#Tools – Using an old #Android tablet as an additional monitor

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Hi !

Please don’t ask me why, however today I was in the need to have a 3rd monitor to my current setup.

And, somewhere during these days, I remember that someone commented about using an old iPad / Android tablet as an external monitor.

We don’t do Apple at home (again, don’t ask me why!), however I still have some old Android tablets, and I decided to try some of those apps.

Note: You know the feeling about installing Android apps, you never know what’s there.

So, after a couple of tests, I found a super cool and decent solution:

SpaceDesk (see references)

I won’t bother with detailed instructions;

  • Install the app on your PC, that will be the host.
  • Install the app on the Android tablet (client)
  • Both needs to be in the same network
  • and done !

Some settings to arrange the screen

And, in the Bottom left corner you may see a new screen

3 monitors

Awesome !

Happy coding!

Greetings

El Bruno

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#MacOS – Not so good with Screen Resolutions and “even better” at projection mode

Hi !

The first time I was doing a demo and connecting my MacBook Pro to a projector, I found out that the screen settings and configuration in a MacOS are completely different to the usual Windows experience. And, IMHO, not in a good way.

In Windows, when you are working with 2 or more screens (monitors / projectors) you have the chance to define specific settings for each one. This settings include orientation, resolution, and more.

MacOS display runs at its native resolution, which is the best resolution designed for the display. To change the resolution, you need to open System Preferences and select displays. Then in the [Display section], we can change the resolutions by selecting the [Scaled] option.

So far, so good. Each option also shows a “Looks like resolution …” options which is great. But, not good enough. Before a demo for a client or a user group, I like to dry run my presentations and demos using a custom resolution. You never know, which hardware is going to be at your final destination.

After testing a couple of apps, I finally found a very good one with the features I need:

Disable Monitor, https://github.com/Eun/DisableMonitor

Disable Monitor allows me to quickly change any screen resolution with 2 clicks; it also lock the screens and detect monitors.

Simple and easy. Happy coding!

Greeting @ Toronto

El Bruno

My posts on experiences in Mac from a Windows user