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The Air Display iOS app is part of a range of apps from Avatron which also includes Air Display. The app allows you to use your iOS device as a second monitor for your computer, ideal if you are using Aperture, Lightroom or Photoshop. The touch screen can be used to paint directly on to the surface in Photoshop.
- Works in both landscape and portrait orientations
- You can choose to connect automatically to Air Display every time you launch the app
- Connects over Wi-Fi, no wires needed
- Runs full-screen or in a window
- Keyboard support
- Use AirPlay to do wireless video output to an Apple TV from iPad 2
You can tell the program where your iOS device is positioned, therefore if it's on the left, you move things from the left side of your screen, and vice versa if it's to the right. If you change the orientation of your iOS device or wish to place it to the other side of your computer your open programs will return to your main display. You can also set it to enable/disable touch input and act as a mirror, rather than a second separate display. You can also check from your computer what the battery level is on your iOS device.
Occasionally there is a slight time lag between your input on the iOS device and what happens on your computer, particularly noticeable if you are using it in mirror mode. It's nothing which is going to reduce the usefulness of the app and will also depend on the speed of your Wi-Fi network. During testing, it didn't reduce the power level of the iPad any more than normal usage would.
It's unlikely you'd get as much use out of the iPhone version due to its much smaller size, but if you have an iPad and want a second screen, this is a must have app and well worth every penny of its £6.99 price tag.
|The Air Display iOS App is easy to use and a very cheap way to use the iPad as a second monitor.|
Air Display iOS App ProsEasy to use
Makes a cheap second monitor out of your iPad
Touch screen on iOS device can be used as mouse
Air Display iOS App ConsChanging screen orientation moves programs back to main screen
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The Air Display iOS App is available from the iTunes Store for £6.99. For more information please visit the Avatron website.