Full Control is a very slick app that let’s you control your Mac from a distance over WiFi.
Developed by Francesco Burelli, this app turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a full-fledged remote control for your Mac.
To get started you have to download the app onto your iDevice and also download the “helper” app onto your Mac. This is the program that talks to the app and would likely always be available for your use by it being perched up in the upper right program bar of your Mac.
After that you just make sure your iPhone is connected to the same WiFi as your Mac, start the app, select the Mac that it has detected as the one you want to control, and voila, you are remotely controlling your Mac.
The set up is pretty simple and other than a delay in completing the connection, we had no trouble getting it all up and running.
Once you have it running you’ll see your Mac application icons on your iPhone along with some control icons that Full Control provides to make controlling all the various functions of your Mac from your iPhone a snap.
We found the virtual trackpad area is very cool and lets you move a circle around your Mac screen and actually control anything just as you would with your mouse.
The remote keyboard is also quite useful. Just set the text edit cursor where you want text to go and start typing.
If you’re using your Mac to play music or videos, especially if you’re using something like Chromecast, and you don’t want to have to be right at your Mac to make changes to the music or video controls, this app is ideal.
Controls and Functionality:
Overall we found the app to be very intuitive and with a bit of poking around you’ll quickly have it all figured out.
You can easily perform all kinds of functions on your Mac, such as launch applications, open/close windows and browser tabs, enter text, put your Mac to sleep, restart it, and many more.
One thing we learned about the keyboard is if you select the Mac Command key, it stays selected so after you enter a command you may think you’re inputting text but you’re actually entering more commands.
There’s no doubt that this app is a great idea, but part of being a great idea is that you can’t help but want more from it. In our use we found the connection between the iPhone app and the Mac Helper app on the Mac to be spotty (with solid WiFi) and we had to reset the app a number of times to get it working again.
It’s a “wow” experience and definitely delivers the goods, when it works, but you expect a remote control to just work whenever you pick it up. While the reset is not a big deal it is an inconvenience.
One suggestion we have is that it would be great if a subset of the controls, maybe just the media controls, were available via an Apple Watch app.
Full Control is clearly a well designed app that can be incredibly useful for anyone wanting to control their Mac from a distance. If your Mac is a media player, this is an especially useful app to have on your iPhone.
We would like to see some of the kinks worked out so that the connection issues that we saw go away, and we’re confident the developer will improve this as time goes on.
The bottom line is that if you’re looking for a remote control app for your Mac, Full Control gets a solid recommendation from us. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.
FullControl requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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