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Archive for July, 2014

Sleep# v3

Sleep# receives several downloads a day (over a hundred a month) from all over the world and I have had plenty of positive feedback – there are obviously lots of people who like watching videos/films before falling asleep!

Whether you use it as a “sleep after” VLC/Windows Media Player or for fading out music after a countdown or as simply a countdown timer, it has been a success far beyond the niche I anticipated.

Since the last version was released, the BBC have changed the way iPlayer works, and now it no longer comes out of fullscreen Flash after playback has finished. This has required the development of a new (universal) Flash detection method…

I have released a beta version of Sleep# v3 with experimental Adobe Flash detection – allowing you to send your computer to sleep/hibernate/screen off after watching a fullscreen Flash video, e.g. YouTube, BBC iPlayer and countless other streaming catch-up TV services.

There is also a log/history dialog allowing you to review Sleep#’s previous actions.


As the (end of fullscreen) Flash detection is experimental I would welcome any feedback. Try watching a video (10 mins+) on YouTube (using Flash, not HTML5 video), make it fullscreen and leave it playing idly for at least 5 minutes. At the end of the video, Sleep# should trigger the grace period – fading the screen to black by default before triggering the sleep/hibernate/turn off display command. Alternatively you can turn the Flash Detection off if it is not required 😛

You can download v3 beta from the Beta folder at https://sourceforge.net/projects/sleepsharp/files/.