Camera 1, Camera 2. Just like on our virtual machines, Remote Desktop Connection gives us all our browsers in one spot. Awesome.####Efficient, Fast, and Easy to Use At ZURB, half our team has Apple MacBook Pros, "the design side." They're fast, portable, and reliable when it comes to Web development. However, being Mac users, we run into a problem any other Apple fanboy might: testing websites in Windows-based browsers. First it was Parallels, then it was VMware Fusion, and now it's RDC.
With an easy to use and advanced settings panel, RDC conforms to your Mac's setup.We all noticed a huge jump in resource usage with the latest version of VMware Fusion, and frankly, we all got sick of it pretty quickly. Even with 4GB of memory and a dual core processor, each time we'd fire up Fusion, it would render our computer inert for at least a minute. Don't move your mouse, don't click on something else, and for heaven's sake don't even try to use Photoshop at the same time. And while a dedicated testing environment might not work for everyone—freelancers might not have the resources for another computer in their office—it certainly helps in our team environment. It's fast, works over our VPN, can be up and running in under 10 seconds, and makes it easy to test all the browsers (Firefox 2/3, Safari, Internet Explorer 6/7). **So what's the lesson?** Simple: however you set up your own Gauntlet, be sure it keeps you and your team efficient and accurate. A remote desktop and a virtual machine are both solid options and have both suited our needs well.
Want to give Remote Desktop Connection a try on your own? Head on over to Microsoft's Mactopia and download the RDC install and set it up with one of your local Windows-powered PCs. Be sure to compare it to your own Gauntlet and let us know how it goes!