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:

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 …