Apple debuts Remote Desktop 3

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 11 2006 @ 17:35 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Apple today announced Apple Remote Desktop 3, the third generation of Apple’s award-winning desktop management software. Building on Mac OS X version 10.4 “Tiger” innovations such as Spotlight, Dashboard and Automator, Apple Remote Desktop 3 is a Universal application optimized to take advantage of the power of Intel-based Macs with more than 50 new features that deliver improvements in software distribution, asset management and remote assistance.

Apple Remote Desktop 3 offers a wide range of high performance desktop management features including lightning-fast Spotlight searches across multiple Tiger systems; over 30 Automator actions for easily automating repetitive system administration tasks; a Dashboard Widget that provides quick and convenient observation of remote systems; and AutoInstall for installing software automatically on mobile systems when they return online.

Other new features in Apple Remote Desktop 3 include:
  • System Status Indicators that let administrators quickly check the overall health of multiple systems at a glance;
  • Power Copy files up to 11 times faster than with Apple Remote Desktop 2;
  • Remote Drag and Drop files and folders between local and remote computers;
  • Remote Copy and Paste for simple transfer of text and images between local and remote computers;
  • Persistent Task History and Task Templates to make it easy to save and replicate repetitive tasks;
  • Curtain Mode to hide the desktop of a system while it is being controlled remotely;
  • Application Usage and User History Reports to track software compliance and monitor the use of unauthorized applications;
  • Smart Computer Lists for dynamically managing systems based on specified criteria; and
  • AES 128-bit encryption for secure communications between Apple Remote Desktop 3 and clients.
  • Apple Remote Desktop 3 is available immediately for $299 (US) for managing up to 10 systems and $499 (US) for managing an unlimited number of systems.


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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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