RedHand
RedHand
1.9.5

3.9

RedHand free download for Mac

RedHand

1.9.5
28 September 2014

Smart and flexible locking solution for your Mac.

Overview

RedHand locks your computer: manually via global hot key, menu bar, or Dock; automatically after a period of inactivity (much like a screensaver), depending on the presence of a Bluetooth device, or whenever your computer goes to sleep. Whenever someone tries to gain access to your computer, RedHand takes a photo and informs you about it.

You don't have to think about locking your computer. You don't even have to remember your password. Use your phone as the key! Just tell RedHand to look for a specific Bluetooth device. If you leave the room your computer will be locked. As soon as you are back you'll find it unlocked. Unlocking via password still works-just in case your mobile ran out of juice.

With its ability to execute scripts (AppleScript or anything you could launch via command line), RedHand lets you perform any action you want: send an email or play an audio file when an invalid password was entered; or perform maintenance tasks when the computer was locked. It's up to you. The scripts can access the photo taken.

What's new in RedHand

Version 1.9.5:
New
  • Updated for OS X 10.9.5
Fixed
  • Excessive Bluetooth-related logging
  • Resolved a conflict between manual lock and lock on sleep
  • RedHand would prevent force-sleep (Cmd-Opt Eject)
  • Screensaver preferences would sometimes not be properly read on OS X 10.9 Mavericks

