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Take Control of Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard
Feb 04, 2010

Take Control of Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard

Don’t buy this ebook! Seriously… you want the Lion edition, even if you are still using Snow Leopard.

This book has been replaced by Take Control of Screen Sharing in Lion. The new edition still has plenty of Snow Leopard details, and it has more current info about Skype, MobileMe, iCloud, and iOS apps.

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What's New in This Edition

This Snow Leopard edition has several significant changes beyond updating text to reflect new names and updating images to show new interface displays. The major changes are:



  • Options for Screen Sharing is revised and reorganized to make it easier for you to match your situation to your best screen sharing option.
  • iChat Theater lets you push live video of you to a remote party or audience alongside documents, including photos via iPhoto, presentations via Keynote, PDFs, and other formats. Apple substantially enhanced iChat Theater in Snow Leopard, and I’ve revised the topic Use iChat Theater to discuss new and changed aspects of this increasingly useful feature.
  • Skype’s new Screen Sharing (added in mid-2009) is thoroughly discussed as a terrific alternative for remote screen sharing, where one party lets another see (but not control) a screen. The service is free, as is Skype’s software. See Share via Skype.
  • I’ve added a new section on remotely controlling computers using apps on an iPod touch or iPhone. This can be invaluable when you’re away from a desktop or laptop computer and need to get information residing on that computer or make a repair. I cover Jaadu VNC and LogMeIn Ignition. See Share with iPhone Apps .
  • In Mac OS X 10.5.5, Apple disabled the ability to reveal hidden options in the Screen Sharing program, including those for color fidelity and a Bonjour network browser. Mac OS X 10.6 kept those hidden features disabled. Thus, I removed details about using Terminal to enable those features.
  • In Snow Leopard, Apple added a new Wake on Demand feature, which—if you have the right hardware—makes it easy to wake up a sleeping Mac for remote access. See Enable Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard for details.
  • Get Backward Compatibility with VNC is significantly updated. I removed the topic covering the Chicken of the VNC client, because Chicken of the VNC hasn’t been updated in years and lacks crucial security options. However, JollysFastVNC has risen in its place—both even have oceanic metaphors—so I added details about it. Also, I made some changes because advanced VNC information had become less useful to readers, who now have several easier options to achieve the same results.
  • Apple’s ever-evolving .Mac service is now called MobileMe. This new edition is updated with respect to MobileMe, and it notes some finicky details regarding .Mac accounts versus MobileMe accounts.
  • Leopard and Snow Leopard: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is largely similar to its 10.5 Leopard predecessor, but includes many improved screen sharing-related features. Because Snow Leopard is an inexpensive update and most Leopard users are likely to switch, I’ve reworked this book to indicate which features are new in Snow Leopard and assume that most readers will spend most of their time with Snow Leopard. That said, I indicate wherever possible when features work in both Leopard and Snow Leopard, and provide information about 10.4 Tiger where appropriate, too.

    1. Minor Revision to Back to My Mac Tab in System Preferences

      Apple has made a minor revision in the MobileMe preference pane’s Back to My Mac tab in Mac OS X 10.6.5. Previously, that tab showed a status dot in red, yellow, or green, along with an explanatory text message, to indicate whether MobileMe was active and communicating correctly with Apple’s servers. In this revision, two additional status dots and text messages are added for File Sharing and Screen Sharing. A green dot indicates the service is on; red, off. Putting status about those two items in this tab means you don’t have to switch to the Sharing pane to check whether either of those services is active.

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    The Author

    Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.