Make Emergency Presentations Using iPad and Flickr

When I tested the Citrix Receiver for the iPad, I found that it does not send the display output to the Apple Dock to VGA Adapter, which is needed in order to run PowerPoint presentations. What if you were on the road and needed to give a presentation using an iPad? You could buy Keynote, but if you don’t want to spend $9.99 for Keynote, I came up with a $.99 workaround that may work for you, provided you don’t have complex slides.

The solution is to save the PowerPoint slides as JPEG image files, upload them to Flickr, and then display them using FlickStackr, which is a $.99 app that can display pictures via the Apple VGA adapter. The solution requires a Flickr account, which you can create for free.

First, open the PowerPoint presentation and click File, Save As and select the JPG format. I believe you could also select PNG and possibly other graphic formats, but I stuck with JPG. Each slide of the presentation will be saved as individual files, and any animations or other affects you might have on the slides will not translate to JPG.

Next, upload them to your Flickr account. If you only created the account to display the files, you don’t need to do anything more than upload them. I have a lot of pictures on Flickr, so I created a Set just for the presentation, though I had to move the slides to the set after I uploaded them to Flickr.

At this point you can connect the Dock To VGA adapter to your iPad and connect it to a projector.

Finally, start FlickStackr, and if you haven’t already done so, set it up to work with your Flickr account. In the image below you see that I have created a Presentation Set, which displays in the left pane of FlickStackr. Tap the presentation set to show the slides on the right, then finally tap the first slide which will then display via the VGA connection to the projector. Simply tap the name of each slide to advance through the presentation.

FllickStackr showing my Flickr sets.

The downside of this solution is that it requires an Internet connection while giving a presentation, and you have some work to create the JPG version of the slides and upload them to Flickr. On the other hand, if you don’t give a lot of presentation you may get more use out of FlickStakr than Keynote. You will find FlickStakr in the iPad App store, and the Apple Dock to VGA Adapter is available from Apple’s online and retail stores.

Publish date: May 21, 2010 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT