Apple released version 4.2 of their iOS yesterday, making iPads even more awesome. I love that folders let me put all my apps on one screen. Also yesterday, Oprah gave away iPads (and lots of other things) on her final Oprah’s Favorite Things show. Ms. Winfrey had high praise for the iPad, calling it her “number one favorite thing ever.” The audience members seemed pretty excited about them, too. :^) Seems like everywhere you look more little apples are popping up all over the place.
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In addition to many of the other great things they do, the stellar displays on iPads and iPods are great for displaying presentations. Slides look great on them, as at least one company in particular has already realized. However, you may be at a loss for how to get your slides onto an iPad. And if you don’t have one, you may at least want to make your presentations iPad-friendly. Whatever your situation, today’s Tutorial Tuesday is a roundup of articles that’ll help you figure things out.
Keynote For iPad
Probably the most obvious answer is to build your slides directly on an iPad using Apple’s excellent Keynote for iPad app. Keynote for iPad is a pretty amazing little tool, well worth the $9.99 you’ll spend on it. It’s easy to use and is very fully featured, allowing you to do pretty much everything you should need to do. Here’s a an excellent tutorial by Ana Foureaux Frazao on reconstructing your current slides in Keynote to get you started.
Convert Your Slides To Images
Another option is to convert your current slides to images and then upload them to your mobile device. This is very easy, and it great if you’ve already created slides that would be hard or impossible to recreate in Keynote. Here’s a great little video made by Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh on exactly how to accomplish this.
Convert Your Slides To A Movie
Similar to the option above is the option of converting your slides into a movie that will play and advance on it’s own. This option is a little more complicated than the images route, but can be very useful, particularly if you want your slides to run automatically without the viewer having to click to advance. Here’s an eHow article on this.
Just last week, the great folks over at SlideRocket unveiled a really slick new presentation viewer built in HTML5, which is specifically geared to run on mobile devices like the iPod or iPhone. The viewer appears to work really well, and this means you can store your presentations in the cloud and access them from anywhere you have an internet connection. This means you can upload your presentation from your PC or Mac, then pull it up on your iPad or iPhone any time. Pretty sweet. Check ‘er out here.
DropBox and iBooks
A last option I’ll share with you is DropBox. If you don’t use DropBox yet, I highly recommend it for a number of reasons. But for our purposes today, its iPad/iPhone app makes it very easy to get a PDF version of your slides onto your device. Once there, you can choose to open the PDF file in DropBox itself or send it to the iBooks app for easy viewing as well. Both viewers work great. And both of these apps are free in the app store.
What have I missed? Are there even better ways of getting slide on your iPad out there?