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Shareware; $39.90

Current Version: 1.12 (May 5, 2010)

JollysFastVNC is the newest VNC client for Mac OS X. It's also the most smartly-designed VNC client I have ever used . . . a real must-have.

But why would you want a VNC client if you're an average Mac user? Simple: to take advantage of Mac OS X's elegant Screen Sharing capabilities that allow you to use one Mac from the screen of another. JollysFastVNC provides this with greater speed, elegance and configurability than Mac OS X's built-in capabilities, and more than any other VNC client for the Mac platform - period. If you have a desire to use a distant Mac from your desktop, then this is the tool of choice, bar none.

JollysFastVNC higher performance than Chicken of the VNC, along with screen scaling and an enhanced series of preference settings and controls. It gives you most of the key features of Apple's Screen Sharing application, but with better performance and higher screen quality. It's also under (very) active development.

Key features include:

  • Fast.
  • Secure - SSH tunneling, SSL, SOCKS support inbuilt.
  • Mac login and keyboard support.
  • Multiple connections, Fullscreen, Multimonitor support.
  • SmartZoom for viewing large remote desktops.
  • International keyboard support
  • Reverse connections including automated NatPNP / UPnP support.
  • WakeOnLan support.
  • Global/Specific hierachical preferences.
  • Bonjour including auto-connection to Bonjour hosts.
  • Remote cursor support - including smartzoom movement.
  • Automatic pasteboard synchronisation.
  • vnc:// and jfvnc:// url schemes for opening vnc connections from other programs.
  • VNC encodings ZRLE, Tight, zlib, rre, hextile, raw, copyrect, resolution change, pixelformat change, lastrect and some more.

Version 1.12 adds/changes the following:

  • Changed default shortcut for ctrl-alt-delete to ctrl-alt-backspace. You can use ctrl-alt-delete on a full keyboard and ctrl-alt-backspace on a macbook.
  • Changed to no longer keep aspectratio correct when window is resized to smaller than remote screen size.
  • Changed mousewheel speed for Mac connections that are served by non Apple servers.
  • Updated to use current JNXLicense.framework.

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