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Airport Location ... Wouldn't it be great to have 10-15 computers? 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 1-2 computers. 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, more...

What's New

Version 0.60230:
  • Fixed a large error with maps/address; now additional network traffic should stop for all machines
  • Re-added keyboard backlight to the snapshot list...
  • Added time been at a particular location
  • Fixed a bug that didn't allow for time machine backups on hardware sets
  • Cleaned up some verbose logs
  • Various other bugfixes...


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Awado Member IconComment+100

I've been using it for a long time under 10.6. With Lion you have to start it as a 32 bit application. This did the trick for me, using OS X 10.7.4.

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Version 0.60230

Well, unfortunately it does not. I figured out. Sorry for the false alarm.

bbitg Member IconReview+0

Sadly, the last supported OS X is Snow Leopard, a LION Version is not comming in the next time...

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Version 0.60230
Firefish Member IconReview+3

Crashed and burned upon initial launch attempts. Reinstalled twice; no-go.

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Version 0.60230

Yes, it doesn't work properly since Lion was released. No changes have been made for Mountain Lion support.

qwerty06 Member IconReview-1

Doesn't appear to be working on Lion. Anyone else having the same problem?

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Version 0.60230
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

Does not launch on 10.7.2, website appears MIA...

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Version 0.60230
Castle Rose Member IconComment+72
Castle Rose

Is this updated for Lion?

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Version 0.60230
Quadari Member IconComment+0

Would there be anyway to compile this for PPC/10.5 systems? It looks perfect for what I want to do, but I'm still unfortunately stuck in the non-Intel dark ages.


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Version 0.60230
offcs Member IconReview+0

I can not delete any locations. MacBook 10.6.7 2.16GHz 2GB

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Version 0.60212
Airport Location (developer)

Can you send me a bug report from the AL menu? Are there any other strange behaviors that AL is exhibiting?

Thanks for the report.

Airport Location (developer)

I have updated to 0.60221 which address a problem that I found with the deleting function. If this does not address your issue, please send me a bug report.

Thanks again for the report!

Kankei71 Member IconReview+100

Since the last 3 version, AL shows "Undeterminable". Why is that?

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Version 0.60207
Airport Location (developer)

Make sure that you have "Wi-Fi" detection enabled. As a new feature, it needs to be re-enabled after updating to 0.60200 and above. For all users thus far who have emailed me with the "Undeterminable" problem, this is the solution.

To exactly duplicate AL's behavior before 0.60200, enable "Distinct Wifi Connections" under the "Enable Wi-Fi Detection" menu in the "Detection Settings" menu.

If that does not solve the issue, please shoot me an email at airportlocation@gmail.com

Thanks for the report.

Awado Member IconReview+100

This is a great little piece of software. I use it on my MacBook when i'm on the road, in WIFIs of my clients and at hotels.

The only thing i miss is a way to switch settings of third party applications, especially firewall/security software. Just to switch the corresponding plist files and a relaunch of the applications would be enough. Maybe this could be a simple way to integrate almost any application?

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Version 0.60194
Airport Location (developer)

it's a very possible feature that I have been considering, but I've hesitated because there are literally thousands of applications individuals might wish to control. Many users who'd enjoy changing options via plist/restart wouldn't know how accomplish the same via shell scripts or applescript.

In short, I've been trying to find a quick and simple way to add more customized functionality without requiring sophisticated end-user programming knowledge.

Until I come up with a solution (perhaps a plugin API?), we can do two things:

(1) Write an applescript to quit / change plist / restart for your individual snapshots. Similar to this:

tell application "myApp" to quit
do shell script "defaults write com.companyname.myApp thePreference 1"
tell application "myApp" to run

(2) On the other hand, you can shoot me an email with the particular application that you'd like to control and I'll make a judgement call as to whether it is viable to include support in AL itself.

Thanks for the input!

Airport Location (developer)

I have an alpha version of @awado's suggested feature available for any alpha tester who emails me: airportlocation at gmail dot com.

Essentially, I've added an "App Preferences" action for snapshots which records every application preference for a particular application's preference file. Not all applications store their preferences in the same way, but this should work for most applications.

It is a highly interesting feature that I'll need to test further before a release. Alpha testers welcome.


Sorry to ask but why does this exist?

I use OS X’s built in location and it stores network setting for both cable and wireless connections quite happily.

I have some 60 locations defined (one per client).

Airport Location (developer)

@Gibsonm - I created AirPort Location for two reasons: (1) because OSX locations do not include many options beyond basic network settings and (2) because OSX locations are not automatic.

AirPort Location can toggle more than 50 OS settings automatically. When you open your laptop at Work, AL adjusts your setting automatically to suit your work environment. When you open your laptop at home, different settings can be applied.

AirPort Location picks up where OSX Locations (and other software) leaves off and automates the settings adjustment process. Visit the website or email me at airportlocation@gmail.com for more information or for answers to more specific questions.

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Version 0.60201
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Version 0.60193
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Downloads 24,890
Version Downloads 4,897
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 31 Jul 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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