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October 22nd, 1999

[8:00 AM] Sleeper 3.2: More Secure, New Features

St. Clair Software has updated the energy saving utility, Sleeper, to version 3.2. Sleeper allows you to control the behavior of your Mac in much the same way as Apple's Energy Saver control panel, but with more features and flexibility. The latest version adds several improvements, along with OS 9 compatibility. According to St. Clair Software:

Sleeper provides Macintosh users with a host of energy-saving features that work on the entire Macintosh line, from the Mac Plus to the latest iMacs and G4 PowerMacs. Sleeper provides more options, greater control, and broader hardware compatibility than Apple's Energy Saver control panel, working in many situations where Energy Saver doesn't.

Version 3.2 provides Mac OS 9 compatibility and numerous improvements, including:

  • A new option has been added to wake the screen when a program needs attention.
  • Multiple devices on multiple IDE buses are now completely supported. This fixes "insomnia" problems with iMacs, G3 and G4 PowerMacs, and some older G3 systems.
  • Sleeper now handles asynchronous disk access correctly in all cases. This eliminates incompatibilities with a number of different products, most notably SoftRAID.
  • Compatibility with After Dark and SETI@home has been improved.
  • A bug has been fixed that caused some Macs to crash when waking from sleep.
  • The password feature is more reliable and more secure.
  • Compatibility problems with 3rd party USB keyboards have been improved.
  • Sleeper now handles the Mac OS IdleUpdate and HardDiskPowered functions, improving interaction with software such as Adaptec Toast.
  • Minor problems with Sleeper's user interface and controls have been fixed.

Sleeper is available as shareware for US$25. You can find more information at the St. Clair Software web site.

St. Clair Software

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