New Remote Desktop Solution from DEVONtechnologies

November 9, 2006

DEVONtechnologies, LLC takes over distribution of the remote desktop solution Desktop Transporter and presents the completely overhauled version 2.0.

Desktop Transporter is a remote desktop solution that allows users to use other Macs on either the local network or the Internet without physically accessing them. Like the much more expensive Apple Remote Desktop, Desktop Transporter shows the screen of the remote Mac either in a window or in full screen and allows the user to interact with the other computer as if it was the local one.

Version 2.0, which is, of course, available as a Universal Binary for both Intel and PowerPC based Macs, is a major update to the previously available version 1.4. A new menu extra makes it possible to access remote Macs without launching the main Desktop Transporter application, while a background helper application takes care of sharing desktops even when the menu extra and main application are not running.

Using Bonjour, the presence of a shared Mac on the local network is made known, making it unecessary to pass IP addresses around. In addition, Desktop Transporter ‘survives’ Fast User Switching. A shared desktop remains shared even if the user switches to another user account. This can, for example, be used to use multiple accounts on the same machine without actually switching back and forth between them.

Other features of Desktop Transporter include: Clipboard synchronization for text and graphics in both directions, hardware acceleration, and support for non-English keyboards. The latter is one of the main drawbacks of free solutions such as VNC when used outside English-speaking countries.

Desktop Transporter 2.0 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 later and a fast LAN connection is strongly recommended. It is immediately available as a free download from It must be purchased after the evaluation period of four weeks is over. Desktop Transporter sells for US$ 29.95 in DEVONtechnologies’ online shop. Students and educators discounts are available.


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