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Icon Apple Remote Desktop 3.5.1

Apple Remote Desktop is a complete desktop management solution for Mac OS X. You can distribute software, configure systems, offer real-time online help and create detailed hardware and software reports - for all of your Mac systems in your organization, all from your own Mac.
  • License: Buy from the Appstore for $80
  • Author/Publisher: Apple
  • Modification Date: August 22, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 20.5 MB - Apple Remote Desktop 3.5.1 from the App Store
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 30.6 MB - Admin 3.2.2 - Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.8 MB - Client 3.2.2 - Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
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Icon AstroApp 2.15

AstroApp has meeting capabilities by allowing up to 10 users to view and control the same desktop at the same time. To start using the software we recommend creating a free AstroCity login username from within the software and then connecting to others using the FriendsList. Using the advanced modes you can also connect to machines that you setup using an IP address and port number.
  • License: Demo, $10 per month for the Anywhere Service
  • Author/Publisher: Astroflower Software
  • Modification Date: December 31, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 12.2 MB - version 2.15
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 275 Kb - version 1.98
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Icon BetterTelnet 2.0fc1

BetterTelnet for Mac OS is a significantly enhanced version of NCSA Telnet 2.7b5. It fixes many bugs and has a redesigned interface that is not only easier to use and configure than NCSA Telnet, but still has as much as if not more configuration flexibility compared to NCSA Telnet. All configuration options from NCSA Telnet are still in BetterTelnet. Version 2.0 now also has rlogin support.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Rolf Braun
  • Modification Date: January 3, 1999
  • Requirements: Mac OS 7.1 and higher
Download680x0Classic PPC File Size: 432 Kb - BetterTelnet version 2.0fc1
Download680x0Classic PPC File Size: 335 Kb - NCSATelnet version 2.7b4 - released June 28, 1995
Icon Chicken 2.2b2

Chicken of the VNC is a VNC client for Mac OS X. A VNC client allows one to display and interact with a remote computer screen. In other words, you can use Chicken of the VNC to interact with a remote computer as though it's right next to you.
Chicken is a VNC client for Mac OS X. A VNC client allows remote access to another computer over the network. Chicken is based on Chicken of the VNC.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Chicken of the VNC/Chicken Project
  • Modification Date: November 19, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.2 MB - Chicken 2.2b2
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.2 MB - Chicken of the VNC 2.0b4 - Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
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Icon Cisco VPN Client 4.9.01.0280

Simple to deploy and operate, the Cisco VPN Client allows organizations to establish end-to-end, encrypted VPN tunnels for secure connectivity for mobile employees or teleworkers. This thin design, IP security (IPSec)-implementation is compatible with all Cisco virtual private network (VPN) products.

The Cisco VPN Client can be preconfigured for mass deployments, and initial logins require little user intervention. It supports the innovative Cisco Easy VPN capabilities, delivering a uniquely scalable, cost-effective, and easy-to-manage remote access VPN architecture that eliminates the operational costs associated with maintaining a consistent policy and key management method. The Cisco Easy VPN feature allows the Cisco VPN Client to receive security policies upon a VPN tunnel connection from the central site VPN device (Cisco Easy VPN Server), minimizing configuration requirements at the remote location. This simple and highly scalable solution is ideal for large remote access deployments where it is impractical to individually configure policies for multiple remote PCs.
  • License: Customers with Cisco SMARTnet support contracts and encryption entitlement may download the Cisco VPN Client from the Cisco Software Center at no additional cost
  • Author/Publisher: Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Modification Date: January 11, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 14.6 MB - You need a Cisco SMARTnet support contract to login
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Icon Citrix Receiver 11.4.3

Citrix Receiver is an easy-to-install client software that lets you access enterprise data, applications and desktops from any computing device including smartphones, tablets and PCs. Workers today typically use multiple computing devices and crave a consistent computing experience across all of them. Organizations everywhere are struggling to cope with the rapid proliferation of these devices and give users the mobile, high-definition experience they demand. Working in tandem with a Citrix-enabled IT infrastructure, Citrix Receiver gives workers consistent, secure, high-performance access from any device without introducing layers of management complexity for IT.
Delightful for users
Work anywhere, on any device including Windows PCs and Macs as well as smartphone and tablet platforms including Apple, Android, HP and RIM.
  • License: Free Client
  • Author/Publisher: Citrix Systems
  • Modification Date: November 17, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 5.5 MB - Citrix Receiver 11.4.3
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 5.2 MB - Citrix ICA Client Version 10.00.603
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 2.5 MB - Citrix ICA Client Version 6.20.154
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icon CoRD 0.5.5

