Screens for iOS review

The idea of a VNC client on a touchscreen device can seem daunting. Tapping, after all, is not the same as clicking with a mouse. But Screens for iOS offers some unique features that make connecting to and controlling remote computers from an iOS device almost painless.

Screens can connect to any computer with a VNC server running. What sets Screens apart from other VNC apps is its ease of use. The app offers a number of useful tools and shortcuts and also has a specialised keyboard with shortcuts for Spotlight, text selection, Command, Control, Option, and a full complement of function keys.

Screens pays no attention to where the cursor is on the remote screen, but instead responds to where you’re tapping. A pinch gesture zooms the screen, while a swipe moves you from one side of the screen to the other.

Screens is a universal app that will run on any iOS device. We only have one complaint about using Screens with a Mac. If you’re running Lion and there are full-screen apps running, there’s no swipe available that will reveal the menu bar and allow you to exit full-screen mode. You can work around this, but a simple swipe would be a beneficial addition.

Useful tools and shortcuts make Screens an effective way of controlling your computer from an iPhone or iPad

OUR VERDICT

Screens makes the task of managing remote computers via your iOS device a simple pleasure. If quick access to remote computers is your stock in trade, we promise you’ll also find Screens to be an indispensable tool.

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