Last time we talked about how to use Design Space on the iPad. It is very simple after you install the Design Space App and pair it up with your Cricut machine. In this article, I will tell you how you can use Silhouette Studio on your iPad.
Silhouette does not have an App that you can download to your tablet yet. Because of this, we must rely on remote desktop services that can allow you to work off of your computer while using your iPad or tablet. There are a few downsides to this. For starters, most people just find it easier to work off of the computer anyway. You will need to have your computer powered on to work from your desktop. You will also find that the remote desktop app lags out a little bit which can be frustrating. Nevertheless, sometimes it’s just easier to work on your bed or sofa with a tablet instead of your computer. I will go through the very basic steps to be able to do just that!
Step 1: Download the Splashtop App on your iPad or tablet. You will find it if you go to your App Store and search for "splashtop" where you will see a free version of a personal license Splashtop app.
You can also use other remote desktop applications but I have found this is the most common and reliable app for this purpose.
Step 2: Download the Splashtop Streamer on your computer and install it.
Step 3: You will then see the option to connect to your computer when you have the Splashtop App open on your tablet. You can tap on it to connect to your computer.
Step 4: Now you will be able to see all of your desktop! You will open your program which in this case will be Silhouette Studio. You will open it in the same way you would on your computer.
Anytime you wish to work off of your computer you will need to make sure you have your computer powered on.
Another downside to using a remote desktop application is that it can be touchy. When there are small buttons to tap like exit, minimize, and full screen like they are on a Mac – you may have to try a few times before it reads what your finger is tapping on.
With Splashtop you can even access your other programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Word, Cricut Design Space, or whatever else you already have installed on your computer. The latency is not superior, but it is much better than most other remote desktop programs.
And there you have it! Easy peasy, right? Just remember you will probably want to be around your computer and machine while you are working on your iPad in this way. You may run into silly issues otherwise. Maybe you forget to power the computer on, it freezes up on you, or you forgot to connect, power on, or load in your machine. I hope these tips help you out and allow you to be a smidge more creative!