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DisplayLink, the company best known for gadgets that connect monitors through USB ports, has released software that will allow a Windows 7 machine to use an iPad as a secondary display. And it does it with Windows' Aero UI, wirelessly over Wi-Fi. DisplayLink and iPad You'll need to install code on both devices: the iPad app …

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So, er...

.... it's exactly like Avatron Software's Air Display, then?

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yes!, bloddy stupid,

you can buy a second monitor for a fraction of the price of IPAD

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idiot

for those of us that already have an iPad, then the cost of using it as a second monitor is only 1.99 which is a fraction of the price it'd cost to go out and buy a second monitor

i don't imagine for a minute that they are pitching this as the sole reason why someone might buy an iPad

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If it's the same as Innobec Sidewindow for Windows Mobile

(which has been out for years and does the same sort of thing) then you'll be able to use the iPad as a touchscreen monitor as well. If you're really lucky it'll fire up the tablet functionality in Windows7 and pass it TUIO or similar data.

Couldn't you set up VNC or RDP to work like this?

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Cheap Cintiq Alternative?

An iPad is almost as large as the Cintiq 12WX, but half the price. Obviously no pressure sensitivity but still...

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Air Display

Oh, I just installed Air Display which does just this but with Mac and PC. Is there some advantage that DisplayLink has over Air Display?

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The difference...

Price - Air display is a bit more expensive I think I paid around $10 for it when I purchased it last year. Well worth the cost though, for $8 more you get an app that works as a spare monitor on BOTH Mac and PC as well as touch screen remote control. I use it with my mac book and iPad when coding/debugging and when giving presentations on the road.

And for those of you who complain about the price of the ipad vrs a second monitor, well the ipad is a lot easier to travel with plus it's wireless! I don't think I would want to lug even a small LCD around the country with me, even if it survived the baggage handlers the extra bag fees eat you alive these days! :-)

And yes you can use VNC or similar free remote control products to do the remote control or monitor mirroring, in fact that's what I used to do when driving presentations from my iphone, but it does not give you the option of 2 monitors which is great for development that these products do.

Air Display works great on Macs,I have had no issues on any of my 3 mac systems running it on Leopard or Snow Leopard. I did hear some windows users where having intermittent issues with Windows although I have not had a problem with this when running on my windows 7/Vista test boxes, your mileage may vary.

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I'm interested

if the touchscreen works. Android version would be better.

I believe there was a Windows CE powered wireless touch screen for PCs before, but it did actually cost about $1000. It didn't catch on. But then this isn't colossally cheaper.

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Air Display

has been out for ages - runs on Mac and Windows, and is pretty much faultless. At the moment it's $5.99 on the app store, something tells me we could see that price drop in the very near future.

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Whats new?

So how does this differ from air display?- which works well with pcs and macs?

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Price perhaps?

Air Display which as a few have mentioned is currently available on the App store - at $9.99.

This new app is $1.99.

I'm guessing if they do the same thing, there's the answer

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Someone please tell me

Why a USD1.99 app is turning up as a AUD2.49 app - according to the exchange rate for the last few months, the price should be AUD2.01

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whot?

"after you've downloaded it, it will tell you how to get the Windows code"

why?

Is there some terrible secret?

Like it costs £99?

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cf Air Display

I agree it was fairly remiss of Tony not to mention in his review that similar apps already exist. The review as posted does seem to imply that this is something new and unique.

As for comparisons with Air Display, while others seem to have had no issues I often found Air Display to be a bit temperamental on Win7 64bit. I just tried DisplayLink and, for me, there are at least three immediate advantages.

1. It worked straight away with no tweaking of firewall / AV settings or other minutiae.

2. It doesn't require Aero to be turned off, nor does it turn it off in operation.

3. Because it uses Windows' own Screen and Resolution controls it allows for pure display mirroring, albeit only at the iPad native resolution, which I believe Air Display still can't do on the PC.

There are limitations which might be deal-breakers for some, possibly the most significant being that the iPad can't be used for input. So it's only of use as a second local monitor or a remote presentation device, not as a way of taking some of your PC functionality "with you" on the iPad like you can with Air Display or Splashtop Remote.

And it's iPad only, unlike Air Display which also works with iPhones and iPod touches.

But if what it provides is all you need then it's pretty damn good for the price of a couple of Mars bars. When I'm using the main PC the iPad is invariably sat next to the main monitor, so it makes perfect sense to use it passively as a second display.

I'll no doubt spend the next few months bouncing between this and Air Display as the inevitable feature war ensues. Competition can't be a bad thing.

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