Why would I use iPhone as a remote controler?

Remote | 11:27

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Writen in 2009
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Resulting from the belief that the most important “thing” in every presentation is the presenter, visual aids and remote controls only help her or him to be more effective. Therefore they should be unnoticeable as much as possible.

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As for the remote control of computer presentations, the most appropriate is small and simple. So far I have used those (click on picture to enlarge):
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That one on the left works on IR (Infrared waves), the right one on RF (radio waves). Both have only 4 keys, which can be easily found with my thumb. The participants don’t even notice I press them. They notice only change on the screen. Red laser light is sometimes hard to see (when presenting to the large audience), but it works immediately and needs only one finger to press.

IPhone is larger, heavier and more cumbersome. Why do you think Philip Schiller didn’t use Keynote Remote during his Macworld 2009 Keynote Address? Even while he was introducing Keynote Remote!

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When I hold the iPhone upright, I can change slides with thumb or (when I use Stage Hand) by pressing on arrow. But in this case it is better to look at the iPhone, and use the other hand as well. The screen surface is very sensitive and sometimes it is possible to touch it on the wrong place. (Picture on the left displays the Presenter Display you can see using Keynote-Remote.)

(click on pictures to enlarge).

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Holding iPhone in landscape position takes both hands to change slides.

Picture on the left displays the Presenter Display you can see using Stage Hand).

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Battery will last approximately 5 hours. For professional purpose it should last at least 7.

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Why would I use iPhone, then?

In my opinion iPhone is very handy in two cases:iphoneremote1.png

Presentation with the laptop to one up to three people at the table. Until now I had to sit near the laptop screen. That made the screen less visible for others. Now I can turn the notebook to them and use iPhones Presenter Display.

Click on pictures to enlarge.

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iphoneremote2.pngPresentation at the congresses and conferences to the large number of participants. In such cases, it is reasonable to change the position on stage. In some situations a lecturer cannot see on the computer screen, but he or she can see the Presenter Display on iPhone.

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IPhone is also better than the IR (infrared) remote operator, which must have a free visual path to the IR receiver on the computer. The RF’s don’t have this problem.

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Of course I will use iPhone if I’ll forget my Kensington remote (or in case of accident, as a back-up), but there are some occasions when iPhone is superior to other possibilities. For example:

  • when I need Presenter Notes (it’s much better then using cards I could drop and can be scattered and mixed up):

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  • when I want to browse through slides, while the main screen is black (option provided by the Stage Hand – I hope this feature will be included in next version of Keynote for Mac).

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Related article: /Keynote-Remote-vs.-Stage-Hand/

Stage Hand

Remote | 06:00

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Stage Hand 1.5.9.

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http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/stagehand/index.htmlsmlogo.png

Stage Hand (hereafter SH) costs 5.99, but it is worth every cent you pay. The computer and the iPhone need special program (Stage Manager) to connect to each other. You can get Stage Manager for free here http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/stagehand/stage-manager.html

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sh_naslovi.PNGWhen both devices are connected, SH displays opened presentations (click on picture left to enlarge it). “Double-click to edit” appears when you don’t use Keynote’s Theme and when you don’t fill the Title in Theme’s layout. And if you don’t give a title to each slide (see Slika 5) below.

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From that menu you can open Settings and define Notes View and Slide View. In Slide View you can determine if you want to see Presenter Display, Thumbnail Preview and Advanced Gestures (how you will change slides and how you will use Highlighter) (click on picture to enlarge).slika03.jpg

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From the Info menu, you can begin with slide show.
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Interesting thing: you can choose with which slide you will start. If you tap Start at, you can get index of slides in one of three forms: without thumbnail preview, with small images, and with larger images. You can reach that list of slides even during the slide show by pressing Index (see below). Images are displayed only if your Keynote presentation was saved with preview.
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Timer function enables your iPhone to vibrate 30, 10, 5 or 1 minute before scheduled ending.

Tap Begin (see Info menu) to start slide show.

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If you hold iPhone in landscape position, you will see an exact copy of Presenter Display on the computer screen (click to enlarge):

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If you hold the iPhone in the upright position Presenter Display you will see this (click to enlarge):
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If Presenter notes are attached to the slide, they will appear on the screen. Font size can be specified in menu Settings. Right above in the blue box is the number of current slide. 1/3 mean the first build of three, 0/5 none of five.
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shkontrole.pngToolbar buttons (from left to right):

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  • Screen Blank Button (Key B on Keyboard). When the main screen is hidden, you cannot do anything on iPhone, but you can work on the Presenter Display on the computer. This is a great feature that I miss in the Keynote. Now I press Screen Blank Button on iPhone, then browse through slides on the computer and hit Screen Blank Button on iPhone again. This feature itselfshzvok.PNG is worth buying SH. Without SH you can browse through list of slides only with “lit” image on main screen. Participants otherwise dont see, what are you doing on Presenter Display, but slide shown on main screen might be disturbing.
  • the possibility of locking iPhone display rotation
  • volume control (it evokes volume slider – see picture on the right)
  • advance slide or build.

