Bluetooth Proximity Tasker
By Chris Vallis
Open the Mac App Store to buy and download apps.
Run any AppleScript when a paired bluetooth device goes in and out of range. Adjust the range using signal strength.
What's New in Version 1.0.2
Works, but needs some serious polish...
There are, of course, free alternatives to this app out there, but this one seems to be a lot more simplified for those of us not wanting to mess around with a whole lot of various customization options. The interface is very spartan; there's nothing more than the ability for you to select the device to use (which as another reviewer pointed out, the text on the button is misspelled, which is a shame), the ability to select the signal strength required to classify the device as in or out of range, and the delay (though whether this is the delay between when the strength hits the threshold specified or how often it polls for the device, it's unclear).
I was able to get this working with my 4S without too much hassle (the 4S said that the device I was trying to connect to, my iMac, was an incompatible device, but it still works), and the default Beeps seem to work just fine. Haven't yet experimented with any AppleScripting, so I'll update this review when I have.
Does what it
I used to use 'Proximity' which was a small app created by a stand alone developer that shared his app online, it was discontinued and there was no simple app to do the kind of bluetooth proximity detection i was looking for.
This app is very simple but it does the job… perfectly in fact.
My only complaints are the the UI, but it does appear the developer knows his programming but it not an interface guy, no cut and paste in the script window (you have the right click to copy paste) and typo on the Bluetoo't'h Device button and it's save to set prefs functions are a bit simple…
Yet with those minor complaints, once i had it set up, it detects my phone when in range, runs the appropriate script and runs the Out of range when i leave, it's reliable, accurate and simple. All i was looking for.
For the price and the fact it works as advertised, 4 stars, fix the UI a bit and clean it up, instant 5 stars!
PS> Reguardless of the complaints, this is the ONLY software that does this proximity detection in a simple and backround efficient way, so beggars can't be choosers!
It works, but needs some UI love
I agree with the reviews that says that it does what it says it will but it needs polish. Specifically, I'd like a way to point to an application or a script file to run instead of pasting in a script. Keep the pasted in script option as well. I'd also like to be able to make changes with out having to manually quit and restart the app.
Additionally, if there was a way to show the signal strength while the application is active I might have an easier time figuring out range although I did manage to do it with the prefs open.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Oct 10, 2012
- Version: 1.0.2
- Size: 0.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Chris Vallis
- © Meruko
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor