I used LogMeIn a lot in the past, in my Windows days, specifically to support my parents and a few other people that I helped out from time to time. As my father is coming over this weekend to pick up his PowerBook and learn how to use it I was really pleased when I saw that there was a free preview of LogMeIn for Mac available. I have being using it for some time now and I am impressed (and somewhat relieved as this is going to be a great way to help my father as he gets to know his PowerBook).
I have set up an account and downloaded the software to all the Macs, including his, so that I can log into and ‘take control’ of any of the Macs from any one of the Macs – make sense? Basically from any Mac you log in through a browser to your account, where you can add any of ‘your’ Macs. This works great if you just want to remotely control the Mac, which to be honest is basically all I want to do. There is a Safari plug in, but I don’t use Safari so wasn’t that interested in that. There are also more advances support options which look great, but again are a little more than I actually require.
I did try and stream a movie across from my Mac mini to the iMac via LogeMeIn and while it worked technically it wasn’t at all watch-able. For what I want to do LogMeIn remains a simple and effective solution. I am really pleased that they have brought it out for the Mac.
LogMeIn Free for Mac (Preview)
If you’re a Mac user and you want to access your computers remotely, then this Preview of LogMeIn Free provides a glimpse of what’s in store. Free and easy remote control that “just works” – combined with the standard LogMeIn bullet-proof security.
LogMeIn enables you to connect to your Mac computers from anywhere in the world; from any other Internet-enabled Mac, Windows PC or hand-held device. The remote control feature in LogMeIn Free means you can view and control your Mac desktop and applications just as if you were sitting at the computer. Just like LogMeIn Free for the PC, Mac users can add an unlimited number of their computers for free.
To connect from a Mac and remote control another computer, you can also download a Safari plugin for an optimal remote control experience. You can adjust the settings of the remote control to best suit your needs. For example, matching the screen resolution of the two computers and switching to full screen enhances the feeling that there is really only one computer, not two.
If you use LogmeIn I would like to hear what you think of it.