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22nd March 2006, 05:57 PM
Hi all,

I have RealVNC server running on a Windows PC and I want to access it using a VNC client on my new Intel Mac Mini.

Can anyone recommand a good VNC client for Intel Mac OS X?

Edit: I have tried Chicken of the VNC (http://sourceforge.net/projects/cotvnc/). Its functional but slow. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

22nd March 2006, 06:05 PM
Not sure about the intel side of things, but have you tried vnc viewier for mac?


22nd March 2006, 06:18 PM
Is your Windows PC XP? If so you could use remote desktop and the Mac client that Microsoft provides.
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts...tedesktopclient (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient)

22nd March 2006, 06:26 PM
I tried VNCViewer. That runs a lot nicer than Chicken of the VNC.
There is one small problem - it uses 57% CPU!! I guess thats because its PowerPC app runnin on Intel Mac OS X.

Still its the best i have seen so far.

Keep the suggestions coming :)

BTW thanks for the suggestion of remote desktop, but I prefer to use VNC. VNC is easy to tunnel over SSH and I also use a VNC client on a linux system to access it.

22nd March 2006, 08:20 PM
After several hours of googling I have finally found a VNCViewer I am happy with - "VNCThing". The homepage no longer exists for it ;P but you can download a copy here: http://www.ini.unizh.ch/~dylan/apple/#vncthing

On intel Mac OS X:
- Chicken of the VNC was not so good as the remote cursor was very lagged.
- VNC Viewer was not so good as it used 55% CPU with a session open - even if the window was minimized. Also it did not have the functionaly to bookmark sessions (annoying if you connect to more than one remote PC like I do as you have to enter the IP Address/Hostname each time).

VNCThing (PPC Program) is good because:
- Remote cursor is not lagged and you can turn off local cursor rendering
- You can bookmark a session as a file - and just open the file to load the remote session straight up. Easy to use multiple connections - just have a bookmark for each one.
- Does not seem to bookmark passwords, but by hacking a Password=xxxx into the bookmark file (its just text) you can make it remember the password. Very useful :-)
- It uses approx 2% CPU with an open window that is not currently the active window.

Hope this is useful to anyone else looking for a VNC client for intel Mac OS X.

22nd March 2006, 08:38 PM
I use VNC viewer when connecting remotely through the internet although I find the Microsoft RD client better for a local LAN. If you need to connect from Linux that also rules the MS solution out. I'll have to check out VNCThing.

Considering you are tunneling VNC through SSH you might want to look at SSH Tunnel Manager. http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/stm/

Makes it easier to keep track of all those ports and ip addresses.

23rd March 2006, 12:01 PM
I access all my windows server and workstation on my Mac using RDP.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts...tedesktopclient (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=remotedesktopclient)

23rd March 2006, 12:31 PM
chicken of the vnc seems the most robust for connections (plus it uses bonjour) tried it on an intel mac and seems to run fine (granted its laggy due to remote desktop'ing)

just tried vncthing and vnc viewer, mneahhh....

23rd March 2006, 05:00 PM
Originally posted by mechcon@Mar 23 2006, 12:31 PM
chicken of the vnc seems the most robust for connections (plus it uses bonjour) tried it on an intel mac and seems to run fine (granted its laggy due to remote desktop'ing)
I found the remote cursor was seriously lagged in chicken of the VNC. Extremely annoying. Strange that the other VNC apps didn't have that problem.

23rd March 2006, 05:21 PM
Microsoft's RDC isn't Intel native... Still works though.