So, VNC and iPad...some VNC advice please

Discussion in 'iPad' started by enigma2118, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. enigma2118 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2006
    Hello there, I have been reading some other posts on this subject matter. What I am wondering is what other people's VNC experience has been.

    I wouldn't expect this to be very good at video streaming. But I'm more interested in how it interacts with applications.

    Why I ask: I like my current iMac. Powerful for everything I do. I would love the ability to have that computing power at other places rather than sitting at the desk. While a Macbook Pro is the obvious perfect answer, it's also twice as expen$ive.

    What I'd be looking to do: I would like to be able to run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Rapidweaver.

    I'd also love for the iPad to be something I can plug my midi keyboard into (but I'm not talking about VNCing to Garageband here, Garageband alone, with intense virtual instuments, bogs down the iMac as it is. Just hoping for something in the works)

    Have other people tried the Photoshop etc programs. How well/fast is VNC? My memory of VNC type programs, there would always be a mouse pointer lag, ghosting of the screen image, etc.

    Thanks for the input. (As you can guess I am trying to decide on Macbook Pro and iPad. $500 is much more in my budget, but all I'm hoping is that I can still run some software off the iMac without being annoyed by some killer lag over VNC.)
  2. albeik macrumors regular


    Jul 1, 2003
    Marlborough, MA, USA
    I have Jaadu VNC on my iPhone. With the iPad I can get a larger real-estate to control my MacPro from the living room as I stream stuff over to the TV.

    I have used the VNC application to control iTunes or check anything on my MacPro (that is in my office). I have never used it for Photoshop or anything -I think the quality won't be that good (we are talking 1024x786) on the iPad -- a lot of zooming in/out.
  3. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    Even if there were a dedicated Photoshop client on the iPad I don't think I'd want to do serious work like that on this form-factor. Over VNC I just don't think you will have the fine pinpoint precision with a finger as you would with the mouse.

    Photoshop is also damn near un-useable on my netbook.
  4. MikeyTree macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2007
    I expect that some company will create a Wacom-style stylus with pressure sensitivity that's usable on the iPad. The thing is practically crying out to be used as a digital sketchpad.
  5. lordhamster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2008
    Good point. Should be fairly cheap to implement as well. Tracking position on the screen is already handled by the device, so all the stylus would need is some sort of pressure sensor feeding into the software via the 30pin
  6. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    have you searched for VNC programs for the ipods/iphones? if there are none, hopefully some will come around.

    in the mean time - use it will work with the iPad as is anyway, quite slow as expected but it works! (and its free)
  7. AlaskaDave macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2010
  8. Errk! macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2006
    I'm using it and it works pretty well. Even more so since they released a desktop client so you don't have to fool around with Windows VNC settings, which are a nightmare.

    I don't do anything super intensive like stream video or try to run software (more because the 2 PCs themselves are pretty slow) though.

    I think my biggest complaint would have to be that the PC seems to lose its connection through the aforementioned VNC program, but I would imagine if you don't use that program it would be fine and isn't really a problem with the app itself.
  9. Aduntu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2010
    I use Desktop Connect and I'm very happy with it. However, using it for any substantial amount of time sucks. It's tiresome and leaves a lot to be desired. It can be sluggish (depending on your network) and that gets old real quick. I use it as a tool when I want to check the status of something on my iMac in the other room, and when I'm out and about and need to check something briefly on my home computer. Otherwise, don't count on it being a replacement for sitting at your computer.
  10. ibosie macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Using VNC on a touch device to control software designed for the mouse is extremely laborious - that is essentially my experience using iTeleport and Mocha VNC on the iPad. Precision is almost impossible for all but the simplest of tasks. If you just want to tinker, fine but otherwise get yourself a laptop for portability - MobileMe and Time Capsule can be very useful if you want to access files without having to leave the computer on at home.
  11. jtara macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2009
    Agree with the poster above. Apps made for a mouse and keyboard aren't going to work well on a touch-screen device. It's fine for emergencies, or for running SIMPLE non-graphic desktop applications that don't require a lot of mousing but that's about it.

    Using iPad to run desktop graphics apps - photo editing, vector drawing, etc. is going to be nearly impossible.

    As far as VNC goes, bear in mind that it's an awfully crude, bandwidth-intensive way of getting a remote desktop. It's sending pixels. Compressed pixels, but still pixels. The protocol used is called RFB, or Remote Frame Buffer, and that should give you a clue. It works around the idea that they pixels are there, we want to display them here. That's horribly inefficient, vs. tapping-in at a lower level in the OS's drawing code (which some other solutions do).

