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LogMeIn Ignition links iPhones/iPods with desktops

updated 11:45 am EDT, Tue October 28, 2008

LogMeIn Ignition beta

Developer LogMeIn says it has launched a beta program for Ignition, remote access software for iPhones and iPod touches. The app lets users connect to computers running one of LogMeIn's related programs, including Free, Pro or IT Reach, whether for Mac or Windows. On launching Ignition users are presented with a list of computers to connect with; once connected, users assume complete control of the desktop, with touchscreen controls substituting for a mouse and keyboard. Zoom and scroll controls are present to compensate for the small display of an Apple handheld.

Saved login information is kept under guard, and users can also toggle settings such as screen resolution, and whether or not the remote display and keyboard remain active. The Ignition beta is not open to the general public; instead, people must apply for a position in the beta through the company's website. A commercial version is expected at the App Store "this holiday season."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Serenak

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can already do this

    This beta may be of an improved and optimised for iPhone version but I have managed this feat ever since I got my iPhone using mobile Safari and the standard LogMeIn account ... (ok some of it is a bit clunky - but it works)

    I will look forward to a specially developed iPhone version... but anyone interested can try this out right now.

  1. Cleverboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You CAN'T already do this

    I'll try not to flip out, but I hate it when someone shows something great, and someone else comes along with a stale, crusty nasty version of the great thing and says, "hey, I can't already do this!" The implication is "so, this isn't that great or cool". Ever since the iPhone was released, there was WebVNC. It screengrabs the client machine and transferrs clicks on an imagemap. Logmein offers an "imagemap" VNC flavor that works in mobile Safari. --Far COOLER, was when the iPhone was jailbroken and received its first REAL VNC client. REAL TIME screen mirroring and control (not garbagey WebVNC static screenshots that update once every 3-5 seconds or more). Even better when the AppStore Mocha VNC was released. Very elegant tool with pinching, dragging, and multiple keyboards.

    --But, the web routing is a pain in the a**, if you're going through firewalls and routers. Enter LogMeIn Ignition... Now, finally... a native VNC-type client that directly works with LogMeIn's ability to tunnel through FireWalls and access computers inside a network. Currently I've been working with Mocha VNC and using a DynDNS service to get back to my Mac @ home and its been murder (and somewhat unreliable).

    With a decent LogMeIn client, that's no longer necessary (just tap into it and go)! I've been waiting for this! Though not my most pressing usage... one NICE usage is giving my mother "tech support". With the iPhone 3G and LogMeIn Ignition... I can "watch" what she's doing on her screen in "REAL TIME" and talk to her at the same time and tell her how do do what she needs to do (based on what she's actually doing and seeing). Simply awesome.

  1. techoftheday

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another good tool

    Sounds cool, but any idea of how much the Ignition will cost? I know LogMeIn is great at jacking up prices. I was a long-time user of LogMeIn Rescue, but it's a bit too pricey to connect to my clients remotely here and there. I've recently switched over to a service called Techinline Remote Desktop ( which is not as fully-featured, but is more than enough for straightforward remote access and screen sharing, and is a fraction of what I used to pay

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