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Major Change in Screen Sharing Application Controls

Apple slipped in a mickey in the Mac OS X 10.5.5 update. In the Screen Sharing application—as noted on page 35 in the book—you could use Rob Griffiths advice in Macworld to add buttons to the application’s toolbar for various extra features, including controlling bit depth (number of colors). Apple has disabled this hack and removed the buttons.

Rob points out at Macworld on 16-Sept-2008 that to get these options back you would have to pay $300 to get a five-user bundle of Apple Remote Desktop 3. This seems awfully churlish of Apple. There’s no way to obtain a single-user copy at lower cost, either. The Screen Sharing program is still useful without these extra controls, but substantially less convenient.

[The extra features remain disabled in 10.6 Snow Leopard.]

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