Screens by Edovia is my favorite VNC client for iOS and Mac, because the developers and designers care about what I care about - a great, focused user experience. And now they've brought that sensibility - and their kickass VNC apps - to iOS 7 with Screens 3.
It looks like you'd expect it to look. Clear. Deferential. With just the right touch of translucent depth. If you've used Screens before, everything is just where you left it. If you haven't, everything is just where you'd expect it to be. In addition to the new design, it's got better keyboard support for Screens Connect users, as well as enhanced gesture support.
I've been using it for a few weeks, since the beta, and it's performed spectacularly. It's so fast on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, I can't imagine how it will feel on the iPhone 5s. But I want to try. Like now.
Screens 3 is a new app, which means if you previously bought Screens 2, you can keep using it, but you won't get the new design or features now or in the future. I bought it without hesitation because, frankly, it's less expensive than the a family dinner at KFC, I use it every day, and I want to support the developer so I'll get Screens 4. I expect my boss to pay me when I work, so I'm happy to pay developers and designers when they work.
Having watched screens go from stately wood in version one to elegant gray in version two to futuristic layers in version three, yet stay true to its purpose and experience has been amazing.
Congrats to Edovia, thanks for the hard work, and if you're looking for a great iOS 7-style, Apple-style VNC client for your iPhone and iPad, go get it now.
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I was early adopter of Screens VNC when it first came out. Possibly the most unstable app I have ever used. It would crash so much mostly when I would disconnect from host. I finally gave up on it and started using Jump Desktop. So stable and it get the job done. I really hope this version is better this time around but really we will see. Personally I wont be buying this one. My recommendation as a heavy user is Jump Desktop and its iOS7 Ready. (No affiliation to either company just power user of VNC apps.)
I have to agree with websyndicate. Jump Desktop is the way to go, I use it everyday.
I haven't had Screens so much as crash once since it first launched. What are you people doing to your devices?
I love KFC
I work in a mixed-platform environment. For the same amount of money, you can get Remotix, which does VNC and RDP. It's not as pretty, but it matches Screen's functionality almost feature-for-feature. Its touch interface is just as usable, and though I would like Screen's customizable toolbar, I'm not spending another $20 just for a new coat of paint. Apple really needs to figure out upgrade pricing on the App Stores.
I'm sorry, I have to disagree with the article and agree with my fellow commenters. While Screens might indeed look very nice, it is crashing 8 out of 10 times for me. Releasing a new version just for a new look also means that all customers having bought the old version will never ever see a bugfix update again. But the worst is the support staff - probably the most unfriendly conversation I've ever had. I'm not going to spend another cent to a company who treats their customers so bad, esp. when they are charging such high prices (compared to other apps).
I think the problem is that you say that Screen is the best VNC client without supporting that statement. I enjoy iMore and the majority of it's articles, but I can't take it seriously if articles claims with nothing to back them up. I highly recommend updating with article with the features of Screens that led you to think that it is the best, and how it compares against other popular VNC clients.
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