Last month, TUAW blogger Erica Sadun did a writeup of a preview edition of Avatron's Air Login remote computer access app. Erica and I were both beta testers for the app, which is used to control any number of Macs from your favorite iOS device. Air Login (free, universal) is now live on the App Store.
As Erica noted in her previous writeup, Air Connect (free) is installed on the Macs you wish to control. Those Macs must be running OS X Lion or Mountain Lion. Air Login is loaded on your iOS device(s), and can be used at no cost on your local network to control your Macs. If you want true remote access over a mobile connection, Avatron offers an in-app purchase to Air Login Anywhere at a cost of $4.99 for 90 days or $14.99 for a year.
Dave Howell of Avatron noted that before the company began work on Air Login, they took a look at all of the other remote access apps out there -- apps like LogMeIn and GoToMyPC -- to see what was good and bad about those apps. Avatron did a wonderful job of enabling touch control of a remote Mac. There's a button to show all open Mac apps and quickly switch to the one you want to use, and once you're in that Mac app, its menu bar appears at the top of your iOS device screen.
Remote control with Air Login, even over a mobile connection, is fast and definitely optimized for use on a small screen. Erica's sneak peek ended with the words "The thoughtfulness of the features, the care in the design and the overall understanding of how people want and need to do work convince me that this is a product worth watching out for. It's on its way and it's going to kick ass."
I agree wholeheartedly with that statement.