Sunday, January 8, 2012

Howto: VNC full screen on OSX Snow Leopard using Chicken of the VNC



In Apple OSX 10.5 Leopard there were some hacks to allow ScreenSharing to have more options, specifically a Bonjour Browser and fit to window. Basically they used Apple Remote Desktop.


In 10.6 Snow Leopard these options are gone.


Why do I need VNC? Well I have a single PPC only application that I cannot get rid of yet. I considered running 10.6 under VirtualBox but of course this is not allowed by the licence, and it seems it also has performance issues.


I used CotVNC back in the day, before Apple's own Screen Sharing became useable. I'm back on CotVNC Chicken (successor to CotVNC) now because I can full screen VNC into a machine running 10.6.


So thats my problem solved: I leave one machine on SnowLeopard and use VNC in full screen mode. No need to upgrade at $$$.


One very minor nit: the keyboard commands to go full screen / windowed on the current beta aren't sticky. But thats very minor.


If you do use CotVNC instead of ScreenSharing don't forget you need to put a VNC password into the ScreenSharing Preference pane on the host machine.





Update: Mikael corrects me that Chicken of the VNC is now more, now superseded by Chicken, and its Chicken that gives me VNC fullscreen capability..

2 comments:

Mikael said...

CotVNC isn't maintained but Chicken is, http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36208/chicken

or use the built-in VNC and access it with http://www.klieme.com/ScreenSharingMenulet.html

Both free, current and better than CotVNC

Cheers

Mikael

Steve Mansfield said...

Thanks for correcting me. I'll check out the ScreenSharingMenulet