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. There are many features not yet implemented, but it is usable in it's current form.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Craig Dooley
  • Modification Date: April 30, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.3 MB
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Icon dataComet 10.2.1r1

An AppleScriptable Macintosh VT220, PC-ANSI, and IBM-3270 terminal emulator for Secure Shell 1 + 2, Telnet/TN3270 (K5), and Serial connections with SCP, ZMODEM, IBM IND$FILE, and Text Editing support
  • License: Shareware, $40, Secure $50
  • Author/Publisher: databeast inc.
  • Modification Date: August 5, 2010
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 3.2 MB - dataComet-Secure 10.2.1r1
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.9 MB - dataComet 10.2.1r1
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 1.4 MB - dataComet Classic 4.6.6
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Icon GLterm 1.2

GLterm is a replacement for the Terminal application which ships with MacOS X. It's made to be faster, and to support more common terminal features. It supports full ANSI colors, all vt102 protocol, all DEC function keys, and a selection of useful xterm sequences.
The Big Thing is that GLterm uses X11 .bdf fonts and renders them using..OpenGL. So it's very fast... as long as you have a working 3D accelerator. It should work as intended on B & W G3 and up for desktops and on White iBook and up for laptops: ie a machine whose 3D accelerator is handled properly in OSX.
  • License: Sharewre, $10
  • Author/Publisher: Michel Pollet
  • Modification Date: February 5, 2004
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 345 Kb
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icon IPSecuritas 3.4

IPSecuritas is the most advanced, yet free IPSec client for Mac OS X. It supports virtually every available IPSec compliant firewall, allowing you to connect safely to your office or home network from any location on earth.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Lobotomo Software
  • Modification Date: December 18, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 7.2 MB
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Icon iTerm2 2.1

iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm. It works on Macs with Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion. Its focus is on performance, internationalization, and supporting innovative features that make your life better.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: George Nachman
  • Modification Date: January 8, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.8 MB
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icon iVPN 6.1

iVPN is an application that makes use of the standards based PPTP VPN server installed with Mac OS X. This VPN server is usually only available on Mac OS X Server and configured through the Server Admin application. iVPN makes it possible to use the same server utility on the client version of Mac OS X. All you have to do to set it up is to enter the user name and password that you want your VPN clients to use, the IP address range you want to give to your clients and then click start server. iVPN will handle all the other settings and start the VPN server. iVPN is the GUI that Apple left out.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: Alex Jones
  • Modification Date: August 30, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.5 MB
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Icon JellyfiSSH 4.5.2

JellyfiSSH is a simple bookmark manager for connecting to *NIX boxes like BSD/Linux etc via Telnet or SSH 1 or 2. You can set preferences for each bookmark including the terminal colours, fonts, window size, transparency and default login.
  • License: Freeware, Buy version 5.0 in the AppStore for $4
  • Author/Publisher: Grepsoft
  • Modification Date: June 30, 2008
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4.8 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 197 Kb
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icon JollysFastVNC 1.3.2

JollysFastVNC is a VNC client whose aim is to become the best VNC client on the Mac.
  • License: Shareware, $30
  • Author/Publisher: Patrick Stein
  • Modification Date: November 17, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.3 MB
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Icon MacWise 12.4.6

MacWise emulates ADDS Viewpoint, Wyse 50, Wyse 60, Wyse 370, Televideo TV 925, DEC VT100, VT220 and Prism terminals. Supports ANSI color. Esprit III color is also supported in Wyse 370 mode.
MacWise allows a Macintosh to be used as a terminal -- connected to a host computer directly, by modem, local area network or over the Internet. The emulators support video attributes such as dim, reverse, underline, 132-column modes, protected fields and graphic characters sent from the host computer, as well as enhanced Viewpoint mode. Features include phone list and dialer for modems, on-screen programmable function keys, connection scripts and more.
  • License: Demo, $95
  • Author/Publisher: Carnation Software
  • Modification Date: December 28, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 3.1 MB - version 12.4.6
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 1.0 MB - version 4.4.2
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Icon Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection 2.1.1

Remote Desktop Connection Client lets you connect to a Microsoft Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Microsoft
  • Modification Date: March 21, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.1 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 8.9 MB
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Icon Nifty Telnet SSH 1.1r3

