April 6, 2016

How to turn your iPad or iPhone into a Remote Desktop

APR Remote Desktop

If you ever wished you could turn your iPad or iPhone into a remote desktop for your computer, then we’re about to make your day.

Our new AirParrot Remote iOS app makes it possible to view your computer’s display and control its mouse and keyboard from your iPad or iPhone. Similar remote desktop solutions are expensive, but AirParrot Remote costs just $6.99 in the App Store.

AirParrot Remote lets you manage and edit all of your computer’s documents and applications from your mobile phone or tablet. You don’t even have to be in the same room as your computer. Just make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi.

The AirParrot Remote “remote desktop” feature is ideal for use at work or at home.

At work

If you don’t feel like taking your computer to that next meeting, leave it at your desk. You can access your computer and all of its files from your iPad.

Pro Tip: If your conference room has an Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled display, you can use AirParrot Remote to connect your computer (which is still sitting at your desk) to one of those devices for the entire room to see. It’s convenient, and everyone in the room will think you’re some sort of crazy tech genius or computer hacker.  

At home

The same concept applies at home. You can use your iPhone or iPad to edit a document or view a file that’s on your computer from anywhere in the house. This will come in handy when you’re in bed and realize you need your computer. Rather than getting up and going downstairs, simply open AirParrot Remote on your tablet or phone to access your Mac or PC.  

What you need

  1. AirParrot Remote running on your iPad or iPhone
  2. AirParrot 2 ($12.99) running on your Mac or PC

How it works

Open AirParrot 2 on your computer and wirelessly connect your iPad or iPhone to it via the AirParrot Remote connection menu. Tap the “Display 1” option in the AirParrot Remote menu. Then tap on the screen preview window in the top right corner of the AirParrot Remote app. This will show you whatever is on your computer screen. Lastly, turn on the mouse and keyboard control options in AirParrot Remote by tapping the corresponding images at the bottom of the screen preview. You will now be able to control the computer’s mouse and keyboard from your mobile device.

Learn more about the AirParrot Remote iOS app and AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app. You can grab AirParrot 2 on our website and AirParrot Remote from the Apple App Store.

April 4, 2016

Throw A Party with AirParrot Remote

AirParrot Remote Have A Party

Music is one of the few things that can make or break an event. Nobody wants to hear smooth jazz at a tailgate, pop music at a rodeo or heavy metal at Margaritaville.

Selecting bad music is frowned upon, but it’s not the worst thing you could do. The one surefire way to get your party-planning privileges revoked is to provide no music at all. Yikes.

We’d also like to take this moment to remind everyone that computer speakers are not party speakers. We’re sure that’s a rule somewhere in the unofficial party planner’s handbook.

Many people have great music on their computer, but they have no way to play it for a roomful of people. We can help with that. Our new AirParrot Remote + AirParrot 2 combo will help you and your guests curate a playlist full of songs that everyone wants to hear.

The AirParrot Remote iOS app ($6.99) is the companion AirParrot 2 ($12.99) users have been waiting for. AirParrot Remote gives you the ability to create media playlists in AirParrot 2 for the first time ever. It’s a feature many of you have been asking for, and we’re happy to add it.

AirParrot Remote is an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users can open the app on their mobile device, wirelessly tap into the media files on their computer and add those files to a playlist to begin streaming to AirPlay-enabled speakers in the home or office! If you don’t have AirPlay-enabled speakers, you can still stream the audio files to Apple TV or Chromecast for a fuller sound than computer speakers will provide.

Previously, AirParrot 2 users could only stream one audio file at a time. So they would continuously have to return to the computer to stream each new song to the external speakers. It was actually a really huge inconvenience. Now you can stream as many songs in a row as you want and control everything from your mobile device.

How it works

  1. Open AirParrot 2 on the laptop
  2. Open AirParrot Remote on your iOS device and wirelessly connect to your computer in the list of available devices
  3. Select “Media” in the “From” list of the AirParrot Remote menu and then select your desired audio file
  4. Select your AirPlay speakers or another destination in the “To” list of the AirParrot Remote menu to begin streaming that file
  5. You may then continue to select audio files to add to your playlist

That’s it! Creating a playlist with AirParrot Remote is that simple. Make good music choices, and have fun using your new party tool!

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app and the AirParrot Remote iOS app. You can grab AirParrot 2 from our website (or a free trial) and AirParrot Remote from the Apple App Store.

