m3me, a Seattle-based development company, released App Conductor HD for the iPad last week. App Conductor HD connects to your Mac or Windows computer, turning your iPad into an application control center to close, minimize, and switch applications and windows.
App Conductor HD requires the installation of a free companion application, Conductor Server, on your computer that you can find here. Once you’ve installed Conductor Server, App Conductor HD will automatically find your computer (they must be on the same Wi-Fi network) and prompt you to pair the two. After this, it will display all of your open applications and windows as well as the applications in your Dock (Mac) or taskbar (Windows).
You can navigate open applications and windows intuitively to quickly get to the application you need. As a launcher, App Conductor HD opens applications just as if you had double-clicked on an application’s icon on your computer. If you have multiple windows open in an application, each individual window is shown in a vertical row surrounding the window currently active.
To help you visualize how App Conductor HD works, m3me has put together a demo video:
App Conductor HD requires the following:
- Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (accessibility enabled)
- Windows XP service pack 3, Vista service Pack 2, Windows 7 (32/64 bit)
- Wi-Fi router (local area network or Ad hoc network)
- Conductor Server software (free download)
I’m pretty handy with keyboard shortcuts on my Mac to navigate between applications and windows so the need for App Conductor HD is less compelling for a user like me. However, I can still see it being a useful utility when I have a ton of apps open since it can be a bit tedious to navigate to the right app and window using the native keyboard controls in Mac OS X.
m3me also offers Remote Conductor HD, an app that offers similar functionality to App Conductor HD but with a few added features, including the ability to use your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch as a remote trackpad and keyboard for your computer. There’s also a version of Remote Conductor for the iPhone and iPod touch.