RealVNC VNC Viewer

RealVNC iOS app running on the iPad

Here’s another quick iOS app review for you… this time it’s a remote desktop app called RealVNC VNC Viewer  The app allows you to access your desktop from your iPhone or iPad (there’s also an Android version available, more info here)

It’s not multi-protocol, so it won’t connect to RDP or Citrix, only VNC.  Which means it won’t connect to Microsoft Windows unless you install the VNC server software first.  Mac systems that have screen-sharing enabled utilize the VNC protocol and most Linux systems also have a VNC server installed (although you may need to enable it)

RealVNC iOS app running on the iPad
RealVNC iOS app running on the iPad

This app is cool for a few reasons:

  1. The mouse interface is really nice… it’s just a dot on the screen and moves in relation to your finger so you’re not trying to touch a specific spot with your finger, just touch anywhere and slide your finger around to move the pointer.
  2. Bonjour.   Seriously, this is all sorts of cool.   Click on the bonjour button and all of the screen-sharing enabled macs on your local subnet appear and are available to connect with a simple touch.  Very nice!
  3. Speed:  The interface is very snappy on my local connection;  Makes interacting with the remote desktop almost pleasant.

You know what would make it better?   A tabbed interface so that I can be connected to several computers at once.  But hey, for free I’m not complaining.

More advanced features are available if you purchase the RealVNC VNC server software, but the app works just fine with the free servers included with Mac and Linux.

The app is normally $9.99, currently free, not sure how long it will stay at that price so grab it quick!

Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011


Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.

The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

Maybe they have to be crazy.

How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?
We make tools for these kinds of people.
While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

…and he did.

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011