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There are plenty of ways to use VNC for controlling Macs or PCs from an iPad, but how many of those apps actually tweak the experience to make native desktop applications usable on a tablet?
Parallels announced Tuesday the release of Parallels Access for iPad, a free iOS app that works in tandem with Mac or Windows companion software to create an app-like experience with traditional desktop applications.
Parallels Access allows users to "applify" their desktop software, bringing each application into a full-screen environment at the same time as it's made friendlier for the touchscreen display of the iPad. Using companion "agent" software on a Mac or PC, Parallels optimizes applications on the computer, while the Access app makes them easier to use on a tablet.
“We are now in an always-on age where people are increasingly demanding access to their applications and data regardless of physical location,” said Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels. “With Parallels Access, you can tap, swipe and pinch your way around Mac and Windows applications to ultimately be more productive at work, and lead a more connected life.”
Rather than fumble with the OS X Finder or Windows desktops, Parallels Access introduces an App Launcher that closely resembles the one Apple introduced with OS X Lion 10.7. From there, users can launch desktop applications with just a tap of their finger, putting the software they use most front and center.
Parallels Access also includes an app switcher for moving quickly between open applications and windows, with innovative iPad-native support for selection, dragging, copy and paste. SmartTap makes sure each tap is what the user intended, while a magnifying glass offers precise cursor placement at all times.
Last but not least, Parallels Access also recognizes existing Parallels for Mac virtual machines by default, and "applifies" Windows-based applications so they'll also run great on the iPad.
Parallels Access requires a $79.99 annual subscription for each computer being accessed, compatible with the iPad 2 or higher and iPad mini, as well as any Mac running OS X Lion 10.7 or higher or PC running Windows 7 or higher.
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