Here’s another quick iOS app review for you… this time it’s a remote desktop app called “RealVNC VNC Viewer” The app allows you to access your desktop from your iPhone or iPad (there’s also an Android version available, more info here)
It’s not multi-protocol, so it won’t connect to RDP or Citrix, only VNC. Which means it won’t connect to Microsoft Windows unless you install the VNC server software first. Mac systems that have screen-sharing enabled utilize the VNC protocol and most Linux systems also have a VNC server installed (although you may need to enable it)
This app is cool for a few reasons:
- The mouse interface is really nice… it’s just a dot on the screen and moves in relation to your finger so you’re not trying to touch a specific spot with your finger, just touch anywhere and slide your finger around to move the pointer.
- Bonjour. Seriously, this is all sorts of cool. Click on the bonjour button and all of the screen-sharing enabled macs on your local subnet appear and are available to connect with a simple touch. Very nice!
- Speed: The interface is very snappy on my local connection; Makes interacting with the remote desktop almost pleasant.
You know what would make it better? A tabbed interface so that I can be connected to several computers at once. But hey, for free I’m not complaining.
More advanced features are available if you purchase the RealVNC VNC server software, but the app works just fine with the free servers included with Mac and Linux.
The app is normally $9.99, currently free, not sure how long it will stay at that price so grab it quick!