Screens VNC client for iPad, iPhone now in App Store

Screens VNC client for iPad, iPhone now in App Store

Screens from Edovia is a new, gorgeously designed, super simple VNC client that brings your Windows, Mac, or Linux desktop to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. I had the good fortune to test drive it through the beta cycle and it really is the closest thing to a Back to my Mac-style, "it just works" experience on iOS. Features include:

  • Universal - Screens will run on both iPhone and iPad - one app for both devices.
  • Easy to Use - Screens is the easiest, most user friendly VNC client for iOS.
  • Secure - Screens can connect to your computer through a SSH Tunnel so your session is encrypted and safe.
  • Pull-to-Dock - Your Dock is hidden? No problem! Screens can make it appear with a simple flick!
  • Multi-Touch - Screens supports many multi-touch features your already use on your trackpad.
  • Screens Connect - Make your computer available from anywhere. Easy as flicking a switch! No messy router setup. (Requires OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard)

It's on introductory sale right now so if you act fast, you can save $10 off the regular price.

Screenshots after the break. If you want to run your desktop -- or server room -- from your lounge chair, and do it in pixel-perfect style, check out Screens. And after you do, come back and tell me what you think.

[$14.99 on sale - iTunes link]

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Screens VNC client for iPad, iPhone now in App Store


Is this better than logmein? Logmein gives me fits... half the time it doesn't accept capital letters in my remote password so I can't log in (both on the iPad app and on the web) and its way slower than RDP with Windows. I've ended up using Win7 via parallels and logging into it because Mac remote access has been so slow and unpredictable. I have to believe there is a better way... is this it?

I am wondering how this compares to LogMeIn as well. I do like the ability to customize how I navigate and select items using cursor/screen movement in the LogMeIn client app.

The user interface is gorgeous. I took the plunge, even though it is a 1.0 version of a new product, and I was able to connect immediately to a computer in my home. However, I was unable to connect to a remote OS X computer, despite the password being correct and Mocha VNC being able to connect - I always get "wrong password". Furthermore, if ssh tunneling is active and login fails, the "cancel" button to return to do other stuff, or check the settings, does not work.

iTeleport and Logmein are fine. got iTeleport for 4.99 and it works great. I much prefer logmein since it works on my iphone and any web browsers im at. FTW logmein

The remote app I use on my iPhone and iPad is the FREE Teamviewer in the Apple Apps Store. I use it to connect to my Windows PC. I used it 30,000 feet in the air connected to the plane's Wi-Fi to work on some files on my home PC 1,000+ miles away. It is very easy to set up and use.
It is very COOL and very FREE.

I had the same irritation with the password being rejected. According to the support site, it says the password must be a maximum of 8 characters (mine is way more). Haven't yet tried truncating it to see if it works -- pretty lame if that is a requirement.

Unfortunately not recommended. iTerminal is better. But this got nice keyboard which iTerminal lacks completely. Try double-clicking on something in Screens, it's crazy. "Exit the cursor" - sorry, I don't think so. I did not want to buy iTeleport because of the crazy pricing, now looks like I will have to buy it anyway, plus I bought Screens... Well..

If you can get this software to work, it has a very good user screen. Unfortunately, I could not get this program to work on 10 systems. Their IT was sub par and not helpful at all. Teamviewer is at least equal and it is free. If you must buy something, check out Pocketcloud. It is half the price and much more reliable. Think twice before spending that $20. Remember, Apple and this company Edovia, will not refund your money. I know, I tried.

Consider other options. Teamview is very reliable and free. Pocketcloud does a good job for 1/2 the price. Screens is over priced and their support is poor. I was told by their support that there was nothing they could do and they recommended I get a refund from Apple. When I posted a critical review on the itune page, I started to receive harassing emails from one of the company's reps. As I said to them, if the product is that good, then it should be able to tolerate criticism.

I haven't tried Screens VNC client, but I've used a few of the other remote support services. My favourite is definitely RHUB b/c it's secure, easy to use, and it allows me to personalize it with my own branding.