13 Replies Latest reply: Oct 9, 2008 10:00 AM by tonydenson
tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
I make quite a lot of use of VNC and on Macs I always use a Windows VNC client (TightVNC) via VM Fusion or Parallels since it is so so much faster than COVNC. Surely this shouldn't be the case though, I would have thought a native Mac app ought to have the edge.

macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • WBW Level 4 (1,260 points)
    JollyFastVnc http://www.jinx.de/JollysFastVNC.html
    "Fast" is in the name

    I've used it since it came out and never looked back to "chicken"....
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    I've just had a play with that and OK it is faster than Chicken of the VNC, but it's still way slower than TightVNC via Windows. On a VNC connection to a local machine with TightVNC there is no visual separation between the two mouse pointers when you move it across the screen, however with JollyFast it noticeably lags.
  • mistersquid Level 3 (795 points)
    You've posted your question and follow-up comment in "Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard" > "Using Mac OS X Leopard."

    Presuming you are, in fact, using Leopard, you don't need a third-party VNC client. Just go to /System/Library/CoreServices/ and use "Screen Sharing.app". You can put the application in your dock or use a launching program to have it launch with a keyboard command.

    Leopard's built-in Screen Sharing.app has many features including the ability to resize the VNC window and to see the entire desktop for multi-monitor desktop setups.
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    Well yes, I am using it on a Mac - however I almost exclusively connect to Windows machines. As I understand it Screen Sharing.app only works to a Mac.
  • Tim Haigh Level 7 (24,185 points)
    The way to compare tight vnc with other mac vnc clients is to make sure they are both using the same type of compression. Also make sure they are using the same color depth etc.
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    I've ticked all the preferences for JollyfastVNC that are relevant (including 8 bit color depth) and it is still appreciably slower than my Windows client (on my Mac). On a LAN connection with my Windows client when I move the mouse across the screen the two pointers do not separate, but with Jollyfast they do. There still seems to be something fundamentally flawed with the native implementation when it is slower than an emulated Windows environment.
  • Tim Haigh Level 7 (24,185 points)
    I have not really used vnc to login to windows pc's.

    My experience with login into my mac using screensharing with my 2Megabit upload on my home/office I get almost real time control of my server.

    So apple have fully optimised the screen sharing app for mac to mac connections. So the same thing has probably been done with tighvnc and windows.
  • mistersquid Level 3 (795 points)
    Yours is a common misconception. Screen Sharing.app can connect to most any computer with VNC services, including computers running Windows.

    Screen Sharing is simply Apple's branding of the VNC standard.
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm not so sure because I get faster Mac to Mac performance as well
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    My misconception was based upon the fact that I tried it last night and got an error and assumed it wasn't supported. However, I have just tried it again and it works great, a nice fast implementation, including to Windows. Thanks, I now don't need to fire up VM Fusion just to use VNC.
  • Michael K Murray Level 1 (130 points)
    Another possibility is vine viewer. It costs but you can get a demo license. To be honest I don't know how it compares speedwise as I'm not a big enough VNC user to worry about it. But I find it works well with their vine server (free).

  • John Wagner Level 2 (155 points)
    If what you really want is to connect to Windows machines, why not use the native Windows Remote Desktop client for Mac, available as a free download from Microsoft?
  • tonydenson Level 1 (0 points)
    Because I like VNC