Timbuktu Pro
Timbuktu Pro
8.8.5

3.8

Timbuktu Pro free download for Mac

Timbuktu Pro

8.8.5
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 Timbuktu Pro Reviews

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Anonymous
29 November 2005

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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Version 8.5
qb
11 November 2015
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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Version 8.8.5
Charlie6
28 April 2015
Just got an email from Arris saying that Timbuktu is now discontinued. Too bad.
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Version 8.8.5
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qb
qb
28 April 2015
I got the same legal-speak notice via email. They will still sell it to you for 90 more days. And provide tech support for 5 years - but what good is that when an OS update breaks it? Oh well - I've kinda gone to TeamViewer with is free and very much supported. TV doe snot require the firewall port forwarding either.
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jreffner
17 October 2014
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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Version 8.8.5
5 answer(s)
lazlototh
lazlototh
19 December 2014
Have you had any issues? It appears to be working on one of our Macs that is running 10.10.
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lazlototh
lazlototh
19 December 2014
I just tried to install version 8.8.5 on a new Mac running OS X 10.10 and it would not launch the app. It kept telling me that the "Timbuktu Host" needed to load. After I rebooted the computer it appears to be working normally.
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jreffner
jreffner
19 December 2014
I have had issues. It seems to randomly disconnect after awhile. No big deal. I just reconnect. The host not loading after an install is typical and has been in earlier versions.

Still, I'm hoping this app will still be developed.
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lazlototh
lazlototh
02 January 2015
nulll
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Jcohn
Jcohn
02 February 2015
It works fine with 10.10 - no change. For the Timbuktu Host issue - it's inside the App. Reboot from the recovery partition or a bootable image and run Disk Utility > Repair Permissions. That fixed it for me.

BTW - issues? The main issue for me is how to find the latest updater. The only link that works to find it is in the email, and it's not updated on the server.

Well, back when the servers were responding. Now they're going to the new Corp HQ and it's obvious they're updating the site to accommodate it - they're just not finished yet.
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Plut0martin
23 September 2014
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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Version 8.8.5
Madison-mac
16 February 2014
I'm having problems getting the "Send Force Quit" to work. Anyone else have this problem?
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Version 8.8.5
Macmedix
31 October 2013
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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Version 8.8.5
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Macmedix
Macmedix
12 April 2018
BTW: there is no new version of TB2 after 8.8.5 but that version works well up to Mac OS X 10.10.5 But does NOT work on OSX after that. Sad. End of an era.
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Vid99
23 October 2013
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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Version 8.8.4
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jreffner
jreffner
23 October 2013
Thanks for the link! Naturally, Motorola doesn't mention it at all..
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Donmontalvo
08 August 2013
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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Version 8.8.4
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Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
08 August 2013
That should have read: "Imagine trying to help a remote non-admin user" :)
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Wmcorbin
Wmcorbin
15 August 2013
So...I guess we shouldn't expect to see an OS X Mavericks capable version anytime soon....
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Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
15 August 2013
They may release a "compatibility" patch, but if the application doesn't comply with Apple guidelines now, it can only get worse once 10.9 is released. This is one old blob of code.
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RunTime
22 July 2011
ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com /products/timbuktu/mac/883/TimbuktuPro883.dmg
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Version 8.8.3
1 answer(s)
qb
qb
14 November 2012
ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com/products/timbuktu/mac/884/TimbuktuPro884.dmg
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jreffner
21 February 2011
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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Version 8.8.2
$89.95

3.8

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