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March 17, 2006


Andrew Turner

Cool! It looks like exporting Powerpoint to Quicktime is only in Office 2004. I found the option on my Mac but not on my PC.

Amit Bendov

I do the same (paper, PDF, Powerpoint) but then back them up to my iPod AND a USB drive, for extra safety. iPods don't always fall in love with projectors, and on the other hand you can always find someone in the audience with a laptop to spare.

Andrew de Andrade

The other nice thing about fullscreen PDF is that you can also get out of the usual aspect ratio of 4:3 very easily. I once create a presentation for a design class where all the designs were related to hexagons. All the slides had a hexagonal shape instead of the 4:3 rectangle.
It was quite hard to manage an on a few occasions I broke the bounds of the rectangle for visual variety, but the different format did succeed in garnering the audience's attention just because it was different.
It is a bit gimmicky, but getting out of the 4:3 aspect ratio can be a great way to add variety.

Heck, if you have a big enough screen maybe you can go for cinemascope ;)

Andrew de Andrade

I wanted to also add that InDesign is the best tool I have found to create slides with an unusual format. It gives you much better alignment tools than Keynote or Powerpoint, which you may need.

Kevin Bjorke

Can export to quicktime be used to create PPT-powered podcasts (potentially with audio)? That would be killer for me, since all my core presentations usually end up on our web site as PDFs already, and often lose a lot in the process.

Ben Buchanan

I frequently have to present when I don't have a laptop, all I know is "the room has a computer". When I do have a laptop then obviously I have a copy on the desktop ready to roll.

In general, I use the S5 format and then backup to USB thumbdrive, CD if going off site and/or it's a big presentation, and a copy on my web server. Now that you mention it, I might throw a copy on the ipod too, but only if I will be taking all the cords.

Because S5 works in most browsers (including IE6 and Safari), at the end of the day all I need is a net-ready computer; possibly actually connected if all of my media fails.

Plus hardcopy, of course.

Duncan Shand

Great post. I'm presenting next week at a Branding Conference in Auckland. Will be all backed up on my iPod - useful and cool!

Martin Beck

Great blog!

Using the iPod as a backup for presentations is a great idea, however I fear that in many situations presenting directly with the iPod won't work. I'm not sure if this is correct, but I think in many cases the beamer is installed anywhere at the ceiling and the only way to connect to it might be the VGA connector installed.
Then, the AV cable will not work or is there a VGA adapter for iPods yet?

If you have direct access to the beamer, things are different and the iPod might be a great backup solution.

I've got another question concerning presenting movies:
Obviously, for animatied slides the only way to show them with an iPod might be a movie, but how do I manage the timing?
When my speech (dependent on the situation) takes a bit longer or is a bit faster than the movie, how do I synchronize the pictures with my speech?

Would it be possible to present a "slideshow" mixed with JPEG images and MOV films, so that the animated slides can be included as a movie but switching to the next slide respectively movie is done "by hand" (button on remote control or iPod)?


Do you have any ideas for a quick fix when you skip ahead too many slides? I hate for the audience to see me working on the desktop & going black screen seems pretty lame too.


David Yau


In some projectors, there is a 'freeze' button. Pressing it, the slide on the projector will stay on the current one no matter whatever you do on the computer. You then press 'freeze' again, and then the projector will show whatever on the computer. i.e. you press 'freeze' on slide 2, you can then skip to slide 10 as you like on the computer. when you press 'freeze' again, the projector will show slide 10.

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