012
The app is currently FREE. It does face detection and timer (caffeine) mode. Second, you overlooked at the app info. It was written in ALL CAPS that the All Sensors pack was in promotion.
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BigJohnson replied on 29 Nov 2012
There is nothing in your lengthy "app info" above (and certainly nothing in ALL CAPS) mentioning a promotion of any kind.
If you are in fact offering such a promotion, then you need to make this CLEAR in the description. So what is this promotion you speak of? Are you offering the full package for FREE for a limited time? What's included and when does it expire?

If you're talking about point 1 in my comment: "All Sensors Plus Future... $0.99," then you need to explain it, because it sure is nebulous.
BUT, even if that IS what you're talking about, that's still 99 cents, NOT FREE.

As it stands now, it's crippleware with limited function. To get full usability requires payment for several add-ons.

You're just another developer trying to lure unsuspecting users with the word FREE, then charging for full use of all functions.
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June8 reviewed on 30 Oct 2012
Nice idea, works properly.
[Version 1.0.4]


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[Version 1.8.0]



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[Version 1.7.7]



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[Version 1.5.1]



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Mindplay rated on 22 Oct 2012

[Version 1.0.3]


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Date:27 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $1.99
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Should I Sleep prevents display from sleeping with face detection, timer, and other sensors.

Annoyed by the display getting dim when you're reading or watching something? Installed an app for that, but always forget to activate it? By using a combination of heuristic sensors, such as face detection, Should I Sleep checks if you are actually at the computer before it sleeps. Yes, the computer "sees and hears" you.

How It Works:
When the display is about to dim, Should I Sleep will start its sensors. Camera, microphone all other software processing will stay on for only about 3 seconds. After that, sleep will be allowed or prevented. No need to touch any button.

Face Detection:
Face Detection is the most effective sensor and works by capturing video from the camera and looking for eyes, nose and mouth (all three are needed to make a face). If one or more faces are detected, sleep is prevented.

Camera Motion:
Sleep is prevented if a moving target is captured by the camera (such as waving, walking, or even slightly moving your head). A perfect combination for the default face detection as it works even when you are not directly facing the camera.

Download Monitor **NEW**
No more broken downloads! Prevent sleep if there is network traffic. It works with all apps, on operations such as downloads and uploads, enjoying online videos and music, and also receiving emails. And it even lets you keep downloads with the display dimmed!

Processor Usage **NEW**
Prevent sleep if any app is performing CPU-intensive tasks, such as audio and video conversions, encodings, renderings, scientific calculations, image processing, etc.

External Display:
Prevent sleep if an external display is plugged-in. A must-have for those who give presentations, speeches, demonstrations and/or trainings.

Sound Activity:
Prevent sleep If ambient sound is detected. Useful when you're talking near the computer such as in workshops and meetings where the camera may not be in a favorable position.

Customization:
On the preferences screen you'll be able to adjust sensors sensitivity so that Should I Sleep can work more effectively in unusual environments.

More Sensors:
Should I Sleep was developed with a modular, extensible approach. We believe that the best sleep prevention is done by analyzing as many environmental elements as possible and we'll be adding more sensors in the near future.

Prevent by Time:
We have also added the old-style timed sleep prevention (caffeine mode). You just choose a predefined time period for the computer to be kept awake. Time periods and menu items are customizable.

Do I Need It?
Having the display dimmed when we're focused on the computer is certainly annoying. Staying alert to "press any key" and prevent (or worse, fix) that, is disturbing and counterproductive. And that may happen during many activities, such as:
  • Carefully reading a web page, book or documentation
  • Listening to online music or watching online videos
  • Downloading or uploading files
  • Receiving an email with a big attachment
  • Following the progress of a software operation
  • Doing a presentation, training or demonstration
  • Converting, rendering audio, video and images
  • On a conversation, taking notes between intervals
Feature Summary:
  • Sleep prevention with unique heuristic sensors
  • Timer mode for display and screensaver prevention
  • Face detection -- the most effective sensor -- included
  • Additional sensors available as affordable in-app purchases
  • Try before you buy for additional sensors
  • Blazing fast, 3-second, hardware-accelerated detection
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion notification center integration
  • Sensor sensitivity and accuracy fine-tuning
  • Modular development approach (more sensors on the way)
Should I Sleep is available for download from the Mac App Store. It includes the face-detection sensor and manual-timer mode. Additional sensors can be purchased for an affordable price from within the application menu.


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