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  • Roger D Williams
    Bob, that s really good news! It s a pity I didn t read this until I got back from town this afternoon, as I was within a stone s throw of the Ginza Apple
    Message 1 of 15 , Apr 18 2:20 AM
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      Bob, that's really good news! It's a pity I didn't read this until I got back from town this afternoon, as I was within a stone's throw of the Ginza Apple Store. That is all I need for putting iPad images on the TV, and of course it would work with our present non-3D TV, which has a digital input.

      I don't need or want to control the TV with iPhone or iPad. I already control the PC from the iPad and if the PC could be mirrored to the TV, I would have all I want... 

      Thanks for the feedback.

      I was a little disappointed with my visit to the mammoth discount store this afternoon. I didn't want to consider a screen larger than 32 inch, as my desk isn't big enough for me to be able to use it conveniently, and most of the manufacturers have apparently abandoned producing high spec 3D TVs at this size. They have moved upscale to huge screens. I did find one that fitted my needs, but it was over my budget. I'll have to see what's available at the Internet stores.

      Roger

      PS Can you get your iPad to fill the TV screen? Its native resolution is well below 1,980 x 1,080 isn't it... Unless you have the new iPad, of course

      Sent from my iPad

      On Apr 18, 2012, at 12:11 PM, R1 <r1swuj@...> wrote:

      Roger -

      Apple sells an iPad 2 Digital AV Adapter that has an Apple male 30-pin connector at one end and splits out the other end with a standard female HDMI socket and an Apple 30-pin female socket.  I have used this "dongle" on a current gen iPod and iPad.  It lists new at about $40 - but i got a refurb from Best Buy for about $25.  My iPad it says that the Adapter is not compatible, but it then goes ahead and works just fine.  This allows mirroring the idevice display and sound on the TV. 

      Controlling a TV from the iPad is harder, since it doesn't have an IR emitter  If a TV or other device has an network connection with a corresponding idevice app (such as the app provided by Roku for Roku receivers) then you can control the device via the network connection..  Samsung may have a similar app for some TVs - you will need to do an Internet search to see if such an app exists for a particular TV.  RedEye (thinkflood.com) makes a Mini IR emitter ($50) that plugs into an idevice headphone jack.  Other solutions may exist?

      Bob D
       


      From: Roger D Williams <roger@...>
      To: "PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com" <PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:39 PM
      Subject: Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Will an HD TV function as a PC display?

       
      Thank you, Bob...

      On Apr 18, 2012, at 7:08 AM, R1 <r1swuj@...> wrote:

      I purchased a Sony 55" LCD TV about two years ago.  I am using it when needed as a display for a mini-PC i5 WIN7 PC (via VGA connector at 1080), intermittent use with a WIN7 laptop PC (HDMI at 900), and intermittent use with both an iPod and an iPad (HDMI).  All work very nicely.  I use the TV for PC apps and Internet browsing, Netflix and Amazon movies, TV shows from Hulu and networks, and other on-line sources.

      I don't understand your reference to HDMI in connection with an iPad. How do you work that? At the moment I can use my iPad to control my PC remotely, viewing the PC screen on the iPad's own display. With the HD TV (and sitting in the same room) I could use the iPad to control the TV display via the PC, but a direct link between iPad and TV would be a LOT simpler!

      Since you indicated that you will be purchasing the TV locally why not ask if you can return it if it doesn't work acceptably as a PC display?

      That's unlikely, but it won't hurt to ask...

      Also be sure to check the specs to see if the TV has a true 1080 panel (I assume that 720 panels are no longer being used, but it doesn't hurt to be certain).

      Good point. They don't say when they are 720 but all  the ones that have 1080 call themselves "True HD" or "Full HD" so I'll watch for that.

      Roger W.


