What about Shopify's new product states (draft, active and archived)?
Shopify recently introduced product "states" - draft, active and archived.
When we first developed Auto Schedule, these did not exist. Our app simply adds and removes products from the online store sales channel.
We have now modified Auto Schedule so that when a product is published, it will also change state to active if it is in draft at the time of the schedule. However, it will not set to active if it is set to archived.
In the very near future, we will be adding new functionality that will give you complete freedom over how Auto Schedule publishes and unpublishes products - we'll send out an email as soon as this is implemented.