Index opens the menu Skip to slide, which is similar as Start at menu. If the presentation is saved with a preview, you see the preview of slides. Again, we have three options: Small (no images, 9 slides at a time), Medium (6 at a time) and Large (4 at a time) (click to enlarge).
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The preview images appear relatively fast, but browsing through large presentation might take a while – if you do not know the number of desired slide, which could be entered with a computer keyboard.

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In Landscape position you change slides similar to Keynote Remote, only somehow more accurate.

Appearance of the Presenter Display can be rearanged on the computer. With SH you can add thumbnail preview of upoming slide and preview of loading slide. For my point of view it is important to see on iPhone everyhing I see on computer. It only takes longer to display changes. Ready to advance indicator on iPhone is two to three seconds behind the one on computer. In the meantime, there is a dotted outline of the slide.

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Sometimes (usually when slide has a lot of builds to perform) computers Presenter Display is indicating that it is prepared to advance, but Presenter Display on iPhone screen is still not ready. When the presenter is standing far away from computer, he needs to check what is happening on the main screen.
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Conclusion

  • Praise: Screen Blank Button, Skip to slide menu; arrows for changing slides in Portrait mode, automatic switch between Portrait and Landscape Presenter Display; the same look of the Presenter Display on both devices, highlighter, vibro alarm, volume control.
  • Suggestions: I wish I could see slide preview in Portrait mode, and I wish Info key wouldn’t immediately cancel the slide show (sometimes you can hit the Info key by accident).

Keynote Remote

Remote | 05:59

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http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/ # remote
Establishing connection between Computer and iPhone is very simple. In Keynote settings on your computer select Remote and tick “Enable …” On the iPhone run Keynote Remote (KR) and the devices are connected.

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KR has very modest settings. Practically it allows only Portrait or Landscape position of Presenter Display and the inclusion of the Presenter Notes.
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You can’t customize the Presenter Display. No matter how the Presenter Display on your Mac looks like, on iPhone, you can get only this:
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Instead of “Ready to Advance indicator“, you can see a small rotating circle in the upper right corner when Keynote is busy with displaying animations on the main screen.
You can advance your presentation by sliding with your fingers on the iPhone, but it requires considerable precision. In portrait layout you can be less accurate.

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During the presentation you can retrieve the Options menu, which allows you to:

  • Jump to the First slide,
  • End show
  • Get Settings menu where you can change the layout of the Presenter Display.

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This is the Presenter Display in a portrait position. Notes are shown when they are available (attached to the slide).
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Cool feature: you can move the slide a little to the left – hold it – and see which slide (or build) comes next. If you carefully return the slide to the previous position nobody will noticed. But you have to be careful – don’t do that when you are nervous.

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Conclusion

  • Praise: connecting computer and iPhone is easy; in Portrait mode we can see the image of current slide and if we are careful, we can check which slide (build) comes next.
  • I wish: more possibilities to control the presentation (the most important for me is “Blank Screen” key, obviouslly Apple thinks we don’t need it, because Apple Remote lacks that feature, too) ; you have to manually switch Portrait and Landscape view of the Presenter Display.

Keynote Remote vs. Stage Hand eng

Remote | 16:11

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Related article:

/why-would-I-use-iPhone-as-a-remote-controler/

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Let’s say you’ve decided to use iPhone as a remote controler for your Keynote. Two most popular apps for iPhone are Keynote Remote and Stage Hand. (For PowerPoint try i-Clikr Lite).

I have Stage Hand (ver. 1.5.9.) and Keynote Remote (ver 1.1.).

Both programs allow you to use Presenter Display on iPhone.

What is distinct?

  • The appearance of Presenter Display and options for changing Portrait and Landscape position.
  • Possibilities to control the presentation.
  • Stage Hand (ver 1.5.9.) works only with Keynote’09, Keynote Remote works with Keynote’08 as well.
  • Price: Keynote Remote costs € 0.79, Stage Hand € 5.99.

This is a comparison of Features that are important to me :

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Keynote Remote (KR)

http://www.apple.com/iwork/keynote/ # remote

My review: https://www.tangens.si/2009/02/02/keynote-remote/

  • Praise: connecting computer and iPhone is easy, in Portrait mode we can see the image of current slide and if we are careful, we can check which slide (build) comes next.
  • I wish: more possibilities to control the presentation (the most important for me is “Blank Screen” key, obviouslly Apple thinks we don’t need it, because Apple Remote lacks that feature, too) ; you have to manually switch Portrait and Landscape view of the Presenter Display.

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Stage Hand (SH) (ver. 1.5.9.):

http://www.wooji-juice.com/products/stagehand/index.html
My review: https://www.tangens.si/2009/02/02/stage-hand/

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  • Praise: “Blank Screen” key, Skip to slide menu; arrows for changing slides in Portrait mode, automatic switch between Portrait and Landscape Presenter Display; the same look of the Presenter Display on both devices, highlighter, vibro alarm.
  • Suggestions: I wish I could see slide preview in Portrait mode, and I wish Info key wouldn’t immediately cancel the slide show (sometimes you can hit the Info key by accident).

 

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