New Release … 0.60201

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I’d much appreciate a vote for AirPort Location in TUAW’s “Best Software of 2010″ contest. Vote here: http://vhm.me/4uos

Note: App Preferences has a small risk of borking preferences for a particular application. Always make back ups before you run experimental features. Reminder though, as with all free software, AL is provided without any warranty either express or implied and you’re running it at your own risk.

Bug Fixes:

  • Improved Proximity Lock to further prevent false lockouts
  • NEW FEATURE: (WARNING: HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL) Application Preferences of ANY traditional application. Essentially, this saves the entire preference file for any application and re-writes it on snapshot execution. Such file operations always have a small risk of data loss. Use at your own risk.Some Notes on App Preferences:
    (1) The more apps you select, the more AL will slow down and the more memory it will take.
    (2) After you list your apps in the Snapshot menu, you must hit “Update Snapshot” to save the actual settings. Two step process.
    (3) I would not recommend this with any application that has a large set of preferences (i.e. iTunes)
    (4) This only works for apps who store their prefs in the ~/Library/Preferences/ folder. AL will filter out/ignore apps that it cannot modify.
  • Other small bugfixes.

 

 

AirPort Location reviewed by @HighTechDad

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I’d much appreciate a vote for AirPort Location in TUAW’s “Best Software of 2010” contest. Vote here: http://vhm.me/4uos

 

Michael Sheehan of www.hightechdad.com and @HighTechDad recently reviewed AirPort Location! Got some great suggestions from him that I’ll be incorporating into upcoming releases. Thanks!

I think this is a very creative use of the AirPort/WiFi/Network scanning components of your Mac and really does provide value. I used to set up certain applications to launch when I logged into my computer. Now I simply let AirPort Location “figure out” where I am and then my computer environment automatically comes up. I think there is a lot of potential in this application (which is FREE as I mentioned) and I’m looking forward to updates that may come. I am going to continue to configure and test out different scenarios and dive a bit deeper into some of the (under) documented items in the configuration.

I would think that Operating Systems developers (hey Apple, Microsoft and those tons of Linux Distro folks) would jump on board on building this type of functionality directly into the Operating System. It’s not only useful, it’s also Smart Computing and I don’t think that it is really rocket science (although I don’t think that I could program it – grin). I do expect this type of functionality to become more prevalent in mobile computing devices like laptops, netbooks and even tablets

Michael Sheehan

TUAW’s Best Software of 2010: Vote AirPort Location!

If you find AirPort Location useful, consider voting for it on TUAW‘s Best Software of 2010! You can vote for AL here: http://vhm.me/4uos

 

New Release … 0.60194

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Note: If you forget your device, AL will not see it and will lock your computer. This is expected behavior (as a security feature), but is frustrating to an authenticated user. You are now able to disable Bluetooth Proximity Lock if you forget your device. Reminder though, as with all free software, AL is provided without any warranty either express or implied and you’re running it at your own risk.


Bug Fixes:

  • Added “Disable detection” dialog box to the Bleutooth Proximity Lock feature
  • Fixed a silly bug in the Bluetooth Proximity Lock implementation
  • Fixed a silly bug in the fullscreen detection implementation
  • Vastly improved Bleutooth Proximity Lock

This dialog will show up AFTER AirPort Location logs you out at least once and if your Bluetooth Lock device is not present.

A Note on Bluetooth Proximity Lock…

WARNING: If you forget your device, AL will not see it and will continually lock your computer. This is expected behavior (as a security feature), but is frustrating to an authenticated user. I am fixing this behavior now, my apologies to anyone and everyone who has had issues. Reminder though, as with all free software, AL is provided without any warranty either express or implied and you’re running it at your own risk.

If you are in the “lock-unlock” loop, you can do one of a few things. First, turn off bluetooth if you can. This is the easiest way to insure that Bluetooth Proximity Lock is de-activated. Else you can click on “Enable Bluetooth Proximity Lock” device menu to disable the feature:

I will have a new version soon – I have only received word from two users that this problem exists, but nevertheless I sincerely apologize to any and everyone effected. This will be remedied soon.

New Release … 0.60193

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NOTE: Wi-Fi detection has changed slightly, as it can now be turned on or off completely. Make sure to enable Wi-Fi detection after installing this update!

Bug Fixes:

  • NEW FEATURE: Bluetooth Proximity Lock – select a bluetooth device to monitor (I use my iPhone) and when that device is out of range, computer locks. Device must have been paired with computer at least once, but does not have to be connected to work.
  • Fixed a silly bug that cased crashes after fullscreen
  • Fixed an issue with Applications action that hid the frontmost app
  • Fixed an issue with Expose and fullscreen detection
  • Fixed an issue with deleting locations
  • Removed some verbose loggs
  • Added “Ethernet Status Only” detection method
  • Added “Wi-Fi Status Only” detection method
  • Moved all dectection-related options to a new “Detection Settings” menu
  • Fixed an issue with “Wake on Bluetooth” functionality turning on Bluetooth unexpectedly

New Release … 0.60186

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NOTE: If AL hangs, take note if there are any applications that require user input. AL cannot force an application with such a notification to hide/show. Most applications will come to the front when they have a notification, but iTunes (among others) does not.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed an exceptionally irritating bug causing AL to hang if iTunes is hidden but has a confirmation/notification dialog box awaiting user input