The Editor in iA Presenter is the first interface you will see when opening the app (the other being the Presentation mode).
There, you will write, format, and organize your presentation.
The Editor is comprised of 3 panels:
– the Thumbnails
– the Editor
– the Inspector
From the Thumbnails panel, you can have a preview of all of your slides.
If you click on one of them, this slide will open in a small window on top of the Editor, or on another window if you are using the Editor in full-screen.
You can show or hide the Thumbnails in 3 different ways:
– Menu → View → Show/Hide Thumbnails
– clicking the library icon (top-left)
– with the shortcut ^⌘S
Tips: if you mouse over one thumbnail, you will see the speaking time for this slide.
This is the central panel where you will type your presentation.
When opening Presenter, you will get our tutorial showing up in the Editor by default. To remove it, select the whole text (⌘A) and press delete.
If you want to remove it permanently, or have something else showing up by default when opening a new presentation, go to Settings → General and delete/ replace the text in front of “New Presentation”:
You can add a slide and choose its layout with the little + icon on the top left.
If you want to have a focused experience, you can hide both the Thumbnails and the Inspector panel to have the Editor in full-screen.
On top of that, iA Writer’s famous Focus Mode has been integrated into iA Presenter! If you are a Writer aficionado, you will feel at home:
The Inspector is the far-right panel where you can switch between 3 tabs:
- Text for formatting your presentation
- Visuals where you add and manage images and videos
- Design where you can polish the look and feel
You can show or hide the Inspector in 2 different ways:
– Menu → View → Show/Hide Inspector
– with the shortcut ⌥⌘I
1. The Text tab
The text tab is here to help you format your presentation (tables, bold or italic, headings…) with just a few clicks.
Those familiar with Markdown won’t need this tab very much as they can already format as they type.
If you are new to Markdown, please take a look at our guide and learn how to format without leaving your keyboard in a couple of minutes: Markdown Guide for Presenter.
2. The Visuals tab
Here you can add, rename or delete images and videos, from your computer or YouTube.
You can drag and drop visuals directly in the Editor or in the Visuals tab, or open Finder from there.
When you right-click on an image, you will be shown a context menu where you can:
– see a preview of the visual (QuickLook)
– delete it
– rename it (do not forget to keep the extension name such as .jpeg or .png at the end).
If you have added more visuals than you actually need, press the button Remove Unused Assets to delete the ones that haven’t been added to your slides.
3. The Design tab
The core features of iA Presenter are its responsive design and built-in Themes. While you focus on writing the content, iA Presenter will take care of the look and make your presentation shine on any device.
Thus, you shouldn’t waste time tweaking and customizing the themes.
We do understand however that sometimes, you have to follow the company’s guidelines or just want to add your little touch.
From the Design tab, you can customize the footer and header, insert your logo, and change the fonts and colors.
As well, you can switch the Themes you would like to use for your Presentation. We currently provide 10 built-in themes and are planning to create more. If you are comfortable with CSS and HTML, you can create your own theme, we detailed the how-to here: Custom Themes.
If you aren’t proficient with coding, we got you covered: you can make a theme easily by using our Theme Builder.
Done? Time to practice!
Once your presentation is finished, you can check it and rehearse your pitch with the Presentation mode.
You can easily go back and forth between the two interfaces to edit your text.