How can I easily preview my illustrator document on my iPad?


I am designing screens for an app for iPad. I would like to easily preview my artboards on my iPad.

My method to do that is:

  • export the .ai document to a .pdf document
  • copy the .pdf file to my "books" in iTunes
  • then, open this new .pdf file with the books app on my iPad

Is there a more clever way than what I an doing right now?

EDIT: The resason I want to preview is to compare 2 ou more screens. A good point in the process I use in that with a swipe I can compare two artboards.

4/17/2015 1:15:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Skala is a great free app that mirrors your screen on to mobile devices. It can link directly to photoshop and also send over JPGs and clipboard.


4/17/2015 1:03:00 PM

I've been using an app called iDraw from the app store. It let's me open .AI files directly on my iPad and I can connect it to my dropbox. So I save the file on my computer in my dropbox and then I can easily open it on my iPad almost immediately.

Here's a couple screenshots of the iDraw app:



Also, you may want to try this app called Astropad. It lets you use your iPad as second screen and also a drawing tablet with Illustrator. It has no lag and works great. Plus you can try it for free.