Turn your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac or Windows PC

A second monitor for your PC for only ten bucks. How is that for a deal and a half. You can turn your iPad or iPod Touch into that handy enhancement with Air Display from the good folks at Avatron. The only limitation is that both have to be connected to the same WiFi network.

Once Air Display is installed on your iPad it walks you through the installation of the server software on your Mac or Windows PC.

Air Display automatically recognizes the orientation of your secondary display and rotates the contents of the screen to match. You can also – using the software on your PC – designate where in space, relative to your primary monitor, you’ve placed the iPad. Then you can slide apps off your main screen to the iPad. In my example, I have the latest version of Windows Home Server 2011 on the main screen and the instruction manual on the the iPad. Is that ever handy.

Then comes the real magic you can interact with the content being displayed on the iPad  just as you would if it were a regular iPad app..just scroll and click with your finger..how cool is that! You can also use the mouse back and forth between the screens.

Air Display is available from the Apple App Store for $9.99 and once installed tells you how to download the server application for your Mac or Windows PC. This is a great way to get a second monitor when you need it with no fuss or cables to worry about.

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