Sleep Display Application

Mac OS X Application 

Product Description

If you have a beautiful new iMac, you know how nice and bright the screen is. Thing is...sometimes a bright screen isn't what you're going for. Enter this small application. When run, it IMMEDIATELY sleeps just your display so that you can continue running your background jobs. It doesn't permanently affect your energy settings, so when you start working again, your monitor will not sleep immediately.


Updates in v1.0.1

  • Energy setting changes only made to current profile (AC or battery) not both.
  • New and improved icon.
  • This version may work for people who experienced the monitor going off then coming right back on. As you can imagine, there's only so many setups I can test on my own. But, I hope this version works for everyone.


Known Issues / Feature Requests

Ordered by most frequently requested or discovered...


1) Does NOT work with Leopard.

Sorry everyone, I know this is a bit of a bummer. I haven't upgraded though so I can't provide a new version just yet. If I do end up upgrading, I'll be sure to work on a Leopard-compatible version.


2) Application should be provided as a screen saver.

This is an interesting request. I'll definitely look into this one.


3) Application should only put internal (LCD screen) display to sleep.

Not sure how to address this one or even if I should. I have received a lot of emails about this one (largely related to keeping an external display/projector on while MacBook screen is sleeps), so I'll see if I can track down a solution.


4) Application should pause iTunes when display is put to sleep

I like this as an optional configuration. I wonder what other features people might want to run on sleep besides arbitrary AppleScript.


5) Moving the mouse and using the remote re-activates the display.

I'm looking into having the app only respond to button clicks or key presses. Not quite sure if this would be a good thing or a bad thing.


6) Application should run from the menu bar.

I think I'll file this one into the "interesting suggestion" category. Does anyone have an opinion on whether this is a good or bad idea? 


7) Password protect the application

This one came in over email, and I'm not sure on the specifics. I believe the idea is that one would need a password to RUN the program in the first place. And, as many of you know, the one-click nature of the app is at the heart of its utility. But, I'll consider adding this as an option.  


Installation Instructions

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. Download and open the disk image from this page. Drag the "Sleep Display" application into any folder on your machine. Most people also prefer to drag it into the dock. After you have copied the application to your system, simple double-click to put your monitor to sleep!

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