Quick Review: LogMeIn Ignition for iPad

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If you've been using LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone, prepare to be blown away by the iPad version. LogMeIn Ignition for iPad [$29.99- iTunes Link]has essentially the same functionality as the iPhone, but is much faster.

LogMeIn is a free service (with paid options depending on what you want) that works on a Mac or PC. It allows you to remotely control another computer. LogMeIn Ignition brings that functionality to iPhone and iPad. You have full right and left-click support as well as most all of the other useful key functions such as your "F" keys and arrows keys. If performance is an issue, you have complete control from the settings screen to change resolution and color quality. I tend to use Compressed; it is a step above Black and White and allows for a faster refresh. You can also change how you navigate on screen. You have two choices: screen moves or mouse moves. I lean towards screen moves as that gives me the most speed when navigating. Pinch to zoom works like a charm and is blazingly fast.

Ready for the bonus? LogMeIn Ignition is a Universal app, so you buy once and you can use it on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. For those that need a little extra power in their remote sessions, LogMeIn offers their Pro2 account which allows for even more flexibility such as copy/paste desktop sharing and remote printing between sessions. If you aren't sure which works best for you, there is a handy comparison chart.

I can't recommend LogMeIn Ignition enough. It's come in very handy when having to access my home computer.. and even my Mother-In-Law's PC for help. There are several VNC type of clients out there, but this one is fast, zero setup (compared to a VNC configuration) and has plans to meet your needs.

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Quick Review: LogMeIn Ignition for iPad

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Curious why I'd pay this much for something that WinAdmin (for iPad) already does via native remote desktop ports and services. Perhaps someone can compare the two? WinAdmin was one of my first purchases on the iPad and works great, but I'm always looking for good remote access tools.

@Steve nope. Just install it on your iPad. It upgraded mine to the "iPad" version free. One of the best and most useful apps I have. I administer my home computers, family computers, and work computers with this. I've used VNC apps before but none of them compare. Not by a long shot. Being able to use the same software on a desktop browser, iPhone, or iPad is another real benefit to using Logmein.

Been using logmein long before iPhone came out, works across country or room. Have the iPhone version installed and works like a charm. Alot better then an air mouse when using ur comp as a media setup.

can you watch videos through this app... coz there is a very similar app and in my opinion is much better... however, its only for macs... costs just $5... you guys could check this out in the itunes store... and one cool thing it offers is you can hear whats going on around your mac.... not sure if logmein could do this though...

I can't wait to get my hand on the iPad 3G. I've been using Ignition on my iPhone to control servers remotely for months. A tool sysadmins simply can not live without.

Logmein has one aspect to their billing policy that is not on their Terms and Conditions that ended up costing me double what I expected.

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