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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts Network
Snow Leopard only hintThe old Bonjour Browser hint for Screen Sharing was disabled in a 10.5 security update, and was missing completely in 10.6. However, a new workaround seems to have been built into 10.6, and it might even better than a browser window.

When you connect to any system via Screen Sharing in 10.6, a .vncloc file is automatically created within your user's Library/Application Support/Screen Sharing folder. (Copying this folder to any 10.5 system will also work, but you'll need to manually update it.) Clicking on any of these .vncloc files immediately launches Screen Sharing and connects to the selected system.

To make these shortcuts really easy to use, drag that Screen Sharing folder to your Dock, and now you've got an instant shortcut to any one of your stored Screen Sharing connections. New systems you connect to via the Finder are automatically added to this folder. Just pop up the folder from the Dock, then click the icon for the system you wish to connect to. Screen Sharing will launch and connect, assuming you saved the login info to your Keychain from the last time you connected.

[robg adds: I dragged the folder into Butler's configuration window, assigned it a hot key, and set it to display a menu near the mouse. Now I've got screen sharing connections available via a keyboard shortcut and pop-up menu - nice!]
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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: stevebr on Feb 05, '10 10:05:37AM

10.5 users may be interested to know that vncloc shortcuts can be added to ~/Library/Favorites when you connect to the host in the Finder's Go/cmd-K window by typing vnc://hostname and click on the "+" add icon.

The vncloc files in ~/Library/Favorites and the folder itself can be used in the ways described in the hint and editor's note (drag to dock, use with keyboard launcher, etc).

You can also make a bookmark in Safari with the syntax "vnc://hostname" as the address. This will get picked up by Spotlight as a "web page" and will launch Screen Sharing when selected from Spotlight's results.

Users of JollyFastVNC (a superb VNC client) can use the Safari bookmark method by changing the protocol to "jfvnc://"

[edit: me make grammar bad. me fix]

Edited on Feb 05, '10 10:12:18AM by stevebr



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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: MurphyM on Feb 05, '10 10:40:25AM
I use TextExpander to open Screen Sharing sessions directly by just typing a couple keys on my keyboard, regardless of what application I'm in or where the cursor is. Details here.

It uses the same vnc:// syntax mentioned in the previous comment.

Edited on Feb 05, '10 10:42:26AM by MurphyM


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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: earthsaver on Feb 05, '10 10:57:37AM
Rather than clutter my Dock with another item, I prefer to clutter my menubar with a smaller item: ScreenSharingMenulet.
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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: mael on Feb 05, '10 01:45:18PM
Rather than clutter my Dock with another item, or clutter my menubar with a smaller item, I clutter my .bashrc for completion, since that's where I live most of the time: Add this line:
complete -W "$(ls $HOME/Library/Application\ Support/Screen\ Sharing)" vnc
And from then on, just type
vnc <tab>
to complete to any of the shortcuts.

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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: benichols on Feb 05, '10 02:35:04PM

TUAW had this tip last October (http://www.tuaw.com/2009/10/18/mac-101-add-screen-sharing-folder-to-dock-for-quick-access/). Note that Screensharingmenulet does NOT allow you to access BTMM computers if you use this feature of .Mac. However, the vncloc file to directly access your BTMM computer is saved within the ~/Library/Application Support/Screen Sharing folder, making it a superior option for this purpose.



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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: drtofu on Feb 05, '10 02:39:01PM

You can also click, hold and drag out the icon in the Screen Sharing session's title bar to your desktop or dock.

The resulting icon acts as an alias to the screen sharing session; you can launch from it as well.



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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: mmnw on Feb 06, '10 02:09:30AM

This is a wonderful hint. I added the Folder to my Quicksilver Catalogue. Better than adding it to the Dock.



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10.6: Take advantage of automatic Screen Sharing shortcuts
Authored by: mr. applescript on Feb 08, '10 06:16:49AM
tell application "Finder"
	make new internet location file at desktop to "vnc://yourfavoriteurl"
end tell


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