June 30, 2010 in Utility (E)
[prMac.com] Wellington, New Zealand - Flying Mac today is pleased to announce that FarFinder, the secure remote file access application for Mac OS X, iPhone and iPad, is on sale from today until July 10th. A single user licence is $20, down from $35, and the family licence is reduced from $65 to $45.
FarFinder allows users to browse, search, view and download their Mac's files from anywhere on the internet at any time, using any Mac or PC without special software, or using an iPhone or iPad with the free iOS client.
FarFinder presents the user with a familiar interface that looks a lot like the Mac's Finder. It uses Web 2.0 technology to provide the speed and ease of use of a desktop application, avoiding the clumsy, slow feel of many web-based services. Each Mac has its own easy-to-remember URL chosen by the user. Behind the scenes, FarFinder takes care of keeping this URL pointing to the Mac's current address on the internet.
iPhone and iPad:
iPhone and iPad users can download the free FarFinder iOS client from the App Store. All users can connect using either the iPhone or a web browser - whichever suits the moment. Users can view any file the iPhone normally understands: iWork and Office documents, text files, images, audio and video (bandwidth allowing). Smart file conversion means that other formats such as Photoshop files, high-resolution images, RTFs and web archives can also be viewed. Files can be downloaded from the Mac and stored on the device for times when no network is available, or for quick access to commonly-used files.
A new version of the iOS client is in development. This will implement new iOS4 features and take advantage of the iPad's larger screen area.
* Spotlight search for easy file location. The web interface also provides a Finder-style search interface for a more detailed view
* Send files and folders by email. Files are emailed directly from the Mac, so there's no need to download them first
* Download multiple files and folders at once
* Upload files to the Mac (web interface only, currently)
* Smart slideshow of all images in a folder
* Take pictures through the Mac's iSight camera
* Fast: Unlike some applications, FarFinder does not mirror the Mac's screen over the internet, which is slow - it transfers file information only, making for much better performance
* Sleep: Snow Leopard users with an Airport Base Station can access their Mac even when it is asleep, using OS X's simple wake on demand feature
Pains have been taken to make installation as simple as possible for the non-technical user. In many cases, FarFinder will just work with no additional setup. Where this is not possible, the user is directed to instructions for their particular situation.
All communication between browser/iPhone and Mac is encrypted using secure http, the same technology used for secure web sites like banks and online retailers. The browser or iPhone connects directly to the Mac, not via a third-party server. Further security information is available on Flying Mac.
Pricing and Trial Period:
Until July 10th 2010, FarFinder costs $20 (USD) for an individual licence and $45 for a family of up to five users. Pricing for multi-user commercial licences is available on application. FarFinder has a 20 day free trial period during which the product is fully-functional. Users are encouraged to make use of this.
Flying Mac is run by Adrian Ross, an independent software developer in Wellington, New Zealand. Webjimbo is developed under the Flying Mac moniker. Flying Mac also publishes FarFinder, providing easy remote access to a Mac's files by web browser, iPhone and iPad. Copyright 2008-2010 Flying Mac. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.