Guardian Angel
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Locks your Mac when you leave and unlocks upon return.   Demo ($3.99)
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Guardian Angel watches over your Mac, locking it whenever you leave for a few seconds or a few hours, and automatically unlocking it, with the help of any Bluetooth device, when you return.
What's New
Version 1.0.6:
  • Fixed an issue where one display would not lock.
  • Fixed an issue where if the displays were different sizes then there would be white space on the larger screen.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later



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Djcz reviewed on 28 May 2013
Nice try, but it just doesn't work. It paired fine with my iPhone 5, but refuses to lock my MacBook Air when the phone is out of range or if the phone's Bluetooth is turned off.
[Version 1.0b17.1]

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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 28 May 2013
If you could provide us with some more information about your problem, for example in the preferences does the phone actively move around in the proximity lock tab (this would show that the device is actually communicating with GA). Also as a side note GA won't lock if the preferences are open.

Alex
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Djcz replied on 28 May 2013
Hi Alex,
Yes, the phone does move around. Like I said, it does seem to be communicating with the phone. If I turn off Bluetooth, the phone will zip off the screen to the upper right corner. As for the preferences being open, I made that assumption and purposely did my testing with the preferences closed.

MacBook Air running 10.8.3
iPhone running iOS 6.1.2

I wouldn't think it should matter, but the iPhone has been Jailbroken.
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 28 May 2013
A jailbroken device should not be a problem as our main device is jailbroken as well. Ok so it is not a connection issue, could you possibly turn logging on in the preferences and then check the log to see if GA is successfully connecting to the device when the preferences are closed.

You should see some output like this:

2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Calling in background thread
2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: About to test connection with phone
2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Trying to connect to the device
2013-05-28 15:52:59 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 0
2013-05-28 15:53:00 +0000: Rssi value is: 44

When you then turn bluetooth off on you device the log should say that it is locking:

2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Screen is locking: 1
2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Pausing iTunes
2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: About to run Lock items
2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Lock items ran
2013-05-28 15:54:43 +0000: Lock window has loaded along with all of its subviews.

If this is not happening we may need some more information.

Thanks

Alex
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Djcz replied on 28 May 2013
Please see the Troubleshooting tab for more information about this issue.
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Twizard reviewed on 21 Apr 2013
Program locked computer when I left but would not unlock it on my return. No guide with program so had to learn how to use it by trial and error. May be the cause of it not working for me.
[Version 1.0b11]

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Alex Kornitzer replied on 22 Apr 2013
Well that is not good, did this happen every time or only once? We are in beta so unfortunately bugs are possible, also how do you feel it could be made clearer to use so that trial and error is not required?

Alex
Ingenious Bytes
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Twizard replied on 22 Apr 2013
This happened every time but the 1st time I tried Guardian Angel. May be related to how long I left the computer room? Will try it again at different lengths to see if time is a factor. Will report on that later in a reply.

As to how to make it clearer to use, could write a short instruction RTF document downloadable with the program. Most programs have such a file in a folder with the app. For example, I thought when 1st setting up the app. it needs a way to tell the program how long before it locks. Found the slider only by pushing the Edit button which is not clear - what are you editing? I would label the button as "Preferences" and the slider as "Time To Lock" or something to that effect to make it clearer.

The "Setting" button shows instructions of functions of settings. Maybe you could put the sliders under "Settings" with a little greyed explanation underneath each?

Also, when I click on the "Turn On" button, Guardian Angel started looking for a device. What is this about and the "Select Device" button? There's no information on what kind of device it's looking for or why. It doesn't find any device so is that the problem?

Thanks for the quick response to my initial rating of your program.
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Twizard replied on 22 Apr 2013
Tried different time between leaving room and returning from 10 min. to 30 min. and Guardian Angel failed to unlock every time.
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2013
Before we begin on all these tweaks :) what device are you using and what does the guardian angel log say in console, when it is failing to unlock, also was you device paired with your computer beforehand?

Alex
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Twizard replied on 22 Apr 2013
Got ya (;-) But what kind of device are we talking about? An iPod, iPad, mouse, etc? The banner for this app. says it will lock your Mac and unlock it when you return. Neither the banner nor the description say anything about having to have a "device" attached to the Mac. When the app. searches for a device it does not find any. Please clarify - thanks.
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2013
Basically you need to use a bluetooth device, when you walk out of range with it the computer locks, when you return with the device it unlocks. (If it locked and unlocked purely on your presence that would be amazing! ;) ).

