Review: TouchPad Turns the iPad into a Multi-Touch Trackpad and Keyboard for Your Mac

Posted on May 4, 2010 by

TouchPad is one of the coolest apps for the iPad.  I hope no one goes out and buys an iPad just for this app, but if you already have one, you should definitely look into getting this.

TouchPad turns your iPad into a giant trackpad to remotely control your Mac through WiFi. Besides the trackpad, it also gives you a keyboard and media remote.  I’ve been using TouchPad with a Mac Pro I have connected to a TV in my living room, and I couldn’t be happier with it.  The media controller works perfect with Front Row and Hulu Desktop.

The trackpad gives you all the multi-touch features you are used to, like two finger scrolling and the three and four finger gestures..  You can even pinch to zoom in on the screen.  I was very impressed with the response and ease of use.

One of my favorite things about TouchPad is that you don’t have to install any software on your Mac to use it.  It works with the Screen Sharing feature that is built into OS X.  Setup takes less than a minute, and after the initial setup, the app works instantly with your Mac once launched.

Touchpad also works on the iPhone and iPod touch and is available in the App Store for $3.99.


• Media controller (Front Row, Quicktime, Keynote, etc.)
• Drag files, windows, text, etc.
• Modifier keys (Ctrl, Option/Alt, Cmd, Shift) included.
• Tab, Esc keys included.
• Horizontal and vertical orientation supported.
• Connection Manager.
• Compatible with Wake-On-Lan (Snow Leopard).
• Super-easy setup.

• 1 finger, 2 finger and 3 finger gestures supported.
• 2 finger vertical and horizontal scrolling.
• Drag gesture (tap-tap-hold-slide) supported.
• Swipe left or right with 3 fingers (Back and Forward).
• 4 finger swipe up and down (Exposé)
• Pinch to zoom screen

• Supports OS X 10.4 or later.
• Windows and Linux NOT supported.
• Connects through a WiFi connection and Bonjour.
• Screen Sharing with VNC option enabled or VNC server required.
• Qwerty, Qwertz, Azerty keyboards supported.
• Zoom enabled (Sys Prefs > Universal Access > Zoom > On)

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