Non-Linear Presentation

20 09 2013

Presentations are usually created with Apple’s Keynote or Microsoft’s Powerpoint as a linear flow of single slides.

But every slide has a topic and so the idea is to present information by using a mind mapping tool.

There is a high rated app called Final Argument and it’s described on

Concise Learning Blog (Prof. Toni Krasnic)

which admittedly is much more powerful than my simple solution.
Anyway here is a description of the more simple way using well-known Apple hard- and software.

The accessories …

  • Apple Keynote
    for creating the presentation slides
  • Apple Digital AV Adapter
    for connecting the iPad with a beamer via HDMI cable


  • Apple TV
    for wireless transmission of iPads screen on a TV


The creation process …

  • Step 1
    Create the presentation with Apple’s Keynote.

    In my example it’s ‘Printing from iOS devices’ describing the different options to print documents from an iOS device using Apple’s AirPrint, Fingerprint by Collobos Software, and Google’s Cloud Print.

    In Apple’s Keynote use the arrow-right control on the upper right corner.
    Take a screenshot of each slide by simultaneously pressing the Home and the Sleep/Wake button. The screenshot is saved in the camera roll.

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  • Step 2
    Open the mind mapping tool iThoughts HD for the iPad.
  • Step 3
    Create the mind map reflecting the outline of your presentation.
  • Step 4
    Add the screenshots made from the slides to appropriate topics.

Now the mind map, reflecting the structure of your lecture, contains all slides as images.
Each slide can be displayed by using the gesture ‘Tap and Hold‘ on an image. The image then will be displayed in full-screen mode.


The presentation …

  • Connect the hardware components.


  • Open the mind map with iThoughts.
  • Tap and hold on a topic to display the slide.
  • Add an appropriate icon to mark the slide as shown.
  • Add an appropriate icon to mark a slide for further inquiry.
  • Add a comment where necessary.

It’s recommended to use a copy of the original map so that you can easily go back to the version without any icons and comments added during the presentation.

The benefits …

The table of contents is visualized by a mind map.

The visualized table of contents can be expanded or collapsed to focus yhe audience on important points.

The mind map is available during the whole presentation by simply returning from a slide back to the map.

The mind map and a PDF of the slideshow can easily be distributed to the audience using the following alternative features of iThoughts:

  • Send by E-Mail
  • Share in Twitter or Facebook
  • Share on Dropbox, Box or any other cloud storage accessible via WebDAV

For shared files the following file formats are available:

  • iThoughts
  • Alternative mind map formats
    MyThoughts, Freemind, Mind Manager, Novamind, XMind, iMindMap, MindView Win/OSX, Concept Draw, Mind Genius
    Presentations are usually created with Apple’s Keynote or Microsoft’s Powerpoint as a linear flow of single slides.
  • Microsoft Word/Powerpoint
  • PDF
  • Image + HTML
  • Standard CSV
    Comma Separated Values
  • OPML
    Outline Processor Markup Language
  • Markdown
    easy-to-read and easy-to-write plain text format
  • Thanks for dropping by.

Presenting with iPad (1)

13 05 2013

With an Apple TV you can use Apple’s AirDisplay feature to display the screen of any iOS device on a TV.

If you don’t need all the further functionalities of Apple TV there is a low cost alternative for e.g. displaying Keynote presentations on a TV or on a wall with the help of a beamer.

To do so you need

  • Apple Digital AV Adapter
    available in the Apple Store for iOS devices with 30-Pin or Lightning adapter
  • HDMI cable
  • HDMI capable TV / Beamer

The connection …


The running system …


Keynote presentations …

Connect the iPad with a HDMI capable beamer instead of a TV.
The app

Apple Keynote Remote

installed on an iPhone allows you to control Keynote presentations. The iPhone works like a remote control for the iPad, which displays a Keynote presentation. As you may know, you can add notes to each slide of a Keynote presentation. These notes can be displayed on the iPhone while presenting the slides. To change from slide to slide you use the swipe gesture.


The Alternative …

A disadvantage of any adapter connected to the iPad is the immobility of the device.
The alternative is an Apple TV connected to a HDMI capable TV and your local WiFi network.