March 30, 2016

How to Turn Your iPad into an Extended Desktop for Mac

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If you ask a random sampling of iPad owners how they use their tablet, you’ll likely get drastically different answers based on the individual.

To some people, an iPad is a relaxation tool used to read books, play games or stay up to date on social media while on the road. Others use it as a business tool to collect data, present or take notes. Our new AirParrot Remote iOS app now lets you use that iPad as an extra monitor for your Mac!

The AirParrot Remote “Extend Desktop” feature turns your iPad into a wireless extra display for your computer. You can drag documents, apps and browsers from your computer to your iPad, just as you would with any extra monitor connected via the old wired connection method.

All you need to use your iPad as an extended desktop is the latest version of our AirParrot 2 software installed on your Mac and the AirParrot Remote app on your iPad.

  1. Connect your MacBook and iPad to the same Wi-Fi network
  2. Open the latest version of AirParrot 2 on your MacBook
  3. Open the AirParrot Remote app on your iPad
  4. Select your computer from the list of available devices in the AirParrot Remote menu to connect
  5. Tap the “Extend Desktop” option in AirParrot Remote and then tap the desktop preview image at the top of the AirParrot Remote menu
  6. Now your iPad is working as an extra display for your computer! You may drag files, windows and applications from your computer to your iPad.

Protip: This feature is used to create an extra display, but it doubles as a way to remotely control your computer’s mouse and keyboard. You can actually edit documents and manage apps running on your computer from the iPad. Pretty cool, right?

You can grab AirParrot 2 for $12.99 in our online store and the new AirParrot Remote app for $6.99 in the Apple App Store.

Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any comments or questions in the replies below! We’re happy to help.

March 28, 2016

How to Display Digital Signage with AirParrot Remote

Digital Signage with AirParrot 2 and AirParrot Remote

Digital signage is part of our everyday lives. It’s found on screens in malls, airports, car dealerships, restaurants, universities and sports venues. Marketers spend hours carefully crafting attention-grabbing messaging to promote deals, features, offers, rewards or events.

The AirParrot 2 and AirParrot Remote combo makes it really easy to deliver your digital signage across multiple screens simultaneously.

AirParrot 2 ($12.99) lets you stream all of your great content from one computer to multiple digital displays at once! Even better, our new AirParrot Remote iOS app ($6.99) lets you build repeating playlists in AirParrot so you can press play and walk away while your digital signage is on display all day. Did we just rhyme?

Any Apple TV, Chromecast or Reflector-enabled device can receive AirParrot 2 connections. As long as you have AirParrot 2 running on one computer, you can use AirParrot Remote to create the playlist and select the destinations for that playlist all from the palm of your hand.

We do this in the office all the time. Except instead of digital ads, we create photo collages of our Photoshop Friday battles to put on display for all of our visitors. Those Photoshop Friday collaborations can get pretty….weird. We included one of the photos below for your entertainment.

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Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app and the AirParrot Remote iOS app. You can grab AirParrot 2 from our website (or a free trial) and AirParrot Remote from the Apple App Store.

March 23, 2016

How to use your iPad as a Second Screen While Presenting

Our new AirParrot Remote app is the perfect companion for your next big presentation. With AirParrot Remote, you can access the presentation software running on your Mac or PC from your iPad. How is this possible? Well, we’re pretty sure our developers are wizards.

Ok, so maybe they’re just really good at their jobs.

AirParrot Remote delivers the “Presenter View” of presentation software such as PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi to your iPad while showing the “Audience View” on the big screen. Presenters can walk around the room and keep their audience engaged while changing slides and accessing notes from their iPad.

AirParrot Remote as a Second Screen

To use your iPad as a second, controllable screen while presenting:

  1. Connect your laptop to a projector via wire
  2. Open AirParrot 2 on the laptop
  3. Open AirParrot Remote on your iPad and wirelessly connect to AirParrot 2
  4. Select “Extend Desktop” from the AirParrot Remote menu
  5. Open the presentation software on your computer and enable Presenter View

That’s it! Now you’re ready to command the attention of any room. The Presenter View is in your hands while everyone else is viewing the audience-friendly presentation at the front of the room. This feature is especially useful for longer presentations where notes come in handy, such as product pitches, new client proposals and funding requests.

That’s just one of many great features in our AirParrot Remote iOS app. Learn more about AirParrot Remote here or pick it up on the App Store for $6.99.

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!