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If you do presentations from your iPhone or your iPad you know how challenging it can be show both your Mac and your iDevice at the same time. This becomes even a bigger problem when you’re trying to record the presentation. Recently I reviewed the BlackMagic Intensity Extreme Thunderbolt hardware solution and while it provides the ultimate in speed and quality, it’s not the most convenient to use during a live presentation. Sure you can connect your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 (and presumably the “New iPad”) directly to your projector, but recording what’s going on on the display is a problem.

Reflection works GREAT!

This App solves a couple of problems for me as I’m showing more and more iOS Apps during live presentations. The way it works is you install the App on your Mac and simply launch it. Once you launch it it will broadcast itself via your WiFi network as a legitimate AirPlay video/audio device. Go to the AirPlay button on your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 in the task bar and mirror your display. Now you have a live display of your iPhone/iPad on your Mac complete with a graphic frame (nice touch).  The App even supports rotating the device. Here’s a demo:

The Bottom Line

While Reflection won’t win the contest for most frames per second, it beats any webcam-pointed-at-the-screen solution I’ve seen and short of the BlackMagic gear, it’s hands down the best way of presenting or recording what’s going on on your iPhone 4s or iPad 2 via your Mac. Of course since it’s mirroring what’s on your screen you don’t get the actually gestures (your hand/fingers) in the recording/presentation. Hopefully, we’ll see more Apps implement a “presentation mode” like Adobe’s Photoshop Touch.

You can get the Reflection App for $14.99 here as well as a free trial.

One more thing..

They also make an App called AirParrot. AirParrot allows you to mirror your Mac to an AirPlay device like your Apple TV. This is one of the features I’m looking forward to in Mountain Lion and now I don’t have to wait for it.

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  • Larry B

    Terry,
    This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! What an awesome app and a great demo video that answered all my questions. Thanks for the demo/review.