The Lawyer’s Toolbox– Air Display– Using Your iPad or Android Device for Depo Prep, A Second Monitor, or for Touch Screen Remote Access to Your PC/Mac

[This is an update and supplement to a post that originally ran in January of 2012]

In my office, I have a dual monitor set-up that I find to be very useful.  When on the road, I carry my laptop PC and an iPad2.  Air Display ($9.99 The App Store) allows me to use my iPad as a dual monitor for my PC over a common wifi network or via an ad hoc network.

Install the iPad app and the companion PC/Mac software and you are ready to go. The App allows touch screen control on the iPad when paired in either the extended screen or mirror mode- really cool.

I have also used Air Display in the mirror mode to prepare witnesses for deposition. You pull up the document at issue on your laptop and the document is displayed on your deponent’s iPad. The practical side– I just carry a laptop (loaded with my prep materials) and an iPad for the witness–not several banker’s boxes of documents.

You can also use the Air Display in the mirror mode to have touch screen access to your PC anywhere on the same WiFi network. In other words, I can leave my office and relocate to a conference room on the same WiFi network and I have touch screen access to our Firm’s windows based network on my iPad (i.e., PC display is mirrored on the iPad with full touch screen capability.

Air Display also comes in versions to allow Mac to Tablet functionality (iPad, iPhone or Android). I have not tested these combinations. The developer Avatron also claims on its website to be developing a PC to PC version.

If you are like me you are a laptop and iPad combo lawyer, Air Display can help you make the most of carrying two devices.Simply install the iPad app and the companion PC/Mac software and you are ready to go.  The App allows touch screen control on the iPad when paired in either the extened screen or mirror mode- really cool.


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