Learn how to use apps to connect to your Mac and control it from the iPad. You can also use your iPad as a second monitor.
Hi. This is Gary Rosenzweig.
Today’s episode let us look at 2 different ways you can your iPad max with your Mac.
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Now you may know how to do your screen sharing between Macs but yo can also use your iPad to control the screen on your Mac.
All you need is an app to do it.One app that I like to use is iTap VNC and using this you can easily connect to a Mac that has screen sharing enabled in the system preferences.
Using iTap VNC is very simple once you get it set up.Setting up means setting up these Bookmarks that link to Macs that you want to connect to.
So the bookmark is something include that IP address and credentials for screen sharing on iMac.
Now you can use a local IP address or you can use a remote one if you have a public IP address for your Mac you can connect to it from anywhere in the world. Once you have the bookmark set up just tap it and it will connect to the Mac,Once it does you can go and review the screen.Now you can zoom in and out by pinching that you would expect on the iPad and you can also tap the simulated click.
Gonna Double click to start the Safari from the dark and then you can tap it in and say what you want in the field here just as you click there is the cursor keyboard you use 3 fingers and swipe down and it brings up the keyboard and you can even use special command and control keys and the F keys as well.
What is the reason that I like iTap V over the other apps is all the different gestures that they have incorporated to after all it is a touch screen on your iPad.Not a regular screen with a keyboard and a mouse.
So it can be difficult to control a Mac using the iPad’s touch screen.
So they have even incoporated all these gestures to make it very easy to click and know exactly what you are doing.
iTap VNC also works on the iPhone in the same way,just have a small er screen and there are also many other VNC apps that you can get from the iTunes app store.
Now another way you can see your Mac’s screen on your iPad is to use an app called Airdisplay Now this is different from VNC.
What it is actually gonna do is to create a second monitor virtually on your Mac.
You are gonna install some free software on your Mac to do that and then you connect your iPad over your WiFi network to your Mac and that second virtual screen will display on your iPad.
So its basically like turning your iPad into a second monitor .So lets turn the iPad into a second monitor.
So you have my MacBookPro and first thing I need to do is turn on the Air Display which is a control here on the Menu bar.
Once I do it says no iPad is found.I can fix that by running the Air Diasplay app.
Once I do I can see that my iPad is now in the list,I select it,it is connected to and turn the iPad into a second screen.
Now I can bring my cursor over between the two I can launch an application ,So I have a window and I can move it from my MacBook to my iPad.
now it Is not the fastest screen because well it is sending all the video data through a WiFi connection not through a fast video cable.
But it still does work ina matter of fact you can even click on things on the iPad screen using your finger.
And there it puts the cursor there and turns to the page.Also you can use the display preferences just to control the second screen just like the right display.
So you can see here I bring it up and it brings up the display preferences on both screens..
you can even rearrange where the iPad screen is located yo the left ,to the right,above or below.
So there you looked at 2 ways you can use your iPad as a screen on your Mac.
Till next time this is Gary Rosenzweig for MacMost Now.