Keynote Remote

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The Keynote Remote app lets you present your slideshows in a cool, simple and efficient way. All you need is a Mac or an iPad, with your slideshow, and an iPhone.

If you intend to present your slideshow on a Mac, the best way to use the Keynote Remote is to create a wi-fi network hosted by your Mac. Why you ask? Because most wi-fi networks get messy with this kind of interactions, and besides, it only takes a few clicks to create a new network.

Network Setup

First you’ll need to open System Preferences and then hit Network. On the location box select Edit Locations and create a new one.
Now, above the lock, add a new Interface. Select Wi-Fi and name it whatever you want. Now on the Network Name box select Create Network and give it a name and a password should also be advisable.
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After this steps your configuration should look like this:

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(If you have any trouble configuring this, email us and we’ll be pleased to help.)

Keynote Remote Setup

First, and before anything else you’ll need to connect your iPhone to the Wi-Fi Network you’ve just created on your Mac.

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Then on Remote’s settings menu, tap New Keynote Link, and a code like this should pop-up:

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Now open Keynote on your Mac and go to Preferences (cmd + ,) and select the Remotes tab. Click on Link iPhone and enter the 4 digit code.
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And you’re done, the configuration is completed.

Slideshow

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Just tap on Play Slideshow to begin the presentation! On the settings menu, you can choose to use the app in Portrait or Landscape mode. On the first you’ll have access to the current slide notes, you presumably wrote. On the second you can see both the current and next slides, either one has its purpose so it’s up to you. Here is how it looks on both screens:

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Bottom Line

Unfortunately, this is one of those Apple applications that’s paid. And as this is not a really full application, is more of an add-on to the full Keynote app. Nonetheless it’s a $0.99 worth application. You can download Keynote Remote from the iTunes App Store here.

If you happen to do a lot of presentations, and you hate to be chained to the laptop to hit the Next button, Keynote is definitely a must-have Application. Not only it gives you the ability to walk around the stage (which is much more cool), but also gives you a little help on the presentation, either with your notes or with the next slide.

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