Capture your iPhone / iPad screen to your PC or MAC
Have you ever wanted to mirror what is on your iPhone or iPad screen to your PC or MAC? For example, demonstrating an app with all the taps and screen changes on your iPad to an audience using a projector or capturing your iPad screen to share a game. In the past, this has been very cumbersome and involved a variety of cables, connections and too much geekiness.
In writing blog posts, I often want to demonstrate an app which has assisted with my genealogy research. For example, the Wolfram Genealogy and Research Assistant app is a tool that lets you discover what was going on while your ancestors lived.
It allows you to, for example, map family relations and expand on what you already know about any of your ancestors. See my blog post, Travelling though time with the tip of your finger for more information on using this app.
Demonstrating this app on a larger computer screen which may then be projected onto a larger screen or TV would involve the audience being able to see what my finger is tapping, as if they are looking over my shoulder. This can now be achieved with the software, Airserver. Airserver is the first software that can mirror your iPhone/iPad to your MAC or Windows PC. It is available for both PC and MAC and costs $14.99 on the MAC and $7.99 for the PC for 5 computers. Airserver can be used for streaming audio, Youtube, video, ebooks, photo and slideshow streaming. Download and install Airserver on your PC/MAC.
Mirroring what is on your IOS device works only with the iPhone 4s, the iPad 2 or iPad 3. It requires the following:
- A Mac running OS X Tiger / Leopard / Snow Leopard / Lion or a PC running Windows 7 or Vista.
- iPad, iPhone ( 3GS or later) or iPod touch (second generation or later) running the latest iOS software.
- Alternatively, you can use an Android device running doubleTwist+AirTwist. Note: Mirroring is only available for iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPhone 4S.
- Wi-Fi connection for activation and operation.
Airserver: What it can do
How do you set Airserver up?
Watch this video from MacMost Now, episode 702
Once you have Airserver installed on your MAC/PC, Open your iOS device and double-tap the home button. A sliding menu will appear at the bottom of your screen. Scroll left until you see the circular AirPlay button. Tap the icon and a list of AirPlay enabled devices will appear. The Mac you installed AirServer on will show up on this list. To connect, simply tap the name of your machine. you can then turn on / off Mirroring.
What relationship is that person to me?
My father’s great uncle’s daughter has a spouse with a very ‘regal’ name. In fact, his whole family have quite unique names. It made searching for him and his family in the UK census quite simple. But what is his relationship to my father? The wolfram Genealogy Research Assistant will tell me the relationship as well as provide the genealogical chart.
This video (no sound) was created using Airserver and shows the process.