Controlling a PC or Mac, iPad-Style by Walt Mossberg

Posted By on August 29, 2013

I don’t care how good this “controlling a desktop computer with your iPad”app is … it can’t be worth $80 per year! “Parallels Access costs a hefty $80 per computer per year…”

Parallels, a company based in Seattle that’s best known for its namesake program that allows Macs to run Windows, calls this “applifying” your computer programs. What it means by this is that it adapts them to the iPad’s familiar interface, including app launching, touch gestures, scrolling and text selection. Unlike many others, it doesn’t force you to constantly try and emulate the precise mouse pointer for which most of these computer programs were designed. It runs them like iPad apps, in full screen, and at the iPad’s resolution, yet preserving full functionality and the ability to switch among open apps and windows on the computer. It works over both Wi-Fi and cellular connections. Despite some drawbacks, Parallels Access is a very good way to make your iPad more of a productivity tool and to integrate it with your computer, without forcing you to use your iPad the same way you would use a computer.

For full Walt Mossberg review check out AllThingsD.

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