Pointer Remote for PowerPoint and Keynote
By Zentropy Software
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Turn your iPhone or iPad into a pointer and controller for PowerPoint or Keynote presentations. Has 'Next Slide' and 'Previous Slide' controls, and can show notes from presentations on the iPhone display along with a timer. Pointer icon can easily by replaced by any image, which could be used for humorous purposes. Touch the screen to show the pointer - which is controlled either by dragging your finger around the screen (easy) or by orientation (takes a little practice) - your choice.
Requirements: Computer running Mac OS X 10.7, 10.6 or 10.5 (it does NOT work on 10.4), WiFi connection (on the same local network or by creating a computer-to-computer network), and PowerPoint 2011/2008/2004 or Keynote '06/'08/'09 (choose program on the back side of the App). Please note that this app cannot control an iPad Keynote presentation.
A small Mac application, PointerServer, must be downloaded to your computer and started whenever Pointer is used. This program is available for free at:
The PC version is at:
Please note that the presentation runs on your computer, not directly from the iPhone or iPad. Instead the iPhone/iPad controls the computer.
A support e-mail address is listed at the support web site.
What's New in Version 2.0
This is a major update that provides:
- improved connectivity - both faster and more reliable
- better slide image display
- iPad interface
PLEASE NOTE: You must install the new version of PointerServer on your computer to use the updated App.
Additional features of the update:
- option for higher resolution images for iPhone 4/iPad
- new pen option
- numerous bug fixes
- better interaction with new version of PowerPoint
- pointer feature takes advantage of gyroscope when not in "point by dragging" mode
I had to make a two hour technical presentation to a group of engineers and marketers from a large corporation. The goal was to get them to use my product in their training school. I purchased pointer for my Mac and iPad one week before the presentation. I tried it out and had one issue with the next screen display not working. I sent an email to tech support and they were back to me within a few hours. Turned out I didn't know how to read instructions and it worked fine. When I made the presentation, it was in a high tech classroom with the display above and behind me with a mirrored display on my podium. There was no way to use either a physical pointer or a laser pointer. I used a cross hair loop pointer as the custom pointer on the iPad and was able to see what I was pointing to on the mirrored display while still facing the audience. It worked flawlessly and they ended up agreeing to feature my product in their school.
The folks giving this low ratings must be using the pc version because I had no issues with the Mac version. My only criticism would be the appearance of the program could use a little polish.
Zentropy Software's Pointer is the fourth controller I have tried and, so far, the only one that will allow me to move quickly and easily between controlling a presentation and entering data on an unrelated web site without having to re-connect the controller Wi-Fi every time I return to my presentation. In addition, the pen and cursor functions work quite well, and the 'oval' and 'box' features are an unexpected, and very nice, bonus.
I just wish it had 'Presenter Mode' so that I could see the upcoming slide before I show it to my students.
It really is the best Wi-Fi PowerPoint controller in the App Store.
Best Presentation Utility
This is by far the best presentation app. I'm running iPhone 5 and a 15" MacBook Pro. I setup a local computer-to-computer network on my MacBook and then connected to it using the wifi connection on my iPhone 5. Everyone was amazed how I controlled the ppt from my iPhone.
Do not buy the iclickr app; it's 10x the price of this one. Thank god for this handy app. Saved my life today and impressed the group.
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: May 28, 2011
- Version: 2.0
- Size: 0.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Anthony West Jr
- © 2011 Zentropy Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.