I had to give a talk about the usefulness of the iPad in medicine and decided to bite the bullet and use my iPad rather than the usual laptop+PowerPoint affair. I created the slides in Keynote on my MacPro and saved to my iDisk then opened in Keynote on the iPad.
Once plugged into the VGA projector the view changed to Presenter mode which was great. Much like Keynote or PowerPoint, using the Presenter Mode allows you to see the next slide (makes you look more slick!). Touching the screen with a finger and holding it there activates the “laser” pointer – a red dot on the iPad screen which shows on the main projection screen. This makes you look ever slicker!
Upsides: great-looking slides, Magic Move impresses the audience (don’t overuse, though) and beautiful graphics.
Downsides: you need to be careful how you tap the iPad screen to change slides or you end up going backwards. I must have been dragging my finger slightly to the left. You need to tap lightly with no dragging. The laser effect if not used properly will advance the slides. You need to touch your finger to the screen and hold it firmly on the surface – you can’t tap to activate the laser or your slide will advance.
Will I use it again? Absolutely. Worked like a charm.
Oh, I also tried the same using my iPhone 4 – imported the slides into Keynote and hooked it up to the projector – same quality AND the laser effect and Presenter Mode there too. So if the iPad is too heavy just use your iPhone for your next presentation!