Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Expanding Your App-Titude: A Monthly Look at Apps and Websites That Can Make the CPA's Job and Life Better

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Expanding Your App-Titude: A Monthly Look at Apps and Websites That Can Make the CPA's Job and Life Better

Article excerpt

Many practitioners have grown accustomed to using multiple monitors at the same time. I have three in my office and two in my home office, but on the road I have only one. I have tested many potential solutions for using an additional monitor when traveling. None worked well enough for everyday adoption ... until now.

DUET DISPLAY ENABLES AN ADDITIONAL MONITOR

Duet Display allows me to use my iPad Pro as a second monitor for my laptop. Granted, the iPad Pro screen is not as big as the second display in my office, but having any second screen definitely improves my productivity on the road. Duet works with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, but I found the smaller screens, even the relatively big iPhone 7+, quickly proved unsatisfactory for anything other than simple notifications.

The iPad connects via USB, and its charging and syncing functions are enabled as usual. But upon clicking the Duet Display app, the connected laptop takes over with the iPad becoming a second monitor in either extended or mirrored mode. Duet has two options for the display. First, the frame rate at either 30fps or 60fps; and second, the display mode at either retina or normal. I used the retina mode; the display was crisp and sharp. A pleasant surprise was to find that Duet adds touch capability to any program running on the iPad display. That means you can launch programs, move the mouse around the display with your finger, and use gestures such as two-finger scroll. And, if you have an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro with iOS's split-screen multitasking capability, you can allocate part of the display for laptop display apps while keeping the balance for another split-screen iOS app.

Duet is smooth and fast. I noticed no lag time. That is probably because of the required wired connection via USB cable. At first blush, I saw this as a limitation but quickly realized that by using the cable, Duet can deliver solid performance and keep my iPad fully charged.

The only other requirement is that the Duet app must be running on the devices you intend to connect. …

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