Wouldn’t it be great to have multiple Macs? One setup perfectly for home leisure use, one setup perfectly for work, one setup perfectly for coffee shops…
The problem is, most of us only have one. This is where Airport Location comes in: it makes your computer feel like dozens of computers all in one convenient package.
Airport Location is a small menubar app for Snow Leopard laptops and desktops. When you ask it to it records dozens of settings by taking a Snapshot of your computer just the way it is setup at that time. You can have as many Snapshots as you want – one for Travel, one for Office, one for Home, one for watching Movies etc.
What’s a Snapshot?
A Snapshot is like a picture – it records exactly how something ‘looks’ at a particular time. For instance, if you’re at work your desktop background is probably something low key, your volume is muted and your printer is setup to that one down the hall. When your computer is at work, it “looks” different then when it’s sitting on your lap at home, when your volume is up, iTunes is playing a great track, and the desktop background is a great pic of the family.
But a Snapshot is more than just “looks.” A snapshot records dozens of settings on your computer. Here are a few: brightness, volume, desktop background, firewall, hard drives, iChat status, dock items, iTunes playlist, open applications… The list goes on to include more than 40 different features! More Snapshot elements are being added with every release.
After recording several different Snapshots, Airport Location can re-apply them on command!
When you’re working, Airport Location applies your “Work” snapshot… within seconds your computer is setup just like you want it at work. The same is true for any number of snapshots… Coffee Shops, Airports, Meetings, Watching Movies, A Friend’s House…. There is no limit to the number of different snapshots that you can have.
What Settings are recorded in a Snapshot?
There are over 40 different features in a snapshot! Almost too many to list. Almost every setting that you might change on your computer can be changed by Airport Location. If you don’t see a setting that you’d like Airport Location to record, send an email to airportlocation at gmail.com.
What’s the “Location” part?
Airport Location is smart, and so is Snow Leopard. Many people know that Snow Leopard guesses a laptop’s latitude and longitude in order to set the Timezone. But this is only an approximation. Airport Location picks up where Snow Leopard leaves off…
Based on your wired and wireless internet connections, as well as your calendars in iCal, Airport Location can determine your geographical location exceptionally accurately. Airport Location collects all available information about a place, then it asks you to name that place. Next time you’re there Airport Location will recognize it.
If you have a desktop, the “Location” part isn’t particularly useful but that doesn’t mean Airport Location isn’t for you.
How do Snapshots and Locations go together?
This is the real magic of Airport Location – linking locations and snapshots. This means that once you name a location, Airport Location will automatically apply the saved snapshot. Open your laptop at work, in a few seconds all the work settings are applied. Open your laptop in class, in a few seconds all the class settings are applied. Open the laptop at home, in a few seconds all the home settings are applied. Pretty simple right?
All of this happens automatically… you don’t need to do anything at all!
What are “Hardware Sets”?
Sometimes you don’t want your location to define your snapshot, right? When you plug in your camera and external monitor, you’re going to do some video editing. Maybe when you plug in your external hard drive with your movies on it, you going to want to hide the dock, open QuickTime or VLC, and dim the brightness a bit.
A Hardware Set is a specific configuration of external hardware plugged into your mac. If you give a name to a particular configuration, Airport Location will recognize it and apply the snapshot you want.
Think of a Hardware Set just like a location – when Airport Location recognizes a saved one, any snapshot can be applied.
Airport Location can recognize Display and USB hardware.
What Languages is AirPort Location available in?