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wilhud Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 28, 2013 5:04 PM

I was wondering if this is possible either using a system preference or via an application. I have a very bad habit of leaving every application I use open. I will be working and by midday, I have Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Firefox, Word, Excel, Transmit, BBEdit, Fireworks, Outlook and more all open simultaneously. Many for no reason at all, just mainly because I never close them after using them for a bit. So my question is, does anyone know if there's a way to have the system shut down these programs maybe after 5 minutes of inactivity and with no documents currently open? My system boots programs quickly, so I don't care if I have to re-open something...however, it does bog down when I have everything open all at once. If there was a preference or an application that could do this for me on the fly, it would be an amazing help since I move so quickly through everything and have developed a habit of not closing them. Since most programs don't keep windows open nowadays, it makes it easy to not pay attention to what all you currently have open on a mac. Any ideas would be much approciated...assuming it's not to tell me to stop being lazy and close my apps myself, lol.

 

Thanks!

Wil

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Feb 28, 2013 5:07 PM (in response to wilhud)

    The idea of leaving everything still running was stuffed into 10.7 as another IOS-ifcation. It is not going away.

     

    "Red light means STOP and use Command-Q to close the window."

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 5:25 PM (in response to wilhud)

    Maybe you will just have to train yourself to work differently. Say the mantra to yourself when you see the red CloseWindow light:

     

    "Red light means STOP and use Command-Q to close the window."

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 6:13 PM (in response to wilhud)

    My thought is it would be an app which can tell if you've used a program over some amount of time (of your choosing) and if not, it closes the program for you.

    It's in there.

     

    10.7 and later does that for you. It closes programs with no open windows when system resources get tight. It tries to leave the minimal Application task still running so you could re-launch more quickly if you need to, and closes the rest down. The dock indicates the Application has quit. Activity Monitor show the main task for that Application, idling.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 6:34 PM (in response to wilhud)

    Before you upgrade:

     

     

    10.8 is the current version, and it looks like that is all there is. Not So. 10.7 IS still available for download, but it is "put away" so that hurried Users do not buy it in error. You need to CALL the Apple Online store support and ask them to sell you a download code to get 10.7.

     

    Read any of the articles from trusted third-party sources about how to make a custom DVD. This step needs to be done AFTER you download, but BEFORE you install. It is worth the peace of mind to have that DVD available, even if you never use it.

     

    PowerPC Applications including CS2 and Office 2004, are no longer supported under 10.7 Lion. If you have any of these, you need to find replacements before you upgrade.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Mar 2, 2013 7:12 AM (in response to wilhud)

    That looks like at least a 2008 model, so Yes, you can do that. Older than 2008 model are not supported in 10.8.

     

    I find the changeover to downloaded system a bit jarring, and there are operational differences as well. Scroll bars are no longer present by default, and the scroll direction default changes to the IOS way -- but both of those can be re-configured in System preferences.

     

    If you are going to jump directly to a later version, it would be prudent to give yourself a way to go back in case you hate it.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers

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