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Ian6 reviewed on 26 Jan 2004
I have been using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) for over a year now in my corporate environment to connect to the Windows XP box in my office. In fact, RDC works so well for me that I don't even have a monitor connected to my Windows machine; I moved it over to my Mac as a second monitor. RDC truly is like sitting at the other computer.

The first thing you have to do is turn on Remote Desktop on your Windows XP machine. This setting is in the "Remote" tab of the "System Properties" window (you can get there by right-clicking on My Computer and choosing Properties). You can optionally add a list of user accounts that are allowed to connect. With XP, only one connection at a time is allowed.

When you first run RDC on your Mac, you'll want to click the triangle next to "Options" to get to the good settings. Perhaps the most important setting to check is "Performance". When I'm in my office on the fast connection, I leave all the boxes checked. When I'm wireless on my laptop, I uncheck all of them. The Display tab should be your next stop. Here you can choose display resolution and color depth. Most programs look just fine in Thousands of colors and you'll save some bandwidth.

Here's a tip: After you change the settings and get them just the way you want them, go back to the "General" tab and click "Save as..." Put this file somewhere (I just leave it in the RDC folder) and name it something specific (e.g. "mypc.me.com fullscreen"). I have three different sized settings files like this. When I run RDC, I just choose the size I need at the time and off it goes. You can even have RDC save your Windows password in the Mac keychain.

If you choose to have local drives and printers connect to the PC, you can exchange files easily between the two as the PC can see your entire Mac hard drive. Printing to a USB printer connected to the Mac is still buggy, and will occasionally crash RDC. Thankfully, you aren't logged out of the Windows machine, so you just start it up again and use the print command again.

I really don't know how they are able to make RDC run so fast. It's much faster than VNC or Timbuktu, and since you're driving a real computer on the other end, it's faster than Virtual PC will ever be. Some things that require a high frame rate (like watching a movie) are jerky but still faster than any other remote method.

You can't beat the price (free) but you'll want to add it to your MacUpdate watch list because I've never seen Microsoft announce new versions of RDC. It seems like it's not a very important product to the Mac Business Unit at Microsoft, but everyone I show it to gets hooked.
[Version 1.0.2]

Ian6 commented on 21 Nov 2002
You can double-click on the number and type any name you want. This is such a simple method that I change the names as I switch projects.

I also enjoy that you can optionally make the last button "sticky" and anything visible while that button is active remains active while in the other buttons.

I enjoy the simplicity of this application. Basically it uses the built in "hide" command by hiding and showing applications as you switch buttons.
[Version 0.8]

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