StageHand for iPhone, good but not Ignite ready

being the nerd I am, and that my wife married, I thought to myself. “self, i said, let’s use StageHand for Ignite Denver. That way you aren’t tied to a laptop, and can be a good host.”

“Self, I replied, you’re so smart, and rather handsome too, that’s a super idea! We couldn’t use stage hand at 360|Flex San Jose because of the poor audio from a Macbook Air, but we’ve solved that and let’s do it.”

Having now tried to use it twice, I think I can write a good review of it. In a one slide deck environment, I think it would rock. I had it all ready to go at 360|Flex.

In a multiple deck environment, even on a single machine, no such luck. I went through all my decks (i ran them all on my machine) and named them with a number, so they’d be in the proper order. When i connected Stagehand to stagemanager, that work was for naught. The decks appeared in what looked like random order. It wasn’t alpha, wasn’t numerical, maybe it was file size? I dunno, but iwasn’t useful.

The other problem was connection. I’d load up stage hand, and it couldn’t find Stage Manager. Closing Stage Manager usually solved that, but that’s kind of a pain. Then sometimes, I’d manage to be connected, but Stage Manager, would lose it’s connection to Keynote, needed to be restarted.

I think leaving my iPhone on and unlocked might have solved that, but that’s not super practical, at least in an Ignite setting, where the slides adv on their own.

So ideally I’d connect, kick off a slide, spend 5 minutes doing something else, connect again, kick off the next slide. That didn’t work and I ended up more or less manning my laptop, boo!

I was able to use it for my welcome slides, though it wasn’t very fast, which might have been the load on the machine, with 13 keynote decks open, I dunno. But when I tried to use it for the others, the above problems made that impossible.

Hopefully as StageHand/Manager grow and mature as apps, these things get ironed out. I totally love the idea of it, so I really hope so!

4 thoughts on “StageHand for iPhone, good but not Ignite ready

  1. Canis Lupus Post author

    John,

    The order we show the presentations in, is the order Keynote hands them to us in. We should probably sort them alphabetically, though — I’ve added it to the to-do list!

    Connections are usually robust, but (obviously) unlikely to survive the iPhone shutting down the Wi-Fi, which it does to save power if it thinks it is not being used. We have already added a "prevent your iPhone auto-locking during a presentation" option, but it’s not available in the App Store yet. Soon, hopefully! If necessary/feasible, we’ll also look into an auto-reconnect in future versions. At the end of the day, some people just have flaky wireless!

    Having extra presentations open in Keynote <i>can</i> cause extra CPU load, but it should be very minor. I haven’t tried it with 13 presentations open though!

    -c

  2. John Wilker Post author

    @canis

    Interesting, Keynote hands them over willy nilly. Wonder how it decides. Yeah alpha, would rock!

    Yeah that would be a big help. I did turn it off on my own on my phone to test that, but by then was already having to man the lappy so didn’t want to play with it while people were watching, LOL.

    Auto reconnect would be cool, as well as a way for StageManager to auto reconnect to keynote. It seemed that it sometimes randomly lost keynote and I had to restart it.

    Yeah 13 is my new max, LOL.

    Oh yeah, I’m well versed in flaky wifi, LOL. though I did try to keep an eye on it, and it seemed pretty good, and not many other folks were on it, despite the high nerd count, LOL.

  3. Canis Lupus

    John,

    The order we show the presentations in, is the order Keynote hands them to us in. We should probably sort them alphabetically, though — I've added it to the to-do list!

    Connections are usually robust, but (obviously) unlikely to survive the iPhone shutting down the Wi-Fi, which it does to save power if it thinks it is not being used. We have already added a &quot;prevent your iPhone auto-locking during a presentation&quot; option, but it's not available in the App Store yet. Soon, hopefully! If necessary/feasible, we'll also look into an auto-reconnect in future versions. At the end of the day, some people just have flaky wireless!

    Having extra presentations open in Keynote &lt;i&gt;can&lt;/i&gt; cause extra CPU load, but it should be very minor. I haven't tried it with 13 presentations open though!

    -c

  4. John Wilker

    @canis

    Interesting, Keynote hands them over willy nilly. Wonder how it decides. Yeah alpha, would rock!

    Yeah that would be a big help. I did turn it off on my own on my phone to test that, but by then was already having to man the lappy so didn't want to play with it while people were watching, LOL.

    Auto reconnect would be cool, as well as a way for StageManager to auto reconnect to keynote. It seemed that it sometimes randomly lost keynote and I had to restart it.

    Yeah 13 is my new max, LOL.

    Oh yeah, I'm well versed in flaky wifi, LOL. though I did try to keep an eye on it, and it seemed pretty good, and not many other folks were on it, despite the high nerd count, LOL.

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