Hdmi to VGA cable for presentations

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  1. macrumors 6502a

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    I would like to use my iPad 2 to give my lectures but most campuses; including mine, do not have hdmi inputs yet on their equipment. I looked on amazon and all the hdmi:vga cables get horrible reviews, but the majority of those reviews are using the cable to try to convert the VGA of a laptop to hdmi. Has anyone successfully done the reverse with the iPad 2 in combination with Apple's hdmi adapter? I want to be able to mirror my screen on the projector.
     
  2. macrumors 68000

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    Why not simply use the Apple VGA connector instead of the HDMI one? I used it last week to do a presentation with Quickoffice and it worked well.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does that mirror the screen? I would rather only buy one connector since the adapters are much cheaper.
     
  4. macrumors 68030

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    Vga adaptor mirrors fine...Using it right now on a projector
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I remember that it would not mirror the screen on the iPad 1. Has this changed with the iPad 2 so that even the home screen is visible with the adapter.
     
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    Yes, it does. Used my iPad 2 and a projector connected with the vga adapter and everything mirrored, including home screen. A very successful demo at work using this setup.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do either of you have any experience with using PowerPoint files in keynote? All of my lectures are PowerPoint but I have avoided animations so they are just straight up slides. Any idea how keynote would handle these?
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Ignore me if I'm horribly wrong...

    But HDMI is a digital output and VGA is analog, thus any converter for HDMI to VGA needs a converter box with external power etc. All the ones I've seen are $100 and up. I think the only real option if there isn't any HDMI input into the projector is the VGA adapter apple or some third party sells that plugs directly into the iPad dock port.
     
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    all my presentations started as power point - imports with little problem
     
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What problems did you have? I'm trying to decide between quick office and keynote
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I think your right. I will just get the VGA adapter. I already told my wife it's what I want for my bday
     
  13. glen e, Apr 2, 2011
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    like anything else - some fonts don't transfer, etc - keynote has a preview feature I really like - shows slide coming up along with current slide....I just made 18 presentations - 80 slides per- using keynote and projector - worked perfect - like everything else, keynote is apple intuitive - looking for a BT remote thru the iphone for keynote ipad or let the BT keyboard do it..
     
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    I had few problems with QO so far. But from my experience none of the available iPad solutions does a perfect job importing Powerpoint presentations. Unless your slides are extremely basic, be prepared for some odd rendering mistakes here and there. For example, in my recent presentation some figures were scaled incorrectly and bullet characters were wrong (probably due to a missing font). Fortunately the latest version of QO has basic editing functionality for presentations, so I was able to fix these things.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    I have yet to do any keynote presentations. All of the times I have used the iPad with a projector via vga have been for software demos, so I use RDP and remote connect to my work pc, and project it. Works beautifully.

    I plan to do some slideshow presentations in the near future, and will most likely compose and present using keynote.
     
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    the comment I like most when using a projector and ipad is it makes the projector look huge and outdated- LOL
     
  17. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's funny. I think I may just convert my presentations to PDF's and use good reader
     
  18. macrumors member

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    I do presentations extensively and have recently being using iPad with VGA adapter for all of them.

    After a lot of searching, I am now using 2Screens app to present, and using the 2ScreenRemote app to control the presentation with my iPhone4 while walking around.

    The slides are in PDF, but I could open multiple files at once and jump between them (i.e. reference) as well as playing full-screen videos. There is a file management system in 2Screen app to organize the presentations, and the developer is very responsive.

    There is also built-in "laser" pointer, but I also use external pointer.

    This eliminates the past issue with importing power-point or keynote files properly. To make "animation", I just make multiple copies of the slide and change them slightly.
     
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    I will try this...thanks - my presentations are slightly diff depending on the client and don't know which slides I want to present unitl 10 min before showtime. I like Keynote's skip/don't skip slide feature and use it often.
     
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That looks like a great app. I may go with that. Have you tried it with PowerPoint files yet.
     
  21. glen e, Apr 2, 2011
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    I have been playing around with 2 screens for the last few hours - I will use it when the presentation will not change - my fear is confirmed - it is a reader - meaning you lose slide creation and modification when in the program. But works well for showing once you get the pres like you want it. I imported all 3 - pdf, keynote and powerpoint files...works fine with all...abnd the phone as a remote is killer...works very well.

    but you lose animation/builds/fades/fly ins,etc completely....and I don't want to always build multiple slides
     
  22. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nice. I'm going with two screens and may get keynote latter as I will just stick to creating on a pc for now. I have slowly been eliminating aniimations from my lectures anyway. I don't mind having multiples of the same slide.
     
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    tell me what you think once you get it done. Any change you need to make needs to be done on your pc and then reloaded in the reader - I'm gonna try to make it work for a few of my presentations as I love the iphone remote feature....also lots of info (e.g bullet points) on one slide sometimes does not make it on the slide, where it shows on keynote shows fine - keep it tight up top...

    also the ipad2 plays keynote so much quicker due to increased processing power - and I love the slide preview in screen...keynote needs to let me trigger slides by iphone or my BT keyboard....

    I would suggest you use them both...I think I will..
     
  24. macrumors member

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    I have stopped messing with using PPT files on iPad a long while back, and have used GoodReader as my presentation app before 2Screens. I have a lot of graphics from various sources, and import from PPT was never flawless.

    When I have done building my presentation in PPT, I saved the original copy and then Save-As while selecting .pdf file type. Then a simple WiFi transfer to 2Screens.

    I use minimal animation, more like controling apperance of text paragraphs to keep audience from reading ahead. IMHO, flying text /etc just too distracting for my type of audience. Thus, I don't mind losing the animation with .pdf and just make multiple slide copies.

    What 2Screen has over GoodReader as a presentor app are:

    - slides preview and allow slide jumping, if needed
    - "pseudo laser"
    - multiple presentations open at once, and allow jump between them
    - easy to draw on slides
    - ability to take notes while presenting
    - connect with iPhone for control

    I have asked the developer for the iPhone version, and the reply was he has one but not happy with the resolution. But when the HDMI cable comes out, he will release if quality improves -- then I will always have my presentations with me.

    There is an iPhone presentor app called "PDF Presenter for iPhone 4" if someone wants to try and gives feed-back.
     
  25. macrumors 68000

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    Thanks, I may give 2Screens a try too. Some of the reviews mention crashes, did you experience any?

    Main problem for me is that I like to polish my slides on the plane when traveling to meetings, so I'd prefer to use an editable format ...
     

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