Testing Duet – an OS X display extender app for iPad

You’ve probably seen the online hype around Duet – an OS X display extender app for iPad. Basically it’s supposed to allow you to extend your current desktop screen to an iPad – just as if you had an extra monitor. Other apps already do this, but Duet’s claim to fame is it will extend your desktop in a way that’s lag free. So if you’re watching movies or animation and moving elements between monitors, you’ll not notice lag.

Duet’s unique feature that allows this is that Duet connects to your Mac using the USB port and either 30 pin connector or Lightning connector.

I’ve previously used similar apps, Air Display and DisplayPad, though both have utilized WiFi to link your display to the computer. Also, both support Windows or OS X. Currently, Duet doesn’t support Windows.

Duet also doesn’t support the original iPad, where the two other apps do – a consideration if you have an older original hanging around, as I do.

Duet has been getting mixed reviews on the iTunes App Store, but that may be related to the high CPU usage needed to render out a retina display to a retina iPad – there’s a lot of work going on. If you’re using a new computer, or have a lower resolution iPad, then you may not encounter this issue.

Regardless, I’ll take a look at the app and report back when I’ve been able to give it a workout.

 

From the It Must Be Christmas Holiday App Deals dept.

It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as quality publishers have started cutting prices  revealing their holiday app deals.

I’ve played these games and do recommend them as valuable additions to your iOS gaming collection. Prices are discounted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the publisher.

And on with the deals:

Talisman – A great conversion from the well-known adventure board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.

 

 

 


Small World 2 – Huge discount (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth picking up at any price.. a steal here 😉

 

 

 


Battle Academy – Derived from an original BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intuitive design, compelling gameplay and technical innovation. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premium priced title that gets you hours of engaging gameplay.

 

 

 


Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow – Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy presentation of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.

 

 

 


Panzer Corps – Grognards rejoice! Considered teh spiritual successor to the Panzer General series, Panzer Corps is the closest you can currently get to serious armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.

 

 

 

 

My iOS App Picks for 2014 – iOS Photo Apps

I tend to keep my photography over on iPadDarkroom, but since I’m writing about iOS photo apps that I’ve discovered or have dominated my work this year, it seemed fitting to look at apps that have influenced my photo work.

You’ve likely seen some work created with these apps before, but they’re worth profiling again as my picks because they’ve stood head-and-shoulders above the other apps in the photo editor / filter space.

So, on to the apps… Continue reading “My iOS App Picks for 2014 – iOS Photo Apps”

My iOS App Picks for 2014 – eBook Readers

It’s that time of year again — the year is ending, coming to a close. And we often take time to look back at things we’ve done. In my case, I thought I’d look back at the iOS apps that have most engaged me over the last year.

I’ll basically select a ‘winner’ and a ‘runner up’, and give a few reasons why the app captured my attention and interest.

So, without further preamble, here’s my first category and selections: Continue reading “My iOS App Picks for 2014 – eBook Readers”

Hoplite – hex-based tactical strategy game currently free (was $1.99)


Worth getting — simple to learn and engaging (my previous review)  – Hoplite’s a great (and currently free) addition to your iOS games chest. Here’s what Pocket Tactics had to say on it:

What’s truly spectacular about Hoplite is that it manages to boil down the essentials of a roguelike-alike to the point where it’s a puzzle, with a rigid focus on the movement of pieces. At the same time, the game doles out just enough randomness and RPG leveling to keep things fresh.

(full review)

Get it at the App Store.