Helper apps for the Mac (specifically Remote Desktop Connection)

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I’m sure that if you are a mac user and you use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop (RDC) to connect to other PCs, that you have become frustrated on how limited the capabilities are. I found a couple of tools that may help with that lack-luster experience.

First, there is RDC Menu.

” RDC Menu adds an icon to your menubar, allowing you easy access to launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client.

Besides being an easy way to launch the client, it will also keep launching as many instances of the application as you need. Now you can connect to as many Windows servers as you want to concurrently. “

From first test, this is pretty nice. You can launch things pretty easily from the menu and repeatedly launch multiple instances of RDC.

There is also CoRD which is an open source application.

CoRD is a remote desktop client for Mac OS X ported from the UNIX program rdesktop. It is a Universal Binary, and allows you to connect to multiple servers concurrently.

I think I tried CoRD in it’s .1 release (now trying .2) and I couldn’t get it to run on .1 release. The .2 release seems to work and looks promising as well. It looks like it can run multiple RDC within the same window which, to me, is a big plus. Looks like a great start!

So two nice little apps here.

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