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  • #: 232664
  • Price: $1.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated: 2009-05-15
  • Current Version: 2.2
  • 2.2
  • Size: 0.10 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Walter Ritter
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.0 or later
  • © 2008-2009 Walter Ritter (pearworks)
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pearPad is a little application that turns your iPhone/iPod touch into a remote trackpad and keyboard for your Mac or PC over WiFi. This comes in handy for example if you connect your computer to an HDTV to show off some pictures, use Front Row (in case of the Mac), browse the web, or give a presentation. pearPad gives you almost full control into your palm.

What’s even cooler, pearPad features swipe-gestures- (quick strokes across the iPhone/iPod touch screen) and shake-detection that you can map to any key-combination you like. Progressing your presentation by shaking your phone, zooming in and out on your screen, controlling Front Row by swipes are just some ideas of what you could do.

Check the demo-videos on the support-page.

To get up and running do:

- install pearPad on your iPhone/iPod touch

- install pearPad Remote on your Mac or PC

Once pearPad Remote is launched and activated on your Mac or PC, pearPad on the iPhone / iPod touch will automatically find your computer in your local network using Bonjour (if it's available). Of course, you can also specifiy an IP-Address the old fashioned way if you need or want to. Just make sure, your firewall does not block the pearPad port (can be configured too, by default it's UDP 59999), and you can let the fun begin.

If you experience any issues, please take a look at the FAQ on the support page or if this does not help don't hesitate to contact me directly.

If you would like to give it a try first before buying try out pearPad Lite.

What pearPad is not:

_pearPad is not a VNC solution, it's a plain oneway input solution (i.e. it does not even try to display the screen-content of your Mac on your tiny little mobile device screen).

_pearPad does not encrypt the input data sent to your computer - so don't use it for sensible or top secret data.

Notes for Windows and other systems like e.g. Linux:

1) Java Runtime Environment 1.5 or higher required. Only one-dimensional scrolling is supported on Windows and Linux.

2) Bonjour is required for the auto-discovery feature to work.

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Exactly what I was hoping for!

This is a very nice app. I got it to use it as my iPhone as a remote when I plug it into my TV and it works great.

In fact, I'm writing this review using it!

It is compatible with Tiger, too, which is great news for me. All you need is for your iPhone to be connected to the same wireless network as your Mac (first-gen MacBook here).

I wish the keyboard was "live" as opposed to typing in big chunks of text and "sending" it to your computer one at a time, but I imagine that might be impossible to implement in an iPhone app.

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this app. Thank you PearWorks!

5/5 stars

Perfect for late night reading

When I'm lying down I use this to control my mac and scroll through articles on google reader (can type n and p for next and previous). Also the keyboard allows me to type silently when my husband is sleeping so I don't wake him up.

0/5 stars


Really dumb. Can't do anything on it!!!!!
Hate it.


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