Review: Apple Remote Desktop 3

“When Apple released Remote Desktop 2, I for one hoped they would finally add basic functionality like the capability to drag files from and to your desktop to and from a client machine. They didn’t. Instead, you had to follow a rather cumbersome methodology to copy files from a client to your console system. Version 3 of Remote Desktop fixes that, and a lot more. The new version also adds a number of impressive features,” IT Enquirer reports. “Apple still positions Remote Desktop as a management tool for educational and lab users, but the capabilities and features have been expanded and will now appeal to a much larger audience of administrators. Let’s just say that Remote Desktop 3 will appeal to all types of Mac users who deal with networks of Macs, and with mixed networks of Macs and PCs.

“The first new feature that got my attention is Remote Desktop 3’s Spotlight feature. This will obviously only work with Tiger systems, and this alone would justify an upgrade, because it is incredibly powerful,” IT Enquirer reports. “Remote Desktop 3 has become much more flexible and powerful in other areas as well. Take for example, the Control window. You can control a Remote Desktop 3 client just as you’ve always been able to. But there are a number of features added to that window. It all starts with three additional icons…”

Full review here.

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Related article:
Apple introduces Apple Remote Desktop 3; now optimized for Intel-based Macs – April 11, 2006


  1. First post? Maybe?

    Apple Remote Desktop works best under a Ethernet connection. It’s all the graphics rendering and having to be sent to the main Mac, you need a fast interface.

    There is those fiber channel or zero latency PCI cards that was used to make supercomputers of Mac, this is best interface, but pricy.

    Before you ask, remote controling Mac’s is just like dual processor machines, you can’t combine processing power to get a faster machine, you mostly can just run more than one program at once.

  2. I don’t know about vs. Microsoft’s remote desktop, but it’s MUCH faster than VNC. I get 3-4 screen refreshes from my mac than I get from my PC with VNC server on it.

  3. Remote Desktop is sure nice for managing xServes and other machines – I also find it often more convenient than using my DVI KVM between my G5 (production) and G4 (rendering) machines.

    I never needed the file sharing as I have afp mounted volumes for that. And Spotlight (for me) seems more of a ‘nice to have’ than must have, though I can recall situations where I surely wanted to copy & paste between clients.

  4. Yes – it is capable of controlling macs over the internet. As long as the relevant ports are open at both end and the IP address is known (preferrably static) it works as if they were on the same local net. I use it with great success.

  5. Object X,

    I own the new version, and it is much, much faster in my opinion.

    I have posted about this fact on other boards, and I can’t believe Apple hasn’t mentioned it.

    Overall, I think this new update is WELL worth the money. The new features are fantastic, and the speed saves me a ton of time…

  6. Not a bad review but they are way off base on their view of the new widget. Imagine being a teacher in a Mac lab with 20 computers and being able to have 20 copies of the ARD widget running on your Dashboard. You can work, keeping you desktop uncluttered but still check-up on you students with just a touch of a key or hitting a hot-corner with your pointer.

  7. I actually had an on-site meeting with Apple for new servers/XSans and asked about upgrade pricing…

    They explained, and I believe what they said.
    If Apple were to create upgrade programs for software, they would have to create a new division and part numbers and staff etc. to cover the whole program. What would that do?
    Instead of ARD being $499 unlimited, it would be $799 (making those number up to prove a point) and then the upgrade price would be $599.

    It adds overhead, and would only make the price go UP.
    I figure this is a reasonable story. I also figure ARD is a bargain.

    So, I have three copies on order for work!


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