Chicken of the VNC
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Chicken of the VNC is a fast, lightweight VNC client for Mac OS X. A VNC client allows one to display and interact with a remote computer screen. In other words, you can use Chicken of the VNC to interact with a remote computer as though it's right next to you.

Chicken features automatic server discovery via Rendezvous; listen mode for navigating through firewalls; an auto-scrolling full-screen mode; keychain integration; CPU performance throttling; remappable, smart unicode keybindings; mouse button emulation and native multibutton support; tons of supported transfer encodings including
What's New
Version 2.0b4:
  • Chicken of the VNC is now a universal binary.
  • Resolved an issue that caused an "ZLibHex unknown subencoding" error when using ZRLE encoding to connect to an UltraVNC server.
  • Resolved an issue that caused pasting text to work incorrectly if the text contained repeating characters.
  • Bonjour server discovery now works properly when the server uses a non-standard port or display number.
  • Clicking an inactive connection window no longer passes that click through to the server.
Version 2.0b4:
  • Chicken of the VNC is now a universal binary.
  • Resolved an issue that caused an "ZLibHex unknown subencoding" error when using ZRLE encoding to connect to an UltraVNC server.
  • Resolved an issue that caused pasting text to work incorrectly if the text contained repeating characters.
  • Bonjour server discovery now works properly when the server uses a more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later






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+9

myy'q reviewed on 07 Sep 2012
Chicken works reasonably well under Mountain Lion, except for full screen mode. The key combination that is shown to get out of it does not work, I had to kill the client connection from the VNC server. Also, full screen mode does not zoom the window nor use Lion's idea of full screen.

Render quality with default settings is very good, and all keys from my German keyboard translate correctly.

I am using version 2.2b2 from http://sourceforge.net/projects/chicken (thanks, Negritude!)
[Version 2.0b4]


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Negritude commented on 19 Dec 2010
Development on CotVNC has been restarted under the name Chicken:

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36208/chicken

http://sourceforge.net/projects/chicken/
[Version 2.0b4]


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Thebrain reviewed on 10 Dec 2010
Gets the job done, even in Snow Leopard.
The option-key must be used in order to get the command-keystroke on the remote host.
[Version 2.0b4]


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Digital Fury reviewed on 21 Jan 2010
It's a shame that Chicken of the VNC has not been updated for a while, but it is still working fine.

People disapointed with JollysFastVNC's new (expensive) pricing should consider Chicken of the VNC. I believe most people will find it good enough and a more sensible option.
[Version 2.0b4]


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+5
Zeist commented on 01 Jan 2010
It's a shame this app hasn't seen any development since 2006, would be nice to see this app improved a bit.
[Version 2.0b4]


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Rene Schickbauer reviewed on 03 May 2008
Works ok with UtraVNC on the server side.

Does NOT work with the vmware server running on linux ("connection failed" while other vnc clients work)

Has major problems with "qemu -vnc" running on FreeBSD with experiencing (screen blanks at random intervals). I tried JollysFastVNC, wich worked fine for connecting to qemu.

Also, "Chicken of the VNC" still uses a "Display" type field to specify the destination port and calculates 5900+Display as the port number. Connecting to VNC-Servers on non-standard ports < 5900 is therefore not possible. Why not just let the user enter a port number???
[Version 2.0b4]

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+168
Ilgaz commented on 30 Sep 2010
I believe you can do (server):0:5900(replace 5900 with your custom port). Could be 5900:0 , not sure and unable to test. Just in case anyone in "crisis" mode like happened once to me.
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+65

islandmacman reviewed on 02 May 2008
Works well with my Macs. Thanks!
[Version 2.0b4]


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SiCHIPS commented on 03 Apr 2008
I have been using this program for about a month now and it does work OK on my 17 inch MacBook-Pro running native under Leopard.

I have seen some situations where the window would not repaint while another VNC program did work fine.

I only have 1 enhancement request: Provide the auto scaling based on window size as another program provides!

I will probably keep both programs on my computer until this program has this feature.
[Version 2.0b4]


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+13
fahlman commented on 03 Mar 2007
It's been over a year since this beta version of 2.0 was released. This is my favorite VNC viewer. I wonder if development is dead, it appears to be. Bummer.
[Version 2.0b4]


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+95

ThreeDee912 reviewed on 19 May 2006
A simple and fast VNC client, with Bonjour support.
[Version 2.0b4]


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-5
Richard Taytor had trouble on 22 Jan 2010
Connected to a TightVNC server, I was seeing increasing latency, the input buffer growing faster than it shrinks. In CotV Preferences, pulling the "Frontmost Connection" slider down a notch or two solved the problem. Incidentally, CPU usage was not an issue.
[Version 2.0b4]


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+15
Ridogi had trouble on 04 Feb 2006
There seems to be a bug that when clicking without any keys produces the effect of holding either command or control. So sometimes every click I make brings up a contextual menu (or a dock menu if I am launching an app from the dock), and sometimes clicking on an app in the dock opens the app's enclosing folder.

This is for a mac --> mac connection, and I don't have any of the universal access options turned on such as sticky keys.
[Version 2.0b4]



+8

Widber rated on 31 Oct 2012

[Version 2.0b4]



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Rains1026 rated on 02 Dec 2010

[Version 2.0b4]


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Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:18 Jan 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Chicken of the VNC is a fast, lightweight VNC client for Mac OS X. A VNC client allows one to display and interact with a remote computer screen. In other words, you can use Chicken of the VNC to interact with a remote computer as though it's right next to you.

Chicken features automatic server discovery via Rendezvous; listen mode for navigating through firewalls; an auto-scrolling full-screen mode; keychain integration; CPU performance throttling; remappable, smart unicode keybindings; mouse button emulation and native multibutton support; tons of supported transfer encodings including Tight and ZLib; and customizable connection profiles.

This program is distributed under the GNU public license. Source code is available and contributions are welcome!


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