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Using MacWise with Parallels Access for iPad


Virtual Network Computing apps have been on the iPad since day one. And I have recommended them for use with MacWise. But there is a new kid on the block that really improves the experience with MacWise...


"Parallels Access takes the virtual-computer experience to the next level. The new app goes beyond simply providing a window back to the other machine, taking into account things like screen resolution (the apps are resized for the iPad's aspect ratio) and user experience"...(from a Mashable Review)


 "Tap an app icon and the software opens full-screen, cursor-free, and ready to accept a full range of gesture-based commands, including copy and paste, selection, or drag and drop. Scrolling is done with a finger, and the iPad keyboard is enhanced with additional commands for function keys, arrows, and more. To better maneuver desktop applications, Parallels Access offers a cursor-based tap-and-hold magnifying glass, while holding longer switches to selection tool instead. Coupled with "SmartTap" to make sure taps always execute as intended, Parallels Access deftly overcomes usability issues that have long plagued other remote access solutions"...


(from a MacLife Review)


Using MacWise on the iPad is now a pleasant experience. The MacWise window is full screen on the iPad and the touch controls are very nice. You can tap on the MacWise function keys or double tap to edit them.


The text is crisp and easy to read.


Launching MacWise is easy with the Parallels Access app launcher. It looks just like an iPad screen but has your Mac apps as icons on the screen instead of iPad apps.


Copy and Paste works with MacWise. But remember that you are copying and pasting on your Mac (not between your iPad and your Mac)


To copy, you tap and hold until a blue circle draws around the starting point. Then drag to select the area you want to copy.


To paste, select Paste from the Edit Menu.


One thing worth mentioning is the window sizes of apps you have running on your Mac. When you exit Parallels Access on the iPad, your Mac screen is returned back to normal resolution (It was 1080 x 768 before exiting). That can do some strange things to a large Mac monitor screen. Any windows that were open larger than 1080 x 768 will be reduced to 1080 x 768.


So I recommend that you do not use the "24-Point font and largest window" size in MacWise. That window size is taller than 768 and will be resized smaller by Parallels Access. (That causes emulation problems).


Using the 18-Point font window works fine.




I am hoping that the Parallels techies can figure out how to make the windows all resize back to their original size in some future version.




A very nice feature is that you can set a preference in Parallels Access to blank your Mac Screen while you are using MacWise from your iPad (so others in your office cannot see what you are doing).




If you think that you can live with the window resizing issue, I would highly recommend using Parallels Access with MacWise.




You can get a 14 day demo to try it out.


The Parallels Access web page will get you started.




Using MacWise with an iPhone or iPad


Using MacWise as a virtual terminal on your iPhone.
It is a virtual window to your MacWise screen on your Macintosh.


September 12, 2008
Updated April 2, 2010

There have been several requests to create a MacWise iPhone app. Unfortunately, that would require a jail-broken iPhone and a year of programming time. But the next best thing is actually very cool and has advantages over a limited-function iPhone app. It uses Virtual Network Computing (VNC) to let you see and control your Mac screen from anywhere on your iPhone or iPad. It's just as if you were sitting in front of your Mac using MacWise.

MacWise version 11.45 or later includes a special screen size for the iPhone.
(Select "iPhone window" from the Window Menu in MacWise.)

To use MacWise on your iPhone you will need a Virtual Network Computing program such as Mocha VNC or iTeleport installed on your iPhone. The Mocha VNC program allows you to use your Mac remotely from your iPhone and it is currently $5.99 from the iTunes Store.
However, I prefer the iTeleport app. It is currently $24.99 but well worth the price.
iTeleport is faster and has a nicer scrolling and tapping interface.
It automatically finds local Macs to connect to and stores your remote Mac address to make it very easy to connect to your Mac from anywhere.


NOTE: There is also an iPad version of iTeleport

First click on one of the above VNC apps to get it from the iTunes store and install on your iPhone.

Then install MacWise on your Mac and set up your Mac to allow screen sharing with VNC.

Enable Screen Sharing on your Mac

Mac OS X comes with its own built-in VNC server. To configure it, select System Preferences from the Apple menu.
Click on the Sharing icon in the System Preferences Window.
Check the box for Screen Sharing

Select All Users.
("Only these users" is a special Apple option not supported in the standard VNC protocol.)

The IP address shown in this window is needed to configure VNC on the iPhone.
If this is a DNS name instead of an IP address, you can get the IP address in System Preferences - Network - Advanced under the TCP/IP tab.

If you are using a router, you will use the router WAN IP address instead of your Mac IP address. (see Router Settings)

Click (Computer Settings).

Type a secret password for the Server. Same password must be used in the VNC program on the iPhone.


Local network vs remote network

If your iPhone is in the same location as your Mac and you are connected via the wireless network, you can just use the Mac computer name as the IP address in your VNC software on the iPhone. For instance, "intelmac.local"
If you are using the iTeleport app, it will automatically see any local Macs on your network.

But if you are connecting remotely, you will need to use the actual IP address of the Mac. The IP address for the Mac can be located in System Preferences - Network - Advanced under the TCP/IP tab.
See the instructions below if you are using a router.


Router Settings

If your Mac is connected to a router, you will need to set up the router to forward port 5900 to your Mac IP addreess. Then you will use the WAN IP address of your router as the IP address in the VNC software on the iPhone. You can get your WAN IP address here

Using MacWise on your iPhone

On your iPhone, set up the VNC software with the correct IP address and password.

Then login to your Mac.

Run MacWise.

Select "iPhone window" from the Window Menu in MacWise.

The MacWise window will appear on your iPhone.

That's it. You are now using MacWise as if you were sitting in front of your Mac controlling it with your iPhone.

NOTE: This all sounds rather complicated, but after you get it all set up, It is extremely easy to use. Just tap the VNC icon on your iPhone and connect to your Mac.


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MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal -- connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, protected fields and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. Features include phone list and dialer for modems, on-screen programmable function keys, connection scripts and more.


MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode. SCO ANSI is also supported.

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1. Built in Modem
2. Telnet / TCP/IP
3. SSH Secure Shell
4. Serial ports via USB to Serial adaptor
5. Also communicates directly with the Mac unix shell


If your office uses a business computer that allows you to log in as a terminal, you can use MacWise to access your business data from your Macintosh when you are out of the office (or in the office)

MacWise will connect your Mac to the office computer using your modem or with ethernet using a lan connection in your office or over the Internet.


Rich Love
Carnation Software
512 858-9234

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