Reviewed by: Geetesh Bajaj
Date Created: August 3rd 2007
Last Updated: February 28th 2009
It's almost a norm to advance presentation slides with a remote these
days, especially if you are at a larger venue and want more control
over the play of your presentation. Most projectors do come with
remotes as well that do work with PowerPoint. And you can always buy
one of those fancy remotes that include a laser pointer as well.
But what about the lightweight and small remote that was bundled with
your Mac? Why not use that to advance your PowerPoint and Keynote
slides? You can't -- that remote may have the necessary controls but
it does not know about animals named PowerPoint and Keynote! Luckily,
an enterprising company created a small program to
rectify that omission!
PocketMac Remote is from Information Appliance Associates, a company based in California, USA. You can learn more about their products from their site...
PocketMac Remote uses the play/pause, volume, and forward/back buttons on the Apple Remote to control your presentations.
My contact at PocketMac for this review was Tim Goggin - thank you, Tim.
There's no trial version available -- the full product however costs only $9.95.
Once you buy the product, you can download it immediately. The installation part is easy -- see the installation interface in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Installing PocketMac Remote
Just drag the top icon to your Applications folder.
To use PocketMac, follow these steps:
- Launch PocketMac Remote from the Applications folder.
- You'll see the PocketMac Remote icon both in the dock, and in the
menu bar. You'll need to click the icon on the menu bar and choose
whether you want to use the Apple Remote with PowerPoint or Keynote
(see Figure 2).
Figure 2: Choose between Keynote and PowerPoint
- Thereafter launch the program you chose, or just click the Open
Presentation option in the Pocket Remote menu (see Figure
- Play your presentation -- and you'll find that you can use your Apple Remote to control the navigation of the slides.
PocketMac Remote costs $9.95
Support options include an online knowledge base, phone support, and e-mail support.
PocketMac Remote is an amazing application -- an example of a simple idea very well implemented. I just wished they found a way to make the Apple Remote work the same way in dual boot Macs that run both Windows and OS X!
At this price point, the cost:performance ratio makes this product a no-brainer purchase.