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Power Plan Assistant for Boot Camp-enabled Apple® Macbook Pro / Air notebooks running Microsoft® Windows® 7 or 8
A Boot Camp-native keyboard backlight management is buggy, even after the Mid-2012 / Mid-2013 update (please see the note below). When compared to Mac® OS X
implementation, not only it's impossible (!) to disable keyboard backlight completely in Windows®, the worstest thing is that Boot Camp's native automatic adjustment
mechanism is not properly coded. It's, as a minimum, too sensitive, thus keyboard backlight tends to fluctuate even at a nearly constant level of ambient light.
Being extremely bright, especially on the latest 'unibody' Macbooks, it doesn't only irritate user, but definitely is an extra energy consumer.
The Power Plan Assistant brings the Boot Camp keyboard backlight management to a whole new level: it allows a user to disable keyboard backlight completely or just
disable / enable automatic keyboard backlight level adjustment. These features were previously available on Mac® OS X only. And, of course, Power Plan Assistant
preserves all of the Boot Camp-native hardware controls (which are available via top row keyboard keys, just as usual). All the existing 32-bit / 64-bit versions
of Microsoft® Windows® 7 & 8 are fully supported (on 64-bit operating system, the 100% native, 64-bit binaries will be installed automatically).
Note about the latest models / Boot Camp 5.x : the newest Macbook models allow the user to disable keyboard backlight without the Power Plan Assistant, BUT:
- You have to press the keyboard 16 times (!) every time you start Windows, just in order to disable the backlight. Therefore, the Power Plan Assistant-offered
unique 'hot corner' mouse gesture (and tray menu item) are still the fastest, the very easiest way to control the keyboard backlight in Windows.
- Automatic adjustment of the keyboard backlight intensity is still the subject of major interest, even for the latest generation of Macbook Pro and Air, as no other
software is capable of switching the backlight control to manual mode, and the Boot Camp's native automatic adjustment has not been fixed by Apple, even after
the Mid-2013 update. So, the Power Plan Assistant is the must-have tool for EVERY Macbook Pro / Air running Windows® 7 / 8, regadless of its production date.
With Power Plan Assistant you can:
1. Use all the convenient power management features of Power Plan Assistant (features brought by Power Plan Assistant to any Windows® 7 / 8 powered notebook).
2. Temporary disable keyboard backlight (to re-enable, you can simply change its level using the hardware keys: current backlight level is remembered on disabling and
restored on manual adjustment). Note: all of Boot Camp's features and hardware controls are still available when Power Plan Assistant is running!
3. Enable / disable Boot Camp's automatic adjustment of keyboard backlight intensity. You can check / uncheck the 'Disable automatic adjustment of keyboard backlight
intensity' item in the 'right-click' settings menu to disable or enable it, correspondingly. Note: Power Plan Assistant co-exists with Boot Camp (i.e. with 'Bootcamp.exe' /
'KbdMgr.exe' process), thus all the native Boot
Camp's features are still available when Power Plan Assistant is running.
4. The Macbooks, unlike any other laptops available on the market, do not have a hardware Wi-Fi / Bluetooth button (a toggle). Power Plan Assistant offers you to turn
on / off the wireless adapters quickly and easily, directly from the 'left-click' actions menu. Since Windows® 7 / 8 (unlike Mac® OS X) always keeps the wireless devices
on (no true power off even if the device is not working / is not connected to network), this feature becomes real Boot Camp power saver. Now you can keep wireless
adapters on only when you actually need the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity. For those who do not care about the extra power saving, this feature (just like the rest of
the Power Plan Assistant’s features) can be adjusted through the 'right-click' settings menu.
Power Plan Assistant for Windows® 7 / 8 is compatible with Boot Camp 3.x, 4.x and 5.x; it may not work with older Boot Camp versions. All the existing generations
of the Boot Camp-enabled Apple® Macbook Pro and Macbook Air notebooks are supported. Please note that although some of the Macbook Airs are not equipped
with keyboard backlight, they still benefit greatly from the 'wireless adapters on/off' and the rest of the power management features of the Power Plan Assistant.
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