Sidekick 4.2.1
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Easy way to change network locations (was Network Location).   Demo ($29.00)
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Sidekick (was NetworkLocation) is an application that automatically updates your laptop settings based on where you are. Just install the app, configure the places that you frequent, (home, work, a coffee shop, etc.) and never fuss with your settings again!
What's New
Version 4.2.1:
  • Fixed issue that would prevent the app from successfully launching on some machines running OS X 10.7.
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later

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ver. 4.x:
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FlyinRyan7 reviewed on 03 Feb 2012
Sidekick doesn't particularly WOW me. I've used this software since it's inception and used Network Location before that.

Sidekick is fairly handy, has a nice interface, and the customer support is excellent. However, most of the actions you would actually WANT this software to do, it does not. For instance, start/stop the firewall, start/stop file sharing (sharing anything actually), swapping the dock applications, change the browser homepage...etc. I understand that there are some security risks with many of these items, however I believe users are willing to accept the risks.

Sidekicks good points are that it has a few pluggins available and are integrated well. Adding more would put it over the competition. Additionally, the developers are quick to respond to questions and usually have gotten back to me within 24 hrs. Really though, you won't need to contact the developers as this software is fairly stable and reliable.

I like Sidekick... I just don't 30$ like it. Check out: Airport Location - a very powerful, but somewhat unstable alternative OR Control Plane. Both are free and generally do the same thing as Sidekick, if not more. Their downfalls, like I alluded to, are stability.
[Version 4.0.5]

Oshloel commented on 27 Jul 2011
I've been a Network Location user for some time; however, I can't get Sidekick to move past the Configure splash screen. It appears to import my Network Location data, but then once the Configure modal window appears and the Configure button (the only choice) is clicked, Sidekick just stops and there's no way out. I have to use Activity Monitor to kill it.

I have emailed the developer, earlier today but haven't received a response yet.
[Version 4.0]



Vancouveryogi reviewed on 26 Apr 2010
I have been using NetworkLocation for the past month and it has become an indispensable tool. I bought a Mac because I wanted a fun and creative experience and NetworkLocation makes the whole experience even more seamless.

I use my MacBook Pro both at home and at work and NetworkLocation automatically detects where I am and changes the default printer, the iChat status and makes sure the appropriate software is running. I was impressed to see that it integrates with third-party utilities - for example, one of my favourite utilities, Dialectic, automatically switches between using Skype and a land line depending on whether I'm at home or work.

Give it a try. There's a fully function 30-day trial that will allow you to put it through its paces before paying the registration fee.
[Version 3.1.3]


Cubitus commented on 25 Sep 2009
I also have problems with 3.1.2 under SL. Now it won't quit unexpectedly (as 3.1 did) but I cannot edit auto-locate rules and some actions cannot be properly set.
[Version 3.1.2]


Jgalanter commented on 23 Sep 2009
Trouble: 3.1 on Snow Leopard simple starts then aborts with a unhandled exception -- crashlog time.... Perhaps not quite ready for prime time.
[Version 3.1]



Markauk reviewed on 15 Nov 2008
Works well as advertised. It's great to have settings change automatically depending on your location without having to think about it.

Initially I had a problem getting it to work, but the developer responded quickly and efficiently and the problem was resolved quickly.

Great app + friendly and responsive developer = worth every penny!
[Version 3.0.3]



chiefted reviewed on 15 Oct 2008
I know what folks will say "There are free apps that do the same thing".

Free doesn't necessarily mean better.

I was using Marco Polo for awhile and well when going from my office location, to
my mobile location a couple of things where happening.

1. My macbook pro would kernel panic on ejecting mounted SMB drives
2. My macbook pro would, and this is after I stopped mounting the above drives
kernel panic when I would remove my external monitor.

Once I tried out NetworkLocation and removed Marco Polo, guess what, the kernel
panics stopped!

Yes I wrote the developer, got a big fat zero info from them, and even posted my
problem to the Marco Polo web group again a big fat zero.

I had a question about a setting with this piece of software and in less than 24 hours
I had and answer.

Ok now down to the nitty gritty. I have four different locations (work, home, mobile, friend) all with different default printers or no printer with the mobile location. This always
changes locations (since mostly I rely on wireless) and the Skyhook option for physical
location works like a champ.

It launches the programs I need and I love that it has Growl support.

Tech support is fast (usually within 24 hours).

I really do love this program and I have even bought a couple of extra software licenses for

It ranks up there with the "must install after getting a new Mac" programs.
[Version 3.0.2]


mgrimes commented on 11 Sep 2008
The 3.0 situation has been cleared up by the developer. If you go to the store it's a $10 upgrade. The initial reaction was simple... nowhere is it mentioned that this is a paid upgrade - and without that information immediate it would cause any customer to fly off the handle.
[Version 3.0]


mgrimes commented on 11 Sep 2008
Not very cool to make 3.0 a paid upgrade, fail to mention it, make it cost more than 2.3 cost (no upgrade discount) and then provide no way to download the old version.
[Version 3.0]

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mgrimes replied on 11 Sep 2008 will get you 2.3 again... would love to hear the motivations behind the 3.0 debacle.

Tjerja commented on 15 Jan 2008
$25 for a missing feature in leopard??? that's one fifth of the total os price!... dgeezz., i bet apple will include this in the next upgrade anyway. How about lowering the price, or make it shareware instead?? ;-)
[Version 2.2.1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 15 Jan 2008
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LucasH rated on 25 Apr 2011

[Version 3.1.4]

Razziphoto rated on 31 Mar 2011

[Version 3.1.4]

Version Downloads:348
Type:Utilities : Network
Date:17 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $29.00
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Sidekick (was NetworkLocation) is an application that automatically updates your laptop settings based on where you are. Just install the app, configure the places that you frequent, (home, work, a coffee shop, etc.) and never fuss with your settings again!

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