Timbuktu Pro
Timbuktu Pro
8.8.5

3.8

Timbuktu Pro free download for Mac

Timbuktu Pro8.8.5

24 October 2013

Control a Mac remotely.

Overview

Timbuktu Pro allows you to control Mac or WIndows computers remoted over a network, dial-up, or the internet. It's an essential tool for Mac webmasters looking to remotely maintain their websites.

What's new in Timbuktu Pro

Version 8.8.5:

New:
  • Updated for compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Known Issues:
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and later computers, if the Timbuktu Application has been installed via a Push Install, the keychain will not operate properly (for outbound Timbuktu connections) until the currently-logged in user has logged out and logged back in.
  • On OS X 10.9 Mavericks host systems, the secure screen saver will not automatically engage after a control session with a blanked screen is closed. To work around this issue, set the upper left corner of the screen as a Start Screen Saver "Hot Corner" in the Desktop and Screen Saver preference pane, and insure that "Require a Password after sleep or screen saver begins" is checked (turned on) in the Security and Privacy preference pane. When these are both set, the secure screen saver will come on automatically when you close the control session via the red close dot on the upper-left corner of the Timbuktu Control window.
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and later computers, Timbuktu Pro may crash when the computer wakes from sleep. This crash is harmless and you can immediately restart Timbuktu Pro.
    To prevent this potential crash, disable Send and Exchange sounds in the Timbuktu Preferences.
    From the Setup menu, choose Preferences and click the Sound tab. In the Sound list, select the Send sound. Then open the pop-up menu and choose None. Repeat the process for the Messages Received and Exchange sounds.
  • Timbuktu connections using the Skype protocol are not supported on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Timbuktu connections using the Dial Direct protocol are not supported on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and 10.9 Mavericks.
  • If you use the Send or Exchange service to transfer files larger than 2 GB, the File Size and Time Remaining indicators may not be accurate. However, file transfer itself is not affected.
  • When you make a change to Timbuktu Pro settings that require the Timbuktu host to re-initialize, such as disabling Bonjour support or Skype integration, Timbuktu Pro may display an error message that the Timbuktu host could not load. If this occurs, log out of OS X. Then log in again to complete the Timbuktu host reinitialization.

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33 Reviews of Timbuktu Pro

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Anonymous
29 November 2005
Version: 8.5

