I’ve been using LogMeIn for as long as I can remember, accessing my desktop computers at home whilst I’m out and about on my laptop. The problem with this, though, is that I still have to carry my laptop around with me if I want to access my desktop computer at any time during the day. Now I have the Apple iPad tablet, this weight is finally lifted off my shoulders, with the LogMeIn Ignition iPad app.
If you’ve never used the LogMeIn service before, you’ll want to create an account over on the LogMeIn website, and install the client on your computers. Officially, there’s a client available for Windows and Mac OS X based computers, although there’s also an unofficial Linux client knocking around on the internet if you look hard enough.
When you have all the computers that you wish to access set up, you can download the application from the App Store to access them remotely from anywhere in the world. It took me a while to get over the “wow, this is so cool!” phase of using the app, but once I did, I realised that the way it’s been designed is incredibly intuitive, allowing you to control a desktop environment right from your iPad.
Once you’re in the desktop environment, controlling your cursor couldn’t be simpler. You simply pan around, anywhere on the touch screen, and the mouse moves with your finger on the screen. The great thing about this is that you don’t have to be on top of the cursor to control it, just anywhere on the screen, like you would a trackpad on a notebook. This is so easy to use, and you get used to it in no time after getting started with the app.
There are an abundance of intuitive controls built in to the application. For example, to perform a right click, simply tap on the screen with two fingers rather than one, and you can pinch to zoom in and out, like you would in your browser.
One thing that really impressed me the most about the application is the ability to dynamically change the resolution when you log in to the machine. For example, my desktop computer runs at a resolution of 1680 x 1050, but this is a little hard to see on the iPad. You can set it so that whenever you log in, the resolution changes automatically to 1024 x 768, for example, making it much easier to see on the iPad’s screen.
It’s clear that an incredible amount of work has gone in to the LogMeIn application, to make it as versatile and usable as possible. Within 5 minutes of use, controlling my computers remotely with the iPad became second nature, and this is a credit to the great development team behind the application. I couldn’t possibly give the app enough praise in this review, and you must download it to try it out for yourself, trust me, it’s worth the £17.99.