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    iPad as a Drawing input to MacBook
    Hello Folks,

    I need your help!

    I was wondering if there is a way that I can use an iPad 2 as an input device for free form drawing input to some sort of application on the MacBook.

    This is in order to help a fellow student for a Video Conferenced interview where he has to draw specific diagrams for the interviewers.

    My gut feeling says there is nothing like that out there, but I'd rather be sure.

    Pretty much I am wondering if the iPad too can simulate a Wacom Bamboo Tablet.

    Thanks for the help in advance.

    Cheers,

    M

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    Well there are apps that can make the iPad work just like a trackpad.
    TouchPad - Control your computer with an iPhone, iPad or iPod

    You can also get a Wacom stylus for the iPad:
    Wacom Bamboo Stylus for iPad 2 Review

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    Forgot about that app!

    Is there a paint prush like application on Mac? I've never looked.

    Thanks for the tip. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinaMACMan View Post
    Forgot about that app!

    Is there a paint prush like application on Mac? I've never looked.

    Thanks for the tip. :-)
    There's a whole bunch, but nothing I've really used myself. There's a whole bunch on the Mac App Store. Autodesk has SketchBook Pro for example, and may be just what he needs. It's 60 bucks though, so if that's out of budget, then there's a lot else to be found. Actually they also have SketchBook Express for free. That may be good enough for his needs.

    Other than using the iPad as a trackpad, he might be able to try using a VNC client on the iPad so he can see on the iPad what he is working on directly. When doing the presentation, he'd probably need to create his own wireless network via the Airport icon, then connect to that with the iPad. There are a lot of VNC clients on the App Store, though some are faster than others.

    EDIT: I missed the part about video-conferencing. He shouldn't need to make his own wireless network if he's at home. If this isn't from home and on the school's wi-fi network, he needs to be sure he can connect his iPad wirelessly to the MacBook if the video conferencing is through the MacBook also. Well you know what I'm driving at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    There's a whole bunch, but nothing I've really used myself. There's a whole bunch on the Mac App Store. Autodesk has SketchBook Pro for example, and may be just what he needs. It's 60 bucks though, so if that's out of budget, then there's a lot else to be found. Actually they also have SketchBook Express for free. That may be good enough for his needs.

    Other than using the iPad as a trackpad, he might be able to try using a VNC client on the iPad so he can see on the iPad what he is working on directly. When doing the presentation, he'd probably need to create his own wireless network via the Airport icon, then connect to that with the iPad. There are a lot of VNC clients on the App Store, though some are faster than others.

    EDIT: I missed the part about video-conferencing. He shouldn't need to make his own wireless network if he's at home. If this isn't from home and on the school's wi-fi network, he needs to be sure he can connect his iPad wirelessly to the MacBook if the video conferencing is through the MacBook also. Well you know what I'm driving at.
    Awesome, I just downloaded the SketchBook Express App. This might actually do the trick!

    I'll let you know. I'd give you another +1, but the darn thing won't let me

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    I'll let you know. I'd give you another +1, but the darn thing won't let me
    The system is designed to allow only so much good rep and then it tells you to spread it around. But I'm sure he appreciates you saying so. And so do we. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinaMACMan View Post
    Awesome, I just downloaded the SketchBook Express App. This might actually do the trick!

    I'll let you know. I'd give you another +1, but the darn thing won't let me
    I keep running into that same problem.

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