Business app of the week: AirServer for Mac

Business app of the week: AirServer for Mac

We’ve long enjoyed the ability to stream content from our iOS and OS X devices to Apple TV thanks to AirPlay Mirroring. With AirServer, your content can be streamed to a Mac as well as connected projectors – your business presentations just got an upgrade!

What is AirServer for Mac?

AirServer brings the mirroring magic of Apple TV to Mac in a neat little downloadable package. Once installed on a computer on the same network as an AirPlay-enabled Apple device, said device will be able to see the computer as an AirPlay receiver. This opens the door to a wealth of possibilities, including the chance to conduct presentations without the need to be close to the ‘next slide’ button. Additional options such as full screen recording extend AirServer’s powerful feature list.

How does it work?

Once installed, AirServer sits on your Mac’s toolbar, broadcasting its ability to AirPlay Mirror. Access command centre on your iOS device and as long as it’s on the same network as your computer, tapping AirPlay will display your computer name. Selecting your computer from the list and flicking the switch for Mirroring will swiftly see your device displaying on your Mac.

Every pixel of content from your iOS device will now seamlessly appear on your Mac display too. As mentioned previously, AirServer also has the ability to record whatever you choose to stream. Recording a presentation and sharing it with relevant parties after the meeting adds a particularly compelling opportunity.

Who is it for?

Technically, AirServer isn’t targeted at one particular type of customer – we can see clear advantages in education and home entertainment too. Its powerful recording function could be just the thing for an app developer wanting to create a video demonstration. Equally a teacher could conduct a presentation to students safe in the knowledge that it can be stored afterwards for safekeeping or shared.

What’s the best feature?

Apart from the obvious power of the record function, AirServer’s best feature is its lack of fuss. It has a very focused aim and does it with no resistance. It quietly runs in the background and only comes to life when you require it, and even then AirServer has an extremely minimal user interface with quick access to preferences such as display resolution and security settings.

How much is it and where can I get it?

AirServer is available for download on the AirServer website and is priced according to the sector in which you’ll be using it. Single business licences are available for a one-off $19.99, consumer licences are a one-off $14.99 and education licences are a one-off $7.99 to $11.99. You’ll be pleased to hear there’s also a free 7-day trial available for you to experience why we’re so excited about this app!

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