Hidden functionality in Keynote for iPad

Keynote for iPad is one of Apple’s own office apps, available for a hefty $9.99 in the App Store. On the surface it’s a decent presentation app, but there’s actually quite a bit of functionality hidden beneath the surface. The first comes courtesy of the Apple AV adapter, and lets you use the iPad as a control device for the sideshow displayed on an external screen. When connected to an external display and in presentation mode, the iPad will show timer, slides, notes, next slide etc while the external screen will always show the current slide. If you add another iOS device and Apple’s Keynote Remote app to the mix ($0.99), you can leave you iPad connected to the screen in one end of the room and control the presentation wirelessly, including seeing notes etc. This second device will get somewhat redundant when AirPlay gets updated with iOS 5, but since I doubt many people will carry Apple TVs around to meeting rooms it still will have a function in life. It’s neat to see such advanced functionality built into the apps, and it really ups the usefulness of the iPad as a presentation device quite a bit.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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2 thoughts on “Hidden functionality in Keynote for iPad

  • I own a 24″ IMac, IPhone 4, and an IPad (not IPad II). I am a scientist-artist-author. I give lectures Keynote Presentation using my IPad connected to an av-projector. Is there a way that I could use the IPhone 4 as a remote to control the Keynote Presentation, without manually tapping the IPad’s screen?

    At this juncture, I am able to use either the IPhone or the IPad to change the slides on my desktop machine, the IMac. But I am interested in the portability of the IPad and IPhone 4.

    I would be very grateful if you could help me.


    • This article and video actually shows exactly what you’re talking about. There are no computers used in this video


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