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An app called Screens is one of the best and most elegant pieces of software for accessing your desktop through the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, over Wi-Fi or cellular. It lets you connect to remote computers as if you were sitting in front of them, run apps remotely, copy documents between machines and lots more.

Edovia Software, the company behind Screens, has updated both the $19.99 iOS client and $34.99 Mac client with support for Dropbox for seamless syncing of your saved screens across devices…

Screens already features syncing of your saved screens via iCloud, but Edovia has decided to implement support for Dropbox to placate folks who’ve purchased the program outside the App Store/Mac App Store.

Because Apple does not allow such apps to implement support for iCloud, today’s update is basically a courtesy to people who have purchased Screens directly from Edovia.

The new Screens 3.4 for iOS and Screens 3.1 for Mac, according to Edovia, are now available through the App Store and Mac App Store, respectively. Again, copies of Screens bought from their store can’t use iCloud so Dropbox support will certainly come in handy.

The iOS edition now handles Macintosh User Authentication without passwords more gracefully. “It will only prompt you once and remember that your user has a blank password,” developers noted.

Other enhancements in Screens 3.4 for iOS: general stability and performance improvements, Norwegian keyboard support on Windows and fixes for Belgium and Finnish keyboard bugs.

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In addition to Dropbox syncing, Screens 3.1 for Mac offers the following improvements:

• You can now hide Screens’ icon from the Dock.
• Added a ‘connected’ green indicator in the Library window when Screens is connected to a screen.
• Screens will now try to reconnect automatically when the remote computer has closed the connection.
• Middle-button mouse clicks can now be triggered with the ‘fn’ key and a left-button click.
• Added Italian and Dutch localization.
• Fixed horizontal scrolling.
• Fixed Norwegian and Finnish keyboard mappings.
• Many stability and performance improvements.

Finally, Edovia has confirmed a complete rewrite of Screens Connect, a helper Mac/Windows app that makes your desktop accessible from anywhere.

The upcoming 3.3 version of Screens Connect will lay the groundwork for “some great new features” that will be released later this year.

Buy Screens for iOS for $19.99 in the App Store.

iOS 7.0 or later is required.

The Mac edition is a $34.99 value (requires OS X 10.9 or later).

See also: our Screens 3.0 review.

  • abdullah575

    too much for an app !!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Buy it when it’s on sale (which is what I did). It’s a great app but overpriced IMHO. As for the Mac client that to is expensive I use the Jump Remote Desktop app on my MacBook instead which I got through a StackSocial bundle…

  • Jonathan

    Teamviewer is the best.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I always though Teamviewer was geared more towards providing remote assistance rather than Remote Desktop…

      • Jonathan

        Nope. I get absolute full access to everything. If it’s just a computer and no monitor attached to it, the iPad/iPhone will then act as a wireless touchscreen monitor (a little laggy though) instead of drag to move the mouse. But it’s my favorite remote desktop application. It does an amazing job. I can set a up a password for unattended access, reconnect after a reboot or if it’s locked.

  • WaterTrooper

    Yes. This is way too much.