ControlPlane is a Mac OS X utility that resides in your status bar and triggers various actions, depending on your current “context”. The app comes with a limited number of “context” parameters, and actions that can be triggered. However, the rules are always setup by the user.
Unobtrusive OS X menubar utility that can change various settings in no time
To use ControlPlane you must start by defining your contexts and the associated actions within the app’s Preferences window. After you establish the activation “rules”, ControlPlane monitors parameters and makes the necessary changes on its own, without further user interaction.
Furthermore, via the ControlPlane status bar menu, you get to enforce a specific context with a single mouse click, even if the “rules” are not met. Further customization options include the possibility to use notification, to enable the automatic switching, to use a default context, or to adjust the “confidence” level required for a switch.
Effortlessly define rules and customize your working environment with minimal effort
ControlPlane offers you the possibility to define as many “contexts” as you need, and can monitor all sorts of parameters: applications, network adapters, the assigned IP address, an attached USB device, your current location, the audio output, and so on.
The next step is to define the actions triggered by the activation of a specific context: ControlPlane can launch apps, mount / unmount volumes, lock the keychain, change sharing settings, adjust system preferences, run Shell Scripts, and much more. Last but not least, you must define the rules that activate a certain context.
User friendly yet powerful software solution that can automatically modify your working environment in no time
ControlPlane is a great tool to have around if you want to avoid performing repetitive system adjustments: if you can use the included tools to define a rule, the application is capable to make the changes without requiring any user interaction. Moreover, ControlPlane can take things even further by running user provided Shell Scripts.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on October 22nd, 2014
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- Bug Fixes:
- Overnight time of day rules should work as expected. Thanks to https://github.com/kfix.
- Fix a crasher under certain conditions leading to ControlPlane being unable to determine the most confident context.
- Fix a crasher when using shell script based rules. Thanks to Jason Hoos.
Application descriptionControlPlane is a free and very useful OS X application developed as a fork of the MarcoPolo project. MarcoPolo brings...