updated 01:55 pm EDT, Wed August 31, 2005
Timbuktu Pro 8.5
Netopia today released version 8.5 of its for Mac OS X. Simple setup, an intuitive user-friendly interface, and multiple security options provide a viable solution for remote access to Macintosh desktops. New features of the upgrade (free for 8.x users) include full file access privileges assignable on a user-by-user basis; help desk mode which disables outgoing Timbuktu connections for connect-only access by administrators; enhanced security settings with the option to disable Timbuktu's TCP/IP responder, Bonjour responder, and limit incoming connections to SSH-secured avenues only; expanded desktop sharing with support for viewing multiple monitors simultaneously; remote keyboard and screen blanking with keyboard locking on a user-by-user basis; and more. Timbuktu Pro 8.5 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or later, the twin-pack bundle (a minimum of two licenses are required for functionality) is available for $160.
Other features include improved remote screen and mouse control; faster high-speed connection performance; stream encryption and compression using SSH (Secure Shell); system authentication; reverse connection support to ease file transfers when working behind NAT routers or firewalls; push installation for Timbuktu Pro that supports automatic updates on connect with remote configuration options; Rendezvous integration, "ask for" and "exchange" permission enhancements to add additional layers of access control and to preserve Mac OS X user profile file-system access privileges.