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Screens VNC Gains An Observation Only Mode And Further Improvements

Screens VNC Gains An Observation Only Mode And Further Improvements

June 8, 2012
Released in February, the Screens VNC v2.0 update included iCloud and AirPlay support as well as UI changes and several other enhancements. In the v2.1 update, Edovia has made further improvements to current features, plus added an observation only mode. Like nearly any other remote desktop client, Screens VNC was always in a full control mode. While that's certainly the point of the software, some users wanted a way to simply view the remote computer display without the need to interact. So, by popular demand, Edovia has added Observe Mode. Activated via the Action menu, Observe Mode disables both keyboard and mouse input. However, an observer can still pan around the screen(s) and utilize the zoom gestures. I can't see this as the best training tool since the mode is controlled via the VNC client app, even though it would work, but Observe Mode would be helpful for checking server status, etc without the worry of initiating an unintentional command. In addition to the new client interaction mode, Screens VNC v2.1 provides:
  • Support for SSH Keys that include passphrases
  • Fixed password saving issues
  • Improved support for international keyboards
  • Improved screens management toolbar (iPad)
  • Performance improvements
  • Bug fixes
  On a related and final note, the option to customize public ports on the Screens Connect server software has been restored. The feature was removed in v2.0 due to confusion by non-tech-savvy users. Although, Edovia has received enough requests by advanced users to bring back the feature to allow Screens Connect use through non-UPnP or NAT-PMP routers. Screens VNC for iOS is a universal app compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running IOS 5.0 or later, and available in the App Store for $19.99.Screens Connect server is compatible with Mac OS 10.6.8 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1. [gallery link="file"]

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