Most helpful

I bit the bullet and downloaded Timbuktu Pro, hoping to get even better fullscreen display update performance from my Belkin gigabit networked Mac and Windows PC. It turns out that Chicken of the VNC running against TightVNC server on a PC machine is at least as fast as the multi-platform Timbuktu Pro version 8.5. So don't waste your time trying TB2Pro - Chicken is just as fast for $200 less.
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qb
11 November 2015
Version: 8.8.5
I updated serval of my Macs to 10.11.1 and began having problems. The mouse would get jerky, then freeze and unfreeze. I always display the seconds on the menu clock. They would stop for several seconds, restart and stop again. Eventually the Mac would freeze and stay frozen. So I rebuilt from a clean install of 10.11.1 (three times now) and it seems soon after adding TB2 8.8.5 the symptoms begin again. Just froze again so once I restarted I ran the TB2 Uninstaller. I'll see if the problem comes back. However my feeling is TB2 is finally unusable.
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Charlie6
28 April 2015
Version: 8.8.5
Just got an email from Arris saying that Timbuktu is now discontinued. Too bad.
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jreffner
17 October 2014
Version: 8.8.5
Looks like Arris bought this and done very little with it. Anyone know if it will be updated for 10.10?
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Plut0martin
23 September 2014
Version: 8.8.5
I Have used Timbuktu since the Mac OS 8 days. I just downloaded and installed 8.8.5 and it is working well for me. A wonderful application.
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Madison-mac
16 February 2014
Version: 8.8.5
I'm having problems getting the "Send Force Quit" to work. Anyone else have this problem?
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5
Macmedix
31 October 2013
Version: 8.8.5
Timbuktu blows away all the VNC apps. More features, and mad compatibility. Connects & controls any Mac OSX, OS9, even OS8, plus Windows. Built in messaging system, file transfer, get system profile, idle monitor, file transfer, audio intercom, text chat, reverse connection (invite), tons of useful features. I use Timbuktu every day because it totally rocks! Awesome & solid software since 1987. The TB2 8.85 update in ONLY required for Mavericks, not Mtn Lion nor below. Requires OSX 10.6+. My personal TB2 settings for remote WAN use include limit to 256 colors, hide desktop, accept scaled fonts. These are in Prefs->Control. Really helps speed things up. Major hat tip to the one guy left at Moto working to keep TB2 alive & compatible! Dude! Thanks! I'd love to buy you a beverage anytime. Here is the Timbuktu 8.85 download URL: ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com//products/timbuktu/mac/885/TimbuktuPro885.dmg And the Docs: New 8.85 Install: http://moto.force.com/consumers/articles/General_FAQs/Timbuktu-for-Macintosh-v8-8-5-New-Installation?retURL=%2Fconsumers%2Fapex%2Fpkb_Home_ConsumerEmailPage&popup=true Update 8.85 install: http://moto.force.com/consumers/articles/General_FAQs/Timbuktu-for-Macintosh-v8-8-5-Upgrade-Installation/?l=en_US&fs=RelatedArticle Other TB2 versions & release notes: ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com//products/timbuktu/mac/ Here is the general Timbuktu page, but it stops at version 8.83. https://www.netopia.com/software/products/tb2/mac/ And an upgrade page for 8.84, that doesn't mention 8.85. http://www.netopia.com/software/products/tb2/mac/upgrade_version_8.html
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Vid99
23 October 2013
Version: 8.8.4
Yup, definitely old code and on life support. But did get 8.8.5 update for Mavericks support. Updated 10/7/13: ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com/products/timbuktu/mac/885/TimbuktuPro885.dmg
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Donmontalvo
08 August 2013
Version: 8.8.4
When Motorola bought Netopia, they killed NetOctopus, but they kept one guy on staff to keep Timbuktu Pro on life support. Timbuktu Pro was a plug-in for NetOctopus. Over the years since, they've released patches to try to keep this blob of archaic code relevant enough to continue to generate revenue. It's not only old, it relies on depreciated process management (/Library/StartupItems) and has no clue about GateKeeper. If Motorola can't rewrite Timbuktu, it should shut down the Mac development side, since it's useless in all environments except those that allow users to have admin rights. Imagine trying to help a remote non-user, then Timbuktu crashes, the user is stranded. A reboot will not bring it back up. A user would need admin rights to relaunch it. This software used to be great when Martin Bestmann managed things, but since the company got sold, Martin moved on to bigger and better things (LANrev > Absolute Software). So this is no longer his farm, no longer his pig. I would not recommend Timbuktu pro to my worst enemy. Don Montalvo, TX
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RunTime
22 July 2011
Version: 8.8.3
ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com /products/timbuktu/mac/883/TimbuktuPro883.dmg
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jreffner
21 February 2011
Version: 8.8.2
TB2 9.0.2 for Windows 7, Vista, and XP is finally a reality! I never thought I'd see this day, but it has indeed arrived. So, if you need your Mac to connect to Vista or Windows 7, the wait is finally over. Also, your Mac serial number works as an upgrade making the $90. price about $45.
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qb
10 November 2010
Version: 8.8.2
I've loved TB2 for decades. Works great across the WAN and across platforms. Support has been slow to fix the recent modifier keys with clicking issues but 8.8.2 seems to have made those operational again. But 8.8.2 has introduced a problem for me that I don't see any discussion of yet: when connected Mac to Mac and I press my CMD key there are many times the remote Mac makes a boing sound. Does not seem to do this when the remote Mac is in the Finder - but it does happen if the remote has Mail.app as the front app. And with numerous other apps.
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mbt
03 November 2010
Version: 8.8.2
While there are free or low cost screen sharing tools out there, I have not found any that work as well over a WAN connection as TB2. TB2 really shines over VNC (e.g. ARD) when the bandwidth starts getting tight.
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Leoofborg
02 November 2010
Version: 8.8.2
I used to use this back in the day... but since then ARD+Slink came along and that's the new baseline. Or, if you prefer, ARD+Terminal.app(tappity tap type your ssh pipe in). Slink's easier & cheaper.
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Libertyforall1776
02 November 2010
Version: 8.8.2
Wow, does anyone still use this software? So many other solutions like iChat/VNC/ARD, etc... Still not 64-bit!
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Craigd
10 September 2009
Version: 8.8
Rather than paying $4.95, just go to http://www.netopia.com/software/products/tb2/evaluate.html and get them to send you the evaluation version which is 8.8 - your old v8 activation key will work.
