By December 23, 2008

Review LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone and iPod Touch

image If you use LogMeIn on your home or office PC or Mac this application is an absolute must, I have been using LogMeIn for many years and it has saved me on numerous occasions when I have forgotten files either at the office or at home. LogMeIn is a suite of software services that provide remote access to computers over the Internet and there is a free version that I have always used and it works perfectly as long as the PC or Mac you are trying to access is online. Just recently LogMeIn announced that they were working on an application for the iPhone and whilst I missed out on the beta it is now available in the App Store, read on for the review.

The application is a small download of 2.2mb however it does come with a high price compared with other applications, your looking at £17.99 to buy this one.

When you load the application the first screen you see is the log in screen where you input your account details, obviously to use the application you must already have an account with at least one computer running the LogMeIn server software or you will have nothing to access. Once logged in you will see at list of computers that are online and also those that are not but are part of your profile.

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Tapping on the online machine you then get a list of tips on how to use the software once running and strangely an error message each time that I just ignore and it doesn’t effect the application at all, I am sure this will be addressed in a future update.

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Once your logged in you can see the full desktop of the remote PC, along the bottom there is a toolbar, from left to right, close application, bring up the keyboard, mouse left or right click, zoom in and out, settings and special windows commands like ctrl alt delete.

Rotating the iPhone automatically changes the view from portrait to landscape obviously using the inbuilt accelerometer.

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Navigating around is pretty straight forward and you can easily access your files and control the computer with touch, the only limitation is obviously the screen size of the iPhone although the way you can set up the scrolling in the settings is very flexible and I found controlling the mouse pointer by touch to be the most convenient way to do it, these settings are all configurable within the settings tab along with color quality, display resolution, network speed etc.

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All in all this is a well written and designed application, it does what it says on the tin and the only limitation is the small screen size of the iPhone, for quick access to a computer to grab a file send an email or control media remotely from the iPhone this software is perfect.

Available from the App Store now for £17.99

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