15 RedHand Reviews

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Fariborz
10 November 2009

Most helpful

This is really a nifty utility that can be accessed either by menu selection or via a hot key to hide your screen from curious eyes. Black and white colors fade in and out in a very smooth and elegant way. The price is right and its author has full trust in his customers i.e. no serial number or software key is needed. I gladly paid for it after a few minutes of testing its features. Highly recommended! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
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Version 1.3
Iztoubade
10 September 2014
Installed this RedHand preference pane on my laptop, chose a very simple password I couldn't type wrong. Once started, I triggered the lockout screen with a keyboard shortcut. Entering the previously set password did not unlock anything. Neither did my mobile phone, that I paired in the settings, when brought in the vicinity of the computer. I had to hard-restart the computer to come out of the locking screen. Super nice concept, but my verdict is: highly unreliable.
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Version 1.9.4
dids456
29 January 2014
Please help...Redhand was installed on my MBP by a friend who gave me the passoword, yet not instructions on how to login and turn it off. I have tried the password on the lockscreen and nothing. I need to access my computer and he is MIA...
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Version 1.9.3
Benbehr
08 December 2012
On occasion I have been able to bypass the lockout simply with cmd + q. So in short the software is not doing what it is supposed to do. Hence only one star.
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Version 1.9
Porkepix
10 October 2012
Hi, just to say to the developper, if by luck he read it : Version 1.9.1 on MacBook Pro with graphic switch force to use dedicated graphic card while version 1.9.0 did not. Why ? It's strange and sad when used on battery. Mac OS X 10.7.4 on 15" MBP late 2011 (ATI 6750 & Intel HD3000)
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Version 1.9
3 answer(s)
Porkepix
Porkepix
10 October 2012
My bad, on 1.9 it's not enable at start but when we lock screen it enable dedicated card and not disable it after. Why using it ?
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soma-zone
soma-zone
13 October 2012
Porkepix, I've used gfxCardStatus 2.3 to verify this issue. On my setup (MBP w/ Intel HD 3000 and AMD Radeon HD 6770M, OSX 10.8.2) the discrete graphics card is only used as long as the screen is locked. I'll see what I can do.
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Porkepix
Porkepix
01 March 2013
No news about the usage of the discrete graphics ?
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cssaleh
21 June 2012
It would be great if it could be integrated with either the OS password or in case of business laptops with the LDAP password. But not necessary, just nice to have.
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Version 1.9
Macstyler
15 June 2012
Got this free with the MacUpdate bundle. I have had two issues with this and both were responded to within 24 hours (the first on a holiday weekend). It took some fiddling with the options to get it to work the way I wanted but it works so well for me that I don't even bother to close my '09 MacBook when I leave the room. One of my issues was a personal preference concerning the graphic that comes up when you type in your password wrong. Since my laptop is used at times in a church setting, I suggested an alternative and the developer used my suggestion (the peace symbol…which, I understand will be an option in the forthcoming v1.9). Since I make mistakes when typing when I can't see what I'm typing. I had little trouble setting up my bluetooth until I realized that I had to leave it in 'discoverable' mode all the time--which I found by pure accident. This program is a pure gem for me, thank you Roddy! Looking forward to v1.9 coming out.
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Version 1.8.1
1 answer(s)
soma-zone
soma-zone
16 June 2012
Macstyler, thank you for giving us the opportunity to fix the issues you had with our product!
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wrboyce
09 June 2012
Doesn't seem to be compatible with FileVault?
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Version 1.8.1
dpkonofa
06 June 2012
Just got this app specifically for the Bluetooth locking and, unfortunately, it doesn't work at all... When I check the box to select a Bluetooth device, it keeps scanning and never gives me a list of devices to select from, even though it's displaying the one I want to use as the first item (greyed out and scanning constantly). Since I can never select the device and can't hit OK for the device it *has* found nor cancel scanning for other devices, it's useless. Also, it seems like there *has* to be a delay before it locks of at least 30 seconds. This isn't horrible, but I'd rather have the option to lock immediately upon Bluetooth disconnect. Until I can actually connect, though, I can't check how much that would annoy me. Seems like a cool app, but it needs quite a bit more polish...
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Version 1.8.1
4 answer(s)
soma-zone
soma-zone
07 June 2012
Hi dpkonofa, We happily assist our customers, we just have to know there is a problem. If you want this issue resolved, please file a ticket at http://support.soma-zone.com. It is likely something simple, maybe the phone is not in 'discoverable' mode when RH scans...
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JMJDave
JMJDave
08 June 2012
dpkonofa, I too have the same issue. I contacted Soma-Zone and they said it's because iPhones need to be specifically put into Bluetooth discovery mode (i.e. Settings/General/Bluetooth). As this is more work than just typing in the password, it isn't usable for me yet. I think this will be an AWESOME App once the developer gets it working for iPhones even when not in discovery mode, which they assure me they are working on. Until that feature is added however, I won't use this app. I hope they realize this should be their number one priority as I would guess that a majority of Mac users are also iPhone users! :-)
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dpkonofa
dpkonofa
08 June 2012
This wasn't my issue with it, though. My issue was that I couldn't even get RedHand to choose my iPhone as the device. The iPhone shows up in the list of devices to choose from but it's greyed out and RedHand shows "searching..." forever. I waited about 20 minutes before I just cancelled it. It should not take 20 minutes to find Bluetooth devices. There should be a "Stop" button or something that shows the currently found devices in the event that the one you want is already shown. Apple does this in their Bluetooth search, why does RedHand do it differently?
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JMJDave
JMJDave
08 June 2012
dpkonofa, Did you try going to Settings>General>Bluetooth to put your iPhone into Discovery mode and then trying to find it in RedHand? That worked for me, but I can't imagine having to do that everything I come back to my computer. Once they get this fixed though, it will be a must have app!
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Kripton
06 June 2012
Very cool! It has a lot of interesting customizable settings. Suggested useful app.
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Version 1.8.1
Kalashnikov
14 December 2011
Great Software! The best of the best!! Will pay for it with the great pleasure! There is only one thing I would recommend to add. It should show the language you use when you enter the password. Got confused last night when I switched the language and locked the screen... And one more thing. Have no idea why but it freezes the OS when I open the browser full screen. Using Mac OS Lion.
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Version 1.7
1 answer(s)
soma-zone
soma-zone
12 January 2012
Hi Kalashnikov! Thanks for your glowing review. I put the locale info on the todo list. If you have the time, please file a ticket at http://support.soma-zone.com. I'd like to fix the bug you described. A five-star product should not crash. Ever. :)
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$5.00

3.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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