updated 01:58 pm EDT, Sun October 27, 2013
New app in Mac App Store shows locations of devices, accessibility
German firm equinux announced last week the availability of a new Mac app, Spot Maps, that allows users to generate a visualization of their computer networks. Spot Maps provides a way to place computers and devices along a layout of a room or building, and the app remembers where devices were placed as it monitors them. When something goes wrong, the app allows users to quickly access devices in order to change configurations.
The app supports the mapping of networks with multiple floors, and it displays such layouts in a three-dimensional mockup of a building. Users add devices to a network map with a simple drag-and-drop interface, and they can also group specific devices under categories.
Spot Maps supports desktops, notebooks, servers, printers, and mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. The app also dynamically displays connections between devices - such as which router a computer relies on - with such information updating regularly as conditions change. Spot Maps also automatically resolves device names, and it has the ability to filter devices by operating system and by activated services.
The app allows for live monitoring of networks, meaning that Spot Maps will immediately alert a user when a device goes offline. It also lets users troubleshoot devices from within the app. Users can open an SSH tunnel, start a screen sharing session, or pull up a config webpage for a device all from within the app.
Version 1.0.1 of Spot Maps is available for download from the Mac App Store. The 21.3MB app costs $34, and it is available in English and German. It requires a Mac running OS X 10.7 or later on a 64-bit processor.