Aurora

Version: 4.0.13 || Release Date: 2010-03-13 || License: Shareware (14.95 USD) Developer: Metakine Inc | App Owner: metakine

Let Aurora wake you and your Mac. Wake up every morning to the sound of your favorite iTunes playlist instead of that annoying alarm clock.

Aurora is an alarm clock for your Mac that lets you wake up to your favorite iTunes or iPod playlist or any TV or radio channel from EyeTV.

Other features include a Sleep Timer, Apple Remote support and the ability to wake your Mac from sleep or from a powered-off state. Aurora is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Russian and Chinese.

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always crashes

I've tried a few other alarm clocks. This is my favorite. It does everything i need it to do.

While the workaround posted below would work, Aurora already includes this functionality. The reason it doesn't do that after waking up is that it wouldn't be able to run the next alarm if it switched screensaver password protection back on, making the whole feature useless.

If you disable 'Enable alarms when Aurora isn't running', Aurora will re-enable the password when you quit Aurora, and your Mac will be safe whenever Aurora isn't running - keep in mind you need to have it running in order for the alarm to go off then. If security is a concern, I recommend going that route, and leaving Aurora running overnight only.

here's a workaround for the screen-password issue

compile the following c-code (you will need xcode-tools) and call the programm "notif"

######################################
#include <CoreFoundation/CoreFoundation.h>

int main(int argc, char ** argv)
{
CFMessagePortRef port = CFMessagePortCreateRemote(NULL, CFSTR);
CFMessagePortSendRequest(port, 500, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0);
CFRelease(port);
return 0;
}
######################################

than create an apple-script with the following code (remember to set the second part to the location you stored "notif" in)

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do shell script "defaults -currentHost write com.apple.screensaver askForPassword -int 1 ;~/Library/Scripts/ScreenSaver/notif"
######################################

all you have to do now is, to tell Aurora to run that script on wake-up
the scrip itself will re-enable the screensaver-password but the change will not take place until the preferences are opened or the OS notified in another way (which is done by "notif")
maybe the Aurora-guys should come up with a similar solution, that doesn't require anyone to install xCode-Tools?

by the way: this is based on something I found on the internet. Just don't remember where. So don't credit me ;)

@critux : Aurora always repeats the playlist, even if it doesn't explicitly say so. I figured you wouldn't want to risk not waking up because of a too short playlist.

@metaquark : I tried as you suggested and Aurora keeps re-enabling it's menubar item, all by itself. Also Aurora needs the option to repeat the playlist.

@critux : I'm really sorry about this. If you have the password enabled and your Mac wakes up, it will go back to sleep when no password is entered. This is part of Mac OS X's security and especially that part is made to not be tampered with - in everyone's best interest. Aurora can't just enter your password, and it cannot prevent the Mac to go back to sleep - file a bug with Apple about this, as I cannot provide a solution other than automatically disabling the password if you wish.

What might help you keep your security up: Disable "Enable Alarms when Aurora isn't running" in Aurora's preferences. If that is not set, Aurora will re-enable the screen saver password on quit. That means you have to have Aurora running all night, and there will be no protection in that time, but as soon as you wake up, quit Aurora and head to work, your Mac will be safe again.

I'll only pay for this if they fixed the issue where I have to disable screensaver password protection.

That's the only issue which keeps me from thinking this alarm clock is 100% useful.

Yes, don't pay for this, because God forbid that diligent independent Mac software developers actually get compensated for their hard work...

/sarcasm

Don't buy this. Version 3 works just fine, google it. I use this every day and love it, but It's an alarm clock program, which is infinitely replaceable, so don't even think about paying for this. Big thumbs down to the developer for the donationware --> shareware switch.

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