Non-Linear Presentation

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: