XTension has been automating the homes of Macintosh users since 1996! XTension provides more connections to more devices and protocols than any other comparable piece of software.
It's easy to build controls for your lights over there from over here. XTension can do this and so much more. Simple or complex scripts can be attached to any action or change in your list of units. The response can be simple, (when motion is detected on the porch turn on the porch lights for half an hour), or complex, (when motion is detected on the porch and it's dark out, turn on the lights for 30 minutes, if we're not home then take a picture from the camera in the driveway and send it via email to my iPhone email account and turn on the kitchen light for 10 minutes to make it look like someone is at home) by supporting the Apple Script language your scripts can be as simple or complex as you like. Start with the basics and add on and never be limited to the actions we happen to think of and stick into a popup menu of capabilities. You need not fear AppleScript! The simple actions are as simple with any other app and the impossible or impractical with menu driven action systems just require a little more thought.
If you're new to XTension please start at the Getting Started page, otherwise use the index or the search field to find what you're looking for.
XTension requires a PPC or Intel Macintosh running at least OSX 10.5 but 10.5 and an intel chip is recommended. If you want to bring a REALLY old Mac into useful service Classic versions that can run as far back as a Mac+ are available on shed.com In order to control anything you'll also need one of the supported interfaces and some modules for them to talk to. (PPC support is officially on life support. The current release will be the last one that still supports the PPC processor.)
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This wiki and XTension are the work of Michael Ferguson and James Sentman