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Presentation Mode

The Presentation Mode is the second interface in iA Presenter that you will be using, together with the Editor.

From here, you can visualize your presentations with your slides and your notes.

Play Presentation

You can enable the Presentation Mode in 3 ways:
– from Menu → View → Play Presentation
– from the top-right “play” ▶️ button on the Editor (default mode).
– with the shortcut ⌥⌘P

You can choose between two displays for your notes: the thumbnails or speaker notes mode.

The Thumbnails Mode

Press the top-left button on the toolbar to make the thumbnails bigger than your notes.
This mode is useful when you cannot clearly see your slides (using iA Presenter in full screen, for example) and have limited speaker notes.

The Speaker Notes Mode

This is the default display, where your notes appear bigger than the thumbnails of the slides.
You can activate it with the second top-left button on the toolbar.

To stop the presentation and go back to the Editor (default interface), either:
– click on the top-right “stop” ⏹️ button
– go to Menu → View → Stop Presentation
– use the shortcut ⌥⌘P

The timer

You can see how long you have been presenting for with the timer on the right side of the toolbar.

You can reset the timer at any moment of your presentation to start again from 0. Simply click directly on the timer then click on the Reset Timer pop-up button.

This is not the only place where you will find a timer in iA Presenter!
In the Editor, you can see the total duration of your presentation and the duration per slide (mouse over the desired thumbnail to see the timer appearing).

With those estimates in mind, you can better anticipate your presentation and regulate your flow, having a proper idea if you are being too fast or too slow.

Navigating your slides

Depending on your setup, you will either control your presentation directly from your computer or with a remote controller. In the latter case, you can find more information and troubleshooting steps to follow if you encounter any issues in our section Troubleshooting.

In iA Presenter, you have two ways to navigate: by notes or slides.

With your mouse/ trackpad, you will navigate by notes, scrolling up or down the whole content of your presentation.
You can navigate by slides directly with the slides navigation button on the bottom right. On the bottom left, another button lets you navigate by notes.

With your keyboard, you can navigate either by slides or notes:

Notes navigation Slides navigation
Scroll up the notes Go to the previous slide
/ Space bar Scroll down the notes Go to the next slide

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

Note that there is no link between the color of the cursor and the theme selected for your slides: it will always go from blue to yellow.

Now go on and make nice things!

If you are still unsure how to make a presentation that rocks, you could be interested in our point of view on that matter:
How Can We Make Presentations Better?
Being Boring: What’s Wrong With PowerPoint?
Introducing iA Presenter, the story-based presentation app