Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.
Editors' take: If you have ever wondered how Windows 7--or any version of Windows, for that matter--would look on the iPad, there's indeed an app for that. It's called LogMeIn Ignition. The app was previously available for the iPhone and has since been upgraded to version 1.1.138 earlier in order to fully support the iPad's larger screen. LogMeIn is not a new service but is arguably one of the most popular among existing remote access solutions on the market.
LogMeIn Free version allows users to securely control a remote PC computer via the Internet as though they were sitting in front of the machine. The commercial version of the service also allows for more-advanced features such as printing from the remote computer to the local computer, transferring files between the two, and so on. For most users, the free version of the product is sufficient.
Normally, in a PC-to-PC connection, you use a Web browser to access the remote computer. However, when you want to control the remote computer from a handheld device, you'll need an app for that, especially if you want to use the right-click function of the mouse. Though the iPhone version of the app works well, the tiny screen of the phone makes it hard to move around. On the iPad, the entire screen of the remote computer can be fully viewed and users can get a lot done with minimum amount of zooming in and out. This also means it's now much easier to pinpoint exactly where you want to click than it is on the iPhone.
LogMeIn Ignition for the iPad is not perfect, however. The mouse is still a little clunky to use. You can choose to either move the mouse, where the iPad screen works just like a mouse pad, or keep the mouse in the middle and move the item you want to click on to it. The mouse moves rather slowly and there's no option to change its speed. It would be much better if the mouse would just jump to the point on the screen that you tap on. To make up for this, the app supports the two-finger tap for right-clicking, which saves you from having to manually switch between click functions on the app's tool bar.
If you have already purchased LogMeIn Ignition for the iPhone, the upgrade that adds support for the iPad is free. Otherwise, the app costs $29.99. That's not cheap, but if you could pay $500 for a toy that's as cool as the iPad, it's worth it to pay another $30 to make it actually useful.
***Now iOS 5 compatible***From your couch, on the train or in the air get anytime, anywhere access to your PC or Mac on Wi-Fi or 3G.Remotely control your PC or Mac, plus view, transfer and save files or folders all with a single app on your iPad or iPhone. Ignition is a one-time purchase that runs on both your iPad and iPhone and works with LogMeIns award-winning free software. Install LogMeIn for FREE on an unlimited number of remote computers to access from your iPad and iPhone. With your files, applications and desktops right at your fingertips, youre finally free to go.Access your information Access your home and work computers anytime, anywhere. Control your Mac or PC as if youre sitting right in front of it. Use applications and edit files directly on your computer.Manage your files Copy and view files that reside on your computer directly on your iPad or iPhone. Update the files and folders saved to your iPad or iPhone with a single touch. Transfer files between multiple computers with ease.Get stuff done Run the applications you need, whether on a PC or Mac. Fix computer problems remotely for business or personal IT. Take your files with you over Wi-Fi/3G, and leave the computer behind.FeaturesRemote Control Intuitive and flexible control modes Multi-monitor support Supports use of special key combinations Start a sleeping computer with Wake-On-LANFile Manager Browse all your files and folders on remote computers Create a local folder and filing system on iPad or iPhone Transfer files and folders between remote computers with your iPad or iPhone Save PC and Mac files directly on an iPad or iPhone for offline viewing Directly access and transfer photos from/to your iPad or iPhone photo library Update locally saved files with changes made on remote computers Edit files using other apps (requires file editing apps) Print to AirPrint-compatible printersWe Love Your Feedback!Twitter: @LogMeInIgnitionJoin the iPad Warriors conversation at facebook.comipadwarriors
What's new in this version:
iOS5 compatibility updates. Performance improvements for iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touches.