Par­al­lels Ac­cess 2.5

Ac­cess­ing your Mac’s apps and files on your mo­bile just got even eas­ier

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Par­al­lels Ac­cess takes an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the prob­lem of ac­cess­ing your Mac re­motely us­ing your iPhone and iPad. Rather than dump you at the desk­top, you’re given a Mission Con­trol-like se­lec­tion screen for quickly ac­cess­ing your apps. Tap one, and your Mac’s desk­top is scaled down to neatly fit your mo­bile dis­play, while con­trol is achieved through a se­ries of ges­tures, taps and an on-screen key­board.

Ver­sion 2.5 is op­ti­mised for the new, big­ger iPhone 6 screens, plus al­lows you to choose whether to out­put au­dio on your Mac rather than your mo­bile. Its big new fea­ture, though, is a Uni­ver­sal File Manager, which re­places the rather limited file-trans­fer tool of pre­vi­ous ver­sions. The manager makes it much eas­ier to browse files on your Mac – you can now pre­view most for­mats be­fore choos­ing to open them in your app of choice. Look out too for the new ‘Use off­line’ op­tion – tap this to trans­fer the se­lected files to your iPhone or iPad, al­low­ing you to edit them di­rectly on your mo­bile.

The file manager also al­lows you to connect to Drop­box and Google Drive, mak­ing it easy to trans­fer files from your Mac to the cloud. You can’t open files di­rectly, but you can copy them else­where for edit­ing. Hope­fully more ser­vices will be added in an up­date. For now, you can also im­port files from iCloud and OneDrive to your iPad and iPhone, then trans­fer them to your Mac be­fore edit­ing. It’s all a lit­tle con­vo­luted, but bet­ter than noth­ing.

While you can now also ac­cess your Mac desk­top through an­other com­puter via a web browser us­ing Par­al­lels Ac­cess, it’s pri­mar­ily a re­mote con­trol app for mo­biles – and one of the most in­no­va­tive and user-friendly tools at that. Nick Peers

Im­prove­ments to the file manager have made Par­al­lels Ac­cess 2.5 a must-have up­date for both iPhone and iPad.

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