Early in December I blogged about Evan Schoenberg’s Rowmote the ultimate iPhone/Mac remote control. Well Evan’s been busy developing Rowmote, and has come up with this new fantastic feature. Rowmote’s latest update (2.4) includes this on phone dock. Which mirrors the applications on your Mac’s Dock, highlighting the dock application on your iPhone either activates the app or launches it if it’s not already running.

But why not just use a hardware remote I hear you say! Rowmote is so much more then just a normal remote control. Rowmote has the ability to take full control of your mouse curser, keyboard and trackpad. Meaning (with good eye sight, or a big enough monitor) you can use your mac from miles away!
Not only does it support remote controlling Mac OS X – but also the fantastic Apple TV. (which is next on my planned investments list)
As for support for this app, I had issues trying to get it to work with my Mac at first. It turned out my VPN Connection Software’s (Checkpoint SecureClient) firewall was blocking Rowmote’s traffic. A quick email to Rowmote’s support email address and Evan was straight on the case! 
I really can’t promote this app enough! I have both hardware remote and magic mouse, but still find myself using Rowmote to control my Mac!
There are two versions available in the App Store:


Rowmote Standard:($0.99/£0.59)
Rewmote Pro:($4.99/£2.99)



LogMeIn Pro
The experts behind remote computer connections have recently released access to their beta release of LogMeIn Pro². The beta aires some very useful features for remote Mac users.
  • Transfer and share files between computers
  • Print from your remote mac to local printers
  • Share your Mac desktop with another remote user

LogMeIn is a web based remote access system which connects to machines with the LogMeIn remote client installed on them. The remote access client has a tiny over head and runs in the background on your Mac with a small icon sitting on your toolbar. 

Once installed you can access your Mac from the secure LogMeIn website, which gives you a simple easy to use interface:
The interface makes the LogMeIn system so easy you don’t have to be ‘tech savvy’ to be able to work with it.
Not only can you remotely access your Mac as if you are sat in front of it, but you can also access it’s file system. Making your files accessible from anywhere with an internet connection without taking chances with third-party hosted services. 
Not only is LogMeIn ideal for remote workers and accessing that forgotten file whilst away from your desk, but also works well for providing remote support to customers and family members. Due to the unique way LogMeIn works 99% of the time no work is required to hardware firewalls, enabling an almost instant set up and configuration which is possible by anyone. 
LogMeIn have released plugin’s which support the majority of browsers available for download. Including Safari! 
To get your free trial of LogMeIn click here to download the Mac client now!
LogMeIn offer a large collection of solutions, including:
  1. LogMeIn Rescue – Web-based remote support without pre-installed software for PCs, Macs and Smartphones
  2. LogMeIn Central – Web-based management that helps deliver and administer LogMeIn’s remote access, computer management and VPN connectivity services.
  3. LogMeIn Pro² – Web-based anytime, anywhere access to your computer’s files and applications.
  4. LogMeIn Backup – Remote backup to your own storage devices, without relying on third-party or external storage services.
  5. LogMeIn Hamachi – a hosted VPN service that securely connects devices and networks.
  6. LogMeIn Free – gives you remote control of your PC or Mac from any other computer with an Internet connection.
  7. LogMeIn Ignition - gives you direct, one-click access to all your LogMeIn computers; no need to use a browser or remember multiple passwords.
  8. LogMeIn Ignition** – for iPhone and iPod touch provides fast, one-click access to your LogMeIn computers, directly from your Apple device.
If you are don’t know which product would suit you best you can use the LogMeIn product assistant, alternatively contact the LogMeIn Sales department.
Also – check out my previous blog entry for LogMeIn Ignition
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I have to admit, one of the most used features of my Windows 7 PC at the office is the drag to hot zones feature. Where by moving an applications window to a predefined area of the screen performs a specific action. For example, dragging the window to the top of the screen maximises it.

After using this feature for several weeks, I found my self dragging windows around on my MacBook Pro expecting them to do the same thing! Well until now that wasn’t possible!
Irradiated Software have released a toolbar utility called Cinch, this does for Mac what 7 does for Windows. Cinch works with almost any Mac based application. 
Cinch comes in two different versions – the free one with ‘nag screens’, and a pro one for just $7.
You can download them from Irradiated Software’s site (free ~ paid)
Alternatively If you prefer a keyboard-centric approach to window management, you might also take a look at SizeUp or TwoUp. Use Cinch together with either SizeUp or TwoUp to cover both your mouse and keyboard needs.



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