Here’s an interesting little program that lets you control or sync multiple keynote or powerpoint presentations over a network on a Mac:
READ MORE for some discussion on how this might be useful in a VLOBLIVE gig…
You have all seen, I am sure, those high end video systems split over multiple screens all in sync. Very impressive. A lot of them use products like Dataton Watchout which is very nice and very expensive.Here is a low cost alternative that gives you SOME of the functionality just by using multiple macs running powerpoint or keynote.
It’s called KeyShowX and only costs $10!
So you need one Mac per projector or plasma, and one more mac or PC (yes you can control it from a PC as well) to
drive it all.
Control is pretty simple – you can only step forward on ALL the presentations at the same time, but withthe use of blank screens, or background screens you could get an interesting multiscreen animation effect going with this. Would be a bit fiddly to prepare but the resulting effect could be very interesting and eye-catching.
It’s not hard to imagine a bunch of mac mini’s each driving a plasma screen or projector, producing an synchronised presentation that could be very effective. Would be great for a foyer presentation or a self-running show during an exhibition etc. Have fun.