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One of the great things about the iPad is that you can use it just about anywhere, steps or miles away from your computer. But there are those times when you need access to that computer and you're either too lazy to make your way to it or more likely, too far way to do so. But fear not. With the addition of something called a VNC, which stands for Virtual Network Computing, client on your iPad and a VNC server on your computer, you can not only access your computer remotely, but you can control it as well. Now let's take a look. There are a variety of VNC apps with the iPad.
I am going to show you one that's fairly popular called LogMeIn Ignition. Priced as I record this at $30, this app will let you log in to and control any computer on which you've installed the LogMeIn server. The way to get started, go to your web browser, go to LogMeIn, which is logmein.com, and you simply create an account. I've already done that. So what happens at this point is after I've created that, I will be sent an email verification. We will go over to mail, and here's my verification email.
I will click on the link to verify the account. That launches my default web browser. In this case, we've got Firefox set up, and my account is verified. So I'm ready to go to. So I will go ahead and log in. Now I am logged in, and it shows me the computers that I can control, and this is the Mac that we are currently using in the studio. Now let's go to my iPad. On your iPad, the first thing you want to do is of course launch the LogMeIn app.
We will find it through search. There it is. And tap LogMeIn. In the next screen, there is the computer that we are going to control. So I tap on that. You see two important options on the screen. The first one is for being able to see the screen on the computer and the other one is access to the files. We will start with the first one by tapping on the control icon.
We will now be asked to log in to that computer using the computer's administrator's password and username. And I tap Log In. A few hints show up. Take a look at them so you know how to operate this thing and then tap Continue to Computer. Now that I've tapped that button I can see my computer's desktop. To zoom in, all I have to do is stretch my fingers and I can move around then just by dragging. And to shrink down, pinch, and you return.
That blue object on the screen represents the virtual mouse. To single-click on something, I just tap once on the iPad's display. So, for example, if I want to look at their About Us page and then Company, single-click and that opens my link. So let's quit out of the browser. I will just drag the mouse up to the Firefox menu. Click once. Drag down, just like I am using a mouse and choose Quit Firefox, and here I am on my desktop.
I can also use that mouse to double-click something. So I will drag the mouse over here to this drive, double-tap on the screen, and it's just like a double-click. Take the mouse, move it over here and close the window just by clicking once. So now let's do something useful. Let's go to the Spotlight menu, tap once to open it, tap the keyboard button, and I'll enter some text and tap Return.
Make the keyboard disappear. What I've done is I've now opened text edit and I've created a new document. Again, I can produce the keyboard and type some text. Again, this is all happening remotely on the other computer. Now if I want to save this, I can tap Command+S, and here comes the Save dialog box.
Use the keyboard again to enter a name and tap on Save. Now I have a document on my desktop. Let's go back to Spotlight, click, and I will search for Mail, and Return. Sure enough, the Mail app opens.
At this point, I can create a new mail message. I will do a double-tap and hold, and then I can drag the document into my new email message. At that point, I just have to address the email message and I can set it. So what good is this? Let's suppose you're one side of the country and you've left something on your computer on the other side of the country. One way to get it to you is to go and remotely control your computer, find the document you want, put it into an email message, and then mail it to yourself, and then on your iPad pick up that message and its attachment, and you're set.
Let me show you one more thing. Let's tap the X at the bottom of the screen, and we will end this session. When you do, you return to the My Computers window. Now tap the File Manager icon, and that's one that looks like a couple of documents. Again, you're going to be asked for your administrator's name and password. Enter that and tap Log In. What you see now is the file structure of your computer. Just navigate to a file that you want to open, select it, and tap open. As promised, the file, if it can be opened on your iPad, opens.
Tap the file and you see the Share menu, and then you can decide what you want to do with that. So, for example, here we are in Users folder. I will open that by tapping Open. Here's my name. Open that. Let's go the desktop. Tap Open and here is the file that I just created on the desktop. I tap Open again and I can see my document.
Now, I will tap on the screen, tap the Share menu, and then I see the options I have in my iPad. For example, open in GoodReader, Open In-- let's tap that to see what I can open it in. I can open it in GoodReader or DocsToGo. In this case, let's open in GoodReader. I tap that. GoodReader switches around, and sure enough, there is my document. We will go back to LogMeIn and tap Done.
When you do that you see that you have the option to save the file if you want. I will go ahead and save the file. Now it's saved to my iPad. So this is one other way, instead of going through the rigmarole of emailing yourself a document, that you can download it directly and then open it in the application of choice on your iPad. Of course, there are going to be some files that you can't open, or they're too large to fit practically on your iPad, but barring such circumstances, this gives you a pretty good idea of how powerful a good VNC client can be.
With such a thing, you need never mistakenly leave a file at home again.
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