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Monday, 29 October 2012

TeamViewer - App Review

 

If you’re expecting to be able to sit at your desk with your iPad (having thrown away your PC keyboard and mouse, prepare to be disappointed. On the other hand, if you sometimes forget a file or require a piece of information from your PC then, TeamViewer is absolutely brilliant. Two recent uses of TeamViewer (both when being hundreds of miles, from my PC): I was convinced that a file I needed should have been in my Dropbox. I just accessed my remote PC and found the file on my Desktop (apart from both beginning on' D' and having seven letters, not much else in common). It was then simple to use TeamViewer to move the file from the PC Desktop to Dropbox. Hey presto, the file was now available on my iPad. Another example was that video from a security camera was not showing on the iPad. A remote visit to the PC showed that the software had crashed. It was a cinch to reboot it remotely using TeamViewer.... saved me from having to go back and investigate.


Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
There are icons to choose whether you I want to control your PC with a mouse or a keyboard, or the function keys. The issue is that you can (not surprisingly really) only use one at a time. The super easy task on a PC of opening an application is somewhat more complicated with TeamViewer. First you need to navigate to the application. You need to stroll to it first. This is a bit counterintuitive as the scrolling is the ’moving' of the virtual PC screen… what you are actually doing is moving the pointer, which is not in the same place as your finger on the iPad screen. Once the pointer is over the icon, you can tap the iPad screen anywhere and the application will then open. It's a bit disconcerting at first but once you are used to it, it's not a problem.

Cost
There is a free version which is up to the job, so you can experiment at no cost.

Indispensability
If you never forget things, you can clearly do without the App. On the other hand, if you're like the rest of us, this App is heaven sent

Dependability
Your PC must be switched on for the App to be able to function. Conversely, you can switch your PC off using TeamViewer.

Security
Beware that leaving your iPad lying around would also give prying eyes access to your PC.


ACIDS Test Rating:

If you never forget a file...

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

 

You can get TeamViewer here and support for the App here.

 

5 comments:

  1. Version 8.0.9871 has been released on 05/11/12 and addresses the scrolling issue.

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  2. Try this Ammyy Admin www.ammyy.com
    The software doesn't require installation and registration. You can connect to any PC which is behind NAT.

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  3. Evgeniy thanks for your comment. I have not tested Ammyy Admin as it is not an App. Good luck with your product.

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  4. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 8.0010338 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    • “Lock remote computer” at the end of the session can be set to: Auto select, Always, or Disable
    • Extra button for “Ctrl+Alt+Del” in the toolbar under “Actions”
    • “Play computer sounds and music” can be deactivated
    • Additional toolbar icon (running man) to unlock remote computer
    • Possibility to connect to a computer only asking to confirm the session from Computers & Contacts
    • Password dialog during connection establishment can be accepted again by pressing enter on the keyboard
    • Fixed various display errors
    • Various other minor bug fixes and improvements

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  5. Hmm.. TeamViewer iPad app is great news for all TeamViewer users. Additionally, RHUB`s iOS app can also be used for remotely accessing computers using iPad / iPhones. It is free.

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