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Apple Introduces Apple Remote Desktop 3Apple Remote Desktop 3 offers a wide range of high performance desktop management (April 12, 2006)
Apple announced Apple Remote Desktop 3, the third generation of Apple's award-winning desktop management software. Building on Mac OS(R) X version 10.4 "Tiger" innovations such as Spotlight, Dashboard and Automator, Apple Remote Desktop 3 is a Universal application optimized to take advantage of the power of Intel-based Macs with more than 50 new features that deliver improvements in software distribution, asset management and remote assistance.
Apple Remote Desktop 3 offers a wide range of high performance desktop management features including lightning-fast Spotlight searches across multiple Tiger systems; over 30 Automator actions for easily automating repetitive system administration tasks; a Dashboard Widget that provides quick and convenient observation of remote systems; and AutoInstall for installing software automatically on mobile systems when they return online.
Other new features in Apple Remote Desktop 3 include:
-- System Status Indicators that let administrators quickly check the overall health of multiple systems at a glance;
-- Power Copy files up to 11 times faster than with Apple Remote Desktop 2*;
-- Remote Drag and Drop files and folders between local and remote computers;
-- Remote Copy and Paste for simple transfer of text and images between local and remote computers;
-- Persistent Task History and Task Templates to make it easy to save and replicate repetitive tasks;
-- Curtain Mode to hide the desktop of a system while it is being controlled remotely;
-- Application Usage and User History Reports to track software compliance and monitor the use of unauthorized applications; -- Smart Computer Lists for dynamically managing systems based on specified criteria; and
-- AES 128-bit encryption for secure communications between Apple Remote Desktop 3 and clients.
Pricing & AvailabilityApple Remote Desktop 3 is available immediately through The Apple Store(R) (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for managing up to 10 systems and $499 (US) for managing an unlimited number of systems. Special education pricing can be found at www.apple.com/education/store.
The administration and client system for Apple Remote Desktop 3 is designed to run on any computer running Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later. An Ethernet (recommended), IP over FireWire(R) or AirPort(R) network connection is required.
*Based on network copy performance using 1000Base-T and Power Macs with dual processor G5 2.5 GHz CPUs, 2GB of RAM and running Mac OS X version 10.4.3.
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