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Moofthestoof
02 November 2007
Version: 8.7
I purchased the upgrade to 8.6 just a couple of months ago, and would really be upset if I had to pay $50 per license to get the 8.7 upgrade. Thankfully, I've not missed TB2, yet, because the screensharing feature built into 10.5 does the task admirably. Now, I haven't yet tried it on machines outside my LAN, but since I never did with TB2 either, I'm not sweating it.
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Kg5na
30 October 2007
Version: 8.7
I noticed the update and tried to find what it covered at Netopia's website. They don't seem to claim anything new except 10.5 compatibility. I bought the 8.6 update when it came out and didn't see any changes s I don't use skype. I just installed 10.5 last night. I noticed the TB2 icon was not in the menu, but when I ran the program it popped up. Under 10.5 TB2 8.6 seems to connect a lot faster. I have not noticed any problems with TB2 8.5 on 10.5 so what's the upgrade for? Maybe just to get $4.95? Post a link if you find any updates please.
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Ltdave928
30 October 2007
Version: 8.7
I had the same problem. Paid for 8.7 upgrade, the download is for 8.6
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Tomnibus
30 October 2007
Version: 8.7
Um.... I PAID for the upgrade. When I put in my username/password and get to the download screen it says to download the 8.6 CD! What the heck is up with that?!
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wstevens
29 October 2007
Version: 8.7
Leopard is released on Friday, October 26th, and Netopia has an upgrade available for download on Monday, October 29th - and the upgrade works. Thanks Netopia!!!
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Anonymous
29 November 2005
Version: 8.5
I bit the bullet and downloaded Timbuktu Pro, hoping to get even better fullscreen display update performance from my Belkin gigabit networked Mac and Windows PC. It turns out that Chicken of the VNC running against TightVNC server on a PC machine is at least as fast as the multi-platform Timbuktu Pro version 8.5. So don't waste your time trying TB2Pro - Chicken is just as fast for $200 less.
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Hubi Schulze
10 March 2005
Version: 8.0.1
I was not able to set any prefs on ssh-compression and technical support send me this: There is not a way to set commpression using a Mac platforms. so, an ssh-tunnel with compression enabled is still be best way *hmpf*
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Anonymous
02 March 2005
Version: 8.0.1
I'm sorry but dosen't mac os x already have somthing like this biult in?
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4.25
Anonymous
28 May 2004
Version: 7.0.3
I've upgraded Timbuktu from v6 to v7 and couldn't be more pleased. The greatest new feature is being able to set the port (other than 407) to whatever is needed without having to run an Applescript to change the port invisibly. Connectivity using email address to IP through Netopia's IP locator service is far more reliable for me as well. The toughest part has always been getting the connection through all the myriad brands of routers and with complicating factors such as web proxies. Once initial setup is debugged getting your port forwarding mapped to your IP, it's a dream!
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4.25
Anonymous
28 May 2004
Version: 7.0.3
I've upgraded Timbuktu to v7 and couldn't be more pleased. The greatest new feature is being able to set the port to whatever is needed without having to run and Applescript to change the port invisibly. The toughest part has always been getting the connection through all the myriad brands of routers and web proxies. Once initial setup is debugged, it's a dream!
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4.75
Anonymous
07 May 2004
Version: 7.0.3
I have also use TB2 for many years. While I found early OS X versions slower than OS 9 (gawd I hate having to invoke the name of that decaying old corpse) this just isn't the case in new versions. I mostly use it for connections to an old OS 9 box that controls an old scanner. It performs flawlessly and is very quick running on my dual G4 with Panther over both our local network and our corporate WAN. The interface is looking better all the time. It's simple, effective, and looks very professional. While I do wish the menu bar icon was classier, this is a niggling complaint. I honestly don't know how anybody can find this slow but I will say that it can only be as fast as the fastest machine running it, or as fast as the speed of the network it's connected to. Regular updates and good support for their product mark a first-rate application that is worthy of a permanent place in my arsenal of tech support options.
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Anonymous
07 May 2004
Version: 7.0.3
still a TON slower than the os9 version.. just crawls comparitively
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Anonymous
06 May 2004
Version: 7.0.3
Lame interface ... nuff said
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4.5
Eric
27 March 2004
Version: 7.0.1
I've used Timbuktu for years, and 7.0 is the best yet. It helps me take care of my parents' eMac 1,200 miles away. Nothing else I've seen can touch it. You can change resolution on the fly with the click of a button to speed things up when you don't need to see color or the finest detail. All in all, worth every penny.
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3.75
Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 7.0.1
I've been using Timbuktu for years and it is one of the best remote control apps available. I believe the Mac GUI is much, much better than the Windows interface and am not sure why anyone would complain about it. I use this in conjunction with Apple Remote Desktop which has a few features that Timbuktu does not. Timbuktu tends to be more stable than ARD as well.
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4.25
Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 7.0.1
Timbuktu is one of the best RemoteControl-Apps, I am using it @ home and in the company.
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1.5
Anonymous
16 January 2004
Version: 7.0
Unrecognizable from where it once started. Poor GUI, poor implementation and severely behind the times in all facets. If Netopia simply wanted to go after the money, which they did, they should have bailed out of the MAC market altogether and left it with dignity. Instead it seems they have left us with a lame app, probably for patent purposes and little else.
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2.25
Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 7.0
The product seems ok, but their attitude in customer service is definitely one of the worst. I switched to use KDX server for accessing my home computer.
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$89.95

3.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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