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Apple presents Apple Remote Desktop: the official press release

After the preview news here is Apple's official statement:

Apple introduced Apple Remote Desktop for Mac OS X, a software that will allow users, teachers and administrators to remotely manage the Desks of other Macs connected to LANs, AirPort wireless networks or the Internet. With Apple Remote Desktop, teachers can view students' computer monitors, perform group demonstrations and communicate with individual interlocutors thanks to real-time screen sharing, text chats and the "call attention" command. System administrators can provide assistance, obtain complete system profiles, reconfigure settings and distribute applications, promptly and easily, to hundreds of computers. All from a single central location, via an Ethernet connection or an AirPort wireless network.

"Apple Remote Desktop is the fastest and most immediate way to provide support for Mac users in classrooms or remote workgroups," said Philip Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing. "It has many powerful features just think of screen sharing, system monitoring and software installation on AirPort networks or via the Internet and for this an indispensable tool for teachers and system administrators working with the X system."How does it workApple Remote Desktop supports various levels of administrative access, each with its own password, so that teaching staff and IT managers are free to intervene in maximum security and at the same time limiting the privileges to delete the elements of the system or to modify their settings. In addition, teachers and administrators also have the option to control computers remotely, blocking screens and determining the start, restart and stop of individual workstations or entire computer labs or work groups.

Here are some of the main features of Apple Remote Desktop: – quick and easy software distribution, to allow administrators to transfer new applications or updates on multiple systems, with all the simplicity of drag-and-drop; – communication tools, such as chat in real time and the "attention call" command, to create direct personal interaction between teachers and students in the classrooms or between administrators and users on the network; – monitoring systems, to identify and solve problems remotely by viewing and managing directly the user's Desk; – option to view up to 250 rotating screens (4 screens at a time); – possibility to obtain system profiles with the hardware and software specifications installed to create detailed reports.

Prices and availabilityApple Remote Desktop available through The Apple Store (www.apple.com/italystore) or at Apple authorized points of sale and retailers at an Apple Store price of Euro 349.00 (excluding VAT) for the 10 client edition and Euro 599, 00 (excluding VAT) for the unlimited client version. Special offers are also available for the world of Education.

Required featuresThe administration and client system for Apple Remote Desktop compatible with all Power Mac G4 and G3 models, including PowerBook G4, PowerBook G3, iMac and iBook and requires an Ethernet connection or an AirPort network. The administration system operates on Mac OS X version 10.1 or later and the client version supports systems from Mac OS 8.1 to Mac OS 9.2, and Mac OS X v10.1 and later.