Editing On-the-Go with Parallels Access 2.5 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4

I’ve always been an iPhone fan, but I have to admit that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge intrigue me. It’s great to have a 5.5-inch screen—how can you take advantage of that much real estate? One way is with Parallels Access 2.5 for Android, which supports Samsung’s S Pen™. So I decided to give it a shot.

Now when I’m on the go with my Galaxy Note, I can access the apps on my MacBook Pro, but with the added precision of the S Pen. For example, one of the main ways I use my MacBook is to create videos for Parallels. These videos are typically a combination of live footage, screen grabs with text, and graphics. 

Using the S Pen, it’s easy to trim a clip and make adjustments to my project timeline based on the latest feedback on a draft. The precision I get makes it simple, and editing on the fly cuts down on work time when I’m back at the office.

 

Not only can I adjust my timeline, but as I scrub and preview changes, the audio will play remotely right though the Galaxy Note. I can also make changes quickly to the intro and outro slates in Photoshop. 

Once I’ve dropped the updated intro slate back into the timeline, I can share my new draft on YouTube. Now it’s ready for a second round of reviews.

The S Pen makes it effortless to move images around on the slate, along with resizing the images to fit perfectly. While I could do this with my finger, it wouldn’t work as well—after using the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 4, I wish Apple had something similar.

If you have similar tasks to do or apps that require a lot of precision work, you might consider switching to a Samsung device with Parallels Access 2.5 just for the S Pen. And if you haven’t tried Parallels Access 2.5, I encourage you to give it a spin!

 If you have comments or questions on how I use Parallels Access, feel free to leave a comment below or reach out to the Parallels Access team on Facebook or Twitter.    


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Forget Something at Home or the Office? Parallels Access Can Help: Part 1

Tell me if any of these situations sound familiar:

  • Scenario 1: You finished up a presentation at home last night, but you didn’t bring a copy to the office.
  • Scenario 2: In your rush to get to the airport, you forgot about a colleague’s request to put an important file into the team’s shared folder on Dropbox.
  • Scenario 3: You’re pretty sure the image your colleague needs is on your computer at home, but you have no idea where it’s located on that computer. And, of course, she needs it right now.

These have certainly all happened to me—and with increasing frequency as I get older and older.

To help cure these common ills, I’ll show you how the new Universal File Manager in Parallels Access 2.5 can assist you in each scenario. The File Manager is available in the iOS client for Parallels Access, so I’ll be using my iPad to demonstrate these tasks. 

In today’s post, we’ll be covering Scenario 1. Stay tuned for posts covering Scenarios 2 and 3 in this series in the following weeks.

 

Scenario 1: You left a file behind at home.

Here, with screenshots, is how to use Parallels Access to find a file on your home computer while you’re still at work or on the road.

Connect to your home computer with Parallels Access, then click on the folder icon to use the Universal File Manager (Fig. 1).

Figure 1: Connect File Manager To Home Computer.

Figure 1: Connect File Manager To Home Computer.

Navigate to the folder where you stored the file by using the directory list on the left and the icons in the main view in the center of the screen (Fig. 2).

Figure 2: Navigate To The File.

Figure 2: Navigate To The File.

You now have several options:

  • Copy the file to your iPad.
  • Move the file to your preferred cloud storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.).
  • Email the file to yourself.

Let’s copy the file to your iPad by following these steps:

  • Copy the file (Fig. 3).
Figure 3: Prepare to copy.

Figure 3: Prepare to copy.

  • Navigate to the location where Parallels Access stores files locally on your iPad.
  • Paste the file (Fig. 4).
FigURE 4: Paste To Local Storage.

FigURE 4: Paste To Local Storage.

Now that the file is on your iPad, you can copy it to any other app that accepts the same file type. Let’s assume you want to edit the file in PowerPoint for iPad.

  • Tap on the file (Fig. 5), then tap on Export.
FigURE 5: Tap On File And Export.

FigURE 5: Tap On File And Export.

  • Change from iCloud to Dropbox, since PowerPoint for iPad cannot (as of this writing) access iCloud (Fig. 6).
FigURE 6: Change To Dropbox.

FigURE 6: Change To Dropbox.

  • Scroll to the folder where you want to place the file—in this case, Team_Shared_Folder (Fig. 7).
FigURE 7: Scroll To Folder.

