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Tip #5: Use Your iPod to Give Presentations

Did you know you can use your iPod to give presentations? That's right, you don't have to haul your notebook PC around the country anymore; just load your presentation to your iPod, connect the iPod to a projector, and start presenting. The trick here is that your iPod can display any JPG file—including presentation slides converted to JPG format—and not just photographs in JPG format.

What you want to do, then, is convert the slides in your presentation into a series of JPG images. That is, each slide becomes a separate JPG file. You should be able to do this from within your presentation program, or by using a separate screen capture program and capturing each slide as a JPG file. Store the resulting JPG files in a single folder on your PC's hard disk, then sync that photo folder to your iPod.

Even better, use ZappTec's iPresent It utility to automatically convert your PowerPoint and PDF presentations into iPod slideshows. The program lets you create slideshows using drag-and-drop operations; buy it for $17.95.

To play your presentation on something bigger than your iPod screen, you'll need to connect your iPod to a video projector, using the Apple iPod AV Cable or something similar. Then, on your iPod, select Photos > Photo Library to choose the presentation folder, press Play to start playing a slideshow, and use the iPod's Click Wheel to move from slide to slide. Of course, you'll want to make sure you enable manual advance rather than automatic advance, and turn off the shuffle function. And the result is impressive—an entire large-screen presentation served from your tiny iPod music player!

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