Welcome to the first ever “TgLoves”.
TgLoves is our opportunity to share with you a cool bit of software or gadgetry that either makes our lives easier or does something really useful.
This month: Duet Display – a really pretty useful iPad app
Compared with a lot of people I know, I don’t seem to use my iPad that much – it’s great for the occasional bit of sofa-based web browsing, but most of the time I just tend to use my phone, and for anything that involves typing more than a quick message, I’ll use my PC. But now I have a reason to dust-off my iPad, stop it being an expensive paperweight, and give it something really useful to do…
In a nutshell, Duet Display allows you to use your iPad as a second monitor connected to your PC (running Windows 7 or newer) or Mac (OS X 10.9+). It also, rather niftily, supports touch input on the iPad screen.
Setting up Duet is a so easy. You just download the app on your iPad and the companion software for your PC or Mac, restart your computer, and you’re ready to go – hey presto your desktop automatically extends to the iPad and gives you some valuable extra working space. I’ve found it to be excellent, surprisingly lag-free and the image quality is excellent.
Obviously not everyone will find a use for it, but I find it’s great paired with my laptop while I’m out of the office – it allows me to work on multiple documents with nearly the same ease as my desktop PC.
Developed by a team of ex-Apple engineers they’ve obviously worked really hard to make this a slick app, and have recently introduced support for the bigger 12.9″ iPad Pro, which makes the app seem even more worthwhile.