This is an enhanced version of NiftyTelnet which includes support for the SSH (Secure Shell) protocol for encrypted terminal sessions. NEWS! September 6, 2000 RSA Data Security, Inc. today put the RSA public-key encryption algorithm into the public domain, meaning that United States users can now download and use NiftyTelnet SSH legally. This was done two weeks before the expiration of their patent granted in 1983.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Chris Newman/SSH version Jonas Walden
  • Modification Date: June 7, 1999
  • Requirements: System 7.5.1 or higher
Download680x0Download PPC File Size: 559 Kb
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icon Remote Connections Manager 1.0.0r2

Remote Connections Manager was initially built as an utility that allows to launch ssh sessions with password authentication in different terminal applications and login with password without user intervention.
Lately it grew in application which offer centralized storage for telnet, ssh, ftp, sftp connections with unlimited hierarchic folder support. Among other connection properties a connection has password property, working directory property and post-login commands property. These connections can be launched in different terminal applications. When using ssh, ftp and sftp connection an password will be used for autologin, working directory will be changed and post-login commands will be executed after login. ftp and sftp connections can be also launched in ftp/sftp browsers, an password will be used for autologin. For user convenience, Remote Connections Manager can import connections from similar applications or terminal applications and ftp/sftp browsers.
  • License: Shareware, $25
  • Author/Publisher: Jan Cinert
  • Modification Date: January 23, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher - Not yet compatible with Lion
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 5.2 MB
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Icon Say What 1.6

Say What allows you to remotely launch applications, documents or AppleScripts (Mac Only) via a web browser. Version 1.1 and higher even allows you to pass parameters to compiled AppleScripts. It uses the standard HTTP protocol and will run on whatever port you decide so it can run alongside other web services.
  • License: Shareware, $40
  • Author/Publisher: AM Design
  • Modification Date: April 23, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 2.6 MB
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icon Shimo 2.3.3

The initial reason for the development of Shimo was the lousy software-implementation of the Cisco-VPN-Client for MacOS. Shimo wants to do it the MacOS-way: That means to reduce the interface to the important features and integrate it right into the user-interface of the OS. Thus the interaction with this piece of software is absolutely intuitive and self explanatory. Try it out and you will see what we are speaking of...
  • License: Shareware, $22
  • Author/Publisher: ChungWa Soft
  • Modification Date: January 17, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 7.8 MB
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Icon Secure Shell Helper 1.3

Secure Shell Helper does the following:
* Control who's allowed to access your account
* Generate new OpenSSH keys
* View/Export your public keys
* Setup and control the SSH server
* Easy to use Wizard allows you to configure the server and personal identity
Secure Shell helper alleviates the need to use the command line to configure a working OpenSSH system. It's all point and click.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Gideon Softworks
  • Modification Date: July 5, 2007
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 865 Kb
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Icon SSH Agent 1.1

SSH Agent is a graphical front-end to some of the OpenSSH tools included with Mac OS X. Specifically, it allows you to start an ssh-agent, generate identities, and add identities to an agent. Additionally, it allows you to make the ssh-agent global so that, e.g., Project Builder and CVL can use it to do version control over SSH, and it has some functionality to set-up a secure tunnel.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Xander Schrijen
  • Modification Date: May 9, 2005
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1 or higher
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 338 Kb
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Icon SSH Tunnel Manager 2.1.3

SSH Tunnel Manager is a front-end for the ssh command when used to open tunnels between two hosts. Those command lines are particulary long and confusing, especially for novices, and I never remember which argument comes first, if I have to open local or remote tunnels and so on... That's why I wrote this tool.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Tynsoe
  • Modification Date: August 9, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 395 Kb
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Icon Timbuktu Pro 8.8.3

