Splashtop for iPad updated to support Retina Display

The Splashtop 2 remote desktop app now taps into the Retina Display of the new iPad and also offers a simpler process for getting connected.

Splashtop lets you remotely control your PC or Mac from your iPad.
Splashtop lets you remotely control your PC or Mac from your iPad. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Users of the Splashtop app, which lets you control your PC from an iPad, will find a few enhancements in the latest version.

Released on Wednesday, Splashtop 2 throws in support for the new iPad's Retina Display, so users can take advantage of the higher resolution. You can also now set up a connection without having to enter an IP address or port numbers. Just install and launch the Splashtop streamer app on your computer and the Splashtop iPad app on your tablet, and your computer automatically pops up as an available connection.

Security has also been beefed up since you now have an option to enter your password each time you launch the connection, rather than just the first time.

Splashtop said the connection automatically scales to slower networks to maintain the same responsiveness. I couldn't fully test that on my Wi-Fi network, but I certainly had no trouble with the responsiveness of the remote connection.

You can also access your computers from outside your network without need for a Gmail account or special router configuration. But there's a catch here. Connecting outside your network used to be a free built-in option. Now, to access your computer from anywhere, you need to get an Anywhere Access Pack. That's a free upgrade for existing Splashtop users. But new users will need to cough up 99 cents for one month of access and $9.99 for a full year of access.

Splashtop is available for iPad users at a cost of $1.99. It's compatible with both Windows PCs and Macs.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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