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About iA Presenter

Regular text paragraphs are not visible to your audience. This is by design. Body text is your script. It will be in the teleprompter when you present but only you can see it.

The content of your slides

Putting a lot of text on a slide and reading it out to the audience is the #1 presentation killer.

Not too much text or bullet lists

Seriously. Stop bothering people with walls of text. And if you have to show a lot of text, do not read it all from the slide. It’s a bad habit and a very common one.
But no rule is without exception! If you have a good reason to show a wall of text, add a tab in front of your paragraph.

Use text as your script and choose visible elements carefully. Remember: less is more.

Bullet lists
– Increase cognitive load
– Look and feel robotic
– Are distracting
– Bore the hell out of everyone
– Make you predictable
– Sound and look like notes
– Should be notes

These should be reading notes.

Focus on the story

To make people listen to you, you need a good story. Your presentation’s visuals should help you get attention, make your point, and keep people oriented.

Usually, what you want to say already exists in some form. You can paste an existing text, and you are 50% done. All you need are page breaks and visuals. The story-centered text-first approach is what makes iA Presenter so much faster than graphic presentation tools.

With iA Presenter, you don’t design your presentation, you write it.

Use the Text Inspector to format.

To write a headline, you add a hash in front of it. To add an image, you drag it into the Editor. Writing bold, you use two asterisks. To write a list, You just add a hyphen or a number with a dot. This is called Markdown.

If you play with Markdown for a couple of minutes, you’ll only need help for more difficult matters. Adding a link, footnote, or table requires more skills. To promote familiarity with advanced Markdown, we have added a formatting inspector.

How to add images

And how do you add an image?
– drag and drop
– use Markdown or Content Block with /andyourfilename.jpg
– use an image from the web: paste the URL of an image from your browser

You can align images top, left, and bottom, or put them in the background. Just click on the little arrow next to the image for image positioning controls.
Note: You cannot position them statically but only relatively, as the design will adapt to different screen sizes.

Use the image inspector on the right to see and manage all your used and unused images and movies.

Auto layout!

You add your text and images, and Presenter picks the right layout for you. Do not try to get it pixel-perfect! Layouts are responsive. They adapt to screen size. So, no more pinching on the phone, no more pixel-pushing because you’re presenting on a different monitor.

“But I need a certain design for my slides!”

You certainly do. But you don’t work in a certain medium. If you design a static slide, your layout will break on a tablet, a phone, or a widescreen.

iA Presenter adapts your slides to different devices. So no more static layouts! It takes time to get used to it. But layouts do not matter as much as PowerPoint wants you to believe. What matters is that you have a great story. And that people can enjoy your story wherever with whatever design ever. Welcome to the multi-screen future. Goodbye to static design.

About that funky multi-color code

We use color to give you an additional hint about where you are inside a presentation. The cursor changes color, too!
Blue is a cold start
Purple is to warm up
Red is when things get heated
Orange prepares you for a sweet end
Gold is the afterglow

You are not forced to use these colors. We encourage you to deal with the design at the end of your process. You can change the design by picking different themes. Within a theme, you can edit colors, fonts, header, footer, and logo.

You can create your own very special theme, but you’ll need some CSS skills.

Show time

Your slides are ready? Let’s show them to the world.

How do I present?

Press play in the title bar top right to enter presentation mode. You have two windows: A teleprompter for you and the visuals for the audience.

We purposely do not go full screen right away. This allows you to work with the editor/teleprompter and presentation window on one screen.
Why?
– So you can prepare and rehearse your presentation on one screen.
– Most presentations these days are done via video chat on a single-screen device.
– Managing windows and making them fullscreen is easy and pleasant. Auto-fullscreen is unsettling and hard to manage.

Create a text document handout

After the presentation, you can send a PDF to our audience, with or without a script. You can also export your presentation as an easily readable regular text document.

Now go and make nice things!