For more than fifteen years, Timbuktu Pro has been the standard for remote control on Mac OS, (it also works with Windows) allowing users to control distant computers as if they were sitting right in front of them. Now supporting multi-button and scroll wheel mouse commands and multiple user options to maximize bandwidth conservation, Timbuktu Pro remains the gold standard in remote control software. Already unparalleled in its ability to find other users and make a connection over virtually any LAN, Internet or dial-up configuration, Timbuktu Pro's improved Internet Locator Service adapts itself even to frequently-changed IP addresses, allowing you to find other users with only an email address.
It isn't only remote control - you can send files and folders without tying up email; send instant messages or text chat; even voice intercom! You can even view detailed system information about remote computers with a click of your mouse.
  • License: Demo, $95 for one computer
  • Author/Publisher: Farallon
  • Modification Date: July 11, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.6 and higher
DownloadIntel File Size: 8.4 MB - 8.8.3 Demo
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Icon tn3270 3.3.b6

tn3270 allows a Macintosh computer with a TCP/IP network connection to negotiate a Telnet session emulating an IBM 3270 terminal. Features of the emulation include color, extended highlighting, APL and 3179-compatible graphics.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Peter John DiCamillo/Brown University
  • Modification Date: June 16, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 1.9 MB - version 3.3b6
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 1.7 MB - version 3.2.4
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 337 Kb - version 3.1.7
Download680x0 File Size: 720 Kb - version 2.5b5
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icon Tunnelblick 3.2.2

Tunnelblick is a ready-to-use graphical OpenVPN client for Mac OS X. It comes as an application package with all binaries and drivers included, no manual installation necessary.
  • License: Freeware
  • Author/Publisher: Angelo Laub
  • Modification Date: January 9, 2012
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 6.1 MB
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Icon Vine 3.1

Formerly OSXvnc.
Vine Server is a full featured VNC server for Mac OS X providing remote access to the GUI, keyboard and mouse using Vine Viewer or any other VNC client. Vine Server offers a rich and unique feature set among Mac OS X VNC servers including:
* Flexible port assignement for multiple VNC servers on a single computer
* System servers that run independently of user accounts
* Outstanding clipboard sharing; Exchange of rich text, images, files and applications when used with Vine Viewer

Vine Viewer is a feature-rich and well support VNC viewer. Some feature highlights of Vine Viewer include:
* Remote screen capture
* QuickTime movie recording
* Secure connections through SSH
* Viewer window scaling
Plus, when Vine Viewer is used with Vine Server a further unique benefit includes
* Rich clipboard support, including copy and past file exchange.
Vine Viewer has a wealth of uses: Helpdesk, education, remote system administration, telecommuting and family technical support, to name a few.
  • License: Shareware, $35
  • Author/Publisher: Redstone Software
  • Modification Date: October 12, 2009
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 3.8 MB
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icon Viscosity 1.3.5

Viscosity is an OpenVPN client for Mac, providing a rich Cocoa graphical user interface for creating, editing, and controlling VPN connections.
  • License: Shareware, $9
  • Author/Publisher: SparkLabs
  • Modification Date: November 21, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 5.4 MB
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Icon VNC Viewer 4.6.3

RealVNC provides remote control software which lets you see and interact with desktop applications across any network.
The software has a widespread user base from individuals to the largest multi-national companies. Founded by the original developers of VNC to promote, enhance and commercialize VNC.
  • License: Demo, $50
  • Author/Publisher: RealVNC
  • Modification Date: August 19, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 8.3 MB
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Icon VPN Tracker 6.3

Communication over the Internet requires secure solutions to facilitate connection of mobile workers and interconnection between branch offices. To support a mobile workforce companies turn to Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, utilizing high speed Internet connections for remote access. Over a VPN telecommuters can access the company network through a secure tunnel over the Internet, eliminating the threat of unauthorized access.
VPN Tracker 3 is an application for Mac OS X that is simple to deploy, manageable and offers complete security to business sensitive information. The software provides seamless compatibility to most market leading VPN vendors and to over 150 gateway devices.
  • License: Demo, $129
  • Author/Publisher: Equinux USA Inc.
  • Modification Date: July 6, 2011
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
DownloadUniversal Binary File Size: 31.9 MB
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Icon ZTerm 1.1b7

ZTerm is a terminal emulation program for the Macintosh. In its day, many people used it to connect to Bulletin Board Systems and download files. Now we have the internet. It's still a useful utility for those systems that only offer dialup connections and for connecting to devices through a serial port, like many routers. For newer Macintoshes that don't have a normal serial port, ZTerm can talk to ports on USB to serial adapters, through the appropriate driver software supplied with the adapter.
  • License: Shareware, $20
  • Author/Publisher: David P. Alverson
  • Modification Date: October 7, 2002
  • Requirements: Mac OS X and Mac OS 8 or higher
DownloadOS X PPC File Size: 176 Kb
DownloadClassic PPC File Size: 180 Kb
Download680x0 File Size: 404 Kb - version 1.0.1
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