Startupizer: Boot Faster, Get to Work Quicker!

Being productive is all about being efficient, and restarting your computer is always a process that steals precious minutes from your life. If only there was a way to have a fine level of control over this frustrating task…

That’s the concept behind Startupizer, a new app available at the Mac App Store. If you’re anything like me, you have a few different extensions that all load up prior to the machine actually being usable.

Startupizer lets you tweak your startup settings so that you decide what opens when, making boot times substantially faster. As usual, there’s more to it, so let’s take a moment  and delve into Startupizer and what it does after the break.

The Example

On my MacBook Pro, I have several apps that load up with each boot. They are: Text Expander, SizeUp, Dropbox, smcFanControl, ForeverSave, iStat, Alfred and BusyCal.

I have to wait for each one to load up whenever I restart the computer, which can easily take a few minutes away from my day. This becomes particularly frustrating when I’m in a hurry, because there’s really no way to stop the process.

Startupizer begins with a startup screen telling you how the app works.

Startupizer begins with a startup screen telling you how the app works.

The Fix

In simple terms, Startupizer lets you pick and choose what apps start up with your computer depending on certain criteria which you choose. You could strip down all of your extensions by holding down a key during startup, for example, or have only certain apps launch during certain parts of the day.

This makes it easy for you to pick and choose how your computer operates, and keeps you operating at peak efficiency. So how does it work in practice?

How It Works

When you load Startupizer for the first time, you’re presented with the screen above. By allowing Startupizer to essentially take control of your login items, you’re allowing the app to control how everything works, thus giving you the ability to selectively choose what happens when. Next, you’re presented with this screen:

The Startupizer startup list.

The Startupizer startup list.

Here, all of your login items are displayed in a list, and next to each one is a menu allowing you to choose how it works. For example, you can set the program to only open up certain utilities if you hold down the option key.

You can also choose if the app is hidden or shown on startup, which cuts back on annoying windows popping up every time you have to restart.

Time Scheduling

Even better though, is the option to schedule things based on dates and times. Let’s say that you shut down your laptop at home every Sunday night, and fire it back up again at your office come 9 am on Monday.

With Startupizer, you can select when the apps turn on with startup. This lets you truly schedule your work and home time, and cuts down on bits between loading.

Going to work? Schedule your apps.

Going to work? Schedule your apps.

Ultimately though, what makes this app functional is being able to pick and choose how you want things to work. You can have multiple criteria for each one, too.

So let’s say you want Cinch to open up (a) during work hours, or (b) if you hold down the option key. No problem here, because you can choose both if you like, avoiding Sophie’s Choice decisions in the process.

Another great option is allowing Startupizer to work when waking up from sleep mode as well.

Choose how you want your apps to open - or not open.

Choose how you want your apps to open - or not open.

Is It Worth It?

This is one of those apps that leaves me a bit torn. It’s a piece of software that you spend about 30 minutes with once, then it works silently in the background for you to forget about. It sounds ridiculous to say, but $8.99 seems steep to me for some reason for the software, and I don’t have any real justification for that other than a gut feeling.

More importantly, this app only becomes particularly useful if you frequently restart your computer. Yes, it can be used when waking up from sleep but is that so important? I know that I only restart my MacBook Pro when I absolutely have to, which is rare. I just don’t use my computer that way.

But I do know people who shut down their Macs religiously, then always wait through all of those apps loading up. If you’re that person, then Startupizer is going to be your new best friend.

Startupizer isn’t for everyone, but performs a crucial function for those that need it. All in all, this is one utility that’s worth the look, even if you’re not sure if you need it.


Summary

Manage what programs start up when, speed up your computer boot time, and cut down on those precious minutes spend waiting for software to load!

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  • James

    Just get an SSD, will make everything, not just start ups faster.

  • Ncus

    This app will obsolate when Lion available to public.

  • http://jpc101.com James

    I use delayed launcher: http://www.taoeffect.com/blog/2010/03/delayedlauncher-2-0/ it’s not got as many bells and whistles but it’s free!

  • Ryan

    It looks like the only useful thing here is the scheduling since the first part (customising app startups etc) is already in System Prefs.

  • http://twitter.com/mdcrumpler Michael Crumpler

    I’ve always wondered, and this all depends on the person but in your opinion (author of article or any commenters): what is your opinino on shutting down a computer at night? I do it,but i’m not sure if its the best or worse thing to do. Always did it with my old computer, and it died quickly (battery-wise). Then again it was an HP compared to this shiny mac :D

  • Jenn

    Maybe its the work I do, but I would rather customize the start-up options in my account via the built in account tool rather than needed to download third party software. If I found I had added to many programs, I would remove from launching at start-up, I would just open as needed manually.This also saves $.

  • twisss

    The concept seems good, I imagine that it indeed very useful when you’re in a hurry. But I don’t like having much apps being launched at startup, I don’t restart that often either, I mostly put my laptop to sleep.

  • http://www.iynque.com iynque

    I just use an Automator app that asks me if I want to load startup items or not. Automator is incredibly simple to set up too: Just have it present an “OK/Cancel” dialogue, then provide it with a list of Finder items (drag and drop), and finally, tell it to open those items. It will just ask for permission and then load your startup items (or not).

    Usually I just click “Load Now,” but the few times I hit cancel it’s because I’m in a hurry and THANK GOD I don’t have to sit through the whole startup process. I just have a few startup items that have to be there at startup or they won’t function properly (firewall, font manager, mouse drivers), so they always load right away via the ‘real’ startup items.

    I really can’t see why anyone would pay for such a program, though I know from multiple experiences that there is sometimes some small niche use that demands seemingly useless software.

  • Frederiko

    Or hold down shift on login for a really fast boot with no boot up items loaded.

  • Kordeul

    I was looking for this kind of app for a long time, though I agree it’s not for everyone. As the minimum I always wanted ability to rearrange the order of items, which I can’t do in system prefs. But also the ability to refine when and how items are started is winner for me. It really makes a difference when I just want to quickly open the computer to check something on internet in the evening (no I don’t own an iPad yet :) and not be forced to wait for all apps to launch. Even after upgrading to SSD with speedy startup times, I still find it annoying to have to manually close all those windows I don’t need…

    Anyway, the app works for me and (based on the writting on their website), they are planning adding other features too.

  • Darren Woodiwiss

    It looks like a decent idea.. but £5.49 seems pretty expensive to me for what it does. I’d imagine it would make greater profit if it was priced down a bit, but whatever.
    Their pricing has lost me as a customer.

  • Kordeul

    Just noticed: they’re having promo codes giveaway on their blog…

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