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Air Stylus – Adds Extra Touch Screen

Air Stylus icon

Air Stylus is an app for your iPad that turns it into an extra monitor or touchscreen for your Mac.

Think about that…now, you can extend your screen real estate and combine the intuitive nature of touching a screen with your favorite stylus to accomplish something magical. You can draw that art work or edit that photo directly on the app running on your Mac. That means, you can use the full Mac version of Sketchbook, Aperture, or Adobe Photoshop on your iPad. This works with other apps too.

You will need to download a simple, free app for your Mac to allow it to talk with the Air Stylus app on your iPad on a wireless network. Once you have connected your iPad, its just like having another external monitor for your computer. This monitor is touch sensitive. You can zoom in and out with a pinch or tap to pull up a keyboard to enter text.

Air Stylus lets you use your iPad as a pressure-sensitive, wireless drawing surface for your favorite graphics software on your computer.

Draw or paint on your iPad’s screen directly into Adobe® Photoshop®, Pixelmator®, or almost any computer-based creative software that supports pressure-sensitive pens.

Air Stylus creates a natural drawing and painting environment, letting you combine the power of computer-based creative software, the finesse of a pressure-sensitive stylus, and the elegant usability of your iPad.

You can watch the app in action below.


The hardest thing for me to remember was that I could drag my mouse from right to the far left that would take the pointer from my laptop to my iPad screen and have access to the toolbar just like I was on my Mac.

You can even access arrange the location of the screen just like any other external monitor. On your Mac, go to  > System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement. Then, you can drag your external iPad display to where you want it to appear.

The price is $19.99. Once you download the app for your iPad, don’t forget to install the Mac app to allow it all to work.

This app is not just for performing art work, you can edit documents or run any other app that your Mac is running on the extra screen. If you are in need of an extra monitor to put in your lap or on your desk to work naturally with your apps using a touch sensitive stylus, this is a great app to accomplish that goal.


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