Get AirPlay On Your Mac Right Now With AirParrot, AirServer

Get AirPlay On Your Mac Right Now With AirParrot, AirServer

AirServer, along with the new AirParrot app, brings Mountain Lion's AirPlay to your current Mac

One of the big new Mountain Lion features is AirPlay Mirroring. This will let you beam your Mac’s desktop, videos and Keynote presentations to any screen connected to the Apple TV. This feature alone will probably sell zillions of Apple TVs into conference rooms the world over. But who wants to wait until OS X 10.8’s summer launch? With a couple of apps, you can use AirPlay on your Mac right now.

AirParrot is a new Mac app which will send your Mac’s screen to your Apple TV. That’s it. Right now it doesn’t work with audio (that’s coming), nor will it play nice with Apple TV passwords. But at just $10, it could be exactly what many business-types need for Keynote presentations, or for you or I to quickly throw a movie onto the big screen.

Even better is another app which has been around for a while. It’s called AirServer and it turns your Mac into an AirPlay receiver. This lets you send audio and video from your iPhone or iPad to your Mac. You can use it to play Spotify through the speakers connected to you Mac, or to watch iMovie videos from the iPad on you iMac’s giant 27-inch screen. AirServer is $8, and you have to pay before you download it, without a trial version.

I haven’t used AirParrot, as I own neither a TV nor an Apple TV, but I bought AirServer a while ago and it just keeps getting better. I use it all the time to play music through bigger speakers, but the video and photo slideshow functions both work flawlessly too, with you Mac showing up as an AirPlay destination in the standard iOS AirPlay chooser.

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  • prof_peabody

    This while “article” reads like an advertisement.  I suppose you are getting paid for the plug?  

    How is it a good deal to get an app for 10 dollars that doesn’t even give you the Airplay functionality in full and knowing that the OS upgrade itself will only be 30 dollars?  This is an overpriced kludgey “fix” that doesn’t even work.  

  • FriarNurgle

    Nice. Thunderbot to HDMI adapters are pretty darn cheap too… but Airplay will be extremely convenient. Only thing I wold like is to be able to have a video Airplay while still being able to multitask and do something else on the Mac. 

  • MacHead84

    Considering a lot of people wont be able to upgrade to mountail lion this is a very good alt. for them. Once the audio streaming gets added ofcourse

  • brandon_t_davis

    Yeah, hate to be negative here but I kind of agree with @prof_peabody:disqus here. My issue here isn’t whether or not the software is needed or not, it’s the fact that the writer hasn’t even used the software. I’d probably recommend, and no one is asking, that if you’re going to write about a piece of software you should have probably used said program. If this is an ad, then just state so… I’m certain your readers would respect that.

  • spudmessy

    buyer beware, what you really want is Mirroring, which I believe none of these apps support.

  • Alex Davies

    AirParrot does mirror your mac screen perfectly, with an overscan option and a quality setting. I’m looking forward to the updates as to watch catchup tv, 4od for example, will require audio streaming being implemented and a more consistent high quality frame rate. It is noticeably choppy at the moment, but watchable.

  • TylerHoj

    I didn’t know the MacBook Air had an IR port on the front. Just sayin. 

  • Fofer

    RE: AirServer. “You can use it to play Spotify through the speakers connected to you Mac”

    Why not just play Spotify, using the superior Spotify app… ON THE MAC?

  • Fofer

    FriarNurgle: “ Only thing I wold like is to be able to have a video Airplay while still being able to multitask and do something else on the Mac.”

    Check out ClickToFlash’s awesome AirPlay feature for Safari.  Works great for me, allowing me to do just that!

    http://www.macstories.net/revi
    http://hoyois.github.com/

  • Glen Sutton

    Don’t waste your time with Air Parrot. The video playback is not smooth, even on 720p. Also, the audio randomly goes out and I have to go into the settings and disable and then reenable the audio. The developer ignored my email asking for a refund. Now that just pissed me off! Save $10 and use something else that works or wait for the Mountain Lion update which will have Air Play.

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