Connect Your iPad to Your Desktop With TeamViewer HD

Although I'm loving my iPad, there are just certain things that I'd much rather do in a Windows-based environment. For example, editing this blog using the iPad is very difficult to do and I just don't have the flexibility that I have when I'm on my PC. Well, never fear, TeamViewer HD helps connect your iPad to your personal PC's desktop. For someone that has grown up in a Window environment, it makes the iPad even more productive, and gives me the ability to not worry about "do I need to find another app that helps me do what I could easily do from my home PC?"

Now TeamViewer HD is not for iPad alone... it works very much like the Real VNC program I used to use to connect to remote desktops. So the concept isn't new, just the ability to do it from the iPad is. As with all remote desktop sharing software, you are literally connecting to the desktop as though you were sitting in front of that PC. So, remember, anyone that happens to actually be in front of that PC (or Mac, or Linux) can see everything you are doing.

The touchscreen capability of the iPad is limited to the moving around of the remote mouse, so you don't get a touchscreen effect on your remote PC (and it can be a little disorienting at first because your finger movements can feel opposite that of how you normally operate the iPad. For example, when you move the mouse down (by dragging your finger), the screen will go up when you reach the bottom. There are a number of options that work with the touchscreen that make the product work well, such as the tapping of two fingers to emulate a right-click. It takes a little getting used to, but you should quickly catch on.

TeamViewer HD is free for personal use, and can range between $719 - $2,690 depending upon your licensing of the product for business purposes. I've found it very, very useful in the few days that I've played around with it. Here are a few screenshots of what the product looks like.

The Login Page

Splash Screen w/Basic Instructions

Navigating Through the Start Menu

Small Screen View w/Keyboard

Landscape View (of me catching my kids watching Justin Bieber Videos!)

A Reminder Screen That I Should Only Use This For Personal Use

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Scott Preston said...

Greg, I'm testing a product on iPad called iTap RDP which is an iPad RDP client for Windows (they have one for Mac as well). It works pretty well so far. Like the product you described, the translation between iPad gestures and the remote OS takes some adjustment and screen resolution can be challenging, but it sure can be handy.

Scott Preston said...

. . . and we all know you were the one watching Justin Bieber. Shame on you blaming your kids.

Greg Lambert said...

I'm sticking with my "kids did it" excuse!! If it were a video of The Dollyrots (who just happen to be in Houston on 8/10!!), then you could blame it on me!!

For those interested in viewing the iTap RDP (remote desktop app) that Scott's testing, here's a link to it in the iTunes store.


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