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AirParrot uses AirPlay to mirror your Mac's screen to Apple TV, wirelessly. This is great for Macs that are older than mid-2011 as OS X 10.8's AirPlay mirroring does not work on them.

What's New

Version 1.5.4:
  • AirParrot now disables the "mirror displays" option in OS X while using Extend Desktop to prevent frozen AppleTV images
  • "Hide Notification Center" preference now only appears for users on OS X 10.8 and later
  • Resolved an issue that could cause an "Encoder Unavailable" error with latest Apple TV OS update

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Bob.jacobson Member IconReview+106
Bob.jacobson
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Since installing Mavericks (OS 10.9) on my late 2009 MBP and early 2010 MPA (which formerly ran Snow Leopard), AirParrot has become less useful. it's staggering, often out of synch, and with mismatched video. It's simply incapable of mirroring streaming content as it did before. I'd rather have mirroring than Mavericks' few other nice but unnecessary features, so unless Apple or AirParrot comes up with a currently workable solution, I may have to remove Mavericks and reinstall Snow Leopard. Apple would no doubt wish me to buy newer machines, but those I have are serviceable, familiar, and enable my high-productivity workflow. Plus they don't cost $2000 apiece. However, I would prefer a solution to reinstalling Snow Leopard.

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Version 1.5.3
Bob.jacobson Member IconComment+106
Bob.jacobson
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Since installing Mavericks (OS 10.9) on my late 2009 MBP and early 2010 MPA (which formerly ran Snow Leopard), AirParrot has become less useful. it's staggering, often out of synch, and with mismatched video. It's simply incapable of mirroring streaming content as it did before. I'd rather have mirroring than Mavericks' few other nice but unnecessary features, so unless Apple or AirParrot comes up with a currently workable solution, I may have to remove Mavericks and reinstall Snow Leopard. Apple would no doubt wish me to buy newer machines, but those I have are serviceable, familiar, and enable my high-productivity workflow. Plus they don't cost $2000 apiece. However, I would prefer a solution to reinstalling Snow Leopard.

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Version 1.5.3
Xandra Member IconReview+34
Xandra
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This is MUST HAVE For ATV users (at least those without ML - and and probably those whose computers don't meet Apples' requirements)

It's a simple, elegant way to mirror your computer monitor via ATV on your TV: Great for things that don't play in iTunes (use VLC or other), and an excellent way to do demonstrations (assuming you've got a larger TV screen than monitor)

EASE of USE: Very simple setup (although I recall something of a 2step process in earlier versions under Snow Leop. to get audio working)
PERFORMANCE: I have a reliable, pretty fast network, and must say that at least under these conditions there's no lag at all.

IF you want to try to see how well it'll work on your system, get the demo at devs site at: http://www.airsquirrels.com/airparrot/

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Version 1.5
Gent99 Member IconReview+10
Gent99
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If you'd like to view dvd from mac os x to appletv: forget it. Won't work

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Version 1.5
Molamola
+9

DVDPLayer seems to have issues, maybe related to some copy protection. But watching a DVD f.e. using VLC works perfectly. Maybe 1/2 a star just because you have problems to get AirParrot to work with one specific app is a little harsh?

Fred3rd Member IconComment+1
Fred3rd
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Doesn't work at all with Xbmc 12

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Version 1.5
Jolly_joker
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The app is having problems.. the audio is not synced with the video.. Fix needed!

Bob.jacobson Member IconReview+106
Bob.jacobson
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The audio fix was simply to delete the driver as indicated below in the comment on audio and then to restart AP, let it reinstall the driver, and voila!

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Version 1.5
Bob.jacobson Member IconReview+106
Bob.jacobson
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I tried out the new 1.5 version of AirParrot and generally am satisfied. It works as well on my old MacBook Pro as AirPlay does on my more modern Air -- and without all the distasteful ads, commercial crap, and unnecessary embellishments. I'm still missing audio, though I guess Support will find me the right drivers to make it work with Snow Leopard.

(I'm also glad not to have to use Mountain Lion or similar junk OS on my MBP which is easier to use than an ML-"enabled" Mac. What a step backward for Apple!)

For $10, I'm giving AirParrot a 4-star rating and if they solve the audio issue, I'll amend it to 5. So there.

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Version 1.5
Jreffner Member IconReview+83
Jreffner
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I must admit that I'm very impressed with this software. AirServer may be great for AirPlaying my iOS source to my Mac, but I needed something to AirPlay a video from a web browser to my Apple TV. Air Parrot does it, and does it well!

I don't have to, (but can) Mirror the Mac or PC to the AppleTV, but even better is that I can AirPlay a specific app (such as Safari) so that I can watch an episode on regular Hulu, or a major network site such as ABC.

Why would I do this? Simple, if it isn't on Hulu Plus, NetFlix, or Amazon, and it is on Hulu or a netwok site, I can watch it on my TV!

Yes, I tried watching it on the Boxee browser from a Boxee box, but it has some massive Flash limitations. Air Parrot works with it all!

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Version 1.4.3
Cowicide Member IconComment+1132
Cowicide
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MacUpdate, this is 1.4.3, not 1.4.1 as of 08-08-2012

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Version 1.4.1
MacUpdate---Ryan
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Thanks Cowicide, I've updated the listing :)

Thomas39 Member IconReview+2
Thomas39
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This is a great App. Downloading and getting it set up is tricky.when asked, download the extensions.You really should go to the web site and read all the
instructions.Also the latest Version there
is 1.4.3. I'm using a 2008 iMac and the picture and streaming are fantastic.

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Version 1.4.1
Pedrotaquelim
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" I'm using a 2008 iMac and the picture and streaming are fantastic." Say again?
What kind of resolution/quality, frame rate are you calling "fantastic"? I'm using a iMac early 2009 and the picture and streaming quality is lousy, terrible. The video lags, jumps frames, etc. Tried all resolutions and quality, and altought the speed gets a little better the video quality goes down to the "pixel crappy world" and it still jumps frames all over the place and that does not happen only when theres is many pixels moving on the screen, in this case it just gets a lot worse. If you want to get some internet/browsing mirroring in your HDTV, well, it useful, but not for cinema. Please.

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Version 1.5.4
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Version 1.5.3
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Version 1.5
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Version 1.4.3
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Downloads 34,166
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Date 01 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $9.99
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