Beam your pre­sen­ta­tion

Mac Format - - IMPROVE | IOS -

1 Cre­ate your pre­sen­ta­tion

Build your pre­sen­ta­tion in Key­note for iPad. Nat­u­rally you’ll want to test it be­fore it goes be­fore an au­di­ence, so you can use the play con­trols at the top-right cor­ner of the screen to run it lo­cally on the iPad. Any ob­ject or text can be tapped on to edit, move or add tran­si­tions. You may also want to ex­port a Key­note project from your Mac or open it di­rectly from iCloud on the iPad us­ing Hand­off.

2 Ac­ti­vate AirPlay

On your Ap­ple TV, go into Set­tings and choose the AirPlay op­tion. Make sure AirPlay is en­abled and cre­ate a pass­word. In the home this might not be nec­es­sary, but in a public venue it’s a good idea, to stop any­one hi­jack­ing your AirPlay feed from their own de­vice, even by ac­ci­dent. On the iPad, swipe up from the base of the screen to open Con­trol Cen­tre, tap AirPlay and you should see the Ap­ple TV.

3 Mir­ror the sig­nal

If you have set a spe­cific name for the Ap­ple TV it should ap­pear, but it may just be called Ap­ple TV. Stay in the Ap­ple TV menu and scroll it down a lit­tle. You will see an op­tion called Mir­ror­ing and you need to ac­ti­vate this by tap­ping it. This tells iOS to send the whole out­put of the iPad to the Ap­ple TV. In this case, Key­note is de­signed so that it will know to dis­play your pre­sen­ta­tion in the cor­rect for­mat.

4 Play the pre­sen­ta­tion

You should now find that your iPad screen is dis­played via the Ap­ple TV on the big screen to which it’s con­nected. It’s only when you play the pre­sen­ta­tion us­ing its Play but­ton, how­ever, that it will be­come fullscreen on the Ap­ple TV, so it’s worth only switch­ing the main screen on when you’re ready to present. Tap Play and the pre­sen­ta­tion be­gins. You even get a handy time dis­play at the top.

5 Mod­ify your view

Help­fully, what Key­note dis­plays on iPad and the Ap­ple TV can be dif­fer­ent. The Ap­ple TV will al­ways show the pre­sen­ta­tion, whereas the iPad can show you dif­fer­ent views such as the next slide, notes and even al­ter­nate ori­en­ta­tions. So you can use the iPad to keep track of where you’re up to with­out show­ing that to your au­di­ence. This is re­ally use­ful and means you can do away with reams of pa­per notes.

6 An­no­tate slides

You can make an­no­ta­tions in real time. Tap on the pen icon in the top-right cor­ner for a se­lec­tion of coloured pens to draw on slides with. The pen sym­bols are not shown on-screen but the re­sults of drawing with your fin­ger are. It’s a use­ful way of em­pha­sis­ing points mid-pre­sen­ta­tion with­out go­ing back into edit mode. An­no­ta­tions can be quickly re­moved with the Undo icon next to the Done but­ton.

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