iphone to control macbook (bluetooth)

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  1. Demonoid

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    is this possible? using an iphone to control the macbook for keynote presentations, control iDVD or iTunes? what application or program could you recommend? thanks guys!
     
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    the iphone's BT seems to be good for only one thing: hooking up to BT earphones. it won't even sync wirelessly with the mac, so i doubt very much if you can use it to control your mac.
     
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    Hi,

    That's too bad, I can use my SE W910i as a remote control for my MBP. I thought apple products should work flawlessly with each other. Maybe there are settings that needs adjustment?

    Cheers.
     
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    If ever you want to control your macs remotely via BT, it would be other mobile devices and not with iPhone.
     
  5. rbenzon

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    the question is part of the problem because it presupposes that bluetooth is the only way of remotely controlling a presentation.

    the way that i have functionally accomplished the same in the past is to export my keynote presentation as a quicktime movie, then use front row as a way to play/pause the "presentation". you can use iphone's remote app or, better yet, stick with the apple remote (via infrared, not bluetooth!). i don't know how fancy your presentation is, but i have managed to get the movie to pause after each slide, to wait for my click (press play) to continue.

    if you want to travel ultra-lightly, put the quicktime presentation on your iphone, then use apple's composite av cable for playback on a tv or a composite (rca) video-capable projector. shuttling back and forth, if needed, is more crude, but it gets the job done. good luck with your preso!
     
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    i think there's a free app for the iphone that lets you control your mac's itunes. its called remote. but for controlling presentations or other stuff on your mac, i havent run across any such app. so if your presentation plays in itunes, it might do the trick. :)
     
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    I'd like to revive this thread. Considering that it's now 2011, I was wondering if there's an app that would allow us to control our macbooks for presentation via blue tooth (not WIFI)?

    TIA!
     
  8. SE20

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    I use my iPhone to control Keynote on both my MBP and my iPad 2, using Keynote Remote app. It works on a wi-fi network. There is an option to connect via bluetooth, but I've never made it work using that connection; wi-fi is fine though.
     
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    Yes though I haven't tried it. Hope the link below helps.

    http://www.themobilepresenter.com/article.php/bluetooth-remote-control


    Though why use bluetooth when you can use wifi capabilities coming from your own macbook/pro? You can connect your iphone/ ipod touch to your macbooks without wifi network available. I constantly do this in my lectures with my ipod touch even if there is a wifi router available. It allows me to walk around the classroom then surprise them with trivia questions.

    just follow the steps on the link below:
    http://italkmagazine.com/using-apple-keynote-remote-without-wifi
     
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    ^m0nd, thanks for the tutorial!
    It works, as Steve would say, like magic.
     

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