When I bought the 15 inch Macbook with Retina Display, it caused some problems in my workflow. First, no other screen I owned or anyone else owned looked quite as crisp and clean as my new laptop's pixel dense screen. That meant that my web presence and logo had to be adapted to the pixel density of such a crisp screen. My routine websites also weren’t set up for a retina display monitor, so a lot of text on the web was fuzzy and gross looking. Second, my second monitor looked super terrible in comparison, so it was hard to edit photos because my photos looked different on both displays. Even if I corrected the colors in my monitor, it was LCD, so things were more blown out compared to my wonderful LED laptop screen.
I started working on my laptop screen primarily and got rid of my monitor. It’s been fine, but slightly annoying at times. Today that changed. I downloaded an app on my iPad that allows it to become a second display. And while its not super great for hardcore editing, it’s the perfect editing setup on the go, when you’re away from home base.
Duet does exactly what it advertises. You download the app on your iPad for $15 (I know, most of you think that’s crazy for an app. Totally worth the money in this case.), then download the free companion app on your Mac. Open the app on your iPad, plug your iPad in with your regular USB cable and BOOM. That’s all there is to it.
Often times, I bring my iPad with me to coffee shops as well as my laptop. I do things on both, but I always wished they were integrated a little better. It would be nice to get notifications and email on one screen, and do everything else on my main screen. It doesn’t take up much extra space, and the iPad is getting power from your laptop so you don’t need a heap of tangled cables. I’m still going to do some testing of how well this works, but it’s probably the most convenient option for someone as ADD as I am. I don’t buy a lot of apps, but every once in a while, there’s an app that is so useful I put it in my daily routine. Duet is that app.