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iPad remote control for Keynote?

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  • Michael Paine Level 2 Level 2 (315 points)
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    Apr 30, 2010 1:52 PM (in response to Geoff Kaiser)
    jfControl is one possibility for a third party app:
    http://www.digitalsirup.com/jfcontrol/
    The developer has been keen to add new features and functionality.

    This all depends on whether Apple will allow an iPhone to talk to an iPad. jfControl currently works only with wi-fi.
    iMac Intel + Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • MissGritNY Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 1:14 PM (in response to rubberducky4)
    Yes! Back to the topic: Has anyone come up with a remote to advance Keynote slides on the iPad?
    MacBookPro 13" 2009, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • phreanix Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 5:53 PM (in response to Geoff Kaiser)
    Thanks for the response Geoff. That's helps.
    Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • StefanGson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2010 11:51 PM (in response to Bill in Palo Alto)
    Have anyone tried a bluetooth clicker like a Logitech or Belkin bluetooth clicker
    or the Salling clicker?

    I have been running Keynote on my iPad but MUST have a clicker!
    Unibode 13, MacMini , iMac 24silver, Macpro 8*3, iPod Touch & iPhone 3GS 32 GB e, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • SteveW25561 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    May 9, 2010 7:43 PM (in response to StefanGson)
    If you're willing to jailbreak, I've just discovered that BTStack Mouse (free) will pair with my Targus Bluetooth Presenter (in mouse mode). I CAN ADVANCE SLIDES WIRELESSLY!!

    The only problem is the 'back' button locks the iPad (as if I pressed the power button). I can emulate a back to previous slide by swiping the Targus remote's mouse control to the right and clicking the left button, but its tricky and certainly suboptimal.

    I've written the developer to see if he can address this.

    I know jailbreaking etc is frowned upon by many (not sure if its forbidden to discuss here) but it is proof that this CAN work, if only Apple enables the native bluetooth stack to work like this.
    27" i7 iMac, 24" iMac, MacPro (2006), MacBook Air, 2 mac Minis, Black MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • thinkpad-ipad Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2010 6:24 PM (in response to SteveW25561)
    hoping apple reads these forums...

    i gave a talk around a table with the ipad as the display device. keynote was used. i found it very difficult to advance slides. only screen taps or swipes would change slides.

    tried keynote with keyboard dock and both apple and microsoft bluetooth keyboards... space bar and cursor keys have no effect.

    keynote needs a remote method for slide advance.
    ipad, iPhone OS 3.1.3
  • popster Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    May 14, 2010 6:22 PM (in response to thinkpad-ipad)
    I wonder if this would bridge the gap until Apple solves then problem.

    In Keynote you can create a .mov from a Keynote slideshow. The Wireless Keyboard has a Media Controller - at least Start/Stop capability. That means you can display the most complex presentations - richer fonts, builds, custom animation, sound, video - as long as it comes across in a video.

    The video can be started and stopped, slide image by slide image. The video plays to the end of the clip and then waits the slide transition time before advancing. I haven't tried manual advance.

    I know it's a kluge, but it is hands-off.
    MacBook, iMac, iPhone, iPad, MobileMe, 5G Nano, Mac OS X (10.6.3), Airport Express, Time Capsule, iWork '09, iWork '09
  • Owlmelon Calculating status...
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    May 16, 2010 6:32 PM (in response to Bill in Palo Alto)
    A little update... Keynote 1.1 still will not advance slides using any keys from a bluetooth keyboard. Once that works, I figure someone will sell a little clicker that emulates a Bluetooth keyboard.

    Sigh. My next big talk is in mid June, so there's still time for Keynote 1.2 to make it work!
    MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
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  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    May 31, 2010 2:32 PM (in response to adipet)
    I would think if this could work. Apple would be promoting this device for the iPad big time. I would think that Kensington might be working on this....maybe.
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Quicktime 7.6.4, FCS2, nano 5th, iPad and a bunch of other stuff...
  • adipet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 31, 2010 3:00 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
    The connection to Universal Dock can be made only via this new dockXtender and I don't think Apple is aware of this cable. I don't believe they've stripped down the iPhone OS for the iPad. So it's possible the remote codes are somewhere in iPad OS. I've just ordered the cable so we'll see if it works.
  • basilon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 31, 2010 3:28 PM (in response to Uncle John)
    Like you said this product has so much potential. Bue folks here is something that we have to understand.....important to all the readers in this forum.

    Apple Inc. Is a business company, with that said, they are very smart, is all about money and "part of the plan"
    What I meant is that because is a business company they have to sell in orde to make money, how do they do that? When a products comes out to the market they have to make it as simple as possible in order to have everyone crying for updates, and or other 3rd party apps who can develop our needs using applications and have them sell for X amount of money. In the words, they know and have all this technology that we are asking for our products (ipads, iPhones or macs), but they won't provide them to the public in the first release because then, they wont have any updates available in the next version. Remember they must have some tricks for the next version and every year they will make whatever product a better one. But what would happen if they make a perfect product right away? They won't have any updates the next year for the next version. That issue would be very bad for them, because then they won't have anything to compete against the competition. You now what I mean? They know all this stuff and they also know our needs but they won't please us until they get something in return (money) in a next upgrade, update or perhaps a new device. Remember they are not lacking anything they are just holding some things in order to have them available for a next release to the public.

    In the other hand, I love apple, I love their products, simply because they are just the best products ever and perhaps one of the most advance products in the world when it comes to technology, like my iPhone which is beautiful in every way including my gorgeous iPad, but sometimes people seems to not understand how a company works.

    Thanks and cheers folks......!!!!!!!
    Toshiba, Windows 7, Iphone 3G S OS 3.1.3 16 GB iPad 32 GB
  • David M Brewer Level 6 Level 6 (9,180 points)
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    May 31, 2010 4:04 PM (in response to basilon)
    You do have a point...but there are issues that can halt ones use of an app. Just like, no remote for the iPad. If they did hold back this feature that would be bad on their account. And if this was leaked it would hurt them. I can see holding back a new feature but not an existing feature that the desktop version has... Charge me another five bucks for the app and be done with it.

    I think there is more than meets the eye to make this work on the iPad. No arrow keys to start with... Even if you hook up keyboard to the iPad. The arrow keys don't work...they don't work at all.

    There's no reason to sit here and point fingers at Apple and say there might be a conspiracy on Apples part to hold back a major feature. Apple not in business to hurt me on my end so they can make a buck.
    G-4 1.2 GIG, 1.5 GIGs of Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Quicktime 7.6.4, FCS2, nano 5th, iPad and a bunch of other stuff...
  • basilon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    May 31, 2010 6:54 PM (in response to David M Brewer)
    I think your are correct and you do have a point, they can just charge you for an app and that's it. But it seems they just don't want to. Your are right when you said, they are holding back something that is already out there, why they do it? don't know, but hopefully they will come with something for us fast.....
    BTW: hopefully I didn't hurt anybody's feelings in the previous message.
    Toshiba, Windows 7, Iphone 3G S OS 3.1.3 16 GB iPad 32 GB
  • ApMaX Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jun 8, 2010 11:04 AM (in response to Uncle John)
    Great points. The fact is that the iPad cannot replace a MacBook for Keynote or PowerPoint presentations.
    Mactel, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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