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Getting more from your iPad with Citrix and Desktop Connect (Page 5)

By Sean Kalinich from May 7, 2010 @ 8:57 CDT
Manufacturer: Apple

Citrix Receiver - Continued

Once you are in the desktop session things are pretty snappy. The one thing that I do not like is the lack of a "right-click" feature. Yes, there is a multi-touch gesture to invoke some of this, but for the most part if you want to right click you are out of luck. This is disappointing for this type of software. Even the $12 Desktop Connect had an option to allow taps to be transmitted as right clicks.

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Despite that annoyance, I found the ability to truly multi-task very liberating. I was thrilled that I could finally run a word processing app, a web browser, view images and use a spread sheet all at the same time.

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The added benefit is that you are running all of this on much more powerful hardware. As you can see we even ran HyperPi on the system and got some fairly decent times considering it was being run on a virtualized OS.

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To access the keyboard, arrow keys and also to lock the display from scrolling (which allows you to scroll inside apps and Windows), you simply tap the tab at the top center of the screen.

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Now, you will notice an interesting Bluetooth icon. It just begs to be pushed and when you do it says waiting for an iPhone connection. Here is where things get fun if you have an iPhone with the Citrix Receiver. You can connect your iPhone to your iPad and use it like a multi-touch touch pad. I tested this out and found it to be great with one major exception. The iPhone kept sliding around under my fingers.

To use this effectively you would either need a case with a no slip surface, a pad to put the phone on, or a stand of some sort. Otherwise, it is neat idea but falls short in practical use. I also would have liked to see familiar controls. I think that a "mouse" area with a left and right virtual button would be a great improvement to this feature.

Well, that is about it for two of the best performing methods of expanding the iPad's functionality. We do hope to bring you more articles like this as we uncover new ways to add to the iPad's usage. For now we will leave you with a few more images of Citrix in action.

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