This is the largest release of ControlPlane yet!  A lot of new actions were added along with a number of code improvements.  ControlPlane now uses less memory and includes the following new actions:

  • Speak text
  • Frequency of mail checking
  • Start Time Machine backup
  • Lock/Unlock keychain
  • Change display brightness
  • Play iTunes playlist
  • Change default browser
  • Open URL
  • Enable/Disable Time Machine

The toggle Time Machine action requires a helper tool in order to function and you will be asked the first time the action is used to install the helper tool.  Simply click install and enter your password.

You can install the latest version of ControlPlane by choosing “Check for Updates” from ControlPlane’s menu or by downloading it directly from here. Big thanks again to David Jennes for all of his hard work.  ControlPlane has progress much faster with his help than if I was doing it alone.

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Dustin Rue

My name is Dustin and I am a lot of things to a number of different people. I am a husband, father and a systems engineer that also knows how to write some code. Here I write about technology.


patrick · September 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Hi Dustin,
how can I save my current control plane configuration?
You’ve done great work!


    ruedu · September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Your preferences file is located at ~/Library/Preferences/com.dustinrue.ControlPlane.plist

moo · September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm


Great tool and many thanks.
Is it possible an network automount feature for AFP, SMB, NFS ?

Kind Regards

    moo · September 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I mean with account and hidden password in place of smb://user:clearpassword@server/share ?

Mac · September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Nice work! I just found ControlPlane and quite like it.

There is still one thing I’m wondering: I’ve been able to get it to recognize easily when I’m at work, because of certain peripherals and wifi networks that are present, and get it to switch my network location for me. My other location is used everywhere other than the office, so the strongest indicators for recognizing that context are the _absence_ of certain peripherals/wifi networks. Is there a way to configure that in ControlPlane, or does it consider absence of a strong indicator toward Work context as a strong indicator toward my Other context?

    ruedu · September 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Make sure you have a default context setup in the Preferences area. In my setup I have “Automatic” as the default context. If CP isn’t confident that it is in any other context then it’ll switch to automatic. You can configure your rules to fire off actions when you leave OR to fire off actions when you arrive to Automatic. Hope that clears things up.

Scott · September 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I just found your program and love it. I am looking for a way to “re-run” a context. I.E. I am still at “home” yet I restart and i want to make sure all settings are set, volumes are mounted etc… right now I have been selecting automatic and then letting it auto-select home again, but that is cumbersome.



    ruedu · October 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    At this time the easiest thing to do is to create a Sleep/Wake rule that doesn’t contain any rules. This will cause CP to switch to the Sleep/Wake context and then leave it after an amount of time, this will rerun whatever rules you have for your location.

Marc · October 1, 2011 at 7:38 am

Dustin, firstly, thank you for picking up David’s work and running with it. Well done.
Secondly, how can those of us who want to donate small amounts do so? I for one would like to see the whole Marc Polo / ControlPlane package and prosper.

    ruedu · October 1, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’m going to assume that you did find the link after all, thanks!

robert · October 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

No way to have it installed on 10.5.8 please ?

    ruedu · October 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    MarcoPolo will work for you yet, at least that’s my understanding.

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