May 24th, 2010

Need just a bit more room to work? Avatron lets you extend your laptop monitor to your iPad with Air Display


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.

For more information, visit Air Display. For more on the company, visit Avatron.

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