VNCviewer for Macintosh
Beta 1 - 16/7/98 .
Note. This is a beta release. As with all VNC software, you use at your own risk! The source code will be available in the near future, after which we will welcome any bug fixes.
To use the Macintosh VNCviewer, you will need:
Use of the Mac viewer should be straightforward if you are familiar with the concepts behind VNC, and have a suitable VNC server running on another machine. Read 'What is VNC?' and 'Getting Started' if you haven't already done so - they'll give you a good overview, despite being Unix and Windows-orientated.
On starting the program, you are presented with a dialog box requesting the server name and display number. Type, eg. 'snoopy:0', or select a recent connection from the pull-down list. You can type a dotted IP address in place of the name, eg: '192.168.1.3:0'. You can also pop up a list of options, the important ones are:
If the connection is successful, you will be asked for your password, after which the remote desktop should appear. The File.. menu will allow you to start new sessions. The Connections menu lists open connections, along with icons representing their current status. See the 'Symbol Reference' option on the Apple menu for a description of these icons.
Keeping your finger on the Propeller key (sometimes called the Command key) when starting off brings up the extra preferences box.
The "Scale to window" option is not pixel perfect, causing some redraws to be offset by one pixel. This causes a ripple effect as the mouse moves about. This option also does not preserve aspect ratio.
The 'enter password' dialog has been implemented at the expense of thread harmony. . Taking a long time to enter the password might slow the program down for a short time after logging in.
Any comments regarding this program should be directed to the VNC mailing list.
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