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Remote presentation control

Postby une » Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:28 am

Will Impress work with a Remote Presentation Controller???
Most controller are saying they will work with Powerpoint, but will they work with Impress??
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby Bidouille » Thu Oct 14, 2021 8:24 am

No need to buy a specific device.
I use a keyboard and mouse wireless for that. :)
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:06 am

Bidouille wrote:No need to buy a specific device.
I use a keyboard and mouse wireless for that. :)

Remote controller is quite handy when you can't stay behind the laptop, or if you want to have a more dynamic posture, not bothering hitting the good little keys. And it usually has a laser pointer too, thus no need to get lost with keyboard and mouse (even wireless, ergonomics is quite poor).

Not sure if a remote controller sends very different signals to the machine/application. Never tried myself with AOO/LO.
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby RoryOF » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:06 am

I agree with Hagar about the effectiveness of the laser pointer.

I used a remote presentation controller on my Xubuntu laptop some years ago; while controller was plugged in it effectively rendered the laptop incapable of normal editing (some form of crosstalk between controller and touchpad if I remember correctly). That didn't matter, as I was only using the laptop for the presentation at the time; an unplug of controller receiver and a reboot restored laptop to normal.

I'll check later today to see how it works and refresh my memory of it and will post again.
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby une » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:13 am

Is the remote presenter connected only to the computet/keyboard (for page up and down) and independant of the program used, or will the remote presenter ”talk” with the program (Impress)??
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby RoryOF » Thu Oct 14, 2021 10:21 am

My memory - it is two years (pre virus) since I used it, is that it had page up/down, sound volume keys, and video play/pause. Will check later (6 hours time) and post make/model and details. It certainly worked page up/down with Impress - I didn't at the time check with anything else, as laptop is only used for presentation and last minute selection of slides.
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby RoryOF » Thu Oct 14, 2021 5:30 pm

I've now had time to try a remote presenter controller on a laptop and a desktop, both running Xubuntu 20.04.3; the laptop was using LibreOffice, the desktop OpenOffice.

The presenter was an "ednet Laser presenter for laptop/desktop PCs", linking to the computers by a little USB wireless dongle (USB code 2571:4101). As far as I remember, the controller was a PCworld "own brand" device.

It worked correctly on both computers; provided with a laser pointer, it had on/off slide switch, and buttons allowing page up/down, Sound on/off, volume up/down, start/pause of video, and had two other buttons for minimise application (return to desktop) and end application/close computer. beside AAA battery was a compartment for the USB wireless dongle.

With this later Xubuntu I did not detect any interference with mouse or touchpad.
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Re: Remote presentation control

Postby une » Fri Oct 15, 2021 1:29 pm

Thanks! I will buy one
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