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Control your Mac from your palms: turn your iPhone/iPod Touch into a remote trackpad and keyboard for your Mac.

About pearPad
pearPad is a little application for the iPhone/iPod Touch that turns it into a remote trackpad and keyboard for your Mac. This comes in handy for example if you connect your Mac to an HDTV to show off your pictures, browse the web, or give a presentation. pearPad gives you almost full control.

pearPad supports configurable swipe-gestures (quick strokes accross the iPhone/iPod Touch screen, for example convenient to quickly switch photos in iPhoto or Aperture), mouse cursor positioning (like a trackpad), scrolling with two fingers, text-entry using the iPhone/iPod Touch virtual keyboard, or key-combinations (like Command, Shift, Control) provided by special onscreen-pad.

pearPad consists of two parts:

  • The application running on the iPhone/iPod Touch, which is available at the AppStore for only 4$.
  • The application running on your Mac called pearPad Remote. This application listens and interprets the commands sent to it by pearPad. (pearPad Remote is available for free here, and requires MacOS X 10.5).

Once pearPad Remote is launched and activated on your Mac, pearPad on the iPhone / iPod Touch will automatically find it in your local network using Bonjour. 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.

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).
For now, pearPad does not support Windows or Linux PCs.
pearPad does not encrypt the input data sent to your Mac - so don't use it for sensible or top secret data.

View screenshots of pearPad

Download pearPad Remote for Mac OS X 10.5 (173kB)

walter at pearworks dot com