Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Interesting Apps Episode 2 - TeamViewer

There's only so much a iPad can do. But there's always a way to make it do more...

Enter TeamViewer

"TeamViewer - the All-In-One Solution for
Remote Access and Support over the Internet
TeamViewer connects to any PC or server around the world within a few seconds. You can remote control your partner's PC as if you were sitting right in front of it."

It's like having my home computer wherever I go! I could seriously do commercial for this app!

All you need is a Internet connection for your home computer as well as the free software installed on both your computer and your iPad, iPod, or iPhone. You are given a unique ID number and password and using this you can connect to your home computer from your iDevice no matter where you are, (as long as you can get on the internet.)

You're then able to control your computer just like if you were right in front of it. This includes all keyboard controls, as well as full mouse functions. Slow connection speeds affect the picture quality but under normal circumstances your desktop is displayed exactly as it would be from your home monitor.

Now why do I use this program? Four big reasons...

1. Quick photo editing on the go. - sure there are tons of photo apps for the iDevices, but nothing beats the processing power of a home computer. Especially when your home computer is a Mac :). I can send and open pics in aperture or Adobe, do some touchups and upload them or send them right back to my iDevice.
I recently did this while out of town and it was a lifesaver. I also can access by backup drives and access older albums that I don't keep on me.

2. Flash enabled Facebook games. (Cafe World, Mafia Wars, Treasure Isle, etc.) -
DON'T JUDGE ME! Lol I'm not gonna take my lunch break to go all the way home just to take my Strawberry Cheesecake off the stove before it spoils.

3. Remote Assistance. - Here's the scenario: a friend calls me because they are having problems with their PC. They download Teamviewer, I log in, problem fixed, and it's back to business.

4. Website maintenance. - because I gotta maintain my websites. Yep... That's about it.

Final verdict? Buy now... HOLD IT!!!!!! *Phoenix Wright impersonation*

This app is Free, for personal use only. Rather than explain the many ways, just believe me when I say there are many practical ways to use such a program in a commercial sense. That being said this app is also directed to businesses with a price tag of 99 dollars for the iPhone/iPod version or 139 dollars for the iPad version.

Wow! Talk about enforcing the honor system. Both versions are identical, (from what I hear. Sorry my wallet has a 5 dollar cutoff when it comes to apps.) When you install the program on your computer it will ask you via "Terms and Conditions" if you are using it for private or commercial purposes and you are reminded to "Play Fair" after each session but it just makes me wonder how many sales they get at that price tag?

Anyway, the FREE version is well worth a download, even if you just want to get a few kicks making your wife think the PC has a mind of it's own while you laugh to yourself in the other room (not that I've done anything like that, just say'n. Lol)

See ya next blog...

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