viva la keynote

January 23, 2009 | 3 Comments

We have an old Mac Mini attached to the TV in our family room. We use it as a media server for music and some kids movies, and lately it’s been handy for watching streaming movings on Netflix. But, it has been most useful for our Sunday Gatherings. I have Keynote installed on the Mac Mini, and I use it to show Scriptures or other talking points in our discussions.

The release of iWork 09 has opened up a new level though. The best new feature is the ability to control a Keynote presentation using an app on the iPhone just by flicking your finger to the next slide. That’s how I used it two weeks ago. But last week, it got even better — I incorporated some of my own notes into the Keynote. The picture to the right shows my iPhone screen with part last week’s Keynote presentation — a picture of the current slide above, and my notes for that slide below.

If you are a Mac user and you teach regularly, I’d recommend giving this a look. (Especially if you notes are usually pretty simple like mine are.) You might want to teach like Rob Bell, but at least you won’t have to say “Next slide…” five or six times during your teaching.

  • blake

    “Next slide”

    i always wondered why they couldnt find a better way to execute this process without getting weighed down by the technology in the process (being that they want things stripped down)

    it would sound much better when listening to on the iPod.

    im technologically inept and would have to have someone actually walk me through this process. This is why i keep Wade around as a friend 🙂

  • John, I love this so much! I have keynote and will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  • Worth

    Hey man, thanks for this synopsis, I was wondering what new features there would be. I didn’t get to the iPhone remote slide operator bit when looking at Apple’s site…looks pretty slick. I think it’s time to upgrade…and convince Beth I “need” the phone.