Review: Reflector. AirPlay Mirroring to your Mac or PC.

Intro

This is a review I’ve been thinking about for a long time.  A company called Squirrels has created a Mac and Windows app that emulates an Apple TV, and allows you to AirPlay Mirror your iOS device to the display on your Mac or PC.  It even allows you to add a device frame of the device you happen to be using.  They have a frame for every device that supports AirPlay Mirroring:  iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPad Air, and the remarkable thing about it is that they have them in all colors of the device.

 

My Opinion

Reflector is a very complete app.  It has every feature you could ever want.  Frames for literally every AirPlay-capible device is what really impresses me.  I Woud Give this App 5 of 5 Stars.

 

Price

Due to the nature of this app, you won’t find this in the Mac App Store, so instead, go to reflectorapp.com, where you can find Reflector for $12.99.

It’s available for Mac and PC.

 

Conclusion

This app is worth every penny.  It is being actively developed by the developers at Squirrels, and they push out regular updates.

If you want a solution to AirPlay Mirror your iOS device to your computer, this is probably the best option I have ever run across.

Icons8 Review: A Great Source of App Icons

Recently, I stumbled upon a great website named Icons8.  I downloaded their free iOS 7 icons zip file (they also have one for Windows 8 and some other platforms), and, to my amazement found a icon for anything i could through at it.  They all were perfectly scaled for the Apple Retina Display.  It was great.

I highly recommend this service, and also suggest their paid icon packs for a range of prices if you want to support the developers.

I give Icons8 five stars.

Xcode 5.0 Available for Public Download

 

 

Xcode

Xcode (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I don’t care for the design of iOS 7 on the iPad, but Xcode 5.0 is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.  (Mavericks is another one.)  I’m currently downloading it myself, so I am not sure if anything has changed from the GM, but I will be updating this post with anything and everything I can find.  If you’re as excited as I am, and you want to download it, keep in mind that Apple’s servers are really bogged down right now.  It is a 1.9 GigaByte file, so you are going to want to go get some lunch (if you haven’t already) and let this thing download and install.

 

Hope you have fun with it!

Portable Apps

My computer only has a few megabytes of storage available, and on my quest for a way to install Notepad++, I came across portableapps.com.  Their platform – though little known – is a top-notch way to install apps on removable media.

If you work at a place that does not allow you to modify their machines, this is probably the app for you.  It – and all of the software you can download to it – is free.

If you wish to try it out for yourself, just click here, or go to portableapps.com .