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Log Me in NOW

Log Me In NOW!!
by Gary Woods

The iPad is a wonderful device. The things you can do with it are simply amazing but sometimes you want more. You hunger for your good old desktop machine that has all your stuff on it. Or, you've forgotten an important piece of data that's sitting there back at the office.

The are several services out there that do a great job. GoToMyPC is wonderful putting you right on your desktop wherever you are but it also has a monthly fee attached to it and as of now I'm not aware of a GoToMyPC iPad app in the iTunes Store. I did however come up with an app that does work on the iPad and doesn't have a monthly fee attached to it.

LogMeIn Ignition costs $29.99 and allows you to get at all your data on as many machines as you've got the free PC or Mac program installed on. The app has been available on the iPhone for quite a while and got a major update recently to run natively on the iPad.

The app gives you two options for navigating around your home screen. You either move the mouse as you would when you're at your desktop or you can have the mouse remain in the middle of the screen and move the desktop around it.

If you want to be able to remotely print and transfer files from your computer to your iPad you can get the Pro Version for about $70 per year but I found I could move files around just fine with the free DropBox and I can wait to get home to print out what I want to print.

We've found LogMeIn to be an invaluable tool because we're not printing out as much data as we used to so we can carry it around with us. Now we just access the data online while we're out. With the iPad and LogMeIn I may never take my laptop out of the case again.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc