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Use 30 iPads for a board of directors presentation?

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theringnebula Calculating status...
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Jul 22, 2010 8:58 AM
Our business recently purchased 30 iPads for our board of directors. Our goal is that we would like them to act as display devices during board meetings. The chair would have the controlling computer or iPad and as he or she changed the slides all the other iPads would update their screen accordingly. Is this possible?
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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
    The only way I could think of that this might be accomplished would be to put the slides as pages on a web site, use a push technology to push out the page update (sites often use this sort of technology for updates from live keynotes and press conferences), and have everyone connect to that web page. There's no way I've heard of to be able to control an iPad directly.

    Hope this helps.
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  • a Mac user Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)
    Either a website slideshow or some sort of RDC/VNC view only connection onto the laptop of the presenter.
    16MHz Mac LCII, Mac Clones, 1.8Ghz iMac G5, MBP 2.53Ghz Late 2008, iPad 3G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Mac Developer
  • enderx Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    I believe there is more than one app but two big ones are gotomeeting and webex but I believe both require subscriptions to use their meeting servers.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 10:46 AM (in response to enderx)
    Correct, they do require signing up with the service, but it might be worth it if this is something the company wants to do regularly. So those are good suggestions.

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  • Craig Brady Level 4 Level 4 (1,790 points)
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    Jul 22, 2010 11:04 AM (in response to enderx)
    I have done this with GoToMeeting, but the main presentation had to be pushed from a non-iPad device. The GoToMeeting app for iPad does not allow presenting, only viewing.
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
    Just thinking off the top of my head, you could use something like TeamViewer to show a Keynote presentation to all 30 iPads. The device that's showing the Keynote would have to be either a laptop or desktop computer with wireless router. You could also hookup a second display to the laptop and have the iPads viewing the second display instead of the main display.

    Something in the order of what you want to do is plausible. But, would take some planning.
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  • itchen Calculating status...
    Sorry but a much cheaper alternative would be to use a Mac & data projector surly!!
    All the problems could be solved and a lot cheaper to!!
    Or am I missing something here?

    iMac / MacBook Pro 13"/ MacBook Pro 17"/ MacBook White / iPhone 3G / iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • azeus Calculating status...

    I'm a little late to the party, and it's been two years, but if anyone else is reading this, we developed an app exactly for this kind of use case. It's called Anywhere Pad, and one of its key features is a real-time synchronisation of the presenter's current page view. Unlike other solutions like TeamViewer and Webex, our app does not transmit the screen but insteads transmits the page flip actions in order to synchronise the current page or slide of the meeting document, leading to less bandwidth needed. This is especially important for a scenario with 30 iPads.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 6:56 AM (in response to azeus)

    Thanks for the info. The product looks good and is well worth knowing about. Just FYI, though, so you don't run afoul of the Hosts, you need a disclaimer on your posts mentioning your own products, just to make it clear that you have financial interest in what you recommend. Here's the official statement from the Communities Terrms of Use:


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    Your posts seem fine since they are answering a specific question, but you'll need the disclaimer.



  • azeus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the guideline! We'll make sure to include the disclaimer.


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