Timbuktu Pro
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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
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.
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 more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later





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Timbuktu Pro User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 8.x:
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Madison_mac reviewed on 16 Feb 2014
I'm having problems getting the "Send Force Quit" to work. Anyone else have this problem?
[Version 8.8.5]


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Macmedix reviewed on 31 Oct 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
[Version 8.8.5]


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Vid99 commented on 23 Oct 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
[Version 8.8.4]

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Jreffner replied on 23 Oct 2013
Thanks for the link! Naturally, Motorola doesn't mention it at all..
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Donmontalvo reviewed on 08 Aug 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
[Version 8.8.4]

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Donmontalvo replied on 08 Aug 2013
That should have read:

"Imagine trying to help a remote non-admin user"

:)
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Wmcorbin replied on 15 Aug 2013
So...I guess we shouldn't expect to see an OS X Mavericks capable version anytime soon....
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Donmontalvo replied on 15 Aug 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 commented on 22 Jul 2011
ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com
/products/timbuktu/mac/883/TimbuktuPro883.dmg
[Version 8.8.3]

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Qb replied on 14 Nov 2012
ftp://ftp-xo.netopia.com/products/timbuktu/mac/884/TimbuktuPro884.dmg
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Jreffner commented on 21 Feb 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.
[Version 8.8.2]


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Qb reviewed on 10 Nov 2010
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.
[Version 8.8.2]


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Mbt commented on 03 Nov 2010
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.
[Version 8.8.2]


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Leoofborg commented on 02 Nov 2010
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.
[Version 8.8.2]


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Libertyforall1776 commented on 02 Nov 2010
Wow, does anyone still use this software? So many other solutions like iChat/VNC/ARD, etc... Still not 64-bit!
[Version 8.8.2]


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Tomnibus had trouble on 30 Oct 2007
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?!
[Version 8.7]

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Tomnibus replied on 30 Oct 2007
I had to change the download URL from 86 to 87 and I was able to find the 8.7 files.

markaj rated on 01 Jun 2013

[Version 8.8.4]


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