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Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end-users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks — all from your own Mac.

Software Distribution
-Easily copy and install software on remote Mac systems.
-Encrypt network data when copying packages and files.
-Configure a Task Server to assist with package installations on offline computers.

Remote Assistance
-Observe and control your Mac computers.
-Transfer files between Mac computers using Drag and Drop.
-Copy and paste information between any two computers.
-Prevent end-users from viewing the screen while you control their systems with Curtain Mode.
-Control Virtual Network Computing (VNC)–enabled computers including Windows, Linux and UNIX systems.

Remote Administration
-Perform over a dozen commands securely on remote Mac systems.
-Remotely lock screens, sleep, wake, restart and shutdown of Mac systems.
-Execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your client systems.

Asset Management and Reporting
-Perform lightning-fast searches with Remote Spotlight search.
-Gather reports on more than 200 Mac hardware attributes.
-See reports on user logins and application use.
-Use a Task Server to assemble inventory reports, even from mobile systems not connected to the network.

-Automate routine management tasks using Automator in OS X.
-Get started immediately with over 40 actions.
-Chain actions together to create powerful system administration workflows.
-Combine actions with other application actions to create end-to-end solutions.
-Save workflows as plug-ins to provide simple, customised interfaces to Apple Remote Desktop features.

What's New in Version 3.9

The Apple Remote Desktop 3.9 update improves usability, compatibility, and reliability and is recommended for all users. 

This update:

• Allows users to export and restore an encrypted list of computers and user credentials
• Allows administrators to call attention to items on a remote screen using an assistant cursor
• Adds Touch Bar support for MacBook Pro (2016) computers
• Improves security when communicating with clients running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 or later
• Adds an optional compatibility mode for communicating with clients running any version of OS X Mountain Lion 10.8, OS X Mavericks 10.9 or OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 and earlier


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Customer Reviews

Bug-ridden; wait for maintenance release

3.9 client update that’s been pushed out in conjunction with this software will ruin your day. While installation / deployment issues are manageable; loss of ability to reliably use meta keys (Option/Control/Shift) is extremely unpleasant. There is no way to downgrade the client; you will be stuck.

The steady decline in quality of Apple’s software over the past several years is troublesome; this release continues the trend. :-(


You will lose the ability to send Unix commands, install packages, etc to all computers you manage that have not yet upgraded to ARD client 3.9 which only works on 10.10+

Aviod this verison

This upgrade has been a disaster. The previous version was working perfectly and I could manage 30 clients without issues. Since the update ARD clients randomly stop working, some of the clients I still can’t authenticate to run unix commands on and ARD keeps reporting “A critical error has occurred” and prompts to be relaunched.

Avoid this update by disabling auto updates on the clients to keep them on the previous version (3.8.5) to avoid being force to install this update ont he admin computer.

0 star rating.

Apple Remote Desktop
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  • $109.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.9
  • Size: 13.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10.5 or later

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