rAPPido Review: PowerPresenter

Wouldn’t it be grand if you could find an app that allows you to skip between your presentation, a whiteboard or the web all in one while projecting all your movements seamlessly?

That is what PowerPresenter claims to do. However, the results are mixed.

Price: 1.99$

First of all, although it says that it supports different formats, it really will only let you upload PDFs. Which means that any powerpoint, keynote, word presentations you might have you have to first convert to PDF.

As well, the only way you can upload a document to powerpresenter is by syncing them through itunes. You can’t take a document you created on your ipad (let’s say via keynote) and upload to the app, which I find a huge flaw.

How to file share with an app:

1. Plug your ipad into your computer.
2. Click on devices–> your ipad.
3. Click the Apps Tab.
4. Scroll down and click on the app you want to share your file with.
5. Add file.
6. Click Sync.

Your document should be in Presenter now.

Now all you have to do is select that document and your presentation will be displayed.

However, if you write on a slide and then move to the next one, your notes will be lost. Also, you don’t have the ability to erase on your slides, only on the whiteboard.

You can switch to white board mode easily enough, but once again, if you switch back, your white board notes will be lost.

You can even email your notes to yourself, but it looks like you have to do it one image at a time. Again, not so useful.

Essentially, this is keynote, safari and a white board App such as Showme rolled into one yet without some of the essential features of each. A selling point might be the fact that you can surf between your presentation, your whiteboard and the net with the capacity to project seamlessly.  However, I have not been able to try it as the projector is in use today. (and I’m kind of lazy).

Still for 1.99$ it could have its uses. Oh, and if you want to avoid writing as bad as mine, I would recommend the use of a stylus.

If you have found a better app for this kind of thing let me know and I will feature it in my rAPPido review section!

How do I use the projector with my ipad: a Monday tale

Once upon a time, there was a dotty librarian who only took in half of what her wise tech guru told her. She lived happily in her own little bubble, happy in the delusion that she was efficient, competent and innovative with her exploration of technology,

One Monday afternoon, while roaming the hallowed halls of her castle, she came across the science teacher.

“Oh, Miss dotty librarian! Could you please tell me how to project with my ipad? I only seem to be able to project movies in my class!” said the science teacher, a look of frustration furrowing her lovely brow.

The dotty librarian, not wanting to seem like she did not know the answer though she had no clue how the smart science teacher was even projecting in the first place, said what all librarians say in these cricumstances.

“Hmmm. That is a good question, oh science teacher,” she said furrowing her dotty brow. ” Let me get back to you on that.”

Well, the librarian went straight to her good friend, the wise and all-knowing Google. “Oh, google, oh google! Please help me find the magic spell to use a projector with an ipad.”

The friendly Google, always willing to help out, soon produced the solution via the Apple store. It turned out that a simple AV adapter was needed!

IN her distant memory, the dotty librarian recalled seeing another adapter attached to the projector. Of course! The wise tech guru had already attached the AV adapter for the ipad to all the projectors in the school! That is how the science teacher was able to project in the first place!

Here is the magic adapter! Already attached! Didn’t even notice!

Here is how it looks like! I am projecting litcharts right now.

And when the dotty librarian used the new trick she learned in last week’s workshop- how to zoom in on a screen, she found a very useful tool indeed.

How to zoom in on a screen:

Go to settings –>General–>scroll down to accessibility–>turn zoom on.

To zoom a screen, tap the screen twice with three fingers. To move the screen around, use your three fingers to move it around.

Alas for the science teacher, however, this tale does not have a happy ending, as she is one of the poor souls who has the ipad 1, which does not have the same projection capabilities as its younger, more handsome sibling. The humanity!