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Flash on the iPad? Sorta

Missing Adobe Flash on your iPad? The new Desktop Connect app will let users view Flash websites. The downside is that the software requires a not-so-mobile accessory: a desktop Mac or Windows computer.
Written by David Morgenstern, Contributor on
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Missing Adobe Flash on your iPad? The new Desktop Connect app will let users view Flash websites. The downside is that the software requires a not-so-mobile accessory: a desktop Mac or Windows computer. Antecea's Desktop Connect supports Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) and the open-source Virtual Network Computing (VNC) protocols for connecting to desktop comuters. From the release documents:
Desktop Connect enables your iPad to: • View websites with Adobe Flash. • Launch and view any application on your desktop. • Remotely control Media Players and PowerPoint Presentations. • Access an important business document while you travel. • Guide your office administrator as you watch the desktop remotely. • Help your grandmother on her computer as she downloads your childhood photos. Desktop Connect is built to fully leverage the iPad: • Captures a Screenshot of your last session for easy future reference to connect. • Single Click Connect where no setup is required. • Optimized Performance for fast and responsive control of your computer. • Browse easily through all computers on your network. • Bookmark your favorite frequently used computers for convenient access. • Use your iPad as a touchscreen or as a touchpad.
Desktop Connect discovers computers with Apple Bonjour and Microsoft NETBIOS and provides 128-bit encryption for passwords, the company said.

Some interesting features with Windows connections include a shared clipboard between the desktop computer and the iPad and the chance to save disk space on your iPad by listening to the music library on the desktop machine. Read: Apps: What prices will iPad users accept? Read: TCO: New research finds Macs in the enterprise easier, cheaper to manage than Windows PCs
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