In an earlier post, I wrote about how using SlideShark, ApplyTV, a router, and other technologies can allow you to do some very cool things with your presentations. For example, you can present without wires and write directly on the slides.
Unfortunately AppleTV can be flakey and using a Wifi router adds a level of complexity. And SlideShark has serious limitation.
Now I use a completely different, simpler, and safer configuration.
A couple of weeks ago Apple released an update to Keynote for IOS and the Mac. This for me has been a game changer.
I now connect my MacBook Pro directly to the projector (or I use my full size iPad) and I run Keynote on that machine.
Then, I use my iPad mini as a remote control, connected via bluetooth. It is simple to do. I just launch Keynote on the mini, but instead of opening the presentation on the mini, I select the remote control option. Make sure bluetooth is turned on both the host (e.g., Mac) and the remote devices (the mini).
The connection is still wireless.
I can still write on the slides on the iPad.
I don’t need AppleTV or a Wifi router.
This configuration is more stable, gives a higher quality image on the projector, and I can do everything I did before. Plus I don’t have to travel with as much kit.
Alternatively, you can connect an iPad or Mac to the projector and use your iPhone as the remote. You can draw on the slides on your iPhone. The writing surface is smaller, so sometimes it is not as good. But I’ve used it for simple graphics and it works really well.
Give it a try. I think you will be blown away at how simple and powerful this configuration is.