A very interesting application just hit my iPhone’s installer.app repository. VNSea, the port of the venerable VNC Client that is used in many remote desktop installations, including Apple’s own Remote Desktop. Although the application doesn’t appear to be working too well – we got just a flash of the desktop before the application crashed – the possibilities are endless for VNC client like this.
Controlling a home computer or server from the road would give access to unlimited amounts of applications and data. This is definitely something to look out for.
Please note that server passwords are currently stored in plaintext in the preferences file and shown unprotected on screen. This will be fixed as soon as the client is mostly functional. Right now, functionality takes precedence over local security.
16 Sep 2007 – Source has been added to the repository.
16 Sep 2007 – The 0.2 release is now available in the project downloads. This release adds and fixes quite a few features:
- Vnsea now has very basic mouse control. Scrolling is now done with two fingers, while a single finger controls the mouse.
- Support for all encoding formats supported by CotVNC, including JPEG.
- You can control the desired pixel depth from the server settings to cut down on bandwidth.
- Better error reporting (i.e. no crash) if a connection cannot be made.
- Shimmer is included so future updates can be performed automatically.