Alex
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Twizard replied on 22 Apr 2013
I see how it works now. There's no explanation about this so I had to come up with an explanation on my own about how it works. I thought maybe it used the iSight camera built into my iMac and recognized changes in that. And that the "Desired Range" changed how big a difference in the iSight camera picture was needed to lock and unlock your computer. You're right - now that would be something. I'd even pay for it!
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2013
That is our fault we will update the explanation, and extra text and tool tips have been added to Guardian Angel ready for the next beta.

Alex
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Djcz had trouble on 28 May 2013
This post is being moved from the review section and continued here...

Alex,
This is what I am seeing, when viewing the Console...


2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Starting proximity with a timer of value 1.000000
2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Proximity set to yes
2013-05-28 18:01:14 +0000: Timer activated, 1
2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: Calling in background thread
2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: About to test connection with phone
2013-05-28 18:01:15 +0000: Trying to connect to the device
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 0
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Rssi value is: 50
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Checking to see if connection needs to be closed
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Conection has successfully been closed
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Checking
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Finished Checking
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Starting proximity with a timer of value 1.000000
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Proximity set to yes
2013-05-28 18:01:16 +0000: Timer activated, 1
2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: Calling in background thread
2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: About to test connection with phone
2013-05-28 18:01:17 +0000: Trying to connect to the device
2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Bluetooth Connection Status: 4
2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Rssi value is: 127
2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Checking to see if connection needs to be closed
2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Checking
2013-05-28 18:01:22 +0000: Finished Checking

The first half of that segment, with the RSSI value of 50, was when Bluetooth was on. The second half, with the RSSI value of 127 started when I turned off the phones Bluetooth. But it just keeps repeating the same segments over and over, and never locks the Mac.

Also, if I manually lock the Mac from GA and turn on the phones Bluetooth, it will not unlock the Mac.
[Version 1.0b17.1]

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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 28 May 2013
Sorry to keep asking things of you but what does the contents of the settings file look like located at ~/Library/Group Containers/2X2MJ9BKC5.com.ingeniousbytes.Guardian-Angel/com.ingeniousbytes.Guardian-Angel-Preferences.plist

And does restoring to defaults fix the problem?

Thanks

Alex
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Djcz replied on 29 May 2013
The "Restore Defaults" option seemed to work. It is now locking and unlocking the screen, as it should.

Here is the contents of the settings file, before I restored defaults...






AllowUnlockApple

ControliChat

ControliTunes

CurrentWallpaperOn

CustomWallpaper

DeviceAddress
e8-8d-28-c8-be-1e
DeviceName
POD X
DoubleCheck
1
ItemsOpenOnLock

ItemsOpenOnUnlock

LockScreenOnSleep

LockUsingScreenSaver

LogToConsole

ManualLoginOn

MoveToApplications

PreferencesShouldLoad

ProximityOn

Range
40
RunInBackground

StartAtLogin

StatusBarItemOn

Time
1
UnlockAppleLockScreenOnWake

UseGuardianAngelsLockScreen
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 29 May 2013
Ah so it was a corrupt preferences file that was causing the damage, we will look into perfecting the way we store the preferences for the next build. Are the true and false values meant to be missing or is that a copy and paste error?

Thank you so much for helping us find the cause of this bug.

Alex
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Djcz replied on 29 May 2013
Sorry about that, but I copied from Textedit and pasted into the reply window. Everything looked fine, until I hit submit. MacUpdate was nice enough to strip out all that extra "fluff" for me... thanks MU.

Anyway, I sent an email to the main support@ address and put it to your attention. The email contains the full contents of the settings file, before defaults were restored.
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Ingenious Bytes (developer) replied on 30 May 2013
Email received.

Alex

AnonyDigital8534 rated on 06 May 2013

[Version 1.0b13]



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Alex Kornitzer rated on 26 Apr 2013

[Version 1.0b12]



JohnThompson3974 rated on 26 Apr 2013

[Version 1.0b12]


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