UPDATE: we neglected to update this post, but the outage was fixed a few days later. All has been good since then.
Our Air Connect servers have been offline for several days and will be offline for several more. Our sincere apologies to to Air Login users and Everydisk backers.
Here’s what’s going on. First, some background: Like our Air Login app, Everydisk uses the Air Connect server as a gateway to connect your local devices with your remote devices. For the Everydisk beta, we had planned to have a separate Air Connect server running in parallel with the regular Air Connect. In retrospect, that’s what we should have done. But when we got to the end, we thought it would be trivial to combine the two and avoid an annoying extra transition for our beta testers. (Seriously, “It will be trivial” must have its own chapter in the Famous Last Words book, just after “Hey Mom, watch this!”) Anyway we did the integration and thought we were just flipping a switch and making the Everydisk beta go live, but we discovered upon doing so that the current Air Login app was still pointing to the old server. So we just needed to quickly change the Air Connect URL in Air Login to point to the new one, and we’d be good. (“It will be trivial.”) But what we had forgotten that Air Login was built with an older Apple SDK, and we needed to bring it up to the latest. But it didn’t build anymore. And so on. But meanwhile the Air Connect server is still down.
Anyway. Some days later, we have now finished the Air Login app and are testing and preparing to upload to Apple. The server is ready to go as soon as the new Air Login is approved by Apple and available for sale in the App Store. At that point, we will flip a whole mess of switches and release the new Air Login app, the new Air Connect server, and the Everydisk beta.
So that’s all embarrassing and we apologize profusely. We plan to give some free time to all of the Air Connect subscribers when this is all behind us.
But there’s some good news: the new version of Air Connect will give all of the Everydisk features to all Air Login users. That means that if you have installed Air Connect on two Macs, you will be able connect from one to the other to do remote file sharing, screen sharing (VNC), and command-line (SSH) access. Even if your other Mac is behind a corporate firewall or has a dynamic IP address, and without using a VPN. Hopefully it will all have been worth the wait because it will significantly ease the headaches of working on more than one computer.
Thank you all for your patience! We’re almost there.
It’s awesome that there are so many excellent pressure-sensitive pens available now. Air Display 3 supports the latest from Wacom, Adonit, Adobe, Ten One, and Fifty-three.
Air Display 3 has been out for three whole days now, and we have already seen some rave reviews in different languages around the world. Here’s a sampling:
ZDNet, Feb 26, 2015
Hands on with Air Display 3: Using iPad as second monitor over USB
“Summary:There’s a new app in town that lets you use an iPad as a second monitor for a Mac. It connects over USB for smooth operation good enough for the enterprise.”
AppleWorld.Today, Feb 27, 2015
A first look at Avatron Software’s Air Display 3.0
“For artists or graphics designers, this is a wonderful and inexpensive way to get a pressure-sensitive graphics tablet.”
MacRumors, Feb 26, 2015
Avatron Launches ‘Air Display 3’ for iOS With New USB Connection Option
It came as a bit of a surprise to us in December 2014 when a new app arrived in the App Store, purporting to do some of what Air Display does, but over USB instead of Wi-Fi. Until then, the Word On The Street was that Apple was rejecting apps that communicate over USB. Apparently the policy had changed.
We took that lesson to heart. I’m thrilled to announce that we have launched a new iOS app: Air Display 3. For Air Display 3, we’ve combined the old features of Air Display you know and love, with the pressure-sensitivity features of Air Stylus, and added a rock-solid USB connection for wicked fast screen response.
Since 2008, app developers have bemoaned the App Store’s inflexible pricing. In particular, there has been no way to bundle multiple apps together. Bundles are a great means to offer users of one app a discount on another app, and their absence was unfortunate. But now, as of iOS 8, Apple lets us offer a bundle of apps at a discounted price.
So we did that!
Our first app bundle is called the Avatron Productivity Pack, which comprises three of our most popular apps: Air Display, Air Sharing, and Air Login.
We just released a new Android app yesterday: Air Stylus for Galaxy Note.
Working with a host app on your Mac, Air Stylus turns your Galaxy Note into a pressure-sensitive second screen so you can paint directly into your computer-based creative software like Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom, Motion, or SketchBook.