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  • Remote Conductor Turns iPad into Trackpad

    App developer m3me has just release Remote Conductor ($9.99) tor the iPad. This app turns an iPad into a full-featured trackpad for the Mac. Remote Conductor has three modes to choose from. The default setting is the trackpad mode, where the entire iPad screen becomes one giant trackpad. Multi-Touch gestures are supported as well. Three finger gestures are not the standard Apple ones, however, instead the app uses three finger gestures to drag windows or select blocks of text.

    At the top right of the screen are icons for Remote Conductor’s three modes. They represent Track, Launch and Switch. Track is the aforementioned trackpad mode. Launch mode allows you to see all of your Mac’s applications and launch them from the iPad. This screen looks very much like a regular iPad screen, but instead of iPad apps you are presented with Mac applications. The bottom of the screen gives you access to your Mac’s dock as well.

    Remote Conductor’s switch mode is probably this app’s most innovative feature. Switch lets you see all of your open applications and windows arranged as thumbnails. These thumbnails are arranged in a grid for easy navigation. Simply click on the application you want to use or click on any window and you will see it pop forward on your Mac’s screen.

    Like most iOS apps that communicate with your Mac, this app requires you to download a free server program call Conductor Server. Once installed on your Mac, an icon for the server program will appear in the menu bar. The first time you run the server app you will have to enter a randomly generated code that appears on the iPad’s screen. This code is used to create a secure connection from your iPad to your Mac. This setup is only necessary the first time you use Remote Conductor.

    Hopefully, m3me will bring Remote Conductor to the iPhone in the not too distant future.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdvumkJ1JzM&feature=player_embedded]YouTube - Remote Conductor Demo[/ame]

    Update: m3meInc comments, “FYI, we will be adding a keyboard in the next version. We are working on Windows support and an iPhone version as well.” Sounds like a big update is on the way.

    Source: MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Remote Conductor Turns iPad into Trackpad started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      its like chicken of the vnc on steroids. good work m3me!
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Looks Great! Happy New Year Everybody!
    1. juggz143's Avatar
      juggz143 -
      Meh the expose feature is cool but +1 for mobile mouse!!!
    1. moorecreative's Avatar
      moorecreative -
      seriously need a windows version of the conductor server so that i can run this with windows 7.

      Already, the Air Display is one of my favorite new apps for the ipad, because it gives new functionality and uses for an ipad in business settings when you're IN the office (i find that the ipad for business is most useful when traveling or out of the office, but less so when in the office!).

      SO this Remote Conductor would be another MUST HAVE tool for the ipad when i'm in the office (but must get working on a PC !)
    1. PM5K's Avatar
      PM5K -
      Hmmmm. So I made an iPad stylus the other day as seen here. Sounds like I might be able to use my iPad as a wannabe Wacom tablet for my PC?
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Cool. It'd be awesome to have your comp connected to you TV, you could relax on the couch while you control it with your iPad. Great work!

      A keyboard would make this even more amazing.

      You can with AirMouse on the iTouch/iPhone. Uses WiFi and turns your phone into a trackpad for your computer.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      You can with AirMouse on the iTouch/iPhone. Uses WiFi and turns your phone into a trackpad for your computer.
      Yeah I've seen that, it's pretty cool. Just need a keyboard!
    1. jimmoffettjr's Avatar
      jimmoffettjr -
      Air mouse A.K.A. Mobile Mouse Pro does have all those functions plus many more. It definitely has a keyboard I use it all the time just as someone on here suggested. I have my MBP hooked up to the flat screen and don't have to leave the couch. Hahaha. Another real good one (with a keyboard) is iteleport because I believe it's a "vnc client" so you have access to your whole comp/desktop. I use them both in conjunction with one another all the time. I use iteleport when the writing is too small, mobile mouse for all else. Hope that helped.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Looks cool I think I'll get this app. I like logmeignition that apps great too
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      started using it today, i like it it works great, but its kinda just a fun thing to do so far. i am starting to find the app switcher useful, although command tab it quick too. Its also very responsive
    1. m3meInc's Avatar
      m3meInc -
      FYI, we have just released Remote Conductor 1.1 it adds a secure keyboard, a direct connect by IP feature, network test and more. It looks like we are the only iPad trackpad app with a fully encrypted keyboard!

      Still working on the Windows version.
    1. m3meInc's Avatar
      m3meInc -
      We just released a small update to Remote Conductor. Includes some improvements to gesture handling, more flexibility for Launcher custom folders and support for Application alias's. Oh and with iOS 4.3 we can now connect over Bluetooth!
    1. m3meInc's Avatar
      m3meInc -
      We just launched the public beta of the Windows server! The iPhone version is coming along nicely as well.
    1. m3meInc's Avatar
      m3meInc -
      We just released Remote Conductor for iPhone! Check it out on the app store.

      The Windows Server is now out of beta and official released as well.

      Also we updated the Mac Server to support OS X Lion.