Posted by Alex

LiveView is a nifty app for your iPhone or iPad that allows you to instantly screencast from your computer to your mobile device. It works over your network connection in conjunction with a desktop app. it was created by Nicolas Zambetti, a San Francisco based interaction designer.

I’ve found LiveView extremely useful over these past couple weeks during iPhone app development. To be able to quickly see how your graphics look in the intended environment is priceless, especially when compared to the alternative option, which usually involves dev simulators, wires, syncing, and TIME. This app essentially allows me to view Photoshop on my phone, live, while I make adjustments. Amazing.

Frank Chimero recently wrote a great piece on his hardware/software set-up. If I were to write my own, LiveView would be the most recent addition to the “essential” category.

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kleeve says:

January 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

This is great; sometimes the most valuable tools are the simple ones. Unfortunately we develop on PCs where I work. Seen anything similar for Windows?


Ramona Sanchez says:

January 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

This app has made me so much more productive. I’ve been able to save so much time by being able to make quicker decisions when I work. Genius.


Ramona Sanchez says:

January 19, 2011 at 2:13 pm

This app has made me so much more productive. I have saved so much time by being able to make quicker decisions about my work. Genius.


Geoff says:

January 24, 2011 at 3:50 am

Not its purpose but it works amazingly well for streaming video especially under low quality. I use it to stream my NBA League Pass to my phone while im in my kitchen/bathroom/etc. No audio but I can hear it from my computer anywhere in the apartment, its the image I cant see.

Very well made app.


Steve H says:

February 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

How does it differ from the various VNC iPhone apps? These make use of the fact that OSX has a VNC server built in. They let you share the screen of any Mac with VNC turned on. Better, you can interact with and control the remote computer.

VNC (“Virtual Network Computer”) was developed by some really smart guys at AT&T Bell Labs in the 1980’s, and lives on in various open source projects.

Curious if this differs, or is perhaps related…