    • R1
      Roger - I do have the new iPad - but that does not fill the entire screen - what it fills is proportional to the orientation of the iPad - portrait or
      Message 2 of 15 , Apr 18 8:02 PM
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        Roger -

        I do have the new iPad - but that does not fill the entire screen - what it fills is proportional to the orientation of the iPad - portrait or landscape - at 4:3.  iPads 2 and 3 are " up-to" 1080 capable, but many apps are not aware of that. When running a slide show, wide panoramas will almost fill the screen, as do certain video apps, such as Netflix (but the video quality does not seem as good as the Roku output and the video output of other apps are of even lower quality). 

        Thanks for your questions - I've had to do a bit testing and learning about the HDMI output.

        Bob D


        From: Roger D Williams <roger@...>
        To: "PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com" <PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:20 AM
        Subject: Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Will an HD TV function as a PC display?

         
        Bob, that's really good news! It's a pity I didn't read this until I got back from town this afternoon, as I was within a stone's throw of the Ginza Apple Store. That is all I need for putting iPad images on the TV, and of course it would work with our present non-3D TV, which has a digital input.

        I don't need or want to control the TV with iPhone or iPad. I already control the PC from the iPad and if the PC could be mirrored to the TV, I would have all I want... 

        Thanks for the feedback.

        I was a little disappointed with my visit to the mammoth discount store this afternoon. I didn't want to consider a screen larger than 32 inch, as my desk isn't big enough for me to be able to use it conveniently, and most of the manufacturers have apparently abandoned producing high spec 3D TVs at this size. They have moved upscale to huge screens. I did find one that fitted my needs, but it was over my budget. I'll have to see what's available at the Internet stores.

        Roger

        PS Can you get your iPad to fill the TV screen? Its native resolution is well below 1,980 x 1,080 isn't it... Unless you have the new iPad, of course

        Sent from my iPad





      • Roger D Williams
        Thank you, Bob. I will be experimenting with my existing TV (non 3D and too large to fit on my desk) as it has twin HDMI inputs. Roger W. Sent from my iPad
        Message 3 of 15 , Apr 19 12:48 AM
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          Thank you, Bob.

          I will be experimenting with my existing TV (non 3D and too large to fit on my desk) as it has twin HDMI inputs. 

          Roger W.

          Sent from my iPad

          On Apr 19, 2012, at 12:02 PM, R1 <r1swuj@...> wrote:

          Roger -

          I do have the new iPad - but that does not fill the entire screen - what it fills is proportional to the orientation of the iPad - portrait or landscape - at 4:3.  iPads 2 and 3 are " up-to" 1080 capable, but many apps are not aware of that. When running a slide show, wide panoramas will almost fill the screen, as do certain video apps, such as Netflix (but the video quality does not seem as good as the Roku output and the video output of other apps are of even lower quality). 

          Thanks for your questions - I've had to do a bit testing and learning about the HDMI output.

          Bob D


          From: Roger D Williams <roger@...>
          To: "PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com" <PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 5:20 AM
          Subject: Re: [PanoToolsNG] Re: Will an HD TV function as a PC display?

           
          Bob, that's really good news! It's a pity I didn't read this until I got back from town this afternoon, as I was within a stone's throw of the Ginza Apple Store. That is all I need for putting iPad images on the TV, and of course it would work with our present non-3D TV, which has a digital input.

          I don't need or want to control the TV with iPhone or iPad. I already control the PC from the iPad and if the PC could be mirrored to the TV, I would have all I want... 

          Thanks for the feedback.

          I was a little disappointed with my visit to the mammoth discount store this afternoon. I didn't want to consider a screen larger than 32 inch, as my desk isn't big enough for me to be able to use it conveniently, and most of the manufacturers have apparently abandoned producing high spec 3D TVs at this size. They have moved upscale to huge screens. I did find one that fitted my needs, but it was over my budget. I'll have to see what's available at the Internet stores.

          Roger

          PS Can you get your iPad to fill the TV screen? Its native resolution is well below 1,980 x 1,080 isn't it... Unless you have the new iPad, of course

          Sent from my iPad





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