[4:30 PM] Mac Sys Admins: Mac Crontab Program Updated
MacSOS has announced an update to MacAT to version 5.1. MacAT is a program that allows cron jobs (automated and timed tasks) to be performed. Cron jobs are a powerful tool in the Unix world, and MacAT brings that ability to the Mac. The new version includes new AppleScript support and other new features. According to MacSOS:
MacAT is a "cron" task scheduling application for Macintosh server administrators. It is a PowerPC application that allows 37 of the most common MacOS tasks to be run daily, weekly, fortnightly, monthly or yearly without user intervention.
These scheduled tasks include:
Launching Applications, Files and AppleScripts; Quitting individual applications or alternatively quitting all currently running processes; Rename and Delete any File or Folder; Hide and Show applications, Mount remote AppleShare volumes; Copy Files or Folders to mounted AppleShare volumes; Unmount nominated AppleShare volumes; Restart or shutdown the Macintosh, eject Zip disks and send e-mail.
MacAT v5.1 features include
New Task "Perform AppleScript" (AppleScript code can now be embedded in the crontab file and compiled on the fly)
Application file size reduced by over 1 Meg
Bug fix for 'Once' only tasks scheduled to run at noon
The number of seconds between processing tasks in a Set is now user-definable.
You can find more information on MacAT at MacSOS's web site. The update is free to registered owners while the full version is priced at US$39.