I was bummed I couldn’t try this out in San Jose, but turns out the MacBook Air has a bunk audio port, and Frank’s Workday preso needed audio, so we had to move our keynote deck to his box. Not to mention Ebay blocks the port for Bonjour so my iPhone and MBA couldn’t see each other.
But next time, damnit, I’m gonna be a keynote/iPhone enabled presentation making foo!
I picked up Stage Hand/Stage Manager on the App Store, and I gotta say, it’s damn cool!
You gotta install a helper app on your mac, but once that’s done, bam! You’re controlling your slide deck from the iPhone, reading your presenter notes on the iPhone screen.
Once you pair the two apps, you an pick a starting slide, turn a timer on and off (good for my upcoming Ignite).
Supposedly you can use a cool highlighter to interact with the preso, but I haven’t figured that part out yet, so not sure.
The UI is a bit rough on the phone, if you have additional effects/transitions, they show up in the slide counter as x/y, but you can’t really tell what’s there or what they are. It’s still young though, so I’m sure it’s gonna get better.
I definitely give it a thumbs up. If you’re a frequent presenter, I think it beats the Apple remote, and certainly the space bar.