Looking for a free program to access your Apple desktop remotely –
be it from a Mac or a PC? LogMeIn has announced a preview release
of LogMeIn Free for Mac. The software allows you to remotely access
your Mac desktop for free from a Linux, Mac, or Windows computer.
The software also allows you to remotely access your PC desktop
from a Mac.
LogMeIn, which has long offered a free version of its
Windows-based LogMeIn Free software, says a Mac version of LogMeIn
will always be free as well. A pro version of LogMeIn for Mac is
expected this fall and will include capabilities such as file
transfer, file sync, and the ability to share you desktop with
multiple users simultaneously, the company says. No word on pricing
for the pro version of LogMeIn for Mac, however the PC version of
LogMeIn Pro runs $60 a year per PC.
For now LogMeIn Free for Mac is only compatible with Apple’s Mac
OS (10.4.9) running either a PowerPC or Intel based Mac. As the
preview continues, LogMeIn says, it will add support for older Mac
OS releases (back to 10.3).
The Mac version of LogMeIn gives Apple users another option for
remote desktop access. Currently there are more robust offerings
available – none of which are free.
Netopia’s Timbuktu Pro for Macintosh costs a one-time price of
$170 for a twin pack – good for two Apple computers. A single copy
runs $90. Apple also sells software called Apple Remote Desktop 3
(supports up to 10 Macs) for a one-time charge of $299.
Citrix’s GoToMyPC has a Universal Viewer for Mac that allows
users to access a PC from a Mac. However, the company does not
offer Mac GoToMyPC software for remote Mac desktop access – as the
LogMeIn software provides. GoToMyPC charges $270 annually for its
remote desktop service supporting two PCs.