Know of download scheduler for Mac?

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I'm a new Exede subscriber with two Mac computers in the house. Both are running OS X Yosemite. Apple added some new functionality regarding the download and installation of software updates, but long gone is the ability to schedule downloads. Do any of you know if this can be accomplished through Automator, AppleScript or some third party software solution? Since Apple is notorious for huge software updates, I would like to take advantage of the 12-5am window to schedule them. 

Thanks in advance!
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jimpryde

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ExedeEmerald

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Hi Jimpryde,
That is a great idea, to have Apple downloads during the free zone, I know Apple likes to do a lot of updates. With setting up a time for your Mac to do the downloads that would be in the computer settings that you use. If you are still unable to find it and no one else knows, you can send me an email at exedelistens@viasat.com and I can help do some further research into helping you get that download time set up. =) 
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Susan Jenulis

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I also am in the same boat, having difficulty finding software for this.  I'm still on Mavericks.  Have been staying up just to update.  Would be very interested in this.
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jimpryde

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While installing and configuring iGetter has helped for any web-based downloads, I can't find a good solution to this problem. The same is true of the tons of updates for my wife's iPad and iPhone. I intend to utilize Tasker on my Android devices to automate as much as I can as well. I'm not as bad off in that case because my work cell phone carries an unlimited data plan. I don't need to be as mindful about what I use with it.
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jimpryde

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Just a quick follow up regarding my progress. So far, there is no progress :(
I have asked my question on the Mac Automation community on Google+ and have submitted a question to the Maccast podcast. That's a pretty big Mac user community and I have found answers to many questions there in the past. I'll keep you all posted.
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Another heavy Mac user here (5 Macs on a local network)... Just checking in to see if anyone has had any luck finding software for scheduling  software updates?

Here's hoping that Exede will be able to expand their unmetered service to more markets...
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I have had no look, but it's the end of the semester for me in grad school, which has me pretty focused on research and writing. That said, save for powering off the Mac and having it automatically come on and check/download, I have found nothing. I don't like that as a solution, anyway. I really wish Apple provided the functionality that existed in previous versions of OS X.
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I know system and app updates on Mac OS X Mavericks, can be scheduled using Launchd service... I will post instructions ASAP, as well as options to schedule other types of downloads during the free window ;)  Stay tuned... :)
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Kentuckienne

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I'm reading about this and trying to figure out how to set up a launchd process to download software updates during the LNFZ, and it's not that simple ... does someone have a script or example they could share?
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Christopher Struett

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This has been really frustrating for me as well.   It seems like the solution should be so simple. If anyone knows how to schedule updates for the middle of the night, I'd love to hear from you!
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Kentuckienne

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I couldn't get launchd to work in Yosemite or El Capitan. That command has actually been deprecated. I tried writing a cron job which didn't work either because I didn't get the machine to wake up in the middle of the night. I know I have to turn off automatic updates and then issue the update commands at a specific time, but my better half started complaining about me sitting up past midnight on a clicks keyboard. If you find a script that works for newer OSs, post please!
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Merle Jennings

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I've used UGET for years with all my Linux systems and wouldn't use anything else. Their website says it can be used on Mac also