Back Inside…

This is what's displayed on my Touch while I preach
This is what's displayed on my touch as I preach. I the future I'll list my images with numbers, so I can reference it with the fraction easily.

Well, we had a bit of rain yesterday, and so we moved back inside for worship a week early.  I had anticpated this possiblity, given that Hanna had forecasted to hit all Saturday for a while, and so I put together a presentation to use with worship.  This meant that I got to use Stage Hand to control slides for the first time, I was so excited!

For those who don’t know it, Stage Hand is a presentation controller for Keynote that runs on the iPhone/iPod Touch.  I got it shortly after the App Store opened and have been testing it out for a while now.  Going into worship today I had a few questions:

  1. How would my Touch’s battery do over the course of an entire worship?
  2. How easy would it be to activate the next transition while preaching?
  3. Was the wifi network in the Church stable enough to use, or should I set it up ad hoc?
  4. What will happen if the Touch is set to auto-lock accidentally?  Would I be able to reconnect?

Having used it for worship today, I can say that every one of my questions was answered satisfactorily.  The Touch did fine over the course of the worship. I think I only missed a couple of swipes but it really didn’t distract me at all. I tested wifi the day before over in my living room, and decided on setting up ad hoc for my connection point (which also meant that I couldn’t forget and leave Adium connected) – the speed was incredible.  The Touch auto-locked during announcements, it reconnected fine with one problem, the speaker timer went nuts.

I do have  a feature I’d like added, the ability to start/stop/reset the time during the presention without having to go back the information screen (this would be great for big events with multiple speakers, as well as a great timer for pastors).  Other than than, if you use Keynote and have an iPhone or Touch – you have to get Stage Hand.  It just rocks.