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Netopia releases Timbuktu 7 with Panther support

updated 07:15 am EST, Thu December 4, 2003

Timbuktu 7 released

Netopia has released , an update to the industry-standard remote control software application. Version 7 features support for Mac OS X 10.3 Panther, including Fast User Switching. Timbuktu Pro can now execute Apple System Profiler on a remote computer and return the results. Other new features include an enhanced screen sharing window, a new lockout option to suspend local control of the remote machine, improved log activity, support for multi-button and scroll wheel mouse commands, and an improved Internet Locator Service that adapts itself to frequently-changed IP addresses, allowing users to find users with only an email address. The full version is $80.




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    ARD

    APPLE REMOTE DESKTOP IS BETTER

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Re: ARD

    Uhm... no it isn't. What makes ARD better?

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    AppleTalk!

    The best thing Netopia could do to "upgrade" Timbuktu is to put AppleTalk access back in!

    And there's no way ARD is netter than TB2 - TB2 runs on OS9 and Windows, ARD canít come close.

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    Old hat

    Timbuktu and Apple Remote Desktop are old hat, really. Why pay for this when you can get VNC which is just as usable, supports every imaginable platform, and is free?

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    No.

    Wrong. VNC is slow, bandwidth hungry, and functionally useless on a system bigger than 640x480 with 16 colors.

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    Re: old hat

    VNC is far from "just as usable" unless you are on the same 100Mbps subnet.

    It also doesn't have any useful features such as clipboard transfer, drag and drop file transfer, address book, IP locator, ask for permission, invitations, good user account management, callbacks, etc.

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    IP Locator!

    Ha! It'd be nice if IP Locator actually worked. I've got machines across several sites on different subnets, linked via a VPN - we can never get IP Locator to work with these machines. If they hadn't taken the AppleTalk support out of the OSX version we'd be ok, because we can tunnel AT over IP and see the different zones.

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    Re: ARD

    Timbuktu allows you to observe and control Windows-based computers. It runs under both OS9 and OS X. I use it every day, find it very convenient and is a very easy method to make screen shots. I write on my Mac manuals for our internal use. It's also an easy way to send and receive files between systems. E-mail is okay for small files. Timbuktu works great with larger files.

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    You're on crack

    I use VNC to connect to my work PC from my home Mac over an ordinary broadband connection and VPN. The PC is running at 1280x1024, 16 bit color. I'm familiar with Timbuktu and ARD, and the performance of VNC is not any better or worse. Sure, it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Timbuktu, but it gets the job done.
    Having also remote-controlled OSX machines (with TB2) I'm surprised nobody pointed out what a performance issue the Aqua visual effects are. They're very pretty when displayed on the local screen, but it's very irritating to have to wait for the drop shadows to refresh when you have other things to do.
    I've been using Timbuktu products for 12 years or so, and in my experience remote-controlling a DSL-connected OSX machine over broadband is as slow as (and possibly slower than) controlling a MacOS 6 computer over a dial-up line with a 9600bps modem. Sad.

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