MacLoc

Version: 3.0 || Release Date: 2013-02-12 || License: Freeware Developer: Davenport Software | App Owner: factoryjoe

MacLoc is the perfect solution for a busy work environment as well as at home where wandering hands can create a bothersome reduction in productivity. This simple application activates the Fast User Switching feature built-in to Mac OS X. After activating MacLoc, it will appear that you've logged out, however upon entering your username and password, all open documents and applications will be right where you left them. MacLoc is the perfect solution when you need to step out of the room for a moment. Simply add MacLoc to your dock for quick and easy access.

After many requests from users, MacLoc now comes in two different flavors, MacLoc and MacLoc ME (Menu Edition). Simply add MacLoc to your dock for quick access or run MacLoc ME for easy access from your menu bar. MacLoc ME can also add itself to your system's Login Items so it will automatically be there when you want it.

Suggest screenshot/icon / Suggest new version

6 Opinions

Locking function is built into Lion, as it was in previous versions of OS X.

@generousdesignr : This action by default produces a black screen in Snow Leopard, no the login screen.

But, your observation that this behavior is included in the operating system in both Leopard and Snow Leopard is correct.

System Preferences > Accounts > Login Options

You can check "Show fast user switching menu as:" and then select between Name, Short Name, and Icon (depending on how much of the dock you mind it taking up).

If checked, there will be a drop down menu option that says "Login Window..." that will do exactly what this app does (suspend the user's session).

2.0 is now SL compatible.

Doesnt work on 10.6

Just make sure your mac gives you a login prompt after activating the screensaver.
Put the screensaver in one of the active screen corners and all you have to do to lock your mac is to put your mouse in one of the corners!
No clutter in your dock or menubar.

How is this any advantage over just activating fast-user switching? Requires less menu bar real estate? Then how about just putting keychain access in the menu bar? I guess if you really want something else cluttering up your dock instead of your menu bar, then this is the thing... But otherwise it seems like a solution searching for a problem...