Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Corporate Approach to Presenting PowerPoint on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

When the iPad was announced, presenters immediately thought they had a new option for doing one-on-one presentations. Instead of lugging their laptop around, they could simply bring their iPad. With the higher resolution of the new iPhone 4 and iPod Touch, presenters saw an opportunity to further reduce the size of the equipment they carry for those presentations to one other person.

Unfortunately the reality is that converting PowerPoint to a Keynote format for presentation on an iPad or using an expensive third-party Office substitute application on any of the devices has proven to be disappointing. The conversion does not work as well as expected and presenters are embarrassed when “surprises” show up during the presentation.

Other challenges have also arisen. The corporate IT department doesn’t want to approve all sorts of new software that they have to support. With many people using a home computer to sync their device for their media files, it becomes a big hassle to try to get a new presentation on the device in a hurry. The promise of an easy solution for corporate presenters has not proven to be the reality for most.

Since my focus is on business presentations, I decided to see if there was an approach that gave reliable results within the constraints of most corporate environments. And I discovered that there is a way to reliably present corporate PowerPoint presentations on an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. The video below explains the method, and the Table of Contents allows you to jump quickly to any step in the process when you are reviewing the video later. The video is 20 minutes long, but I wanted to show you enough detail to make it easy for you to use it on your own iOS device. Let me know how it works for you.


Blogger Robert said...


Excellent tutorial. Do you had any experience projecting the pdf files from an iPad or iPhone using a Pico or standard projector? Just using the correct cable from the device to a standard projector would be ideal.

Thanks again, Bob

2:04 PM  
Blogger Dave Paradi said...


Thanks for the positive comment. I tried the standard cable for the iPod Touch/iPhone and just having the cable is not enough. The application, in this case Good Reader, needs to support projecting when displaying that type of file. I have not been successful yet in getting it to project PDF files. I hope they add support for this type of display in the future.


4:04 PM  
Blogger Dave Paradi said...


I have now confirmed that this technique will allow you to output to any projector using the iPad VGA output cable from an iPad, iPhone 4 or latest iPod Touch. I've done it at two conferences using my iPhone 4 and, while the resolution isn't as high as a laptop would be, it is more than acceptable in my opinion.


5:02 PM  
Blogger Lester Smith said...

iTunes & GoodReader now support drag-and-drop from desktop to iPhone/iTouch/iPad, even on multiple desktops. In iTunes, click on the attached device, then click that device's apps tab, scroll to the bottom of the page, highlight the Goodreader app, and you can see the space for drag-and-drop of files. (Several other apps, including ereaders, support the same.)

12:39 PM  

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