RIM has truly made BlackBerry carrying road warriors happier today with the BlackBerry Presenter. This new accessory from RIM lets you stream PowerPoint files from your BlackBerry over Bluetooth. The Presenter is essentially a hub with a VGA & S-video connection to connect to a projector or TV. Once you set it up all you need to do is plug it in and select “Present” on your BlackBerry. The only button on the Presenter lets you put it to sleep, wake it up, or reset it.
Right now it only works with PowerPoint files but hopefully you will be able to project the screen of your BlackBerry in the future. The device includes VGA, NTSC, and PAL support in 640×480 (VGA), 800×600 (SVGA), or 1024×768 (XGA).
My favorite two features are speaker notes along with support for 24 animations and 55 transitions. With support for Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 and 2007 files you can use transitions like Blinds, Checker, Zoom, Cover, Diamond, Fade, and Strips along with animations like Blinds, Dissolve, In/Out, Peek In/Out, Wedge, Wheel, and Wipe. The app will also display your speaker notes on your BlackBerry screen while you present.
Other features include loop mode which lets you set up to 100 slides to loop using the onboard memory. There is also freeze mode where you can freeze a slide on the projector while looking up another slide on your BlackBerry screen.
The main downsides are that the BlackBerry Presenter requires OS 4.6+ and specifically does not work on BlackBerry Curve 8300 Series and BlackBerry Pearl 8200 Series devices. Weird…
So what do you think of the BlackBerry Presenter? RIM seems to really be pushing users to leave their laptop behind.
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