Screens VNC - Access Your Computer From Anywhere
By Edovia Inc.
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Access your computers from wherever you are! Screens is a beautiful, yet powerful Screen Sharing and VNC client that lets you connect back to your Mac, Windows or Linux PC from the comfort of your living room, the corner coffee shop or anywhere in the world.
Screens offers a ton of awesome features that you’ll love:
• Connect from Everywhere
Install Screens Connect on your Mac or Windows PC and make it easily reachable from anywhere in the world.
• Stay Synchronized
Your saved Screens follow you on every Mac or iOS devices you own through iCloud.
• Quickly Connect to Nearby Computers
Initiate a single-shot connection to a nearby Mac, Windows or Linux PC without having to create a new Screen.
• Connect Safely
Screens can connect back to your computer through a secured connection. Enable Remote Login on your Mac and you’re done!
• Easy Shortcuts
Assign key mappings to the most used keyboard shortcuts in order to control your remote computer more easily.
• Display Selection
Do you have more than one display attached to your Mac? Screens supports multiple displays allowing you to always access what you need, no matter which display it is on.
• Pasteboard Support
Send text back to your computer and receive text, images and URLs from it through the pasteboard.
• On Disconnect Actions
Screens can execute special commands before it disconnects from your computer. Execute one of them Hot Corners or get the remote user to log out.
AND FOR THE POWER USER:
• SSH Keys Support
Initiate a secure connection (SSH) with a key, with or without a passphrase.
Launch Screens from URL Schemes like screens://, vnc:// or ssh://.
• Screens in your menu bar
Access your recent connections or discovered computers right from your menu bar.
• A VNC Server, such as UltraVNC or TightVNC, is required to connect to a Windows PC.
• Windows and Linux users are required to configure their router and computer manually to access their computer remotely.
• A SSH Server, such as freeSSHd, is required to create a secure connection to a Windows or Linux PC.
• Pasteboard images are only receivable from a Mac. Windows and Linux PCs can only receive text and URLs.
See Screens’ User Guide for details.
• Screens will not receive any sound from your computer. This is a limitation of the RFB protocol the app is using.
• Screens Connect requires OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later. You will need to create a free Screens ID.
What's New in Version 3.5.8
Solves issues with secure connections.
Works as advertised
Saw some bad reviews here, so I did what you should always do if you can: I installed the trial version from their website. I then verified that it works as expected. It does. Remoting in to a machine is hard, especially if you are not a networking expert. These guys have made it easy with a simple Screensconnect app that you install on the remote machine. Just fill in a few fields, check some checkboxes, click save and you are done. Now I just double click on the icon for my parent’s computer and my role as family tech support can start.
If you are trying this out, verify that it all works by trying it at home, reboot the remote machine to ensure the app is allowing you to login, then visit your favorite local cafe (somewhere nearby but with wifi) to ensure that you can connect from anywhere and not just on your local network. Then only after you have done that, go on your trip. This description makes it sound harder than it is. All those steps were verification. Fixing it now is easier than later when I am in Boston and my parents machine I am supporting is in Seattle.
I am very happy with this solution. I would be even happier if I hadn’t also tried iTeleport and setup configurations with TeamViewer and other tools before finding Screens.
Riddled with bugs, no support, and high price tag
Screens is VNC with a seemingly nice UI. Well, except for all of the typos throughout. Remote logins don’t really work unless you make use of the “Screensconnect” utility. Which is an absolute joke. You have to remember to re-login each time your Mac reboots. So, there goes remote logins while I am on this trip. Also there are pointless checkboxes in the UI. Like “Remember credentials in my Keychain.” No idea why that is there. Doesn’t do anything. I have to retype my username/password everytime. Out of the box buttons in the toolbar sometimes do nothing. Want to switch between Desktop 1 and 2? Well, hopefully they’ll work *this* time… There’s a thing called “More right a space” in the menus, no idea what that does. Changing desktop spaces on the remote machine doesn’t always work. I contacted support through twitter, zero response. I’d highly recommend checking out virtually any another VNC/remote option.
Solves the problem of remote access nicely with minimal of set-up.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Jan 28, 2015
- Version: 3.5.8
- Size: 9.4 MB
- Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Edovia Inc.
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor