May 24th, 2010
Need just a bit more room to work? Avatron lets you extend your laptop monitor to your iPad with Air Display
Sometimes, your laptop feels a little, well, constrictive. You need more room to work. Not much. Just a little. Just a bit more space. If only you could stretch your screen a few more inches to get a little more real estate.
Well, if you’ve got an Apple iPad, now you can. Thanks to Air Display from Portland-area iPhone developer Avatron Software.
But it’s more than just space to view. You see, not only do you get more room on your screen—wirelessly—you also get a touch screen on which you can doodle.
Air Display not only gives you a wireless computer screen extender, but also works as a tablet input device. You can use your finger to draw directly on the screen’s surface. Try it with a Mac calculator app, painting tool, or music control surface!
Still stumped on how to use this new chunk of screen? Here are some recommendations from Avatron.
- Fill your iPad screen with your utility apps, like iChat, Mail, iCal, and Calculator.
- Graphic designers: Make Photoshop and Illustrator usable on your laptop by putting your tool palettes on the iPad screen.
- Musicians: Use your iPad as the ultimate control surface for Logic or Pro Tools.
- Programmers: Use the extra display area for such auxiliary development tools as Console, Terminal, and the Debugger.
- Business professionals: Move all of your iWork and Office palettes and inspector windows onto the iPad, and let your document fill the screen.
Have a Mac and an iPad? Give Air Display a try. It’s going to cost you $9.99. But let’s be honest, that’s a lot cheaper than purchasing a second monitor.