The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman.Do you frequently make presentations to groups of people? Are you carrying a laptop computer with PowerPoint, Keynote, or another computer presentation program that can save slides in .PPT or .PPTX format? Are you tired of carrying a laptop computer just to show your slides? Do you own an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch? If you answer "yes" to all three questions, I may have a solution for you.
Why carry around your laptop to your next presentation? With the proper software on your handheld device, you have the power to present and share your PowerPoint slides anytime, anywhere – straight from your Apple iOS mobile devices – with animations, fonts, colors, graphics, hyperlinks and videos intact.
This week I had the honor of delivering a presentation at the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Massachusetts. I spoke on the subject of "Mobile Apps for Genealogy" with the subtitle, "Keep Granny in Your Pocket." Of course, I had PowerPoint slides to accompany the presentation, including many slides showing screenshots from the various apps that I described.
Since the presentation was about handheld computers, I decided to use a handheld computer to show my slides. After all, I wanted to show that handheld computers can do most everything that laptop and desktop computers can do; so, why not demonstrate that by using a handheld device to display my PowerPoint slides?
The library's conference room has a permanently-installed computer projector and screen; so, all I had to supply was the slides and a computer of some sort that would connect to the library's projector. I did a bit of investigating in the days prior to the presentation and was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to use an iPad or iPhone or iPod Touch to deliver the presentation. Hardware and software is readily available. The results were great. I believe the people in the audience would not have known that I was using an eleven-ounce, handheld computer had I not told them at the beginning of the presentation.
I used an iPad Mini for the presentation although I could have used an even smaller device: either an iPhone or an iPod Touch.
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