AirDisplay by Avatron Software Inc., USA, transfers the screen content of a Mac or a Windows PC to the iPad or the iPhone if computer and iOS device are within the same WiFi network. Either it’s used as an extension to the computer’s screen showing windows which are dragged into an invisible area on the computer or just control the computer via the touchscreen of the iOS device.
There is an iOS app (paid version) and a desktop companion app (free) which have to be installed the devices. Once the app is launched on both devices the screen content of your computer is transferred to your iOS device.
Controlling the computer can be easily done by just tapping on controls. The menu of Air Display on the computer allows to select the iOS device on which the computer’s screen is shown.
AirDisplay can be effectively used for
Filling your iPad screen with your utility apps, like iChat, Mail, iCal, and Calculator
Initiating or controlling tasks on your computer while sitting in another room
Moving your iWork and Office tool palettes and inspector windows onto the iPad, and let your document fill the screen.
Carrying an extra monitor down the hall to a meeting.
Helping a colleague without leaving the room by looking on his screen.
Retrieving some information from a computer while sitting in a conference room.
If you want the information to be shared with an audience this can be done by connecting the iPad to a beamer with Apple’s Digital AV Adapter.
Copying a locally saved document to a network storage to make it available for colleagues.
- Writing a short note on the local workstation.
Let a patient or family member watch a procedure on a wireless video monitor.
- Real estate or Sales
Hand a client a mirrored display while you work at the laptop.
Use the extra display area for such auxiliary development tools as Console, Terminal, and the Debugger.
Use your iPad as the ultimate control surface for Logic or Pro Tools.
AirDisplay 2 …
In November 2013 Avatron released AirDisplay 2 (which is quite expensive but worth buying) with these added features:
- AirDisplay 2 now connects up to 4 iPads simultaneously to create unique presentations you drive from your Mac to start training sessions or presentations.
This multi-client support will also be available for Windows in the near future.
- New streamlined and iOS 7-ready interface
- Improved performance
AirDisplay is a useful tool for establishing ad-hoc connections to computers within the same WiFi network. The mobility within an office is no longer restricted when using AirDisplay on an iPad.
Your desktop is always with you.
Other products of this reliable company continuously updating it’s products are Air Login, Air Sharing, and Print Sharing. See my review of Air Sharing below.
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