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Presenters often desire to use some sort of remote-control device to advance slides or perform other functions while giving their talks. [[NeoOffice_2.2.4_Patch_3_New_Features|Beginning with NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 3]], NeoOffice supports using the Apple Remote or the [http://www.keyspan.com/products/errf1/ Keyspan Front Row Remote] to start, stop, and move through a slideshow in NeoOffice Impress. (NeoOffice uses the [http://martinkahr.com/2007/07/26/remote-control-wrapper-20/index.html Remote Control Wrapper] open source framework from Martin Kahr to provide integration with these remotes.) If you do not have one of these remotes or a supported Macintosh, one of the [[#Third-party Solutions|older remote-control solutions]] may still enable you to control Impress remotely. Presenters often desire to use some sort of remote-control device to advance slides or perform other functions while giving their talks. [[NeoOffice_2.2.4_Patch_3_New_Features|Beginning with NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 3]], NeoOffice supports using the Apple Remote or the [http://www.keyspan.com/products/errf1/ Keyspan Front Row Remote] to start, stop, and move through a slideshow in NeoOffice Impress. (NeoOffice uses the [http://martinkahr.com/2007/07/26/remote-control-wrapper-20/index.html Remote Control Wrapper] open source framework from Martin Kahr to provide integration with these remotes.) If you do not have one of these remotes or a supported Macintosh, one of the [[#Third-party Solutions|older remote-control solutions]] may still enable you to control Impress remotely.
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==Using NeoOffice's Built-in Remote Control Support== ==Using NeoOffice's Built-in Remote Control Support==

Revision as of 15:33, 30 July 2008

Presenters often desire to use some sort of remote-control device to advance slides or perform other functions while giving their talks. Beginning with NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 3, NeoOffice supports using the Apple Remote or the Keyspan Front Row Remote to start, stop, and move through a slideshow in NeoOffice Impress. (NeoOffice uses the Remote Control Wrapper open source framework from Martin Kahr to provide integration with these remotes.) If you do not have one of these remotes or a supported Macintosh, one of the older remote-control solutions may still enable you to control Impress remotely.

NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 3 can be downloaded here.

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Using NeoOffice's Built-in Remote Control Support

If your Mac has support for Front Row or you have the Keyspan Front Row Remote, starting with NeoOffice 2.2.4 Patch 3 you can use the Apple Remote or the Keyspan Front Row remote controller to start, stop, and move through a slideshow in NeoOffice Impress.

When an Impress window is the active window in NeoOffice, pressing the Start/Pause (▶||) button on your Front Row remote controller will start a slideshow.

When a slideshow is already running, the following actions are available:

  • Pressing the Track Forward (▶▶|) button will move forward a slide
  • Pressing the Track Backward (|◀◀) button will move back a slide
  • Pressing the Start/Pause (▶||) button will end the slideshow

NeoOffice will respond to remote control commands when it is the frontmost application, and when NeoOffice is no longer the frontmost application, other applications (e.g. iTunes) will respond to the remote control as usual.

Disabling NeoOffice's Remote Control Support

If, however, you do not want to use the the remote control with NeoOffice and want other applications (e.g. iTunes) to respond to the remote control even when NeoOffice is the frontmost application, you can use the following Terminal command to disable the remote control support in NeoOffice completely:

defaults write -app NeoOffice remoteEnabled -bool NO

If NeoOffice is running when you make this change, you will need to quit NeoOffice and restart for the change to take effect.

If you have previously used the above Terminal command to disable NeoOffice's remote control support and then need to use the remote control with NeoOffice, you can re-enable the support by using the following Terminal command:

defaults write -app NeoOffice remoteEnabled -bool YES

If NeoOffice is running when you make this change, you will need to quit NeoOffice and restart for the change to take effect. (Note that if you have never disabled the remote control support in NeoOffice, you do not need to use this command.)

Third-party Solutions

If you do not have an Apple Remote or Keyspan Front Row Remote, or a supported Mac, you can use one of these other remote-control solutions that work with NeoOffice.

Compatible Devices

N.B. The Kensington Pocket Presenter Wireless Laser previously recommended on this page doesn't work in Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.5.1 Leopard (it causes a kernel panic). The problem was resolved starting with Mac OS X 10.5.2.

Compatible Software

Configuration Tips

References


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