Fo more information see

Apple TV

Keep in mind that if you decide to purchase an Apple TV you may additionally need the Apple Digital AV Adapter to connect to a beamer.

Update 1.7 of iWork for iOS

7 12 2012

On 2012-12-04 Apple’s iWork-Suite was updated to version 1.7.

This update is a major improvement of iWork for iOS without destroying the simplicity of usage. The updated features are perfectly designed and retain the simplicity of the product. From my point of view that’s an intellectual stimulus for all people developing software.

We will see how the competitor Microsoft will response.

For now, advantage Apple!

The feature changes …


Pages for iOS …

  • Use Change Tracking to track changes to body text in a document
  • Accept and reject individual changes as you review a document
  • Import Pages and Microsoft Word documents with change tracking and continue to track changes to body text
  • Preserve tracked changes in documents exported in Microsoft Word or Pages format
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Pages for Mac

Numbers for iOS …

  • Hide and unhide rows and columns
  • Import and export Numbers for Mac spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off
  • Preserve rich text in tables when importing and exporting

Keynote for iOS …

  • Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
  • Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
  • Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
  • Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
  • Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
  • New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds

Common improvements …

  • Lock and unlock objects
    For locked objects changing properties (size, position, content) cannot be changed until they are unlocked.
  • Add reflections to shapes
  • Improved compatibility with the pendants Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Some details …

Locking of objects …

On my point of view this is a great new feature, because faulty operations on touch screens cannot be avoided particulary on the small screen of an iPhone.


Objects which can be locked in …

Pages Numbers Keynote
Shape ‘Curve’ only All Objects All Objects

Improved page print layout in Keynote


Lacks in Numbers …

Locking …


SIRI and the keys …


Page layouts in iWork

3 12 2012

Before you print a Microsoft Office document you can quickly fine-tune it in the Page Layout view to achieve professional-looking results. As in Normal view, you can change the layout and format of data, but in addition, you can use the rulers to measure the width and height of the data, change the page orientation, add or change page headers and footers, set margins for printing, hide or display gridlines, row and column headings, and specify scaling options. When you finish working in Page Layout view, you can return to Normal view.

Page Layout view is indispensable for many layout tasks that prepare your data for printing.
You can see how your data will look when it is printed.

iWork for iOS-Devices …

iWork for iOS-Devices is designed as a powerful tool with basic functionalities for editing text (App Pages) , spreadsheets (App Numbers) and presentations (App Keynote). Working up complex data for professional-looking printer output is not in the foreground.

However let’s have a look on the features oft he iWork-Apps.

KEYNOTE for presentations …

Keynote-Documents always consist of slides.
Each slide simultaneously is printed as one page in landscape orientation.
There are no further options except printing From-To-Page, defining the number of copies and (depending on the printer capabilities) printing on both sides of the paper.

PAGES for text editing …

Without further settings, you will not see any page brakes while editing text.
Here is a brief description what you have to do …

  • Tap the Wrench-Symbol in the toolbar, and then tap Document Setup
  • Tap the area below the document body to insert a page footer.
    There are three sections available. Tap in one section, and then tap Page Numbers.
    Tap the page numbering example that matches the format you want.
  • Tap Done in the left corner of the screen.


There are some other options (header, watermark) which are not discussed here.
When you return to the normal view you will see the page numbering as an orientation what you write on which page.

Note …
These settings must be set for every new document.
So the best practice is to design a template containing all your settings.

NUMBERS for editing spreadsheets …

Spreadsheets may contain a large amount of data organized in columns and rows.
So options for adjusting the layout are obvious.


Summary …

iWork for iOS is not designed for labor-intensive usage in an office.
There are only a few options to control the output but they meet the requirements.
Apple found out the right level of simplicity.

Here is a comparison between Apple’s iWork and Microsoft’s Office 365 for iOS

Office 365 for Mobiles

Thanks for dropping by.

Changing the layer of images

22 11 2012

In Apple’s KEYNOTE (part of the iWork-Suite) text and images are allocated in layers.
There is an easy way to change the layer of overlapping text and images.

You only have to use cut and paste in reverse order to permute the layers.
Here is an image which explains the procedure shortly.



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