    Better to find a streamlined platform-specific and/or proprietary solution that can send characters and sometimes vectors, avoiding pixels unless absolutely necessary. For Windows, RDC is probably a better choice. I've had good luck with Netop Remote Control.

    Note that NetOp also has software for classroom use (one desktop, many remotes). Not sure what their iPad plans are if any.

    Finally, there is the problem of desktop size. Unless you are willing to change the size of your desktop screen (which is not a good idea if it will not match the resolution of the display) you're going to be scrolling-around on a larger desktop.

    There are a couple of ways around this: if your desktop is Linux, you can run a X server on your iPad (iSSH will do this) and direct programs to that X server. You could even start a separate window manager session (KDE, Gnome, etc.) on the iPad, and that session would have the iPad's screen size. (I haven't figured out how to do this with Kubuntu yet...)
  12. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    i agree. ive been using Mocha too but i think its usable for me. i only wish that you could right click! grr

    its reasonably fast for me using 8-bit colours over internet with 100KB/s uploads.
  13. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Desktop connect is a winner

    I have been using this on my iPad to connect to my windows pc's and it works with vnc and rdc in windows. It is a little sluggish at times but it gets the job done.

    I have been using it to view my marvel digital comics unlimited on my iPad and it works great.

  14. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    hey aussie. how are ya man?

    ive been considering forking out for that program. bit expensive, Mocha VNC has so far been doing its job for me. what res screen do you remote into? my i7 is pretty massive, how well does it scale?? any cool features that no other programs have?
  15. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    I have used LogmeIn for several months now, and it works great. The price is high, but it works really good. the new updates allow you to transfer files between the iPad and the Remote Computer. I do strongly recommend it.

    I've been looking into Antecea Inc. products and these seem to be really good. Specially EZShare Pro, and the one mentioned above.

    I do need a product that would connect without problems to both MAC and Windows without requiring additional software to be installed on the remote computer, both for remote control and file access.
  16. brianm801 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Herriman, UT
    I use my iPad to remote into our server farm (mostly Windows and Linux servers). I ended up with Wyse PocketCloud.... IMHO it has the best mouse control of all the VNC/RDP apps.

  17. shandyman Suspended

    Apr 24, 2010
    Dublin, Ireland
    I've been using Mocha RDP since it came out on iPad 1, it's brill and cheap!
  18. asrai macrumors member

    May 11, 2005
    Just doing some research on this topic and man what an Ad Whore you are! Do YOU even know how many forums you posted this exact same post. I was going to give VNC PO a look, but after seeing how you 'promote' the product, no thanks.
  19. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    I'm a really avid user of VNC and Citrix. I use several VNC applications to get the job done since I have to connect to multiple servers, client laptops, and be able to do most of my work from virtually anywhere. My current suite of VNC includes Apple's Remote, HippoRemote, iTeleport, LogMeIn Ignition, and RDP.

    Apple's remote is good for iTunes. If you just need to control iTunes, it's lightweight and will display all the necessary info

    HippoRemote is one of the most complete remote applications on the market IMO. Yes, you have to be in front of the screen to see what's going on but it's a WiFi remote application that tunnels to either Screen Share or to it's own VNC server. It handles multitouch controls and has custom templates built-in for multiple applications on Mac and Windows. it's also wicked fast and very responsive.

    iTeleport is my quick yet fully featured VNC application that can log in via Gmail account. It's fast enough so I can get work done over 3G and not miss a beat. The interface is pretty simple and it's also capable of Bonjour.

    LogMeIn Ignition is just flat out awesome if you have to go cross-platform. It's ridiculously easy to set up and I've had a great deal of success accessing different systems even across VPNs. It's slightly slower than iTeleport but it's also one of the most sophisticated VNCs on the market for iPad right now. I even have access to file control over the air which helps a lot.

    Lastly, if RDP is the only access protocol for Windows Servers that I have to access, then RDP for iOS is a very basic but fast solution for RDP. I'm not a huge fan of RDP since it's been kinda buggy for me in the past.
  20. fattire357 macrumors regular

    May 18, 2011
    I think it's just that we expect to find people's comments here. It would be like looking at reviews and finding manufacturing info there. Not to say that a little shameless promotion is shunned (board rules permitting) but generally there are limits since this isn't where it belongs.

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