The best VNC client for macOS is now even better!
We’re excited to announce that Screens 4 for macOS will be out soon! We worked hard to make our VNC client app even better than its predecessor!
With version 4, Screens is now at par with its counterpart, Screens for iOS. Many features that were available only on iOS were still missing, such as Curtain Mode, Availability Indicators and One-Click User Passwords.
Screens 4 for macOS does have some exclusive features such as File Transfers and Touch Bar support. Screens now also relies on OpenGL, which makes rendering insanely fast!
We’re very proud of Screens 4 and of our hard work at Edovia. We cannot wait to see what people think!
New User Interface
Screens now includes groups, availability indicators and a more polished look without sacrificing usability.
You can now transfer files through drag and drop between Macs.
Block the remote display of the Mac you’re connecting to in order to keep curious eyes away.
This was one of the most requested feature from our users and I’m happy that we are finally able to offer it!
Touch Bar Support
Screens ❤️ Touch Bar. It is the perfect app to make great use of the Touch Bar, especially in fullscreen mode!
You can now add tags to your saved screens to improve search.
Apple lifted some restrictions last year when introducing macOS 10.12 Sierra. One of them was iCloud not being available to app sold out of the Mac App Store. Screens is now sandboxed so it can access iCloud even if purchased outside the MAS.
Momentum scrolling (Mac)
Screens now sends proper mouse events to Macs. This allows us to improve scrolling. It just feels natural.
A new OpenGL renderer (it’s insanely fast!)
The only thing slowing things down now with Screens 4 is your connecting quality and speed. Unless I’m mistaken, I believe this is the first time OpenGL is being used by a VNC app.
One-click User Password
This feature was first introduced in Screens for iOS. Apple improved security quite a bit a few macOS versions ago and that resulted in seeing the login window much more often when connecting via Screen Sharing. Having to type your password almost every single time on iOS was a pain but there’s no reason why this feature shouldn’t be available in Screens for macOS!
One-click user password is also available as a customizable shortcut and on Touch Bar.
Improved clipboard support
There was a lot of work done in order to make sure that clipboard sharing was support like it should. We also made sure that some edge cases were taken care of.
Improved URL scheme support
Like it’s iOS counterpart, Screens for macOS now supports the RFC 2396 standard.
Many performance improvements
A lot of our source code is shared between both clients on iOS and macOS. This allowed us to improve performance, robustness and stability on macOS while being able to test and refine on iOS. This means that ScreensKit, our Screen Sharing engine, is now very reliable and proven.
Pricing and Availability
All current Screens users can get a 40% discount when upgrading. You can check if you are eligible on our Upgrade Page. This includes customers that bought Screens 1.0 back in 2011! 🤓
Mac App Store
Screens 4 is also offered on the Mac App Store. However, Apple hasn’t yet provided developers with a paid upgrade mechanism. While we considered using In-App Purchases or subscriptions to fill that role, we felt these models did not suit Screens very well.
If you purchased Screens 3 on the Mac App Store, you are entitled to the same discounts are those who bought the app directly from us. However, this means that you’ll be switching to the direct version and get updates from us, not Apple. Please contact us with your Mac App Store receipt to obtain a discount or free upgrade (purchases made after January 31st, 2017).
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our users. We wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing if it wasn’t for you. Please let us know what you think about Screens 4. We can’t wait to hear from you!