[JIM] Preference Pane and Stay Alive v.6.0

This page describes the Tools On Air Preference pane and the “Stay Alive” feature.

Tools On Air Preference Pane

Upon the first launch of the Just In Engine application, a new preference pane named Tools On Air will be installed on that macOS machine.

Stay Alive (Tools On Air Preferences pane)

The Stay Alive feature can be used to select certain applications that should be automatically started and additionally be "Kept Alive" at all times. Only the applications installed on the specific system are available for selection, any other applications in the list will be disabled in the Stay Alive preference pane.

  • Power Outage: once the power returns and the system restarts, the selected application(s) automatically starts.

  • Unexpected Application Termination: should an application crash at any time, it will automatically be restarted by the system.

  • Maintenance Purposes: we recommend restarting the Just In Engine application once per week.

Ensure that the applications you are going to enable in Stay Alive are quit before you select them.

Start an Application using Stay Alive

When an application is enabled for Stay Alive, that application will always be started by the system (first after booting, then automatically whenever the application terminates for any reason).

Stop an Application using Stay Alive

Deactivate the checkbox in front of the application to stop it. Then a warning appears which informs you that turning off Stay Alive will quit the selected application immediately. Click “Yes” to quit the application.

Optional: Required Path

When a volume or folder is specified in the Required Path section, the respective application will only be started when the specified volume/folder is mounted/available. This may be useful if you have a NAS, SAN, or other types of file systems that must be mounted during system startup that may take some additional time before they are available.

In this case, it is important not to start any ToolsOnAir applications that may rely on data from these file systems until the volume is available. By specifying such volumes in Stay Alive you can ensure that any ToolsOnAir application doesn’t get started until the relevant volume/file system is available.

Optional: Scheduled Restart

It is possible to schedule an automated restart for all applications which are controlled by Stay Alive at a predefined time. Activate the “No restart” checkbox and define the time and day the selected element should be restarted.

Additional Information

You can delay the automatic startup of the Just In Engine application to allow ample time for the video card driver to load completely. To achieve this, use the following Apple Terminal command:

defaults write com.toolsonair.justin startupDelay -int x

Replace “x” with the number of seconds by which you wish to delay the Just In Engine application's startup. The default delay is set to “5” seconds.

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