Taking my presenting to a whole new (nerdy) level

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.

12 thoughts on “Taking my presenting to a whole new (nerdy) level

  1. Tony Hillerson Post author

    I tried using Stage Hand for one of my talks, but I couldn’t get the manager to pick up the keynote. I was bummed because that’s why I bought it. I’ll try playing with it again later, I suppose.

  2. John Wilker Post author

    @Tony,

    yeah I had the same problem at Ebay. My guess is that the port was blocked for Bonjour. I had to create an ad hoc wireless network on the MBA and join my iPhone to it. Definitely less than ideal.

    Found that out after I bought it, and asked wooji what was up. Not sure if Bonjour’s port is commonly blocked or not. hoping not!

  3. John Wilker

    @Canis,

    AH! Some how I missed the turn to landscape part!! Just tested! Worked sweet!!!

    Yeah bummer on the port thing, makes me curious how often that port is on the blocked list?

    Great product! can't wait to make use of it.

  4. John Wilker Post author

    @Canis,

    AH! Some how I missed the turn to landscape part!! Just tested! Worked sweet!!!

    Yeah bummer on the port thing, makes me curious how often that port is on the blocked list?

    Great product! can’t wait to make use of it.

  5. Canis Post author

    Hmm, I really need to find time to do a screencast of Stage Hand!

    I don’t know about blocked ports in the wild, but hopefully for iPhone users, it’s not often — Apple don’t let third-party developers use iTunes sync except for pure backup, so pretty much every iPhone app that wants to do desktop syncing, uses Bonjour to locate the services.

  6. John Wilker Post author

    @Canis,

    now that I know what I’m doing, w00t! It’s cool. I dig the highlighter!

    Yeah I’ll have to start testing when I go places see if Bonjour is open.

  7. Canis Post author

    Hey John,

    Glad to hear you got it up and running — there’s not a lot we can do if the network port-blocks us, but setting up your own via ad-hoc network usually sorts everything out.

    The highlighter’s pretty straightforward — just rotate your iPhone into landscape mode and tap the screen. Make sure "Allow ExposÈ, dashboard and others to use screen" is enabled in the Keynote preferences otherwise nothing will happen! (because Keynote locks us out of drawing on the screen.)

    – Canis

  8. John Wilker

    @Tony,

    yeah I had the same problem at Ebay. My guess is that the port was blocked for Bonjour. I had to create an ad hoc wireless network on the MBA and join my iPhone to it. Definitely less than ideal.

    Found that out after I bought it, and asked wooji what was up. Not sure if Bonjour's port is commonly blocked or not. hoping not!

  9. Tony Hillerson

    I tried using Stage Hand for one of my talks, but I couldn't get the manager to pick up the keynote. I was bummed because that's why I bought it. I'll try playing with it again later, I suppose.

  10. Canis

    Hey John,

    Glad to hear you got it up and running — there's not a lot we can do if the network port-blocks us, but setting up your own via ad-hoc network usually sorts everything out.

    The highlighter's pretty straightforward — just rotate your iPhone into landscape mode and tap the screen. Make sure "Allow ExposÈ, dashboard and others to use screen" is enabled in the Keynote preferences otherwise nothing will happen! (because Keynote locks us out of drawing on the screen.)

    – Canis

  11. John Wilker

    @Canis,

    now that I know what I'm doing, w00t! It's cool. I dig the highlighter!

    Yeah I'll have to start testing when I go places see if Bonjour is open.

  12. Canis

    Hmm, I really need to find time to do a screencast of Stage Hand!

    I don't know about blocked ports in the wild, but hopefully for iPhone users, it's not often — Apple don't let third-party developers use iTunes sync except for pure backup, so pretty much every iPhone app that wants to do desktop syncing, uses Bonjour to locate the services.

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