Cards for Your
Pocket PC by Tong
Zhang, Senior Editor
Presenter CompactFlash Card (type I) for Pocket PC
IA Presenter is one of the most
popular presentation tools for the Pocket PC and Handheld PCs.
This reasonably priced CF Type I card is compatible with type
I and type II CF slots. IA Presenter can display up to 1024x768
resolution, supports 64K colors and 256 colors, converts desktop
files to handheld versions and provides ton of great features
that you will need to give a presentation with your PDA.
The CDROM will auto start the installation
process when you pop it in your computer. There is a main
menu for you to choose which applications on the CD you want
to install. The list includes the full version of all the
bundled software in this package and three trial applications
made by IA Style. There is a list of languages at the bottom
of this menu screen. You can pick the language you want by
clicking on the one of the choices. There is also a Quick
Installation Guide in MS Word format to help you with the
install process in case you have any questions. The IA Presenter
application and the driver take no more than 1MB memory.
After you install the driver, you can connect the CF Card
to the cable, plug the CF Card into your PDA and VGA output
to your projector or TV.
IA Presenter Converter
After you’ve installed the driver and
IA Presenter software, you can transfer your PowerPoint presentations
from desktop to the handheld. IA Presenter Converter will
convert the desktop version to handheld version. You can
utilize the Converter in two ways. The IA Presenter Converter
can be used as the default converter in ActiveSync for all
PowerPoint presentations or as a stand-alone app that you
can use to convert the files before moving them to the Pocket
PC. Either way, you will have options to determine the display
size, output quality and check to keep slide shapes information
if your slides contain animations. Another convenient feature
in IA Presenter Converter is that it places a shortcut button
in MS PowerPoint’s toolbar. With one click of the shortcut
button, your presentations will be converted to pocket version
and are ready to go. Once the files are converted and moved
to the Pocket PC, you can open them with the IA Presenter
IA Presenter does a great job of representing
a variety of fonts, but make sure your presentation fonts
are at least 20 point and 24 point or above for best results.
Otherwise, your text may not be readable.
IA Presenter on the Pocket PC
The interface of IA Presenter on the Pocket
PC is very easy to understand and convenient to use. The
main screen displays the current slide as well as thumbnails
of other slides. On top of the main screen, there is a slide
selector that lists all the slides. You can jump to any page
by selecting it here. At the bottom of the main screen, you
will find a menu that includes Edit, View and Tools. There
are also two shortcut buttons for flipping slides and changing
the thumbnail view to VGA Slide Show, Slide Show, Normal
view, Slide Sorter, Notes Page and Quick Notes without changing
the current slide view. Long presentations, such as our 79
page test PowerPoint presentation with animations and transitions
ran just fine on IA Presenter.
The IA Presenter on the Pocket PC isn’t
meant for editing content of your slides but rather for
manipulating the way you present them. In the Edit menu,
you can delete certain slide or select the slides you want
in your slide show. If you didn’t put transition
effects in your presentation on the desktop, you will find
all the tools you need to add any transition you want at
three speeds and even sound effects or notes. Very convenient!
The View menu allows you to show your slide in any supported
format including Zoom. The Tools menu gives you the ability
to insert slides from another presentation, save files,
set up a slide show and set up Options. In Options, you
can set up maximum number of undo steps (from 1 to 30),
specify color optimization, VGA output and mode and set
up your remote control if you need to use it.
Above: card and cable, below
VGA Display and Remote Control
Once the slide show is set up, you can start your presentation
on the big screen with your CF card and cable plugged in. The VGA
connector on the cable has three output modes: VGA, Composite (RCA)
and S-video and they are marked so that you know which one is for
what display device. Make sure that you select the correct VGA output
mode in the Options on your Pocket PC.
As soon as you select Slide Show in the View menu,
the presentation slides will display in full screen mode on your
Pocket PC and can be displayed in either portrait or landscape mode.
There is a shortcut button embedded in the slide show that will trigger
a pop-up menu. This menu allows you to control how the slides will
be presented and even has a “blackboard” feature that
projects a black screen on which you can draw digital ink strokes.
