Presentations are a pain, particularly ones meant for small groups. They’re unpleasant because the presenter is forced to translate complex ideas into bullet points, and they’re difficult for an audience to follow because supporting information is often missing. It just feels like wasted effort.
This is what we set out to solve with our awesome new Premium feature, Presentation Mode. Available first in Evernote for Mac version 5.3.
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You’re already using Evernote to gather your thoughts and collect your research. Rather than taking the time to transfer these ideas to presentation software, use Presentation Mode to let people into your thinking process by showing your notes in a beautiful, full-screen layout with one click.
Show and Tell
Once in Presentation Mode, you can navigate through your note using the spacebar. We built the spacebar action to move through a screens-worth of content at a time. We love this for showing images during design reviews. There are also some handy keyboard shortcuts:
- CMD-Enter: launches Presentation Mode
- CMD-OPT-Enter: launches Presentation Mode on a secondary display
- CTRL-P: changes the laser pointer color
- CTRL-N: toggles Night Mode
Drawing the eyes of your audience onto something specific can be a challenge with a the normal arrow pointer. When you enter Presentation Mode, the pointer turns into a laser-pointer that leaves a light trail as you move it. You’ll find this to be a great way to show people what to focus on. You can change the color of the laser pointer at the top right corner of the screen.
When you’re in a single note and you click Presentation Mode, you present that note. You can move to the next or previous note that appears in the note list by using the left or right arrows.
If you want to walk through several, specific notes, select them and choose Start Presentation. Now, using the left and right arrows will only move you among those notes.
You can throw just about anything into an Evernote note. Likewise, you can show just about anything when you’re in Presentation Mode. If your note contains images, PDFs, spreadsheets, or documents, simply click on the file and you’ll enter a full-screen view of the attachment. When you’re done, hit ESC to return to your presentation.
At Evernote, we use Presentation Mode in almost all of our meetings. Usually, we’re showing something that’s still in process, and so these meeting are opportunities for others to give feedback.
That’s why we built multiple monitor support into Presentation Mode. When you attach your computer to another screen, one view is the presentation view, and the other view is the regular Evernote layout. This allows the presenter to make changes to the note in real-time as meeting participants share their thoughts. Those updates immediately show up on the presentation screen.
The beauty of Presentation Mode is in its simplicity: a solid background and a clean text layout. Sometimes, black text on a white background doesn’t match the aesthetic you’re going for. If that’s the case, you can switch into Night Mode, which inverts the colors. Just click on the sun icon in the top right corner when in a presentation.
Create a Table of Contents with Note Links
This is a great advanced tip for multiple note presentations. Create a new note and paste note links from all the notes that you plan on presenting. In effect, you’ve created a table of contents for your presentation. Start your presentation from the note that contains the note links and click to jump to other notes as needed.
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