Using your computer as your main tool for work might require repetitive task handling which is both time-consuming and frustrating. However, there are various applications out there specially designed to offer a little more comfort and have these processes automated. Shutter is one of them and comes packed with a friendly interface and an abundance of features.
Quick and easy setup process
It only takes several seconds to go through the setup process and once it is finished you can choose to launch the application. You are greeted by an interface designed a little different than what you would expect from a common scheduling application.
Easily set actions triggered by events
The workspace is divided into two main parts, one dedicated to events, while the other refers to actions. If you’re unsure about the configuration of tasks, you can always bring up the cleverly structured online help manual and it surely gets you out of sticky situations.
Carefully choose when action is taken
One of the first steps is to create an event. A new window appears with all available choices, amongst which you find countdown, on time, Winamp stops, CPU usage, battery low and even an option for when the lid closes or opens.
Regardless of your choice, several criteria become available to specify as trigger conditions. For example, you can input the name of a window and an action to start when it opens or closes, as well as a time for the application to check for the window’s status.
Decent list of tasks to be performed
The next step has you browsing through a large list of actions. Amongst all of your computer’s power options, you can also choose to set an alarm, message, play sound, open file, kill process, run a program and a lot more. Same as for events, each comes with dedicated settings.
Pick the way processes are started
A great advantage is that you can create a single event that can trigger multiple actions. In addition, the application lets you select several logic parameters that specify the order action is taken. You can choose ALL, AND, OR, as well as 1BY1, which are pretty self-explanatory.
Create multiple custom profiles
Depending on circumstances, the list of actions and events can be saved to a custom profile and loaded each time the specific case needs to run. What’s more, your actions can be kept safe with the help of a password you set.
To end with
As a conclusion, Shutter is a professional application designed in such a friendly manner that anyone can use it with little effort put into understanding its functionality. Once you get the hang of it, events and actions can be created so that nearly all repetitive tasks can be automatically handled by the application so you can attend to more important matters.
Shutter is a lightweight and practical utility designed to perform various system tasks when custom events occur.Shutter is a lightweight and practical utility designed to perform various system tasks when custom events occur.
Events: Countdown, On Time, Winamp Stops, Low CPU Usage, User Inactive, Battery Low, Window Closes, Process Stops, Ping Stops, File Size Limit. Actions: Shutdown, Reboot, LogOff, Lock Workstation, Sleep, Hibernate, Monitor Turn Off, Mute/UnMute Master Volume, Hang Up, Alarm.
Also, it is able to play a custom sound and / or run a program of your choice, in addition to the simple shutdown message.
Optionally, Shell Links can be created to immediately execute any of the supported actions from the desktop. Web Interface – allows Remote Execution of any Action, it also displays some run-time information about the computer: Logged In User, Up Time, List of Processes, Screenshot of a Desktop, plus Command Line Execution.
NOTE: The application is free for non-commercial use.
- You can store up to 5 presets
- You can use up to 5 events
- You can use up to 5 actions
- Does not support password-protected access
- “File Size Limit” event renamed to “File Size”;
- “File Size” event can be triggered when file no longer exists;
- “File Size” event checks file every second instead of 5 seconds;