FigURE 7: Scroll To Folder.

  • Tap on “Save to ‘Team_Shared_Folder’” at the bottom of the dialog (Fig. 8).
FigURE 8: Save.

FigURE 8: Save.

  • Launch PowerPoint for iPad, then open the Team_Shared_Folder on Dropbox (Fig. 9).
Figure 9: Launch PPT and Open From Dropbox.

Figure 9: Launch PPT and Open From Dropbox.

  • Tap on the file to download it from Dropbox, then open it (Fig. 10).
Figure 10: File Opens In PPT for Editing.

Figure 10: File Opens In PPT for Editing.

Well, that was how to use the new Universal File Manager in Parallels Access 2.5 for Scenario 1accidentally leaving your file you need at home. Don't forget to stay tuned for Scenarios 2 and 3 in the series, coming soon.

Have you tried Parallels Access 2.5 yet? Tell us in a comment, or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter!


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The Struggle is Real: Choosing Between Parallels Access 2.5 on Android or iOS

I’m an Apple girl through-and-through. 

My love of Apple started young (thanks Dad)—when the iPod Mini came out, I got the adorable green one for my birthday that year, and jammed out to my limited collection of music with it (mostly to the Shrek soundtrack).

Image courtesy of imackler at Head-Fi.

Image courtesy of imackler at Head-Fi.

A few years later, I graduated to my iPod Classic (with video!) that I got for Christmas. Fast-forward to my first job as a lifeguard, when I saved up all of my paychecks to join #TeamiPhone! I’ve been hooked ever since. 

Although I love my iOS device, there is one thing I covet about Parallels Access on the Android: the ability to place your favorite desktop applications on your Android home screen. I'm so jealous of this awesome feature! 

Place your favorite desktop applications on your #Android home screen for easy access. #ParallelsAccess #RemoteDesktop

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I've tried Android, but what can I say—I’m too hooked on Apple! 

What about you—what’s your favorite feature of Parallels Access 2.5? Is there a feature on Android or iOS you wish was on both? Share your thoughts with us in a comment, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter!


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Computer-to-Computer Control Using Parallels Access 2.5

With the release of Parallels Access 2.5, we got a lot more killer features: a universal File Manager; compatibility with Samsung devices such as the Galaxy Tab S and Galaxy Note 4 (and support for the Samsung S Pen); optimization for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and Kindle Fire; and audio however you want it. Just to name a few.

While all of these new features are awesome, my personal favorite is computer-to-computer access. It’s the perfect solution for when you need that one little thing off your home machine or faraway laptop, but you don’t have time to install the Parallels Access agent on your smartphone or tablet. Check it out:

Parallels Access gives users the peace of mind of knowing they can be effective anytime and anywhere, even on a mobile device or a borrowed computer. 

What about you? Have you tried Parallels Access 2.5 yet?


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Hello, Parallels Access 2.5

Parallels Access 2.5 has landed, and it’s better than ever! 

Update to Parallels Access 2.5 today! Now with computer to computer access! #ParallelsAccess

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In our last update, we introduced the app to Android and iPhone, enabled Desktop applications on your Android home screen, changed the screen resolution to match your device, and added an iOS file browser, an iOS device microphone that can be used by remote applications, and remote Wake-on-LAN. We also debuted new pricing for Parallels Access for Business. 

What’s new this time? For starters, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now supported—and we now offer support for Kindle Fire. Here’s everything else to get excited about in Parallels Access 2.5: 

For iOS:

  • Full-scale File Manager with local files and cloud storage support
  • Support for iOS 8 document picker to copy and view files from other apps 
  • Ability to play sounds from a remote computer when the app is in the background
  • Option to play sound on your mobile device or remote computer

For Android: 

  • File browser for browsing remote files 
  • Extended support for Samsung S Pen 
  • Ability to play sounds from a remote computer when the app is in the background 

For your Mac or PC: 

  • Computer-to-computer control via a web browser 

What does that last one mean? Great question! From any HTML5-compatible browser, you can connect to any of the computers registered in your Parallels Access account. And here’s the best part: You don’t need to install anything to make this work, even if you’re using a temporary computer at an office or library.

Have you tried Parallels Access 2.5 yet? What are you waiting for?


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