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There’s no debate as to how magical the iPad has been. We totally take Jonathan Ive’s word for that. However, the functionality that I’m about to discuss is one that I had never imagined before. But who had? Using your iPad as a secondary display does sound cool and can be put to great use in our everyday lives.
This feature is made available to us by an AppStore product called MaxiVista which turns your iPad into a second display unit. You can place it on any of the four sides of your existing monitor and use them both as if they were just one large piece of display. This will help you clear some clutter off your desktop and increase productivity to a limited but significant extent.
How does it work?
The app uses wi-fi so there is negligible lag in actual usage. Moreover, no extra hardware is required. The app works with any PC running 32 or 64 Bit Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. So, we have the whole windows family covered. However, no support for Mac users on this app, atleast for now. Another, feature I liked is that it is orientation aware and responds to the way the iPad is held.
You’ll also need to download the free utility for Windows from here.
What we found missing and expect in future updates?
- Full screen video playback unavailable
- Aero mode disabled as long as MaxiVista is On
- No touch controls on the iPad
The app is priced at $9.99 and personally I think the app is not totally worthy of the price tag, atleast right now. Touch controls are largely welcome.
Do tell us what use you think you can put this to? Apart from the obvious Photoshop palettes or calculator like utilities etc.