How to start an app at a specific time?

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  1. pulsewidth947 macrumors 65816

    pulsewidth947

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    Is there anyway I can set my mac to open an app on Friday at 10:30pm? I guess an applescript would do it but I dont know enough about AS to create that.


    :EDIT: Stupid me, you can do this with iCal cant you!!
     
  2. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    You can set up an iCal event to open a specific file.
    Just remember to keep iCal open.

    I'd post detailed instructions, but I'm not at my PB.

    /Mmm.... at school
    //where's my pb?
    ///COMPAQ?
    ////has a calculus test very soon.
     
  3. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I remembered that just after I posted :)

    Apple makes everything easy. If I tried to do this on my PC I'd have to install 30 programs, pay £666 and sell my soul :D
     
  4. fayans macrumors 6502a

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  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    You just specify the application as the file you want it to open.

    EDIT: and you don't need iCal to be running at the time. I think you probably do need your computer to be awake, however.
     
  6. pulsewidth947 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah in iCal just go to set an alarm, and just say "Open File" and choose the app, then set when you want the app to open.

    And I guess a quick script could be made to close the program, and another event could be made to close the app at a specific time.

    Man I'm gonna have to look into that - that could prove really useful for the server at work :D
     
  7. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    That's awesome! I learn a new trick today. Thanks :)
     
  8. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    That is very cool, I didn't realize you could do that. I thought you had to go through automater and stuff like that. Apple sure does make it easy on all of us. :)
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah... the hardest part is trying to figure out how they make a given thing easy for us. ;)
     
  10. carpe diem macrumors 6502

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    Whilst talking about this how do you make salling clicker go to a specific web page? When i set it to go it just goes to whatever page is open or the home page!
     
  11. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    The next harder part would be to automate the next process after the application is opened. I suppose iCal doesn't do that but automater does.
     
  12. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I was surprised not to see ubergeek responses telling you to use cron... ;)
     

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