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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Parallels Access 2.5 Now Available!

Today we released a new version of Parallels Access for iOS, for Android, and Kindle: Parallels Access 2.5. (Yes, I know that Kindle is Android underneath—but it’s different enough to deserve special mention.)

There are a number of new features in this release, but for now I’ll just discuss two of them: computer-to-computer access and iOS File Manager. Future posts will cover the rest. 

Computer-to-Computer Access

Parallels Access has always provided a way for you to access your remote computers from your tablet or your phone. With Parallels Access 2.5, you can now also access your remote computers from any other computer—even one you’re using temporarily at a hotel, a library, or an airport lounge. Just walk up to any computer with a web browser, and you can connect to any of the remote computers listed in your Parallels Access account.

Conceptually, it looks like this:

Figure 1

Figure 1

In practice, it looks like this:

Figure 2: Connecting to Windows 8 PC from Yosemite. 

Figure 2: Connecting to Windows 8 PC from Yosemite. 

This is a major expansion of Parallels Access functionality. With this new release, you can access your machines easily from almost anywhere—there’s nothing to install on a computer you’re using temporarily.

It couldn’t be easier to take advantage of this new feature: just go to parallels.com and log in under “My Account”. Then you’ll see the list of computers you can access. If the computer has this icon next to it:

Just click on the computer to establish a connection. By way of example, here’s my computer list:

Figure 3

Figure 3

iOS File Manager

For iPad and iPhone devices, the File Browser from the previous version of Parallels Access has been enhanced and upgraded to a full File Manager. This tool can now:

  • Store files locally with Parallels Access and preview them.
  • View and copy files from Dropbox and Google Drive™ cloud storage accounts.
  • Search for files on remote computers.
  • Open files stored locally in Parallels Access with other apps.
  • Transfer locally stored files to remote computers and open them with desktop applications.
  • Share files using iOS sharing tools.

iOS File Manager is very touch-friendly, with large controls that are easy to use:

Figure 4

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 5

These are only two of the many new features offered in Parallels Access 2.5. Find the new version now at the App Store on iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon AppStore for Android. 

Important: After you upgrade the Parallels Access client on your tablet or phone, don’t forget to upgrade the Parallels Access agents on your computers as well. Without taking both these steps, you won’t see all the killer features available in Parallels Access 2.5.


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