When most people leave their house, or move to another floor in their home, they do so with the intent of getting away from their computer. If they wish to continue working in another atmosphere, they invest in a laptop or carry a mobile gadget along with them. But with VNC Viewer by RealVNC, users can now remotely access their actual computer with by using their iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.
Allowing users to connect with their computer anywhere in the world, VNC Viewer displays your desktop and allows you to control everything remotely, as if you are right in front of your machine, keyboard and mouse at hand. Access your information, run various applications and change you settings just as you normally would if physically in front of your computer.
VNC Viewer works just like any other iPhone application, using its standard drag, touch and tap motions to take care of tasks, as well as on on-screen keyboard. Pinch outward to zoom in on a specific area of the screen and inward to return to the whole view – simply intuitive. The only pitfall comes if you are using a smaller device, such as the iPhone I own, which really shrinks your desktop’s screen to unreadable type. If I had the luxury of using VNC Viewer on a beautiful new iPad, perhaps I wouldn’t be considering a trip to the eye doctor right now (but my iPhone’s small screen is killing my eyesight regardless, unfortunately).
Also, I was extremely wary of even giving VNC Viewer a shot because, somehow, it feels as if I’m playing God with my electronics. My iPhone acts as the strings I use to manipulate my wonderful Mac, which conveniently runs Mac OS X 10.4 or later, allowing me to enable screen sharing and remote management. (I believe it’s some for of OS X 10.6, in fact.)
Those who do not have that capability must download additional software that allows their two devices to sync. VNC Viewer’s App Store description recommends users download the VNC Enterprise Edition of their syncing software because of its “robust, secure, and high-performance connections, and for its unrivaled flexibility.” However, they fail to mention that this recommended software requires an additional cost on top of the $9.99 price tag the app itself carries. While it may very well be worth it to some who would benefit from being able to access all the conveniences of a desktop computer, it is quite a lofty amount of money for someone to dish out on a product they are unfamiliar with and may not even enjoy.
Also, as a woman who likes to leave well enough alone, the idea of syncing my iPhone with my Mac seems almost as if I’m inviting trouble. Yes, the software claims it is quite secure, but I see no need in meddling with a machine that is working perfectly already. Syncing my two beloved contraptions may be convenient, but it also seems like it may be more of a hassle than it’s worth.
Now that I have rid my life of Microsoft Windows, I appreciate the simplicity of my Mac more and more each day, and to do anything that may cause a discrepancy makes me walk on eggshells. Suffice it to say, I held my breath the entire time, hoping I wouldn’t mess anything up. Luckily, all turned out well and it was actually quite an experience to work my desktop, though on a micro scale. But considering my past luck with maintaining my electronics’ health, I won’t be pushing my luck anytime soon. My desktop is a desktop, and that is where it shall remain.
VNC Viewer requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.