My assignment for the week was to come up with a Mac app that would be inexpensive, easy to set up and use, and both useful and with an attractive feature set. The catch? I was away on the weekend and didn’t have an internet connection so I had to use my iPhone.
iPhones are wonderful tools. Mine will leave my possession when pulled from my cold, dead hands. Browsing? That’s not so fun because even 3G connections are slow, and the screen needs a magnifying glass. Hmmm. iPhone. Mac.
The iPhone App In Your Mac
As luck would have it even with a slow 3G connection, I managed to find an interesting and somewhat ironic Mac app that fit my original criteria.
How about a Mac app that makes your Mac work a little like the iPhone?
That’s what Swipe Lock does. The iPhone has this unique way to swipe a button from left to right to unlock the screen.
That’s what Swipe Lock does. And more. After all, it would be pure style over substance if that’s the only feature Swipe Lock had.
Eye candy has a tendency to proliferate. Swipe Lock’s preferences panel gives you additional protection with a password option, and additional style with custom backgrounds.
If you’re an iPhone or iPad user, Swipe Lock will make you feel right at home.
You can also customize Swipe Lock with backgrounds and themes.
Swipe? Even with a finger.
Swipe Lock will unlock with a finger across the Mac’s Magic Mouse or the Magic Trackpad or your MacBook’s trackpad.
Or, if you’re still stuck in the 90s, with a click from the mouse.
It even works on Macs with multiple displays, and you can set it up to appear on whichever screen you want.
You can set the auto lock timer, use the system’s sleep timer, even choose distinct lock and unlock sounds, hide the Wi-Fi meter, hide the battery meter, hide the sleep button and hide the clock.
In other words, Swipe Lock has more going for it than a pretty iPhone face. You set the password and lock out options, too. Sure, it’s still mostly style over substance, but it’s still style. For more substance and security Lock Down Your Mac’s Desktop: All Apps Open or, learn How To Defend Your Mac Against Unauthorized Use. Less style, more substance.