Say hello to Owly, a cute little fellow who lives in your Mac’s menu bar and does its best to prevent your Mac from automatically sleeping. What this means is that Owly ensures your Mac’s screen never goes dim, no screen savers appear and that your Mac doesn’t enter sleep mode.
By right clicking the Owly icon on the menubar, the app can toggle on/off. When the icon is red, Owly is active and will keep your Mac wide awake. When the icon is black, the app is no longer actively ensuring your Mac doesn’t enter sleep.
Owly is useful for when you want to keep certain information showing on your screen whilst whilst you may not be using the keyboard/mouse actively.
Some examples are:
- Watching a video (non fullscreen mode) and you don’t want your Mac to sleep
- If you are using your screen to view live updating stats
- If you are downloading files and want to be able to monitor the status whilst you may be sat at a distance from your Mac
To access Owly’s Preferences, simply click on the menubar icon. Owly can be customized as follows:
- Set it to launch at login
- The app can be made to appear in the dock
- Adjust the duration for which you want Owly to be active
- Toggle on/off a countdown timer on your menubar for how long Owly will remain active
- Adjust the app to allow your Mac to sleep after a selected battery percentage threshold
We've spent a great deal of time thinking about the details and after using this app for a few days, you'll begin to notice our small yet creative touches. We plan on a very active development cycle, so please spread the word and keep sending us your feedback!
- Fixes rendering issue on OS X Lion (10.7)
Ratings and Reviews
One of my 100% apps — Excellent!
This is one of the few apps that I have running 100% of the time. I find it so convenient to be able to keep my screen on all the time when I am around it, but then click it to screen saver if I leave my office. I used to use the “hot corners” feature of the screen saver for this, but I would unintentionally turn on screen saver, so turned that feature off.
My Mac is my “planner” at work, so it’s helpful to have the screen visible all the time, even if I am not typing or clicking for a while.
I also like that I can have Owly in the bar at the top of the screen without having it take up a spot in the dock.
It works very well and (as far as I can tell) does not slow down or otherwise interfere with computer speed. It seems to be an elegant app that performs exactly as advertised. It’s very helpful to be able to prevent Mac from falling asleep during long downloads, or when burning or ripping large files.
You could just go to Settings on the Mac and change the Power Usage settings, but that’s a multi-step pain, and I forget to reset to defaults and then my battery runs down fast.
Perfect Replacement for Caffeine
Like so many before me, I was sad to lose the Caffeine app when I replaced my MacBook. Because Caffeine is no longer supported, I had to find something to replace it. I tried a couple of options before Owly and I have to say, Owly blows the rest of them out of the water. So simple to use, doesn’t require any fancy setup and doesn’t ask you to mess with settings. I love it! In fact, I love it even more than I loved Caffeine, and that's saying something!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.