One Mac on a network can control another Mac. How about using your iPhone or iPad to control your Mac. Yes, you guessed it. There’s an app for that. And of the half dozen VNC apps I’ve tried, this one is the best, easiest, most fun to use.
Manage Your Mac From Your Pocket
Apple doesn’t seem worried much about the iPad cannibalizing Mac sales. But the iPad has an impact.
My main Macs are in the home office. That’s where I do most of my Mac work. It’s where I browse, check mail, send tweets, etc.
The MacBook was what my wife and I used in the living room in the evening (or, on the road), avoiding the home office Mac.
Enter iPad. Now we browse the web, check email, send tweets, etc., using the iPad and the MacBook gathers dust. And, now, thanks to Remotix for iPhone and iPad, we can screen share with the home office Macs right on the iPad (or iPhone).
This is screen sharing the way it should be done. Remotix can access your Mac, or Linux or Windows PCs. It uses SSH tunnel for security. It’ll find your Mac on the same network using Bonjour. And it configures almost instantly.
Guess what? Multi-touch gestures work on the iPad and iPhone for the Mac. Pan, zoom, click, double click, right click, drag and scroll right from your iDevice. It’s almost as if the Mac was inside your iPad.
Setup and configuration is a breeze.
A small panel on the bottom of the screen gives you quick access to the onscreen keyboard and other controls. The X button in the lower right corner closes the connection.
Once you’ve setup a connection to your Mac, all you need to do to control the screen is press the Mac’s icon in Remotix. The connection is seamless and quick.
What about performance? Scrolling around on the iPad’s screen is as quick as if the Mac was inside the iPad. Touch and drag windows on the Mac. Use a two-finger tap. Or, to double-click, two taps. Even swipe to scroll up and down in a Mac app.
The onscreen keyboard supports a dozen languages. Remotix features five screen quality levels to account for slower or faster network connections. My iPad has become a giant remote control to the Mac.
What’s missing? I’d like to see a few things. The Close button is easily touched, which severs the connection. Hitting the iPad or iPhone Home button also closes the connection to your Mac. Copy and paste, remote or local, remains cumbersome.
Remotix features an attractive help site so you can configure your Mac or PC to accept a screen sharing connection. Of the half dozen iPhone and iPad screen sharing apps I’ve used, this one quickly became my go-to app.