JellyVNC is a simple bookmark manager for the built-in Screen Sharing application in Mac OS X. It allows you to create local or remote bookmark entries including a title, hostname or ip address, username and even a custom port. You can browse your local network using Bonjour to discover which computers have VNC running and connect to them - or add them to a bookmark.
JellyVNC features a menulet in the top menubar giving you one-click access to all your bookmarks.
Choosing the bookmark and clicking Connect will bring up the built-in Screen Sharing application and prompt you for a password which can be saved in the keychain for faster access next time.
JellyVNC lets you bookmark and use any device which has the VNC protocol running - it isn't limited to Macs.
This application is very useful if you need to connect and manage several computers using VNC - whether it is your family or business. You can have as many bookmarks as you like, both local and remote stored for quick and easy access.
Once connected via Screen Sharing, you have access to its features including the ability to choose which display to view (on multi-display machines), quality and scaling. You can also remote copy/paste using the clipboard send/receive feature.
JellyVNC 1.2.1 fixes an issue where choosing Show JellyVNC Window from the Menulet will now bring the application to the front.
Ratings and Reviews
Fixed a Screen Share issue for me
My macbook pro was not seeing my mini server through bonjour. An imac on the home network could see it just fine and the button was displayed on the finder window to allow Screen Sharing with it. The mini server is headless. Connecting through Command-K on the macbook let me mount drives, but I could not see the mini to allow screen sharing-the Share Screen button just would not show up. JellyVNC could not see the mini through bonjour (on the macbook) indicating a bonjour issue with the macbook that I do not know how to fix. However, manually setting up the mini’s server connection through JellyVNC allowed the macbook to connect and share its screen. No more relying on the button to show up in finder! Wish I had found this sooner as a use the mini to support an AppleTV for my music/video library. The interface is simple and easy and for me it just worked.
No, it doesn't do much, but if you have a number of computers you VNC to regularly, then this is an essential bit of functionality. In fact, it's really, really obnoxious that the ability to name/bookmark VNC and AFP connections is not provided by the OS. But of course, Apple is way too busy releasing updates to iTunes and the App store to bother with improvements or bug fixes to the desktop OS.
This program would be more useful if it also provided bookmarking for AFP connections as well as VNC.
And it'd be nice if it would read the already-extant list of servers that appear in the Finder's "Connect to Server" (cmd-K) window; that would save some manual entry.
Basic functionality with a few minor issues.
JellyVNC is a pretty good front end to the built in Screen Sharing app. It does nothing to improve the Screen Sharing app once the connection is established, however. I fount performance somewhat sluggish remotely controlling a remote system over a limited bandwidth connection compared to other VNC clients, but that not the fault of JellyVNC.
One minor negative is version 1.1 does not work on my original MacBook Core Duo computer. 1.0 worked fine, but would not upgrade to 1.1 through the App Store. I moved 1.1 from my current generation MacBook Pro to the MacBook and it generates a 'You cannot open the application JellyVNC.app because it is not supported on this type of Mac.' This is a minor annoyance but the App Store continues to point out that there is an upgrade available, flagging the App Store icon to indicate this. It isn't a huge issue, but it detracts from application.
In short, JellyVNC does what it says it does well and at a reasonable price, but suffers from other, related applications.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.