Ever wish you had an extra display for your Mac or Windows computer? There's an app for that. With Air Display, you can use your Atom's screen as a wireless display, to extend your other computer's desktop. Developed by Avatron Software, home of the popular Air Sharing apps, Air Display lets you position your Atom device next to your computer, drag windows onto it, and interact with those windows as you would on any other computer display.
Air Display's performance is extremely responsive, employing a clever dynamic compression algorithm. On a typical Wi-Fi network, mouse cursor refreshes are indistinguishable from a wired mouse.
Some great uses for Air Display:
- Fill your Air Display screen with your utility apps, like iChat, Mail, iCal, and Calculator.
- Graphic design: Make Photoshop and Illustrator usable on your laptop by putting your tool palettes on the second screen.
- Programming: Use the extra display area for such auxiliary development tools as Console, Terminal, and the Debugger.
- Business: Move all of your Office or iWork palettes and inspector windows onto the Atom screen, and let your document fill the main screen.
- Find your own uses.
On first launch, Air Display presents easy instructions for downloading and installing the companion support software for your desktop computer.
The host computer may run either Windows or Mac OS X.
Air Display requires 32-bit XP or 32-bit or 64-bit Vista or 7. Windows 7 Starter edition is not supported.
MAC OS X
Air Display requires Leopard 10.5.8 or Snow Leopard 10.6 or later, on an Intel CPU. Both 32-bit and 64-bit systems are supported. Users of new MacBook Pros with dual graphics hardware should disable Automatic Graphics Switching when using any virtual frame buffer, including Air Display. The Air Display installer will configure that for you.
In order for Air Display to work, your computer and Atom device must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Impressive that it works, but display size seems to be fixed to 800x480 while my netbook is 1024x600. Mouse also disappears when resizing or trying to close the window. Maybe an update will fix this?