Surface: Doing Presentations with Ink

Do you need to do presentations,  live demos or teach with  your Surface then you probably need ZoomIt. Written by Mark Russinovich, here is how he introduces it. ZoomIt is a screen zoom and annotation tool for technical presentations that include application demonstrations. ZoomIt runs unobtrusively in the tray and activates with customizable hotkeys to zoom in on an area of the screen, move around while zoomed, and draw on the zoomed image. I wrote ZoomIt to fit my specific needs and use it in all my presentations. ZoomIt works on all versions of Windows and you can use pen … Continue reading Surface: Doing Presentations with Ink

Two Surfaces for Presentations

Have you ever done a presentation and wished that you had two computers: One to share with the audience, and one for you? Well, I do it all the time with my two Surface Pros. One is the original Surface Pro and the other is a Surface Pro 2. There’s no reason not to use two identical machines. I’m  using what I’ve got. I used to do this with a Surface and a Surface Pro.  That works fine when I don’t need to connect the two machines in any way. Most of the time I like to share a mouse … Continue reading Two Surfaces for Presentations

Presentations Tips: Separate User Account for Presentations

Quick Tip Create a separate user account for doing presentations. Set all the options in the user account for a distraction free presentation. Switch to that user account before you start your presentation. This is fast and simple and it will keep your presentation from being derailed by a screen saver, unwanted notification, or distracting live tile. With Windows 8.1 it’s extremely fast to switch user accounts without signing out or closing apps. Open Start by swiping in from the right edge of the screen and then tapping Start. (Or, if you’re using a mouse, point to the lower-left corner … Continue reading Presentations Tips: Separate User Account for Presentations

Case for Surface Pro / 2 with Handle–Incipio Capture™

When doing presentations I like to walk and talk and keep my Surface Pro 2 in hand. I frequently make annotations or draw quick sketches to illustrate a point. Sometimes I’ll invite someone to add something to the presentation (draw on my screen). It doesn’t look like much from the front but the Incipio Capture™ case is great for doing peripatetic presentations. I used this for a two hour presentation that involved walking around and talking to people while I shared my Surface Pro 2 screen on a 60” display.  When I first picked it up it seemed heavy and … Continue reading Case for Surface Pro / 2 with Handle–Incipio Capture™

Surface Pro 2: Using Skype for Presentations

Quick Summary Have you tried Skype to connect your Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro to a display when you are doing presentations? I do it all the time.  You can run Skype for Windows Desktop to share your screen with a computer connected to a projector or large display. Skype takes care of scaling the screen so that output looks great on your Surface Pro 2 and the display device. When you do this you can now wander the room with your Surface Pro, no longer tethered to the display cable. I write and draw on my Surface Pro … Continue reading Surface Pro 2: Using Skype for Presentations

Use Microsoft SharedView to Mirror Your Tablet PC on another machine anywhere

I just found this – Microsoft SharedView – it’s free, supports up to 15 users over the Internet, and from what I can see, I am going to be using it a great deal. It seems to work as well as Windows Meeting Space (see Use Windows Meeting Space to Mirror Your Tablet PC to a Projector ) but unlike Windows Meeting Space, SharedView will work with Windows XP and across the Internet. For that second point – this means that unlike Windows Meeting Space – you do NOT have to have both machines on the same subnet. This is was … Continue reading Use Microsoft SharedView to Mirror Your Tablet PC on another machine anywhere

Presentations: Wireless

I do presentations and need to connect to a projector. When you rotate the screen to switch from laptop mode to slate mode, the image that is sent to the vga port on the back of the machine inverts. The image on the projector comes out upside down. My pet peeve about this is that if you want to work in slate mode for doing sketches during a presentation (I do this all the time), you have to turn the machine around so you are still in primary landscape mode. This puts all the connectors facing you. The alternative is … Continue reading Presentations: Wireless