How To Turn Your iPad Into A 2nd Monitor

 

This app is called Splashtop XDisplay and is available from the app store.

 

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What it does is simple: it turns your iPad into a second computer monitor to allow you to move programs away from your main screen but still have them available to view and work on.

Installation is very easy, you download the (free) app and also the free Splashtop Streamer to your PC, set up a security code for the app to access your PC and you’re done. The app connects via your wireless internet connection and can be changed to show crisper graphics at the expenses of refresh rates, or lower quality graphics if you need faster refresh rates – I’ve found either mode to be more than adequate.

The free app is time limited to 10 minutes but can be started again by re-loading the app, or the full version costs a very reasonable $4.99 / £3.99. I’d rather spend that than invest in a new monitor to clog up the desk space

Below is a picture taken during a game session with some friends over the weekend. The monitor in the background has the game running, the iPad has a moving map display on it:

 


From a work perspective it’s great to be able to drag PDF files that I am working from over to the iPad and still have the full screen size of my normal monitor to work on. Once I’m finished I close the app down, put the iPad away and I’ve got my desk space back. Perfect!

If you own an iPad give it a go, if you need any help please let me know and I’ll try to help.

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