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:
- How would my Touch’s battery do over the course of an entire worship?
- How easy would it be to activate the next transition while preaching?
- Was the wifi network in the Church stable enough to use, or should I set it up ad hoc?
- 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.