Splashtop App Opens a Whole New World for me on my iPad

It’s winter break, and I’m so happy to finally have time to play a bit with my iPad. I was scanning through some tweets from the top educators that I follow on Twitter, and I came across a recommendation from Vicki Davis for the Splashtop app that allows you to connect remotely to your computer or laptop (PC or Mac) and use any applications on your local computer on your iPad. The app is on sale for a limited time for $4.99, and since I had won an gift card to the Apple iTunes store at the Pre-CECA Day of Discovery in Meriden, CT in October, I decided to give it a try. It downloaded very quickly. My next step was to log into www.splashtop.com/streamer on my laptop and download the software. Once it was installed, I had to set up a security code, and it said I would be in business. Sooooo – I went into another room, opened my iPad, clicked on the Splashtop app, typed in my security code, and there it was – my laptop desktop right there on my iPad. Wow! is all I can say! Now, I can log into Discovery Education and stream videos from the main website on my iPad. I can open Word documents that are on my laptop and edit them on my iPad – and when I save, it saves to the document on my laptop. I also created a new document and saved it to the desktop of my laptop, and there it was when I checked later in the evening. In addition, I have a lot of music and videos on my laptop that are NOT on my iPad, and now I can stream that music through my iPad. Best of all, I have loads of folders of pictures on my laptop, and they are all accessible now, through Splashtop, on my iPad. That is awesome!In addition, using the screenshot feature on my iPad, I can easily add any picture to my camera roll. Granted, I have only tested it out at home from another room on the same wifi network, but supposedly, it should work, if I have a decent wireless connection, from a location in another town – another state. I’ll let you know. Right now, I am psyched that I don’t have to be tied down to my desk in my office in order to be able to do all of the above including  watching (and manipulating) Flash content – on my iPad. The picture is a screenshot of my computer desktop as it appeared when I clicked on Splashtop on my iPad while I was composing this post on my laptop.

taken on iPad by clicking simultaneously on "home" button and power button

Comments

  1. Vicki Davis

    Awesome Carolyn! I love it too. My husband has been using a remote desktop connector on his ipad and kept letting me know how incredible it is. (I wonder when Apple will get that we really want flash on these doggone things.)

    You think you don’t need it, but really, it helps so much. I’ve got to figure out how to connect from a distance – like when at school. I’m not sure splashtop will connect when not at the same location on the same wifi network. I’m going to test it and then see (I may have to use go to my pc.)

    The ipad has so many uses – it is almost like a new best friend. Best wishes and thanks for sharing.

  2. Carolyn Stanley

    I tried logging into my home laptop from my school wireless connection. The school is located about 14 miles from my home. I was not able to connect, but I’m working on figuring out how to do it via my Google email account. I wonder if Vicki had any luck.

  3. Carolyn Stanley

    It’s working! I made sure that I had my gmail address enabled in the Splashtop Streamer on both my school and my home computer and on my iPad. I am at school, and I was able to successfully to connect to my laptop at home!
    The only thing I regret is not having investigated further before I purchased Splashtop for my iPad. I found out that if I had purchased Splashtop Whiteboard for $19.99, it included Splashtop Remote and would also have let me project wirelessly to the SmartBoard in my lab. Oh well, I am really pleased, otherwise.

  4. John Click

    I dig Splashtop, too. But I use my PC laptop more than my iPad, so I prefer to use RHUB’s 6-in-1 service b/c it gives me more options for online collaboration.

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