The Pen function gives you the ability to write on the slides in
various colors and pen widths, and clear the marks you made with
the pen after you are done. The pop-up menu also allows you to navigate
the slides and jump to any page in the presentation. If you are using
VGA projector/TV, you can turn your stylus into a laser pointer.
You can modify the VGA zoom in terms of size and rotation.
IA Presenter slide show also offers one of the features
most people will need during a presentation, the ability to access
notes and view thumbnails of the entire presentation, etc. on the
Pocket PC without showing it on the big screen.
The remote control that comes with IA Presenter is
a very useful accessory for you to control the presentation directly
from the VGA screen. There are three modes available with the remote
control. VGA Go-To-Thumbnail mode allows you to navigate through
thumbnails of your slide; VGA Zoom Mode gives you the ability to
zoom on the areas of a specific slide; and VGA Pointer mode turns
the remote control into a laser pointer.
PowerPoint Special Effects Support and other PDA
IA Presenter does a good job of preserving the original
PowerPoint files with transition effect and control options, as well
as animation and shape support. Not only can you keep your transition
effects, you can also add them right on your Pocket PC. Linking to
sound files and Speaker Notes are also supported in IA Presenter.
You can create and edit speaker notes on your handheld and display
notes using ClearType.
Different view modes on the PDA gives you the freedom
to navigate slides, arrange slide shows and manage your presentation.
Not only can you copy/delete, shuffle your slides and save them into
a new file, but also send the presentations via email or infrared.
If you purchase the IA Presenter CF VGA Card package,
you will also get full version of two other software applications
that IA makes, IA Album is for viewing and managing images and IA
Screen Mirror is for projecting the Pocket PC’s screen to a
IA Screen Mirror
Bundled with IA Presenter, IA Screen Mirror allows
you to mirror your handheld’s screen using a projector, CRT
or TV monitor. The options in IA Screen Mirror are extensive, giving
you rich features in how you want to present your demos from your
PDA. There are several Layout options in IA Screen Mirror, including
View Arrangement, Stretch data to fit and rotate the screen left.
If you choose to split the screen, you can use the Switch option
to arrange and select the active view. There is also a Refresh option
tab as well as a VGA option tab to help you set various refresh rates
and VGA resolution settings.
IA Screen Mirror gives you plenty of options to set
up an on-screen demo, but it does slow down your Pocket PC a little
bit. You many also notice the frame rate slowing and becoming choppy
if you are showing moving pictures at high frame rate (i.e. games
or movies). This application is more suited to show product demos
using still images or moving pictures/applications that don’t
rely on high frame rates.
Everything is great, what do you need to watch
The cable that comes with the IA Presenter package
is 3 feet long. If you plan on using the handheld to control the
presentation and need to be at a greater distance, make sure your
VGA/S-video cable is long enough to accommodate. The IA Presenter
does a pretty good job of converting fonts as long as you keep
the size at 20 point or above. If you have embedded image files,
make sure to select both conversion and display graphic quality
levels to Super Fine or high resolution to keep as much integrity
of the images as possible, especially on the TV monitor. IA Screen
Mirror cannot handle high frame rate demos at a smooth pace.
Specs and Price
Supported Devices and Desktop
Pocket PC device support includes iPAQ 3600 through 5450 with expansion sleeve,
HP Jornada 540 and 560 series, Dell Axim X5, NEC Mobile Pro, Pocket LOOX,
Toshiba e550G/e570/e740 and more. For the complete list of Pocket PC and
HPC models supported, click here.
Desktop/laptop PC support includes Win 98, 98SE, ME, NT, 2000 and XP. Microsoft
PowerPoint 97, 2000 and XP.
IA Presenter CF Card with protective case, 3-foot long one-to-three cable that
supports HD-15 VGA connector, composite video and S-Video output, 14-key
infrared remote control and a black nylon pouch, CDROM, Manual booklet.
English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese.
Software bundle and Price
IA Presenter software, IA Presenter Converter, IA Album and IA Screen Mirror.
Trial software of other IA Style’s products